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Old 06-10-2012, 04:18 AM   #1
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Re: First amphibious RV bus?

why move the rear engine to the front/ just make it a 4x4 and leave the engine in the back..
i think the guys working on the real old chev busses on this site know how to do that...
me, i'm ignorant
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Old 06-10-2012, 08:26 AM   #2
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Re: First amphibious RV bus?

You want to convert a bus to drive it into the water and go around like a boat?
There is a company that already does that; yet it will cost 850,000 to 1.2 MILLION dollars for the bus.
http://www.terrawind.com/
Your project idea is interesting but it is not really feasible unless you hire allot of engineers and have a huge pile of money.

It would be allot easier to find a WW2 "Duck" and make that into an "amphibious "RV"; since it is and already built for "amphibious" use already.
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Old 06-11-2012, 01:18 AM   #3
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Re: First amphibious RV bus?

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You want to convert a bus to drive it into the water and go around like a boat?
There is a company that already does that; yet it will cost 850,000 to 1.2 MILLION dollars for the bus.
http://www.terrawind.com/
Your project idea is interesting but it is not really feasible unless you hire allot of engineers and have a huge pile of money.

It would be allot easier to find a WW2 "Duck" and make that into an "amphibious "RV"; since it is and already built for "amphibious" use already.

I was just gonna post that link...
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Old 06-11-2012, 09:40 PM   #4
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Re: First amphibious RV bus?

Buy a barge and drive your bus on it and you are done! This also will allow you to use the bus on land as that might be advantageous
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Old 06-12-2012, 09:33 AM   #5
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Re: First amphibious RV bus?

Taking the mentality of skoolie to the extreme... I like it! Looking forward to lots of pics of this project!

To answer a few of your early questions:

Yes, buses do rust. Bluebirds are a little less susceptible as their bodies are made entirely out of galvanized steel, but rust is a hurdle you will need to clear.

I believe there are some buses out there that get as long as 45 feet, but those are pretty rare. 8 Foot wide is pretty standard.

Walking on bus - most that do this as a regular activity will build a deck on top, which they tie into the window supports. My bus roof deflects a bit when walked on, but is pretty solid feeling.

Not sure what the biggest engine is on a school bus, but the most common from what I can tell is the 5.9 Cummins that I have. Its not a very big engine, but from what I understand, it is able to be modified pretty extensively to boost the output.
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Old 06-12-2012, 10:33 AM   #6
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Re: First amphibious RV bus?

ha rainbow,on the 5.9 cummins with the 12 vale pump,there no way to turn it up,most of the 5.9 12 vale have a P7100 INJECTER pump and cummins said it can't be turn up,so if u have a p71 pump, umay want to lookinto a diff pump,i belive u have a 94 like me ?? that was there pump for the early 90 models,

the marking are on the side of the pump,, bosh pump,,,,, iam not trying to be a knowall,i just worked for b/b in the 90's ,,,,


rebuild pump $1,300.00 or a juckyard fine

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Old 06-12-2012, 01:24 PM   #7
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@ Keith

I'm just going by what I have heard. You may have noticed by the thread that the OP does not seem too daunted by the price of the conversion. As with any engine, an appropriate response from a mechanic would be "How fast do you want to go?" followed closely by "How much are you willing to spend?"

Note: I am not the knowledgeable one, as I rely on a good friend for assistance and advice when it comes to the power plant in my bus.
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J_R

Building a bus/boat is a creative idea. It sounds like you have the skills and tools to actually do it. I think it is an ambitious undertaking.

Now, what would really be cool (in a James Bond kind of way) would be to also make the bus/boat be a bus/boat/helicopter.

Have fun with your project, and do not let anyone say that it cannot be done.
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Building a bus/boat is a creative idea. It sounds like you have the skills and tools to actually do it. I think it is an ambitious undertaking.

Now, what would really be cool (in a James Bond kind of way) would be to also make the bus/boat be a bus/boat/helicopter.

Have fun with your project, and do not let anyone say that it cannot be done.
It would look like a chinook then
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