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Old 05-26-2010, 02:35 PM   #1
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the akitabus

Well, my wife and I have purchased a 1998 Thomas, 7.3 T444E 35 passenger school bus, nice and clean no damage to speak of, came with Ricon wheel chair lift, Webatso coolant preheater and On Spot Auto chains.... LOTS of bells and whistles. Here is a pic the day I picked it up.

Now the fun starts.

I am a liitle behind on posting this as I have all ready posted various questions about the doors, bow frames and windows... but better late than never.

Have to work on the bus, don't have time to watch Dances with Stars.


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Old 05-26-2010, 02:41 PM   #2
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Welcome, and thats a fine looking bus you have.

akitabus, can I assume you have or breed Akita's. We had one 7-8 years ago! Beautiful dogs!
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Old 05-26-2010, 03:26 PM   #3
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Nice bus, even nicer with a Webatso.
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Old 05-26-2010, 05:33 PM   #4
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Chris, Thanks on the bus and the next pic should answer your questions about Akitas, we have had Akitas for 15 years, then we accidently had a liter and now I have a few cause the people that wanted to buy our pups did not seen worthy, I think they wanted them to be fighting dogs or so it seems.... we sold 2 and kept three + Mom & Dad. Enough about dogs but they are excited to go in the bus, as you can see the way they are looking at it.

Got the bus home removed the seats, the wheelchair lift and started to lay down new sub floor. then after a few weeks of tinkering with heaters, wireing and all those other things we decided to raise the roof 15- 18".

So I will try to post pics as I go.

I don't know if this is the right forum for that and I am computer stupid so I doubt if I could set up thing like Smitty and some of the other guys.

So would love input from people.



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Old 05-26-2010, 07:15 PM   #5
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Lap dogs.

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Old 05-26-2010, 08:03 PM   #6
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Nice looking bus!!
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Old 05-26-2010, 08:28 PM   #7
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Beautiful dogs...we only had ours for 2 1/2 years. But loved her very much. Would like to get another in the future, but will need to "shop" around more, for reputable breeders. Ours and the whole litter fell very ill after they were 2 years old. Anyways beautiful dogs, and good luck with the bus, as far as posting your pictures here this is about the best spot for it!
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Old 06-04-2010, 03:19 PM   #8
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Update: cut and raised roof 15" was going to go 18" but really once we had it at 15" it seemed right to us so we went with it. I my be going about this a liitle different then other folks. What I did was removed the rivits from the back and the front so that these areas would just float up with the resst on the bus... my idea is then to reuse the rivuit holes both top and bottom to re-fasten sheet metal back in... I was thinking 20 gauge but the more that I worked with it the more I realized that it would never bend around the corners as I had hoped. So I went with 24 gauge pre primed and was able to get it back into place with the use of bolts clamps and elbow grease. Its not perfect but with some all metal and paint it should look ok.


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Old 06-04-2010, 03:24 PM   #9
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Wow. Pretty cool.
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Old 06-04-2010, 03:46 PM   #10
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Here are a couple of quick shots with the cell phone (by the way my cell has a better camera in it then 600.00 one I bought abouth 5 years ago) any way here are various shots of the sheet metal replacement.

Here is one looking at the stern of the vessel

Then a little sheetmetal.

Will try to post more as I go, Even if you don't want to see them I will post.
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