Johnny Cash's Tour Bus Rolls into Ohio for Makeover

DECEMBER 19, 2005 - Posted at 7:42 a.m. CST

GROVE CITY, OH - Johnny Cash's tour bus is being refurbished in central Ohio.

Collector Dave Wright of North Carolina bought the 1979 MCI bus on eBay last month for $62,000 from a car dealer in St. Louis.  He drove it to Grove City, Ohio last week to be restored.

Cash traveled on the bus, dubbed J.C. Unit One, from 1979 until 2003.

Cash and fellow country starts Willie Nelson, Waylong Jennings and Kris Kristofferson toured together on the bus as The Highwaymen in 1991.

Wright hopes the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville will eventually display Cash's 40-foot-long bus.  Museum officials have told Wright they're not sure if they have room for it.

Cash, an Arkansas native, spent most of his childhood and developmental years in the Dyess community (Mississippi County).  He died in September of 2003 in Nashville.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)