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Old 05-04-2019, 09:07 PM   #1
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Bought this old Thomas a few months ago and havenít had much time to get stuff done due to work and weather. But today i was able to get it cleaned out and the holes in the floor covered up and the floor coated. Going to do another coat in the morning. Then Iíll frame it in, insulate and put down subfloor.
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Old 05-04-2019, 09:11 PM   #2
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I did add a hitch to the back bumper a couple weeks ago. Itís welded to the bumper and the plate behind the bumper.
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Old 05-04-2019, 09:18 PM   #3
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Oh and I used the factory Air Ride seat base and modified a 94 Chevy bucket seat for it. So now I have a power seat on Air!
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Old 05-04-2019, 09:31 PM   #4
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Nice looking bus! Whatís your powertrain?
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Old 05-04-2019, 09:32 PM   #5
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I did add a hitch to the back bumper a couple weeks ago. Itís welded to the bumper and the plate behind the bumper.
I had my truck's bumper blow out on me, and I built my own. The inspector guy said it had to be "flat, with no extrusions that would damage another vehicle upon impact." That was Hawai'i. Just my 2Ę
And does that mean the bumper is now welded to the frame?
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Old 05-04-2019, 10:31 PM   #6
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I had my truck's bumper blow out on me, and I built my own. The inspector guy said it had to be "flat, with no extrusions that would damage another vehicle upon impact." That was Hawai'i. Just my 2Ę
And does that mean the bumper is now welded to the frame?
I don't know what bus he has because he hasn't filled out his profile in the UserCP.
If it's anything like mine, which I did the same as him, but behind the bumper is not a plate, but a "U" channel bolted to each side of the frame. I have a plate to weld on top of the "U" channel and the receiver welded to that plate. My pin access will be behind the bumper , keeping the exposed short to avoid knee banging. That access hole will be hinged with the license on it.
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Old 05-05-2019, 10:56 PM   #7
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Nice looking bus! Whatís your powertrain?
Itís got the 8.3 liter Cummins diesel pusher. I believe the trans is the Allison 645. 🤷🏻*♂️ Canít remember.
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Old 05-05-2019, 10:58 PM   #8
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I had my truck's bumper blow out on me, and I built my own. The inspector guy said it had to be "flat, with no extrusions that would damage another vehicle upon impact." That was Hawai'i. Just my 2Ę
And does that mean the bumper is now welded to the frame?
Iím a long ways from Hawaii. Lol. I donít know what the difference would be between a little bit of hutch sticking out or a receiver and ball sticking out all the time like most pickups do. If it becomes an issue Iíll rebuild the whole bumper and flush mount it.
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Old 05-05-2019, 11:01 PM   #9
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I don't know what bus he has because he hasn't filled out his profile in the UserCP.
If it's anything like mine, which I did the same as him, but behind the bumper is not a plate, but a "U" channel bolted to each side of the frame. I have a plate to weld on top of the "U" channel and the receiver welded to that plate. My pin access will be behind the bumper , keeping the exposed short to avoid knee banging. That access hole will be hinged with the license on it.
I filled out my UserCP. Didnít know that was a thing. Mine has a flat vertical 1/2Ē thick plate behind the bumper that bolts onto both rails and the bumper bolts to it.
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Old 05-05-2019, 11:05 PM   #10
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I got the second coat on the floor this morning. And started putting my subfloor framing together and even got a little bit of insulation down. Probably wonít get anything else done this week. Itís supposed to rain all week. And i have head gaskets to do on a Ford ranger to help fund the Tow Pig.
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