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Old 08-11-2007, 11:20 PM   #1
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Re: 1990 Thomas Diesel Pusher

A pusher bus has an engine in the rear so precludes a rear door. A side rear door might work--guess I'll hafta go look at my bus and see where one would fit.
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Old 08-11-2007, 11:30 PM   #2
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Welcome aboard, Advocate!
What are you trying to accomplish? It sounds like you want to roll a vehicle into the bus. That's not realistic with the engine back there -- like a giant VW Microbus. For that sort of thing you would want a bus with the engine up front -- either a Conventional, which has the engine out front like a pickup truck, or a Forward Control, where the engine is inside the bus, under a cover next to the driver.
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Old 08-12-2007, 10:35 AM   #3
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Wheel chair doors are wider than normal doors, but I don't think five feet. Front doors tend to be very narrow. You'll need to do some cuttin'. How much steel fabricating experience do you have?
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Old 08-12-2007, 02:05 PM   #4
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Anything is possible. Look at my tailgate! (The Millicent Chronicles.) But to have someone do custom work can get expensive.

There may not be room for a wider front door, because the front fender is near there.

Sounds to me like you need to get exact location and size of any and all doors from the seller before you commit to buy this thing.
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Old 08-13-2007, 11:37 PM   #5
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Re: 1990 Thomas Diesel Pusher

Hey, I just saw your post. I own a RE Thomas and have transported an airplane wing and an airplane fuselage inside the bus so I think I have a good idea on what you can get inside the bus...
You won't have any problems getting your furniture in the bus...if... you take some seats out. And, taking the seats out is the first fundamental interior thing to begin a bus conversion with.
Getting the seats out isn't an issue... if... you have a decent 4 1/2 inch angle grinder. Go to Harbor Freight or TSC and buy an angle grinder rated at 6 amps or higher. You don't need to pay somebody to take the seats or poles out- it's not a big deal- maybe takes 4 hours at the most. The seats have two bolts on the walls of the bus which unscrew easily. There are two legs on each seat on the interior, aisle side of the bus. Each leg has two bolts in them. On my bus one of the bolts was a lag screw that came out easily. The other was bolted thru with a nut on the bottom (outside) of the bus. Instead of unscrewing it it's easier to use an angle grinder and grind the head of the bolt off. If you've never used an angle grinder before it's kind of fun- sparks and smoke and stuff.
Depending on how much furniture is involved you may only need to take out the first few rows of seats. The front door is about the width of a normal door so no problems there. It's when you twist the furniture around that you realize the seats are in the way.
The airplane wing went through the front door and it was 16 feet long, 5 feet wide and only 6" deep, no problem! The fuselage was 12' x 2' x 3' and it also wasn't a problem.
You'll love a rear engined bus- it rides smoother, it's quieter and doesn't get as hot on the inside. The only reason to have a front engine bus is if you want to chop the back so you can haul cars and weird kinetic sculpture thingies that crazy people that have too much fun make...
Can you tell us more about the bus? What engine is in it, how many passengers, where's it located, how much did it cost, yadayadayada...?
Oh, it'll have a side door on the driver's side that's pretty narrow. The back window is a little over 4' wide and a little over 2' tall.
Let us know how it works out!
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Old 08-15-2007, 06:16 PM   #6
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Re: 1990 Thomas Diesel Pusher

I'll get back to you on the battery business (I sell them) when I get off of work, but if you get this message before I get to posting I would look at the Poop Sheets.

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Re: 1990 Thomas Diesel Pusher

If you are not starting the bus below freezing then one battery should be fine. I've been running one battery in my bus for a few years now (also a 8.2).

I don't think you want to put re-treads on the front for safety reasons. New tires will be expensive compared to car tires and you may need to go to a large tire shop or a place that works on larger trucks. I hope my tires last a long time...

You want a jack to lift the bus, like changing tires? I'd get a bottle jack. They are usually fairly inexpensive. I have a couple 12 or 16 ton jacks that were around $20 each.

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Old 08-16-2007, 06:23 PM   #8
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Re: 1990 Thomas Diesel Pusher

check around for a matched pair of good used or takeoff steer tires, also look into regrooved tires, large tires are often manufactured with extra rubber on the carcase, the tread is not molded to the full depth and can be recut after the tread is worn off, they will be branded as regroovable (molded into the sidewall). another option would be a late model truck salvage yard and find tires that are already mounted and balanced. (used tires are not landfill friendly and cost a priemum to dispose of.
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Re: 1990 Thomas Diesel Pusher

If your battery went flat that fast either you have something hanging up or more than likely the batteries are toast. My guess would be sulfation from sitting around waiting to be sold. Check the voltage and then put the 10 amp charger on there. If the voltage is at 11.8 you can count on it taking 6-7 hours to charge up a single Group 31. If you have the monsterous 8D batteries it's going to take even longer. You could try charging it up enough and using the 50 amp boost to atleast get it going and then let the alternator work its magic for 45 minutes, but that can get expensive fuel-wise. Either way I think you need to count on getting a new battery or two unfortunately.
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Re: 1990 Thomas Diesel Pusher

mine has 3, but it also gets very cold up here.
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