A brief introduction, I started my bus in 2003 and have made many changes but have yet to actually start on the inside of the bus.
is where I have posted most of my activities since I retired late 2002.
It's great to see this site with all the progress that others have made and I feel reinspired, if that's the word, to hang in there for one more year and hopefully see this through.
The bus was purchased from a local heavy equipment and truck dealer. In Gillette Wyoming after it was traded in by the Campbell County school District for a new Thomas. The dealer gave the school district $500 trade in and I bought the bus for $800.
The 3208 Caterpillar was reported to be a fresh rebuild with only 15,000 miles on it and the Allison T6 transmission was dry and no leaks.
The Eaton 5:31 differential was replaced with a 2:90 Rockwell. Fuel mileage increased from 6 miles per gallon to 10 miles per gallon, cruise rpm reduced from 3000 rpm at 60 miles an hour to 2300 rpm at 75 miles an hour.
It's great fun to drive and pass all the semi trucks that are governed at 62 mph.
I've added a bay with two 5000 W generators and installed 80 gallon propane tanks underneath. I plan to have tankless water heaters for the shower and kitchen. The toilet is the incinerator's style, hopefully eliminating any need for black water tanks.
The interior is still to be done and the installation of fresh water and gray water holding tanks and all the associated plumbing wiring cabinetry and carpentry, flooring and hardware.
I'm headed for quartzite Arizona next week with my project and my tools.
Tow car is an old 67 Porsche 912 that could stand a few weeks in the garage itself.
Between my interest in guitars, computers, arts and generally just having a good time at being retired takes up most of my day and leaves little time for bus conversions. Good thing I'm not a deadline.
But I do have a question I've converted to LED lights everywhere and I can't remember if the rear clearance lights on the sides were amber or red, does it matter?
Miles B. Mulloy