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Old 01-01-2010, 11:00 PM   #1
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Tom,

Welcome! We certainly love pictures. This is a great place to be. Best of luck to you. No idea is too crazy or weird. Looks like a pretty solid foundation to start with there!

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Old 01-02-2010, 06:54 PM   #2
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Welcome aboard your definitely in the right spot!

You'll find the mild to the wild here and lots of knowledgeable folks that have been there and done that!
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Old 01-04-2010, 11:19 PM   #3
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Welcome, It appears we have the same bus!!! OK mines not orange anymore but hey you get the picture. It sound like your up for adventure and you have found the right crowd. Enjoy your build and yes details are an essential keep us updated...
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Old 01-07-2010, 06:05 PM   #4
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The DT466 is THE engine of choice if you have a choice. Most of the school bus folks and mechanics I know at the different school districts I check in with would prefer the DT466 above anything CAT or even Cummins, not to mention the Detroits and MB diesels! 2000 bucks for the bus is about right, hopefully the tires are really nice, and it has air brakes! The ideal auto transmission would be the Allison MT643, but if you can row thru your own gears, the 5-spd would be ok too. 200K on the clock is not bad, it could be closing in on time to do an injecter pump and injectors depending on the quality of the fuel used so far, and the degree of good maintance it hopefully has had. If it came from the mountains, a top cruising speed of 55-60 might be max due to the lower gearing for power on the hills. Keep us posted on how the trip goes, we will look forward to more updates!
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Old 01-10-2010, 04:41 PM   #5
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Sweet ride. Good score. Welcome to the madness once more!!! Good luck with that baby!
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Old 01-12-2010, 02:50 PM   #6
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I have to agree with Smitty on the insulation part of it. Those tin roofs heat up very quickly in direct sunlight and can turn the bus into an oven.
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Old 01-13-2010, 12:34 AM   #7
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The Best thing to do would be to put furring strips on the ribs, put hard foam insulation in, then put some sort of wood on top and use screws that dont go all the way through the strips. The strips keep heat from flowing through the metal to the inside through the ribs and screws, and also allow you a little more space to fit insulation in. Only problem with it is that it eats up some of your inside space.
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Old 01-17-2010, 09:06 AM   #8
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Looking back on it I wished I'd had taken the time to strip mine all the way down. I did scrap the seats, and any other metal I got out of it. All said and done was a $100 return.
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Old 01-17-2010, 09:09 AM   #9
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Looking good!

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For the tool impaired... wth is a BFH?
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