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Old 02-05-2016, 12:34 PM   #31
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I think buying a bus this old is a huge gamble, mentally prepare to just throw it away purchase price before submitting a bid. I've been looking into the cost of overhauling mechanical work, it just won't work. Just donate to homeless people, so that someone else can have roof over when they sleep.
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Old 02-06-2016, 02:46 PM   #32
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Anybody know the best way to remove the body, I could still get alot of use out of it around here with just a flatbed. My original plan for it was a toy hauler, I could still haul toys with a flatbed.
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Old 02-06-2016, 04:07 PM   #33
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Anybody know the best way to remove the body, I could still get alot of use out of it around here with just a flatbed. My original plan for it was a toy hauler, I could still haul toys with a flatbed.
I watched a video, someone completely skinning off the shells of school bus, don't seem anything difficult other than muscle grease. It appears as this bus has a cracked frame, nothing you can do to fix it. I hear all metals will naturally fatigue over the ages, but this one looks extreme. These is no fix for such bus because chances are metal has given up its strength, crack is only a visual warning.

If I was an owner, I would feel extremely fortunate that problem was discovered off the road. Nothing in this world would make me more disguising than accidentally hurting some innocent people/animal because my aged bus fell apart in the highway. I may put into jailhouse or seriously injured myself as a result, but guilty consciousness will never be gone until the last breadth of mine.
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Old 02-06-2016, 09:57 PM   #34
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Where are you located, OP?
(sorry if I've already asked you before, it happens)
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Old 02-07-2016, 12:28 AM   #35
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Where are you located, OP?
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Stonewall, Oklahoma the southeastern part of Oklahoma
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Old 02-13-2016, 09:45 PM   #36
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I wouldn't waster my time either. What you have would take new steel to properly fix. Welding the cracks will only cause the cracks to reform at the toe of the weld, so welding will never fix it.

I've never seen anything like this before. I can't imagine the amount of constant flex/bouncing that would have to occur. And remember, the suspension saw all of that stuff too so who knows how good any of that is. Your best bet is to punt that one and find something else.
If you drill a 1/8 inch hole at either end of the crack and vee out the crack with a grinder, you can successfully weld it up with no problem. That being said it would be a lot of work to bring this one back into shape but doable. Penetration of the weld is the key
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Old 02-14-2016, 05:50 PM   #37
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I've decided to cut the entire body off, all the way up to the back of the passenger door, and then build back 8ft with all new materials, hopefully as shown in the picture. And leave the rest as a flatbed. This way I can get bigger toys on it, and then when I'm not out riding, we can use it to haul hay, or firewood, or anything.
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Old 02-21-2016, 02:51 PM   #38
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Our day couldn't get more redneck than this, flatbed skoolie, and the Daytona 500
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Old 02-21-2016, 04:56 PM   #39
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I hope you enjoyed the race. I like the way you turned a bad situation into a workable solution.
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Old 02-22-2016, 06:32 AM   #40
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I hope you enjoyed the race. I like the way you turned a bad situation into a workable solution.
Thank you, JA Savage. The race was very good, that last lap was unbelievable!
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