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Old 11-13-2017, 10:42 PM   #1
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I got a Thomas a couple weeks ago. My main priority is to have the engine checked out, which will be this weekend. Before I bought the bus, I thought the floor would be flat from back to front. It has a wheelchair lift in the back. Imagine my surprise when I saw the wheelwells in the front. My question is, is it possible to get rid of them?
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Old 11-13-2017, 10:48 PM   #2
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Glad you found your project ! Getting check-up is alway good idea.

What most people do with wheel wells is try to hide them under a cabinet or dinette seat.
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Old 11-13-2017, 10:55 PM   #3
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Unfortunately its in the front. I could probably hide one in a couch, but the other one is in the way. Is there no way to level them out?
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Old 11-14-2017, 06:44 AM   #4
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Unfortunately its in the front. I could probably hide one in a couch, but the other one is in the way. Is there no way to level them out?
Not really.
They do make flat floor buses, but they're low on clearance and have little wheels and tires.
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Old 11-14-2017, 06:46 AM   #5
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You could take the wheels off.
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Old 11-14-2017, 06:59 AM   #6
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Was that a joke?
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Old 11-14-2017, 07:05 AM   #7
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Was that a joke?
I was simply wondering where you thought you would put the wheels, if you removed the housing they run in
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Old 11-14-2017, 11:33 PM   #8
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I haven't had a chance to look at the wheelwell from the outside. Just thought that because there wasn't any in the back, could do the same in the back.
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Old 11-24-2017, 08:22 AM   #9
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I've looked under the front wheelwell. There looks to be at least close to a foot of clearance, as compared to the back. I could be wrong. I've had the engine looked at. The seller told me the wrong engine. It's not a cummins but a catepillar 3126b. Despite the hiccup halfway down, the engine did a pretty good job of driving a thousand miles. Still haven't lost any fluid. Been asked if the oil was checked before leaving, sadly no. One thing he pointed out to me was the ground clearance the oil pan was sitting from the ground. Maybe a foot? Is that normal? Any chance that can be improved upon?
Happy belated Thanksgiving.
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