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Old 01-31-2005, 05:16 PM   #11
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Posted some pictures:

http://www.vonslatt.com/busmain.html

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Old 01-31-2005, 11:03 PM   #12
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You should be able to get some numbers off the rear end to lookup the ratio. It very well may have highway gears since it is a transit style skoolie. Districts usually use the transit buses for highway routes or special events that require lots of highway driving. They also don't stop and go as much. The bus I rode to school was a Bluebird AARE model. I had to ride 20 miles each way.
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Old 02-15-2005, 04:16 PM   #13
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Posted some more conversion pictures . . .

http://www.vonslatt.com/busmain.html
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Old 03-01-2005, 02:54 PM   #14
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Mine is very close to the same bus, except mine has/had 14 rows of windows, and only left side and rear emergency exits.

Mine looks MUCH better after skin, windows and paint...LOL
I'd post a pic, but don't have anywhere to do so. If you want to see how it turned out, send me an email addy.
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Old 03-01-2005, 03:08 PM   #15
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Hi James,

There is a gallery on this site (you should see an icon at the very top of this page) where you can post pictures.

But I can't wait so send me one now at "jake at vonslatt dot com" !

How fast does your bus go? Does it have the CAT 3208 and the AT-545 tranny?

I was poking around under the bus the other day and discovered that mine has an MT-643 instead of the AT-545 that the placard over the drivers seat says it has - cool!

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Old 03-01-2005, 06:15 PM   #16
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Hello Jake. Thanks for the pic posting info. I emailed you 2 pics from my cell phone.

My 87 Thomas SaftLiner is powered by a 250hp Cat 3208 Turbo with 70k on a factory reman. It is linked to a Allison MT643 transmission. Skoolie gears = 2100rpm/55mph. A re-gear to 2100/65-70 is planned.

150,000 miles on the speedo, and 11,000+ hours on the tach. Former Campbell County, WY skoolie. Zero rust.

I have to confess that I'm suffering a bit of burnout, having plodded along alone, and pretty hard for 2 years, and not really seeing that much progress. After getting the bus out of the paint shop in early February, I contracted with a local cabinetmaker to basically finish the entire interior for me. In just a week he is WAYYYY ahead of where I was, and the quality of work is outstanding. He's going to handle all framing, cabinetry, wall covering, ceiling, kitchen, etc., all I have to do is keep up with his need for conversion components.
In the past 2 days, I have ordered...
26inch Sharp LCD HDTV
1500watt UPS and OmniMount for above
Sony DVD Burner/VCR Combo
Sony Dream System Home Theatre
Short Queen Sleep Number Bed 60x75
2 Toe Kick heaters
ShurFlo 5.7gpm water pump.
...with more to follow as he needs it.

If I can figure out how, I'll post progress pics from day one. If my cabinet guy can keep up, he'll be finished in 60 days.
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Old 03-01-2005, 11:40 PM   #17
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A cabinet maker on staff? Wow!

I'm going for more of a "19th Century Motorhome" look - a minimum of electronics and plenty of kerosene lighting. Alas, I think that there simply will not be room for the wood stove!

I'm also re-using as much material as possible. That aspect is actually kind of interesting as I'm finding being limited by materials is leading me to unique solutions. I'm rather pleased with how the bunks came out and I should have some pictures of the bathroom frame out up this weekend.

I've got just a little rust over the rear wheel wells, none anywhere else. I'll repair it when I paint in the spring. Mileage is unknown, as the 8900 mile's on the odo CAN'T be correct. But the Tach reads 5150 hours which is consistant with the condition of the rest of the bus.

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PS: Got the pictures, looks real nice!
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Old 03-04-2005, 09:55 PM   #18
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James, did you buy your bus at an auction from the school district in WY or from a dealer? When we were driving through WY newer Bluebird All American passes us going over 75MPH on the highway. When I can get a bus I am seriously considering buying one from WY.
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How many feet do you have from drivers seat back, and what was the pasinger cap? I kind of want a snub but I dont think it has the kind of ground clearince I need.
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Old 03-08-2005, 02:53 PM   #20
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Overall length is 36 feet, so from the back of the drivers seat back there is about 33 feet. However, the engine intrudes into the living space, there is a rear deck at seat back height that is about 1 foot wide and a rear "seat" in front of it that's about 18".

Take a look at my floor plan at the website below to get an idea.
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