School Bus Only Thread

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

  1. Dorito

    Dorito Dreamer and Doer

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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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  2. bk brkr baker

    bk brkr baker Long timer

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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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  3. Attico

    Attico Wrong way 'round

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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". :D
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  4. Danger4u2

    Danger4u2 KX500 is Danger4u2

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    I wanted a U-Haul type slide in ramp but the 3rd member on the rear end sticks up to much. Also I would have to modify many cross members. For now, with the added deck I use my aluminum ramp I use with my pick up. It's a folder so it's as wide as a tailgate. So far I have been able to back up to a small hill for less angle. On flat ground the p.u. ramp is to short and the angel will bottom the bike. The deck adds 4 feet, maybe a shortened version of my fire engine ladder ramp would work in a slide in configuration.


    2 of my friends inner redneck borders on inner hillbilly. Commenting on the deck, one say's mount a skeet thrower and the other say's bolt on a Lazy- boy with a seat belt.
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  5. Danger4u2

    Danger4u2 KX500 is Danger4u2

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    I've had a little time to work on the bus. Sand blasted the framework, front/ rear bumpers and boxed in the C-channel.
    Primed and painted. I hope this is the last time to put it back together.


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    I cut the holes for the lights.

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  6. Danger4u2

    Danger4u2 KX500 is Danger4u2

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    I made time to work on the bus and made some real head way. I finished the wiring for the lights in the decks bumper. I'm 2 inches short of the length that requires me to have brake/tail and blinker lights in the decks bumper. I don't need some over zealous cop pulling me over just to find out I'm not breaking the rules. So, to stop that problem I installed the lights. Plus it adds to the safety factor. Short video of the lights. Click picture.

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    The sequencing turn signals give it a cool look.
    http://www.superbrightleds.com/more.../turn-signal-truck-light-pt-a35-sfa/558/1760/

    I also replaced all the brake, tail and turn lights on the bus. These are direct swap. Take off the old, cut the wires, splice in the new wires and screw on the new LED lights.
    http://www.superbrightleds.com/moreinfo/truck-bus/sb7-series-round-bus-lamp/566/

    For $5 dollars each I added a brake light strobe module to the 2 brake lights on the bus. If/when I add back up lights in the deck bumper I will add the strobe module to them.
    http://www.superbrightleds.com/moreinfo/strobe-controllers/brake-light-strobe-module/195/845/

    I ground off all the sharp edges left from cutting the legs from the deck, beefed up some welds and painted.

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  7. Danger4u2

    Danger4u2 KX500 is Danger4u2

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    Took the quad out on the bus for the first time. Went well until time to leave. Yes it's Winter here and wet.
    The tires were wet and muddy as I loaded, the right front tire got into the tail light, breaking the housing.
    $10 dollar fix. I need to replace them with low profile L.E.D. lights and build a protective ring around it.
    My ramp needs to be 3 feet longer or park next to a small hill. The deck will work but at some point
    I want an overhead or a swing door on the back. It sucks if I want to take the quad and pick up friends
    along the way we have to unload the quad to load bikes into the bus. I also worry about the quad getting
    ripped when I'm riding one of the bikes.

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