Dr Frankenstien gets his hands on a transit bus.

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by natedog39, Jun 27, 2010.

  1. natedog39

    natedog39 Borderline Beefcake

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    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.[​IMG]


    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.:thumb
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  2. natedog39

    natedog39 Borderline Beefcake

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    Trucks like this are also inspiration for this build.
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    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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  3. natedog39

    natedog39 Borderline Beefcake

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    Ready to go under the knife.

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    The remains of the "custom" limo style seats the PO had installed.
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    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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  4. natedog39

    natedog39 Borderline Beefcake

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    Before,,,,,
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    Now with a sunroof.
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  5. natedog39

    natedog39 Borderline Beefcake

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    Out with the windows.
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    Getting this down off the ceiling was fun.
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  6. madjimbo

    madjimbo Hertz, Donut?

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    This should be fun!


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  7. natedog39

    natedog39 Borderline Beefcake

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    No turnin back now!
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    That's it for this weekend but there'll be more rippin and tearin tomorrow.
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  8. Redne Dab

    Redne Dab Poseur Extraordinaire

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  9. RonkoRider

    RonkoRider Wrong Island, NY

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  10. seriousracer

    seriousracer be a man dodge tree bark

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    i am not f***ng stupid,but i used too. niles mi.
    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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  11. FXRocket

    FXRocket Phoneticide Squad

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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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  12. Uncle Pollo

    Uncle Pollo Long timer

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    This is going to be good1

    De luxo moto touring mothership?
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  13. Spark Plug

    Spark Plug Low on compression

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    Cool build
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  14. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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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?

    Jim :brow
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  15. hillbillypolack

    hillbillypolack Grumpy Old Goat

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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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  16. NomadRip

    NomadRip Always a n00b

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    This should be interesting.
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  17. DakarNick

    DakarNick Swabee

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    Subscribed!
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  18. RevBill

    RevBill Irreverent Reverend

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    .. absolutely a braver man than I .. awesome project ..
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  19. Colemanfu

    Colemanfu King of all manfu

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    Cool.
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  20. fullmonte

    fullmonte Reformed Kneedragger

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    You could've done this...
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    As others have said, this will be interesting.:lol3
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