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Old 06-27-2010, 07:29 PM   #1
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Dr Frankenstien gets his hands on a transit bus.

I originally was hired to pick this up for another inmate but it ended up mine when it was offered at a price I couldn't refuse.

I had to decide if I was going to figure out a way to use it or turn around and sell it.


IT,,,,incedently is a 1990 Marcopolo Starship 28 transit bus,,5.9 Cummins
W/allison 542 auto transmission.
I already own a 36ft Keystone Raptor toy hauler and have been wishing my 3/4 ton Dodge was a 1 ton.
Well I bet that Transit Bus would pull that trailer if I just lob the body off and set er up with a fifth wheel hitch.


Lets see how this works out,,,,,It's either going to come out awesome or you guys can watch me totally screw this up.
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Old 06-27-2010, 07:36 PM   #2
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Trucks like this are also inspiration for this build.


The asking price for this baby was $65,000 big uns and it's a 05 with 40,000 miles.
Let's see what I can do for less than $5,000.
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Old 06-27-2010, 07:45 PM   #3
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Ready to go under the knife.


The remains of the "custom" limo style seats the PO had installed.




This is a good shot of the section of the body coming off,,,,the last 2 windows are gonna be sectioned out and the end cap moved forward and mated to the third window area.
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Old 06-27-2010, 07:50 PM   #4
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Before,,,,,

Now with a sunroof.

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Old 06-27-2010, 07:54 PM   #5
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Out with the windows.



Getting this down off the ceiling was fun.
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Old 06-27-2010, 07:58 PM   #6
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This should be fun!


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Old 06-27-2010, 07:59 PM   #7
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No turnin back now!


That's it for this weekend but there'll be more rippin and tearin tomorrow.
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Old 06-27-2010, 10:56 PM   #8
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Old 06-28-2010, 04:15 AM   #9
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Old 06-28-2010, 04:24 AM   #10
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i know i am being an ass but what waste of a hauler...

why not just sell the fifth and get a tag and convert the inside to living quarters...
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Old 06-28-2010, 05:21 AM   #11
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That looks like a monocoque chassis...when you remove the walls and roof it may become weaker. What will you mount the 5th wheel hitch on?

I would have hinged the back of the buss and added a ramp, either on the side or the back. Just my .02

Looks like a great project tho, I cant wait to see how it ends up!

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Old 06-28-2010, 07:03 AM   #12
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This is going to be good1

De luxo moto touring mothership?
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Old 06-28-2010, 10:03 AM   #13
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Cool build
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Old 06-28-2010, 10:09 AM   #14
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I too am wondering why you didn't convert this to a hauler? I assume, maybe, you have a really nice trailer?

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Old 06-28-2010, 10:19 AM   #15
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I only hope you're filling in the window openings for a full-length unicorn (or dragon. Or both) airbrush mural on the side.
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