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10.16.21Prayer Request Updates: Angela Walker & Bill Turner
10.16.21How to Donate & How to Get Multiple MP3s
10.16.21Get Multiple Downloads for One Donation
10.16.21Bible-Reading Update: Psalms 141-Ecclesiastes 9
10.15.21Another Rieger Daughter Becomes a Bride
10.15.21Influential Albums: 519-525
10.14.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our 17th Single
10.13.21New Single: '85 & '86
10.13.21Buy Our Next CD, Get 1 of 34 Free
10.09.21Updated on Three Prayer Requests from Last Week
10.08.21How to Donate Online or by Mail
10.08.21Influential Albums: 512-518
10.08.21What's on the Never, but Then Again Before CD?
10.04.21This Week's News Bulletin
10.03.21Important Prayer Requests from Three Fans
10.03.21Influential Albums: 505-511
10.02.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our 16th Single
10.02.21Get Over 1400 Tracks for $100 This Week
09.30.21More Info on the Upcoming ApologetiX CD
09.28.21New Single: 80's Solo Superstars
09.25.21Next CD Coming Next Month
09.25.21Influential Albums: 498-504
09.25.21New USB Flash Drives Include New CD & Single
09.20.21Couple Will Match All Donations Thru Thursday
09.17.21Urgent Prayer Request for Bill Turner
09.17.21From a Native American ApX Fan in Montana
09.17.21Influential Albums: 491-497
09.17.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our 15th Single
09.15.21New Single: 80's One-Hit Wonders (Almost)
09.12.21How to Get the New ApX Digital Interactive Songbook
09.12.21Clues for 2021 Single #15
09.12.21Influential Albums: 484-490
09.07.21This Week's News Bulletin
09.04.21Super Sentiments from 16 States & Saskatchewan
09.04.21Another Praise Report from Darnell Cline
09.04.21No Single This Wkd: Here's Why & What's in the Works
09.04.21Influential Albums: 477-483
08.27.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our 14th Single
08.27.21Influential Albums: 470-476
08.24.21New Single: 2 from 1986
08.22.21New CD BOGO Ends Wednesday
08.22.21Big Bunch o' Books: What J.'s Been Reading Lately
08.20.21Influential Albums: 463-469
08.16.21This Week's News Bulletin
08.14.21Influential Albums: 456-462
08.14.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our 13th Single
08.10.21New Single: 2 Top 10 Hits from 1985
08.07.21Rich Gets Quick: Fastest ApX Member to 100 Songs
08.07.21Influential Albums: 449-455
08.07.21New CD in Stock: Buy 1, Get 1 of 33 CDs Free
08.02.21This Week's News Bulletin
07.30.21More Prayer Needed for Darnell Cline
07.30.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our 12th Single
07.30.21Influential Albums: 442-448
07.27.21New Single: More Mid-80's Music
07.25.21Influential Albums: 435-441
07.25.21What's on the Get Rich Quick CD?
07.22.21This Week's News Bulletin
07.17.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our 11th Single
07.16.21Father of the Bride (and Father of the Bride 2)
07.16.21More Info on the Upcoming ApologetiX CD
07.16.21Influential Albums: 428-434
07.12.21New 80's Single: #1 Hit and a One-Hit Wonder
07.10.21Darnell Cline: Encouragement from Other ApX Fans
07.10.21Update on Last Week's Appeal Letter
07.10.21Get Ready for Our 62nd CD
07.10.21Remembering ApX Fan Steve Fagan
07.10.21Influential Albums: 421-427
07.08.21Clues for 2021 Single #11
07.05.21This Week's News Bulletin
07.02.21Darnell Cline: Continued Improvement, Long Way to Go
07.02.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our 10th Single
07.01.21Influential Albums: 414-420
06.28.21New Single ('84 & '86)
06.27.21Buy Any CD, Get One Free (CD Downloads, Too)
06.26.21Darnell Cline Transferred to Long-Term Rehab
06.26.21Clues for 2021 Single #10
06.25.21Influential Albums: 407-413
06.18.21New Prayer Update on Darnell Cline
06.18.21Influential Albums: 400-406
06.18.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our Ninth Single
06.14.21New Single: '83 & '86
06.11.21Fan Will Match Donations Through Monday
06.11.21Influential Albums: 393-399
06.04.21Prayer Update on Darnell & Sonja Cline
06.04.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our Eighth Single
06.04.21Influential Albums: 386-392
06.04.21New Single: '83 & '85
05.29.21Influential Albums: 379-385
05.24.21This Week's News Bulletin
05.21.21Influential Albums: 365-378
05.20.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our Seventh Single
05.18.21New Single: More from '84
05.07.21This Week's ApX Radio Show: Mother's Day
05.07.21New Single: '85 & '86
05.07.21Influential Albums: 351-364
05.06.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our Sixth Single
04.28.21Bible-in-One Year Starts Today
04.23.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our Fifth Single
04.23.21Influential Albums: Wk 50

Counting the Cost of Keeping the Bus
Wed., Mar. 13. 2013 2:17pm EDT

Our troubles with buses are like a horror-film series that keeps putting out increasingly unbelievable sequels nobody wants to see.

After our shuttle bus broke down in Kent OH on March 2, they towed it to the shop for an assessment and ... the motor's trashed and needs replaced.

The mechanic has a used engine with 120,000 miles on it, but even to get that one installed (plus new injectors) would cost over $5000. Keith shopped around and a reconditioned engine with a guarantee would cost twice that!

If you've been keeping score at home, you'll recall that last year we already spent the following on the "new" bus :

$4100 - Purchase Price (April)
$230 - Windshield Replacement to Pass Inspection (April)
$420 - Title Transfer & Taxes (May)
$900 - New Tires to Pass Inspection (May)
$4400 - Trailer Hitch Installation & Misc. Repairs to Pass Inspection (May)
$200 - Fuel Injector Module (May)
$50 - Misc. Parts (May)
$1150 - More Repairs (June)
$620 - New Heavy-Duty Shocks (June)
$200 - Misc. Repairs (July)
$160 - Radiator Repair (September)
$40 - Misc. Parts ( September)
$3600 - Transmission Replacement after Breakdown in Dayton OH (October)
$100 - Misc. Parts (October/November)
$1100 - Engine Repair & Towing after Breakdown on PA Turnpike (November)

That's a total of over $17,250. If we got the new engine installed, it would take that over $22,000!

For those of you wonder whether we're getting ripped off by mechanics, we'd like to point out that we used a variety of mechanics and companies to perform those services, and, whenever possible, Keith did them himself.

Nevertheless, we question the wisdom of putting any more money into that vehicle. On one hand, you think, "We come this far -- what if that's all that's needed to complete the process?" On the other hand, you think, "What if this vehicle is just a money pit?"

We had that happen with our last bus, but at least that one had a nice interior, with six beds, a work room, a generator, and a kitchen. This one has no frills; it doesn't even have working AC.

Consequently, we're looking into other options. We still plan to play all concerts on our schedule, including the ones next weekend. Regardless of what we drive, we're also trying to do what we can to drastically reduce the size, weight, and amount of equipment in our trailer.

Please keep us in your prayers.