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Old 11-13-2019, 08:56 AM   #1
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Reech Bus Build

Good Morning Everyone,

I am still in the demolition phase, but now have a chance to post a few pictures. The name stands for REar Engine Crawler Hauler, and there will be a ton of work. After demo, I will work on the roof raise and rebuilding the rear wall. I will post pictures as I get them, enjoy!


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Old 11-13-2019, 09:11 AM   #2
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Interesting
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Old 11-13-2019, 11:06 AM   #3
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I'm curious how you're gonna have room in the rear for a hauler build. Keep us updated!
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Old 11-13-2019, 11:22 AM   #4
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Kind of what I was thinking
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Old 11-13-2019, 11:46 AM   #5
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Room

Based off of the length of my Yota, I will need to form the rear wall about two feet in from the cut as it sits now. It will take away from my available inside space, but should still have plenty of room for activities. Thanks for the interest, and recommendations are always welcome!
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Old 11-13-2019, 11:51 AM   #6
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Wow, this is very intruiging. I too am curious to see how you're going to work around the engine hump in the rear.

There's a reason why most people doing flatbed hauler builds choose FE buses.
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Old 11-13-2019, 12:22 PM   #7
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We are referring to the rear engine
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Old 11-13-2019, 12:48 PM   #8
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Yeah I know what you guys are talking about. Trust me, it wasn't my first choice, but when a good deal pops up, sometimes you just need to work through a small problem. In this case.....the rear engine. I definitely know the problem is workable with some imagination and fabrication. I will keep you guys posted
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Old 11-13-2019, 01:21 PM   #9
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Tell us more, is your intention to load from the rear or the side? I don't see rear loading as feasible.
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Old 11-13-2019, 01:54 PM   #10
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Loading

It would be a rear load. I am aware that the box around the engine is not structural and need to create a loading area. After that area is reinforced, I will make foldable ramps pinned to the top deck of the engine bay. I know this sounds crazy, but it seems workable.
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Old 11-13-2019, 02:41 PM   #11
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What kind of vehicles will you be hauling? I hope its something with high ground clearances because that will be a steep loading angle unless you have 30 ft long loading ramps.

Another thing to consider will be height, especially if we're talking lifted wranglers etc.
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Old 11-13-2019, 02:49 PM   #12
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Absolutley,
My crawler is an 85ish yota pickup. It has 5.71 gears, stacked transfer cases, locked front and rear, driveline lift, 38.5" tires, on propane. This would be loaded in reverse and the length and width will fit.
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Old 11-13-2019, 03:11 PM   #13
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You might consider a carriage you can roll forward so you can side-load a pallet, then have room for more pallets.
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Old 11-13-2019, 03:17 PM   #14
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You might consider a carriage you can roll forward so you can side-load a pallet, then have room for more pallets.
What do you mean?
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Old 11-13-2019, 03:20 PM   #15
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Sorry, I misunderstood your purpose. I thought you were using it for cargo.
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Old 11-13-2019, 03:35 PM   #16
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No worries
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