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Old 04-21-2019, 06:44 AM   #1
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Shenandoah the Toy Hauler

After a bit of hunting, I finally pulled the trigger on a bus.

1998 International DT466E, blue bird with a 5spd spicer manual transmission.

Driving home, I found the top speed to be 62mph. She's going to get a regear, and hopefully some tuning to help power the gearing difference.

Plans are to make a drop gate ramp as the back of the bus, a separated "garage" aft of the rear axle and a cabin in the front.

I have no intention to live full time in this, my goal would be off grid capability for a week.

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Old 04-21-2019, 06:55 AM   #2
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Gutting begins!

Seats were in really good shape, but they have to go.

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Since the bolts were not rusty, it would require a two player game to unbolt them. I opted for a grinder to the bolt heads.

I started with a 4.5" cutoff wheel, but after eating 6 disks doing about 4 seats, I found the 4.5" grinder wheel worked slower, but the single wheel did almost all of them... After going up and down the rows sending sparks, I opted to break out the big guns, the 7" grinder. Big, heavy, torques in your hands when the trigger is pulled... But boy does it work. All 4 bolts on the legs in 2 mins. Just have to take your life in your hands, literally.

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Subscribed! Nice to see the progress!

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Old 04-21-2019, 04:06 PM   #4
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Nice bus! Congrats.
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Old 04-21-2019, 05:41 PM   #5
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what was your RPM at top speed.. the computer was often set to top speeds of 55 or 60 MPH..
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Old 04-21-2019, 05:49 PM   #6
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what was your RPM at top speed.. the computer was often set to top speeds of 55 or 60 MPH..
2600rpm, 62mph.
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Old 04-23-2019, 04:44 PM   #7
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What gauge steel are you thinking for the sides after you raise the roof?
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What gauge steel are you thinking for the sides after you raise the roof?
Looking like 18 gauge, 1-1/4 sq tubing and some angle iron:

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Old 04-23-2019, 05:02 PM   #9
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Contrary to what everyone who doesn't use it says, but 20g is plenty stout enough for skinning without oil canning. I used it on mine because it was cheaper
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Old 04-23-2019, 05:31 PM   #10
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Contrary to what everyone who doesn't use it says, but 20g is plenty stout enough for skinning without oil canning. I used it on mine because it was cheaper
"Oil canning"? How much cheaper?

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