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Old 10-07-2012, 07:29 PM   #1
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I've been browsing here for years and with the lack of traffic, and the fact I am layed up with an injury I thought I'd finally post pics of the old girl.







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Old 10-07-2012, 07:33 PM   #2
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Old 10-07-2012, 07:35 PM   #3
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Old 10-07-2012, 07:54 PM   #4
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I bought the bus in 2000 I think. It was converted already, owned by extended family that traveled in it. They said they had been to Canada in it, rebuilt the engine when they returned and ended up moving on to campers. I haven't used her much. I decided I should be enjoying her. The engine is 330 ft, 4 spd, the low side of the rear is in the 8's, high side is in the 6's. It runs great, did the following recently:

Radiator rebuild
plugs,wires,cap,points,cond,cap rotor
belts,hoses
carb rebuild
brake booster
diff and tranny oil
modern gm alternator
fuel pump
tires
roof paint
painted the trim a lighter color
battery
fuel tank cleaned and gauge fixed
new fuel lines
stereo
it goes on

Trying to do as much preventative as reasonable.

She runs and drives great, the back is to haul dirt bikes. Got all ready to use her and then I did this:
















Injury pics.
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Old 10-07-2012, 07:58 PM   #5
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I'm thinking now I will pull my jeep with the bus now.
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Ouch! I hurt just looking at it. Sorry that happened. Not sure how it happened.
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Nice "Old School" rig --- And given the name "MotoBus" combined with what appeared to be a homemade jump ramp in one of the pix...I'll venture a guess that the injury just might somehow possibly be scooter related?

What kind of bike?
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Old 10-08-2012, 11:44 AM   #8
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Thanks,

I broke the foot crashing my 07 yz450f. I was on the brakes, it was dry and slick and I low sided, nothing spectacular. I fell to my right and the toe of my right boot stuck in the ground as the bike landed on my heal. At least that's how I think it happened.

I had been using a cargo van going to the track, but always wanted to use the bus. I had been working on it, and driving it some to gain faith in it. I dread having mechanical problems on my one day off to ride.

Now with the broken foot, including a LesFranc Joint injury (long time healing) I'm not to excited to ride again. The bus has pulled 4x4's in the past, the new plan is to take 4 wheeling up again.

I'm thinking portable welder, air compressor, parts tools in the back. Or, I could chop 8-10 ft. off and piggy back a jeep, pulling another rig. I see car haulers with a bunch of weight way in the back, anyone have any experience with how this works out?

I'm always looking for newer buses though, a lot of bus haulers end up sold cheap.

Any feedback appreciated.
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Old 06-01-2013, 04:37 PM   #9
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Just took the maiden voyage with a trailer I modified. I had the gooseneck trailer already, couldn't decide weather to start all over with another trailer, lengthen it, or do what I did. The ramp structure was part of another trailer I had already. I'm a little proud of the hitch attachment, it comes off. It cost me about $50, material I already had, and a couple days labor.

I wasn't sure if I liked it or not but after pulling it with my pickup and bus, it is growing on me. Both axles have good brakes, I have a controller in the bus. I probably need tires for the trailer. The Ole bus needs to be split shifted with that much load.
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Just took the maiden voyage with a trailer I modified. I had the gooseneck trailer already, couldn't decide weather to start all over with another trailer, lengthen it, or do what I did. The ramp structure was part of another trailer I had already. I'm a little proud of the hitch attachment, it comes off. It cost me about $50, material I already had, and a couple days labor.

I wasn't sure if I liked it or not but after pulling it with my pickup and bus, it is growing on me. Both axles have good brakes, I have a controller in the bus. I probably need tires for the trailer. The Ole bus needs to be split shifted with that much load.
What happens if you pull into a parking lot with a steep ramp? Does the top of the gooseneck hit the back door of the bus? Kinda hard to see the arrangement in this photo.
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