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03.22.19Urgent Prayer Request from Mozambique Missionary
03.22.19New Video: Baby Jams to ApX
03.22.19The Title & Theme of Our Upcoming 54th CD
03.22.19How to Donate Online or by Mail
03.22.19Thumb Drives: ApX on USB
03.22.19Get Multiple Downloads for One Donation
03.22.19ApX Episode 61 Airs This Wkd
03.13.19Stories Behind This Week's Single, Pt. 2
03.13.19Stories Behind This Week's Single, Pt. 1
03.13.19New Single: Elton John & Steve Miller
03.12.19New Single: Mid-70's Superstars
03.09.19Fantastic Fan Follow-Up to Last Week's Newsletter
03.09.19ApX for VBS in Alabama
03.08.19Clues for Our Fifth Single of 2019
03.02.19WI Fan Celebrates Special ApX Anniversary
03.02.19Belated Birthday Wishes to Key ApX Members
03.02.19Columbus Discovers ApologetiX
03.02.19New Single: Loggins & Messina, Soundgarden
02.28.19New Single: A Washington State of Mind
02.23.19ApX Assembles to Appreciate Bill Hubauer
02.21.19Clues for Our Fourth Single of 2019
02.15.19How Did the New Single Get Here So Fast?
02.15.19Super Sentiments from Six States
02.15.19Teach Your Children: Funny Fan Stories from CT & GA
02.15.19New Single: Aerosmith & Foreigner
02.12.19Another New Single, Another Matching Donor
02.12.191200 Tracks for $100 Extended Till Valentine's Day
02.08.192 Fans Will Match All Donations Thru 2/14
02.07.19New Single: Styx & Roxette
02.03.19Keith Haynie is a Grandpa!
01.31.19Timely Encouragement from WI
01.31.19What Happened to Last Weekend's Single?
01.31.1915 Parodies We're Currently Working On
01.24.19Adam & Eve & Sons Top 10 Playlist
01.24.19Clues for Our Second Single of 2019
01.21.19Newspaper Features Keith's Daughter Sarah
01.19.19Fans React to Our New Single
01.19.19ApX Leads to Bible Conversation with Customer
01.16.19New Single: 60s & 70s British Bands
01.11.19New Video: Bad Foreign Girls
01.11.19Kudos from California & Canada
01.11.19BOGO Deal on New CD Ends Sunday
01.11.19Clues for Our First Single of 2019
01.07.19New CD BOGO Ends Sunday
01.04.19New Video: It's a Long Way to the Dock
01.04.19Steves Say the Kindest Things
01.04.19Nebraskans Say the Nicest Things
01.04.19New Single: Fleetwood Mac & Paul McCartney
12.31.18New Single: Perfect for New Year's Eve
12.28.18New CD Fun for the Whole Family in KS
12.28.18ApX on the Job in Ontario
12.28.18Bigger Than the Beatles in GA
12.28.18Clues for Our Last Single of 2018
12.19.18Order Today for Delivery by Christmas Eve
12.18.18Prayer Request for Fan's Mother
12.18.18New Single: 70's Christmas
12.18.18Complete Your ApX Christmas Playlist
12.14.18Clues for This Weekend's Single
12.13.18What Songs Are on the New CD?
12.13.18Christian Parody Music TV Hits 1 Million Views
12.13.18How to Help the Studio Where We Record (It's Free)
12.10.18New CD in Stock, Buy 1 Get 1 of 27 Free
12.05.18New Single: L.A. Bands from the 60's & 80's
12.02.18ApX Alum Has Something for Everyone
11.28.18Keith's Daughter's EP Arrives This Friday
11.28.18From a Messianic Jew in Massachusetts
11.28.18Clues for Our Next Single
11.26.18Deadlines for Delivery Before Christmas
11.22.18How to Donate & How to Get Multiple MP3s
11.22.18Fan Really Taken by New Single
11.22.18ApX Could Clean Up at the Grammys
11.22.18Update on Keith's Daughter's EP
11.22.18Update on Our Upcoming CD
11.19.18New Single: Top 10 Hits from the 70s & 80s
11.16.18Keith's Daughter to Release EP This Month
11.16.18The Title and Theme of Our Upcoming 53rd CD
11.16.18Clues for This Weekend's Single
11.09.18Encouragement from Fans in Five States
11.09.18ApX Airing Again in Australia
11.09.18New Single Brought to You by the Letter L
11.07.18Time for an Update on Our Songbook Update
11.05.18New Single, Fan Will Match All Donations This Week
11.02.18We Need Help (Tales of Tall Strangers)
11.01.18Clues for Our Next Single
11.01.18More Musical Reasons to Be Optimistic
11.01.18Encouragement from TX, MO, SC & CA
10.31.18Parody Plans for the Next Three Months
10.29.18Buy Any CD, Get 1 Free (Ends Friday)
10.26.18The Stories Behind the Songs on This Single
10.23.18New Single: Two Bands We've Never Spoofed Before
10.20.18Free DVD with Any CD (Ends Sunday Night)
10.20.18Where Have You Gone, Joe Cataneo?
10.20.18Clues for Tomorrow Night's Single
10.12.18Update on Last Week's Prayer Request
10.12.18Revisiting Last Week's Clues
10.12.18Math Tutor Gets Music Lesson from ApX Fan
10.08.18New Single Should Be Rated G
10.05.18Prayer Request & Praise Report from Louisville KY
10.05.18Here's Our Sequel to "The Borean Identity"
10.05.18From a Pastor, Teacher, and Dad in Duluth MN

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.