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Old 08-23-2006, 04:04 PM   #1
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amputating the passenger area of a bus?

I'm considering shortening the passenger area of a bus to leave a flatdeck area for my rafts. I'd like to get rid of the extra weight, expense and risks of towing a trailer every trip. I've seen rafting buses like this in the eastern states and it would be ideal for over 50% of our trips. I've been searching the internet for info on this type of modification but have yet to find anything. My bluebird conventional(as well as most other buses) looks like it's basically put together in sections and that it wouldn't be overly complex to take a few out and reattach the rear section with the necessary adjustments. I would be buying another 72 passenger bus for this project, one with at least one side door. If anyone has any suggestions as to makes that may be better suited and how to go about it or where to look for info that'd be great. Thanks, Ralph.
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Old 08-23-2006, 08:53 PM   #2
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Gee Wiz.... It sounds to me that all you should consider doing is removing the driver side seats of the bus and install racks for your rafts.
As far as makes and models go... you might look for one of those busses that has a chair lift on the passenger side....
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If I were you, I'd consider avoiding a Wayne bus as the sheet metal panels on them are continuous from front to rear. I think that would make it hard to find a good place to put your break in. Of course maybe the continuous panels would make it easier. I guess I don't know. Just an F.Y.I. I guess
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Old 08-24-2006, 12:06 AM   #4
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Thanks guys for the replies and the heads up on the Wayne buses, I'm not so familiar with any makes other than Bluebird and Thomas. I'll probably use either one of those. I want to stack the rafts fully inflated on the back deck and they're about 15' 6" long by 7' 2" wide so an inside rack isn't an option.

Thanks again for your help.
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Yep. That's exactly what I want to do.
Thanks.
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Re: amputating the passenger area of a bus?

I think that PapaBear just shortened the back of his bus, the Bear Den , then look at Kamoo's Gator tailgating bus and Elliot Naess' Millicent in the conversion projects section for different options, It should just be a matter of carefully removing the panels at the rivit line and then removing several sections of side and roof and reinstalling the rear cap.
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Re: amputating the passenger area of a bus?

Hi ya, Just shortened my wanye body bus 8 foot. The sides are continuous. Just marked off where I wanted to cut and took it off with a side grinder w/ a cutting wheel. Left 6" longer tabs below the windows. everything popped back into place, and rivited back together. Did it by myself, so if you have help it could go pretty quick.
My suggestion would be to cut off the roof and the windows where you wanted and leave the lower side walls. Ulilize the stock metal floor. You could use the old rear section to graft back on to the new rear and enclose the driver/passenger area.
Just some thoughts.....good luck
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Re: amputating the passenger area of a bus?

I am working on the plans to do this to my (future) bus and I have searched and searched but how have y'all attached the rear panels back to the floor? and what measures should be taken to prevent leaking either on the roof, walls or floor?

I love the monster pick-up truck look these mods offer. Growing up in the country where the biggest truck is the baddest; I always wanted that "haha not only only is mine bigger, but I built it; didn't just bolt on some store bought parts" flash with my home on wheel (not to mention the work space!)
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