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Old 07-13-2005, 04:12 PM   #11
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bad guess..mine came without any seats outside of the drivers seat *S* nice bus..gives me a few ideas for mine
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Old 07-14-2005, 01:31 AM   #12
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wow! what a skoolie...er skewly!!!

Slade...wow...all I can say is WOW!
Your conversion is beautiful!
I have to know...how long is your bus? My husband and I are bidding on a S1700 tomorrow, and it is not a mini, but shorter than a 48 passenger. It holds about 20 passengers plus a couple of wheel chairs. As I was going through your site, I kept telling the husband...ooo he has a shower!!! I want a shower hahah.
Your kitchen area is exactly the kind of thing I have been thinking about. A microwave is just fine for a lot of stuff...and the bar sink was pure genius really. Yours is the first I have seen with a full fridge in it too.
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Old 07-14-2005, 12:37 PM   #13
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i'm jealous.
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Old 07-15-2005, 02:08 AM   #14
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bus specs

I should have put some specs on my site. I think I will add that. To answer your question about length -

The bus is 30.5 feet long from bumper to bumper outside and about 25 feet from the dashboard to the rear wall, so there is 25 feet by about 7.5 feet of useable space inside. It is definitely not a shortie bus but it isn't a full-length bus either. The gross weight is listed at 23000 lbs, which is cool because that means I don't need a CDL to drive it, even if it isn't registered as an RV.

I made a bunch of sleeping quarters in my bus because of my large family requirements. If I hadn't needed all of the bed space, I would have had a ton of room for other things in this bus. It is pretty large, at least to me.

I have an drivetrain related question for anyone who knows (I will post a similar question in the appropriate section of the forum also): My bus has a 6.9 litre diesel motor but I don't know anything about the transmission and/or the rear differential. Where do I find that out? Is there a panel somewhere in the engine compartment that will tell me? I have looked, I just don't really know what I am looking for.
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Old 07-15-2005, 10:56 AM   #15
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thanks

ahhh...it looks to be the same size we were looking at. I think that is a great size, not too big, not too small.
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Old 07-15-2005, 02:55 PM   #16
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Is your bus a Thomas-built Bus? I can't recall identifying it from the pictures. The interior space and length you mention is pretty much exactly what mine is, and mine's a 60 child/40 adult passenger bus.

On my bus, the "Line Ticket" is mounted on the back of the air intake structure on the front of the hood. Mine's an '85 International S-1800. The "Line Ticket" is the manufacturer's specs about everything installed on the bus (when it was manufactured -- school district could have made modifications over the years), and includes the information you are looking for. I have also heard that line tickets have been found behind the glovebox. My line ticket is a piece of paper about 4" wide by 12" tall that is stuck to the fiberglass with some clear tape or something like that.

That reminds me, I need to copy down all that information, as the ticket is beginning to show signs of wear.
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Old 07-15-2005, 05:25 PM   #17
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line ticket

I found the line ticket, thanks. It was taped to the hood in a spot I hadn't noticed before.

I will post a new topic in conversion discussion with more on this subject.
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Old 07-16-2005, 01:14 AM   #18
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Very well done, from the ground up! Nice and clean... and exactly what you wanted.

Great job.
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Old 10-21-2005, 11:19 AM   #19
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Finally finished

Well, I finally finished this thing in early September and took it on a good trip. It was great. I just got a new job that I have to relocate for and I am actually going to live in the bus for a few months, it is comfortable enough to do it. Let me know what you think of the finished product.

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Old 10-21-2005, 06:48 PM   #20
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Performance Specs

Oh, I forgot to mention how this think performs on the road.

I have a 6.9 Liter motor with a 5 speed manual transmission.

I don't trust the speedometer in this thing, so all of my speed numbers are based on GPS data.

On the Interstate flat and level the top speed is 63.1 MPH @ 2900RPM. It won't do more than 3100 RPM and about 66.2 MPH on a steep Interstate grade (5%). Both of those numbers are pedal-to-the-floor. If I put it in Neutral and coast downhill on a short stretch I can get about 67.3 MPH (the motor is at idle at that point). On one really long downhill stretch in PA I got it to 75.1 MPH. Yes I am insane, no I don't recommend you try it. I just had to know what it would do. I was still being passed by almost everybody else.

Downhill off of the interstate with steeper grades, it would get scary so I usually coasted in 4th at about 45 MPH or 5th gear at less than 60 MPH.

Uphill on the Interstate (5% grade) I can't leave it in 5th gear, it just doesn't have the juice. In 4th gear it will do about 43.5 MPH with the pedal to the floor. On non-interstate roads with steeper uphill grades I was sometimes getting 27 MPH or less in 3rd gear and straining to do it.

All-in-all performance was better than I expected on flat and level ground and worse than I expected uphill. It wasn't a bad cruiser, just a little bit loud.

It burned about 1 quart of oil every 200 miles like clockwork. I just kept a gallon of Rotella-T onhand at all times and everything was great. Gas (Diesel) mileage was pretty good for as big and heavy as it is. About 8-10 MPG depending on how much of a lead-foot I was being. It never ran hot, it always had good oil pressure and it started and ran like a champ. I'm pretty happy with it.
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