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Old 09-27-2005, 07:24 PM   #21
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Old 10-02-2006, 07:19 AM   #22
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Hey JSBIRD69 first off I just want to say nice job on your conversion.

Does your bus ride better engine in the rear?

It seems in my flat front - front engine bus it rides nice in the front where all the weight is, but the rear rides really rough. Probably because it now rides around basically empty compared to being full of kids.
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Old 10-11-2006, 12:20 AM   #23
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Thanks for the props!

I don't have any experience with a front engined bus, so I can't be much help there.
I do a lot of driving in the mountains of the western US, and wanted a pusher so I didn't lose torque to a long driveshaft.

I have plenty of weight on my front axle, with a 60 gallon diesel tank right behind the right front wheel, and an 86 gallon propane tank behind the left front wheel.

I have plenty of weight in the rear too...86 gallons of fresh water under the bed, directly over the rear axle.
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Old 11-16-2006, 02:12 PM   #24
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I go away for a bit....nice job...makes me want my bus all the more.
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Old 06-03-2007, 09:02 PM   #25
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Re: Colorado Thomas SaftLiner conversion project pics

I've slacked off my coach for a while in order to get a building up and get us out of the weather. I've made a few new additions in the last year, but recently sold some property on the Gulf Coast, and will soon try to complete more, as well as the drivers area.
I fnally found a good deal on a new ProHeat 45XL that I'll use with two Myson toekicks, and the coach heater core to help me get through the next Colorado winter.

I've been away for a while, but was pleasantly surprised to see how many new projects you guys have going. Great work and I'll be back more often.

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Old 06-04-2007, 12:20 PM   #26
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Re: Colorado Thomas SaftLiner conversion project pics

Hey TomCat,

I looked over your site, and may I first add, WOW, what a great job !!

All accolades aside, I noticed you have the same front door as I do, just that I bought mine without a door jamb. Did you have to fab up a door jamb, or did it come with the door? I don't know the manufacturer or the model # of the door, so....
Can you help a brother out ??
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Old 06-04-2007, 03:55 PM   #27
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Re: Colorado Thomas SaftLiner conversion project pics

Thanks for the props, Dog.

The entry door on my coach was custom made for the opening by http://all-rite.com and came complete with all hardware and frame. If you have to buy something from them, get a friend who owns a business to open an account with them first, it'll save you about 50%.
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Old 06-04-2007, 04:13 PM   #28
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Cool..... Thanks for the quick reply....
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