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Old 09-10-2012, 10:42 AM   #31
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Hey Danger, how about some powertrain details.

What's she packin?
DTA 360 in line 6/turbo Navistar diesel , Alison 3 speed automatic transmission, electric over hydraulic 4 wheel disc brakes, power steering. I've never driven anything as big as this bus other than farm tractors. I was surprised at how easy they are to drive. If you tend to have road rage issues do not get a school bus, you will want to ram people.
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Old 09-10-2012, 12:05 PM   #32
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Best bet is not have any crashes. Or bring along many friends to sit behind me, in the event of a crash everything will hit them and their bodys will cushion the blow to me.
That's what Mark, the owner of the bus you posted pics of does. So far so good. He installed highway gears in the diff and after some aero mods the white bus will hit 90mph. Notice the chopped and sloped roof.
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Old 09-10-2012, 01:21 PM   #33
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Rather than having an assistant push your bikes up the ramp, how about fitting a pulley to the ceiling in line with the ramp? That would allow your assistant to pull on a rope - no risk of the assistant tripping and pulling you all off the ramp, and the pull will always be exactly in line with the ramp.

Even better, fit a small electric winch with foot operated on switch at the bottom of the ramp and another on the floor of the truck where you can stop it when the bike is fully inside.
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Old 09-10-2012, 03:24 PM   #34
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Rather than having an assistant push your bikes up the ramp, how about fitting a pulley to the ceiling in line with the ramp?
With the deck on the back I can ride the bike up the ramp and stop with plenty of standing room to put the bike thru the door.
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Old 09-10-2012, 03:33 PM   #35
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With the deck on the back I can ride the bike up the ramp and stop with plenty of standing room to put the bike thru the door.
Yeah, your plan sounds simple, straightforward and effective. I'm looking forward to seeing the build and final results.
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Old 09-11-2012, 03:02 PM   #36
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Old 09-20-2012, 06:30 PM   #37
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Nothing like a good "worm bite" to start the morning off. I couldn't hold the bumper and get the bolt thru the hole. So I pulled out the old Simplex Rail Road Track Jack.
It bit me. Note to self, don't put finger in wrong spot.
I don't know how old this is but it says Pat. July 1, 1905 on the handle.



I don't own a plasma cutter so I had to go a little old school. Torch, grinder, finish with a file. Cure for fat fingers, welded the nut to band iron, won't need back up wrench.



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I'll get 2 long 1/4" bolts with big washers to hang between the deck and bumper, before I bolt the deck to the rails. It'll give me gap for a little flex room so the deck won't rub the bumper.

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Old 09-27-2012, 12:05 PM   #38
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All most done with the deck

Box in about 3ft. of the c- channel, 1ft. on the bus side of the bumper and 2ft. outside of the bumper. Bolt the deck to the sub-frame. Install lights and wiring. That's about all I have left to do on the deck. Oh, drill and bolt the hand rails.





Fine thread 5/8th inch bolts.


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Old 10-04-2012, 04:54 AM   #39
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Any lift equiped bus I've ever dealt with ,the lift has a capacity of 800 lbs.
Some wheelchairs are very heavy.

Here's mine.

I want one of those! Any pics of the interior?

We don't get them in AUS so you better tell me what we're missing out on!
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Old 10-04-2012, 05:01 PM   #40
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I want one of those! Any pics of the interior?

We don't get them in AUS so you better tell me what we're missing out on!
This is before I took the back two seats out and set it up to hold my toolbox and other gear.



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Old 12-23-2012, 12:17 PM   #41
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Tool boxes are now mounted to the floor and wall. Much safer.



I found this box on Craigs for $100, as you can see it is very light weight. I will belly mount it on the left side just behind the battery box.



I finished installing the new LED bus lights. Removed the old, connect the wires and use the same screws to mount the new light, direct swap, very easy.
Deck is finished, I think I will mount a safety chain on the hand rails where you enter.

http://www.superbrightleds.com/morei...-bus-lamp/566/



I mounted a strobe on each of the LED brake lights. Can't beat 5 dollars each.
http://www.superbrightleds.com/morei...odule/195/845/

I changed the 1157 bulbs in the trailer looking lights with LED 1157 replacement bulbs.
http://www.superbrightleds.com/morei...ed-tower/1166/

I will install sequencing turn signals in the deck bumper and break lights.
http://www.superbrightleds.com/morei...-sfa/558/1760/





The round disc's are red LED electronic flares.

http://www.superbrightleds.com/morei...are/1317/3038/

I'm replacing all 6 of the interior overhead lights that had 1156 bulbs with LED back up lights. I will install an on/off rocker switch next to each one.



I replaced the old step light that would shine in your eyes with a LED tag light. I think I will install a second one on the left side.

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Old 12-24-2012, 10:42 AM   #42
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I will cut the skirt just under the black line and belly mount it behind the battery box.

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Old 12-24-2012, 02:43 PM   #43
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If you are looking for ideas on how to improve the ramp, this is how the horse van industry does it. The ramp stores under the floor, and is pulled out on rollers. While it can be disconnected from the van for refurb purposes, it generally stays attached to the van.

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Old 12-26-2012, 09:57 AM   #44
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This is my '57 GMC 66 passenger bus. I bought it for $500 in '76. I lived in it for a while , then used it to haul 3 bikes to Bowling Green , Ky. for the Big Boogie in '78.
I made a wooden ramp that hooked to the bumper to load bikes. I was envious of the aluminum ramps they had on U-Haul trucks but, could never find one.Loading 500 + lb. bikes was always tense.
In '79 my friends and I loaded 3 900 and 1000 Kawasaki's and 2 750 Hondas in it and drove it to Daytona for bike week and the trip extended to a ride to Key West.
I had a bed that folded up to the wall in the back , everyone else had to share the floor.
The trip was repeated for '80 and '81.
The bus came with a miltary remanufactured 302 inline 6 , four speeds and a 6.11 rear end. It would roll along at about 50 mph uphill or down. I would always be driveing when we came down Jelico Mt. on I-75. I'd pop it into nuetral and coast down. I don't know how fast it got going , but , the whole bus would shake like a dog coming out of the water.
And hey, we lived to tell the tale.
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Old 12-27-2012, 07:53 AM   #45
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Nice thread. Not sure why i like it so much...maybe it summons myinner red neck.

Be sure to make a sign for between the top warning lights. My vote goes to "Old Skool".
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