Howdy!! Im back to the school bus side, with a couple Q's!
Hello everyone! Here is a little background... I am trying to create a motorhome/toyhauler that I can take to dirt bike races and camp in aswell as using to tow my boat to the lake. I started out with a 66 pass. DT 360 bus, but sold that to make room for an MCI 102A3 tour bus. I was really excited about the MCI until I had to pay for fuel. The bus drives amazingly but I would get 5.5 -6.5mp which just wont cut it. So I just purchased a 1995 52 pass BlueBird/Ford F-800 with a Cummins 5.9L, 5 spd manual, with a 2 spd rear. I am a cummins 5.9 12 vavle fan! So I ask for some help and direction as I am lost with possibilities.
Efficient crusising speed of 70mph
best possible mpg
rear ramp door to load dirt bikes
smooth flat sides
So no matter what the roof must be raised. My choices here are to cut, sleeve, and raise the current setup and then skin the area in between. Or remove all of the exterior skin cut the wall studs, extend, and reskin the entire exterior (I am afraid of cost and strength). OR completely scrap the entire body of the bus and build a complete shell (I am afraid of cost). I have a tight budget but plenty of tools (220v welders, plasma, drill press) and a decent amount of metal experience. In reality the MCI has exactly what I want as far as a shell goes but the engine/tranny is an ancient detroit diesel 8v92ta that just had a rebuild but still only gets 6.5mpg tops and the bus weighs 26k lbs BEFORE I convert it. I am almost considering keeping it and do an engine/tranny swap. I dont know what to do.... HELP!!