School Bus Only Thread

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by Danger4u2, Jul 1, 2012.

  1. Danger4u2

    Danger4u2 KX500 is Danger4u2

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    I've thought about it, I should say I've worried about not having it. With the tool boxes and the configuration of the seats it would be complicated to build a cage/partition. 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.:evil The 5 bikes on the sides of the isle sit in Condor wheel chocks bolted to the floor. I haven't done it yet but I think I can fit 4 bikes in the isle. I have 1 free standing Condor wheel chock and I'm watching Craigslist for 3 more. All bikes get a 4 point tie down. Tool boxes are bolted to the wall and floor. Gear, tents, boots....................are stashed between the wall and the bikes, near the back of the bus. If I do have a crash I'm hoping the bikes will contain most of the items from flying/sliding forward.
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  2. Sniper X

    Sniper X De Oppresso Liber

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    There is a guy here who sells used School Buses on Cl pretty cheap. He sells full sized ones for 1200 and I may sell my camping trailer and buy one. I'll convert it to an RV of course.
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  3. EvanADV

    EvanADV Big Bearded Boy

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    Where's he located?

    I've always loved the idea of a Skoolie conversion.
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  4. Hardware02

    Hardware02 Long timer

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    Actually, fabbing a partition out of expanded metal would be pretty straightforward.
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  5. Hardware02

    Hardware02 Long timer

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    The lift is neat, but it adds weight and takes up space, plus it's mechanically complicated when compared to a lightweight folding ramp.
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  6. nadams

    nadams Been here awhile

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    I wonder if you could buy something pre-made? For example, what they use on prisoner transport busses to separate the inmates from the driver/wardens. Then it would even have a nice passthrough door.
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  7. Sniper X

    Sniper X De Oppresso Liber

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    Somewhere near Albuquerque New Mexico. His cl ads are in the albuquerque cl.
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  8. Hardware02

    Hardware02 Long timer

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    Probably, but building one from scratch would be so easy and that includes a door.
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  9. Danger4u2

    Danger4u2 KX500 is Danger4u2

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    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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  10. fullmonte

    fullmonte Reformed Kneedragger

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    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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  11. sledgegreen

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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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  12. Danger4u2

    Danger4u2 KX500 is Danger4u2

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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.
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  13. Hardware02

    Hardware02 Long timer

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    Yeah, your plan sounds simple, straightforward and effective. I'm looking forward to seeing the build and final results.
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  14. DirtyDog

    DirtyDog Lust for dust.

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  15. Danger4u2

    Danger4u2 KX500 is Danger4u2

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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.

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    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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    How'd I do?

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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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  16. Danger4u2

    Danger4u2 KX500 is Danger4u2

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    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.

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    Fine thread 5/8th inch bolts.

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  17. jtb

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

    We don't get them in AUS so you better tell me what we're missing out on!:lol3
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  18. natedog39

    natedog39 Borderline Beefcake

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    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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  19. Danger4u2

    Danger4u2 KX500 is Danger4u2

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    Tool boxes are now mounted to the floor and wall. Much safer.

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    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.

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    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/moreinfo/truck-bus/sb7-series-round-bus-lamp/566/

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    I mounted a strobe on each of the LED brake lights. Can't beat 5 dollars each.
    http://www.superbrightleds.com/moreinfo/strobe-controllers/brake-light-strobe-module/195/845/

    I changed the 1157 bulbs in the trailer looking lights with LED 1157 replacement bulbs.
    http://www.superbrightleds.com/more...ed-bulb-dual-intensity-26-smd-led-tower/1166/

    I will install sequencing turn signals in the deck bumper and break lights.
    http://www.superbrightleds.com/more.../turn-signal-truck-light-pt-a35-sfa/558/1760/

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    The round disc's are red LED electronic flares.

    http://www.superbrightleds.com/more...in-1-super-bright-led-safety-flare/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.

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    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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  20. Danger4u2

    Danger4u2 KX500 is Danger4u2

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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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