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Old 09-19-2013, 10:16 PM   #31
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Old 10-01-2013, 08:18 AM   #32
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Concerning the drive shaft rotation. I'm a former marine mechanic (almost 25 years). Done a lot of repowers and such. Back in the old days when they wanted counter rotating props (before counter rotating engines), they would install one engine facing fore and the other facing aft. Any chance you can turn the engine and trans around and use a v-drive type gearbox to get your rotation issue solved? Not sure what kind of room you have to deal with but many times the modern engines are smaller and lighter and might afford you the room. Just a thought.

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Old 09-10-2014, 01:33 AM   #33
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We found a solution to the reversing issue. A 1 to 1 gearbox for $3000 manufactured by a gear company and warrantied. So we are continuing our work on the rv portion when it cools down. We plan to move into it to save up money for the new engine and transmission. I will post updates as I get work done.
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Old 09-10-2014, 10:27 PM   #34
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Re: 1964 Bristol Lodekka- Double Decker Bus

After reading your thread, I don't feel so bad with replacing my motor decision. But I do so LOVE YOUR BUS! I really hope your gear box solves your issue. It would be so cool to see your bus out and about at a park one day! If it isn't too much of a pain, I'd love to see more pics of the interior. I haven't been on a dd in years!

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Old 09-10-2014, 11:41 PM   #35
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Re: 1964 Bristol Lodekka- Double Decker Bus

I almost bought one of these old British DD buses a while back, but the engine/transmission/rear axle updates sort of derailed the whole idea. I was wondering at the time if a person could put a Cummins 5.9L or 8.3L diesel in the rear like a diesel pusher motorhome, and a MT643 Allison transmission for a bullet proof set-up. If it could be somehow managed, a person could put the radiator up front like an older Rockwell rear diesel pusher motorhome I had once. In fact if it could be made to work somehow, a person could buy a wrecked diesel pusher motorhome for the engine, trans and rear axle, or buy a good diesel pusher skoolie for the same components. Just a thought-
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Old 08-07-2016, 09:54 PM   #36
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Hi everybody. We had to stop working on the bus because of life stuff, but we are back at it again and planning to live in it. I just thought I would update this thread and let you all know that we have a new site up. Doubledeckerdreamhome.com. We had to surrender gonewiththewenns.com because a couple of wynns did gonewiththewynns.com. It is a bummer but I think somebody will have a tougher time copying our new bus name. =) We will be updating the site more as time goes on with pictures, video and general info. I will also start updating this tread.

Currently, my challenge is finding insurance. All the major insurance companies have said they do not cover double deckers, much less double decker conversions. Any advice?
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