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Old 05-08-2014, 02:16 PM   #1
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96 International 3800

Here's the beginning of our conversion project:
Exterior

Interior


Engine Tag


Vital stats:

96 International 3800, Thomas chassis, 22 seats, 11 windows.
57,000 Miles, DT466, 5 speed manual Spicer transmission, 4.44 Rear end.
No school bus lighting or wiring to contend with, 78" ceilings, floor is mat over metal (no plywood).
Tape deck/AM-FM radio, exhaust brake, brakes pads are new, tires look very good.
Seller threw in a new clutch that he had around the shop as a spare part. New manuals.
Seems to be governed at 60 mph in 5th gear with pedal to the floor.
Fuel tank looks small, I know some of his other buses had 35 gallon tanks and I hope that's not the case with this one. I cannot find a tag on the tank anywhere.

Purpose:

Standard skoolie conversion for Alaska travel and possible lower 48 trip next year, ski hauler?? We need more sleeping space than anything else.

Progress so far:

My crew got most of the seats out in a few hours. They came out a lot easier than the seats in our previous short bus.
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Old 05-08-2014, 02:22 PM   #2
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Re: 96 International 3800

Welcome! Looks like an awesome, clean bus. The High-roof thomas ones are great, mine is like yours but with a rear engine. The DT466 is a great motor, simple and easy to fix. It may be governed by engine speed. Looks like there is minimal if any rust! Great score.
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Old 05-08-2014, 02:40 PM   #3
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Re: 96 International 3800

Yes, this bus has minimal rust for an Alaskan rig of its age. This bus was run mostly during the summer months and then sat idle during wintertime. I'm open to any suggestions or ideas from folks!
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Old 05-08-2014, 03:03 PM   #4
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Re: 96 International 3800

Only three recommendations. Do it your way...make it your own...have fun.

Welcome to the Madhouse & keep the pix coming! Don't hesitate to ask technical & specific questions. Lots of experience here to draw from.
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Old 05-10-2014, 09:08 PM   #5
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Nice bus!

That is an awesome crew! You're building memories that will last a life time. I wish I would have did a conversion when my kids were younger.

Have you had a chance to calculate mileage yet? I'm thought about looking for a manual as well; for the better gas mileage.

Hope your build goes well!

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Old 05-10-2014, 09:30 PM   #6
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Re: 96 International 3800

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Originally Posted by sickrunvanyardsale
Here's the beginning of our conversion project:
Exterior

Interior


Engine Tag


Vital stats:

96 International 3800, Thomas chassis, 22 seats, 11 windows.
57,000 Miles, DT466, 5 speed manual Spicer transmission, 4.44 Rear end.
No school bus lighting or wiring to contend with, 78" ceilings, floor is mat over metal (no plywood).
Tape deck/AM-FM radio, exhaust brake, brakes pads are new, tires look very good.
Seller threw in a new clutch that he had around the shop as a spare part. New manuals.
Seems to be governed at 60 mph in 5th gear with pedal to the floor.
Fuel tank looks small, I know some of his other buses had 35 gallon tanks and I hope that's not the case with this one. I cannot find a tag on the tank anywhere.

Purpose:

Standard skoolie conversion for Alaska travel and possible lower 48 trip next year, ski hauler?? We need more sleeping space than anything else.

Progress so far:

My crew got most of the seats out in a few hours. They came out a lot easier than the seats in our previous short bus.
Nice bus. Those are cool seat covers on the back. Never saw those before. Let us know your MPG once you got it.
Good luck!
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Old 05-11-2014, 08:42 PM   #7
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Re: 96 International 3800

I haven't had a chance to calculate fuel mileage yet. When we picked it up it was located about 5 miles or so from our house so it was a short drive to get it home. It's super clean so far, only found one piece of gum under a seat and that was it for garbage!
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Old 05-11-2014, 10:20 PM   #8
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As others have said, welcome to the crazy world of bus conversions. Ask lots of questions. There are great experts on this forum who love to share. Pictures are a must. There can never be enough pictures. Welcome!
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Old 05-18-2014, 08:13 PM   #9
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Re: 96 International 3800

Thanks for the good words. Seats are all out. We're saving a few to repurpose as a dinette. Now the flooring issue...



The floor is glued down to the metal pretty good. It's still very shiny looking where the glue hasn't stuck to it. We found a pea pod sized bit of rust on the right wheel well.




I read most folks take the rubber mat up to treat rust, etc. would it be a bad idea to leave the mat in place? Also the auxiliary heater... I noticed most folks take it out but being in Alaska... You know, I think it would be a good idea to leave it in?. Thanks for the suggestions.
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Old 05-18-2014, 08:29 PM   #10
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keep the heaters if you want , you will just have to make your floor plan work around it that's all. as for the rubber floor, I would get rid of it, I think they give off that nice "school bus smell" but that's just me.
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