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Old 01-31-2011, 09:01 PM   #11
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No, I've got the dreaded 3116ta
Yeah, I've heard about that one. About the 3208: they built a million of them. They turn about 2800 rpm at full speed, and most other diesels are about 2000 r's, so a replacement engine can be a problem. I'm sure the 3116 turns slower.

The problem with a quality schoolbus conversion is all the design and fabrication that one must do. If you have experience you can figure out how to do it the easiest way. I have designed and built houses by myself, but on the bus it seems that I do everything the hard way. A for instance, I needed about forty one inch angle brackets. So I cut and drilled them from bus scraps, then painted 'em. Some projects have what seems like a hundred steps.

Of course, you might do better than I. Also, a quick, dirty conversion can get you into the bus alot sooner & cheaper.

The most they're ever worth is what you paid the day you bought it. YMMV.
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Old 02-01-2011, 03:33 PM   #12
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77 inch headroom is nice. I think "normal" is 72 inches - will that be enough height for you? are you considering a roof raise?

great bus- congratulations
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Old 02-11-2011, 09:27 PM   #13
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I'm off on a new adventure. I had originally planned on hauling my bus home, I stopped in Moriarty to pick it up, but when I got up the next morning it was -18 with 8 inches of new snow. My ramps aren't strong enough to take a bus, so I was going to have to build a ramp out of timbers to load it. I may be old and crazy, but I'm not stupid. I had my dispatcher find a new load, don't pay much, but it will buy the fuel to get home. Originally my son was going to help drive it, but 2600 miles is just too much in 2 1/2 days. Plan now is to get on a big gray dog and drive it back. I wanted to drive it anyway, and the bus ticket is less than gas would have been in the car. So I'm going to take a bus to get my bus. I like bus rides, but it's been a long time. It was a Scenicruiser, I think Trailways, but I'm not sure. I do remember that I was wearing shorts and a t-shirt when I got on in Key West in the summer. It was so cold in there I thought I was going to freeze. I had always remembered that trip as having ice on the upper front windows, but since I'm older now and maybe somewhat wiser I don't really think that to be possible. More likely condensation from the high humidity in Florida. Hope the heaters work in my bus, 'cause I don't do motels. I'll stop somewhere and get some cheap blankets and I'm hoping to get a couple of seat bottoms off to use as a bed, I'm sure the floor will be cold.

With that long of a trip, I should be able to get some pretty accurate fuel mileages at different speeds, I'll keep you posted.
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Old 02-14-2011, 12:55 AM   #14
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Wow, good luck on your journey... Take lots of pics...
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Old 02-23-2011, 06:49 AM   #15
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1st trip a success

I can't understand why my wife never wants to go anywhere with me. 2700 miles in 5 days.

The first half of the trip involved a chauffeur driven limousine with 50 or so strangers.


For the trip home I had 1st class accommodations.

Master bedroom


Bathing area.


Clothing storage area.


Food storage area.


Food preparation and dining area. Note the houte cuisine.


Notice the very expensive looking faux wood grain metal paneling. Tres chic.

She is a pleasure to drive. No rattles or squeaks. Very little wind noise, unless it's really blowing. Even empty the ride was quite nice. Not much different than the Grey dog.
( a couple of them were quite noisy) Noisiest thing about her is the heater blowers. She behaved like a real lady. She does like to go fast though, I did have some trouble keeping
down to the speed limit. I need to get cruise control added before any more long trips.

I did some fuel mileage checks. At 55 mpg. (found out later really 52 by gps) 8.98 mpg. At 65(65 by gps) with strong headwind and about 4 hours idle time. 7.44.
Curb weight with full tanks. 24,080 lbs.

So that I may keep in good standing with the Skoolie crowd here is the mandatory "seats are out" picture. I had been dreading this, but as it turned out,
not all that bad of a job. Took about 5 hours.


Observation: The farther toward the rear kids ride, the more of a pig they become.

Indiana doesn't allow yellow, or flashing lights to stay, so that's next on the agenda.
But for now it's back to work for a while.

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Old 03-01-2011, 09:03 PM   #16
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Playing with Photoshop, idea for bus colors.
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Old 03-02-2011, 09:52 AM   #17
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Not bad paint idea, though I'd leave off the dog
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Old 04-02-2011, 09:36 PM   #18
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It's been a while, and since I'm NEVER home not much progress has been made. I have however been working on the floor plan (and learning how to use Sketchup) and think this is pretty much it. Still some things to clean up, and I haven't quite figured out how to sink the sink into the counter top. And, yea I know after yapping about a bed against the wall, that's what I ended up with. After living in the cab of a truck for 20 years, open space will be a luxury for me and I didn't want to climb over wheel wells. Mumsywumsy likes to sit down to do all of those things that are a mystery to me, so I think I have devised a clever lighted vanity with fold up seat in the bedroom.

Here is the basic layout. Since the bus will also be a photo print and showroom for my event photography, the front room has the computers and printers as well as a work area.



The area directly to the left of the toilet is where the original side door is and I wanted to have it usable to load supplies directly instead of carting them up the steps. I'm also thinking of adding
a broom closet behind the refrigerator. There will also be overhead cabinets above photo room/kitchen on right side and the left bunk. Big cabinet behind the computers will house at least 2 photo printers on heavy duty drawer slides, and hopefully the cpu's also. Wall at the very rear is more storage above the engine doghouse.

View of the bedroom vanity.



Bath right side.



Bath left side.



Photo room configured as a work area.



As a dining area.



As a seating area.




Only 5 more months and I can say "Take this job and shove it" then I can get down to work on the bus.
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WOW! nice plans. What program did you use to draw those?
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Old 04-03-2011, 08:58 PM   #20
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Google sketchup, it's free,download here
http://sketchup.google.com/intl/en/download/
It has a bit of a learning curve, but not all that bad, there are thousands of items to download and put in your drawings from 3d warehouse.
http://sketchup.google.com/3dwarehouse/ (plants,cameras,furnature etc in my drawings came from there)

PM me with email address, I'll send my file so you can tear it apart and get an idea of how things go together.
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