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Old 10-28-2011, 02:39 PM   #21
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Re: Gameseven's skoolie Kenworth Pacific's

Hello, I have a 56 kw with a diesel conversion. I really love mine.. I believe pacific was bought out by gillig in 57 ending the kw pacific bus. so what year is your bus #2 kenworth and who built the body ?.. also on your 56 bus, did you have any type of power steering? Thanks johng
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Old 10-31-2011, 12:46 AM   #22
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Hello,
Both of my KW's were 57's. No power steering on either which made it a chore to drive at times. Did you get yours in the Northwest?
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Old 10-31-2011, 02:50 AM   #23
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Yes bus is from the northwest.. serviced the small town I presently live in. (battleground wa) Only a few hundred miles from the plant it was manufactured at..
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Old 10-31-2011, 03:01 AM   #24
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Hello 56kw,
Very cool !!! Would love to see some pics !!! Did yours have power steering ?
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Old 10-31-2011, 02:32 PM   #25
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have a few pics in a post under mechanical and drivetrain..One big difference I see between the 56 and 57 model. Is the rear of the 56 appears more slopped like the earlier bus's. and has 2 small rear windows, and no power steering. something I hope to remedy in the future.
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Old 10-31-2011, 02:54 PM   #26
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hello Ryan,
It is lake Isabella in central California. I also used a combination of metal studs and track in both of my busses. It is so easy to screw down some track on the floor and the ceiling and put in a stud. I used some wood studs and some metal ones. Once you use liquid nails and sheating, the walls are much stronger than anything you would find in a traditional motorhome/trailer. I used self drilling and drywall screws and I was pretty close to being done with framing in less than two days. It is definately the way to go if anyone is considering using the metal framing !!!
Oh and I love your bluebird conversion, It looks great. I am getting excited again, but I want the shorty this time.............
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I will be sure to vist Lake Isabella. Looks wonderful.

I have grown to love metal framing. So much easier than wood, in my opinion. I started sheeting walls last week and ran into a few spots where I wanted some extra backing. No problem, grab a 20 ga stud and make a few cuts. Done and Done! Did not even have to leave the interior of the bus.
I have added a bit of liquid nails to some key areas but so far I've been relying on metal screws. Do you think I should liquid nail the entire thing?
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Old 10-31-2011, 03:32 PM   #27
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Old 10-31-2011, 10:55 PM   #28
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I used tons of liquid nails. not sure if it was needed but it sure made things strong !!!! It was so cheap back then. like .69 a tube. Now it is like 2.00. How everything has went up !!!!!
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This is a friend of mine and his 1955 Pacific bus.
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Old 02-26-2015, 10:38 PM   #30
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That bus looks very familiar! Did it come from Eugene Oregon by chance? My sister was building a bus but never finished it and also another friend was building one but did not finish it either. That bus looks like both of them.
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