Dr Frankenstien gets his hands on a transit bus.

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

  1. AWM

    AWM Beard Bros Racing

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    Wow all the doubt!!!!!!!!

    I'm with ya,pal.You demo,,,,i'll be there for the inside work.:lol3

    If you guys saw the inside of that fifth wheel,and the huge garage in it,,,you'd understand.
    Or seen how little that 1 ton Dodge diesel looks under that trailer,there'd be no questions.:thumb
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  2. BluePill

    BluePill AARP Slacker

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    I'm glad you're using the sawzall and not the plasma cutter - otherwise we might have to revoke your Team Ghetto membership.:lol3
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  3. UpST8

    UpST8 turnin gas to noise

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    It's a great, ballsy project and I am in!! Maybe I will see this thing up close before the leaves fall?! :lurk

    Off topic- When is the Natedog Billy Goat ride? :lol3
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  4. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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  5. Illiumrider

    Illiumrider Been here awhile

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  6. BK.RD.RNR

    BK.RD.RNR Torque Stick

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  7. crankshaft

    crankshaft Guns are for pussies

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    :rofl


    Having slept in his driveway, I can totally see what you mean!
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  8. BluePill

    BluePill AARP Slacker

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    So, do we start now with name suggestions?

    Frankinbus

    Frankintruck

    Dog Wagon

    Nathan's Famous...............................
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  9. I_FLY_LOW

    I_FLY_LOW Long timer

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    Bangbus....

    In for the ride...
    Looks like a sweet project...
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  10. FXRocket

    FXRocket Phoneticide Squad

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    Do you have any concerns about the front axle weight rating/capacity when you do that?
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  11. c.herman126

    c.herman126 Been here awhile

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    This is great Nate! I'm really glad to see some action with this bus and I think you've got a great plan together. Keep on rockin!
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  12. natedog39

    natedog39 Borderline Beefcake

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    Not really,,,,i'll be aware of the front suspension action however. I'd be very surprised if moving the rear axle would load the front more than the springs could handle. I think I'll look at the front axle weight rating just for the hell of it though.

    It's also shedding weight at the same time. Between the body that's coming off,,i'm also removing the original A/C system which is massive.
    It weighs 13,400 lbs to start with and i'll be weighing it again when I'm done.
    GVW is 16,000 lbs.
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  13. natedog39

    natedog39 Borderline Beefcake

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    Ghetto bus man!
    It's grown on me too much to change it now.:D
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  14. natedog39

    natedog39 Borderline Beefcake

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  15. natedog39

    natedog39 Borderline Beefcake

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    That's funny,,,,That boat looks way more daunting to me.
    I worked in our body shop at the School for 6 years and have ripped pretty deep into school buses replacing wheel wells,roof bows and assorted panels that I'm sure it was something I could handle.
    So far It's been going as planned and I'm pretty exited about the whole thing. I doubt you'll see anything like it on the road.:nod
    It seems to have generated a fair bit of interest here which is nice too see.
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  16. DakarNick

    DakarNick Swabee

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    What's your loaded 5th wheel weight and also the pin weight?

    I don't remember what to guesstimate for pin weight on a 5th, 25%?
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  17. crankshaft

    crankshaft Guns are for pussies

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    Will you have it done for the 6 days of Michigan? I really think we could all ride in style if you can get it done:lol3
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  18. natedog39

    natedog39 Borderline Beefcake

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    I want to say 2,000 to 2,500 lbs . The axle ratings on the bus are 6,000 lbs front ,,10,000 lbs rear.
    On the subject of weight,,,I did look a little bit for the specs on this thing with no luck.
    Marcopolo and Oshkosh have web sites but I couldn't find a gross combined weight rating for this vehical. I'm quite sure it's capable of pulling more than my pickup truck but I'd like to know what the chassis is rated to pull just in case sombody official wants to know.
    If any of you guys are more computer savvy than me and don't mind helping me out ,,,I'd be in your debt.
    The model is 1990 Marcopolo Starship 28 on an Oshkosh chassis.
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  19. natedog39

    natedog39 Borderline Beefcake

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    Its coming along quickly,,,I'm thinkin it will definitely be at least mobile and capable of towing in time for Black river stages.:nod
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  20. natedog39

    natedog39 Borderline Beefcake

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    The wheel wells went bye bye today and the body was officially cut in two
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