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Old 04-12-2015, 10:54 PM   #11
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hahaha. you guys are the real thing. thanks for the pointers. i'll check em all out and if i can go forward on this thing, you'll have plenty more pics and questions from me. anyway, i got my fingers crossed. cheers.
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Old 04-12-2015, 11:10 PM   #12
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I never finished my bus cut away due to not being able to register it.

Same build with a 76 truck cab is a walk in the park to register and insure.

Sucks, but is what it is.

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Old 04-12-2015, 11:34 PM   #13
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what prevented it from being registered as an RV?
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Old 04-16-2015, 03:49 PM   #14
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what prevented it from being registered as an RV?
The cab was not the length it was from the factory.

However with my new insurance agent, I think I could have gotten it papered.

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I know several people on the forum have started bus "cutaways" of one sort or another and for what ever reason none to my knowledge have been completed.
How about the bus cut away that has a tilt deck on the back for carrying his unimog? It got completed, and has made many miles hauling that unimog.

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Old 04-17-2015, 07:20 PM   #15
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Why not steal the engine from a bus for the truck?
Most of thoes international box trucks came with T444e engine. Really nasty and rusty busses with the T444e engine often show up for around $600 where I live.
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Old 04-19-2015, 11:15 AM   #16
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The truck is a mess and apparently so is the box. Neither one of them is viable for this project without lot$ of repair.

The bus, on the other hand, surpassed my expectations. It's clean as a whistle and cranked up to 65 right away on its auto-5 speed. It looks like i'm going to endeavor to do a roof raise (if I manage to buy the bus: owner wants 4900 and I'm going to start by offering 3k) and I approach that with more than mild trepidation. I have a driveway and it is the beginning of spring (here in VT anyway), so there's that. But my skills suck -even though my persistence is good- and my tools (other than a huge angle grinder) are almost non-existent. Anyone wanna come over and do it for me? Maybe while you're at it, you can get my ex-wife off my back too.
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Old 04-19-2015, 11:19 AM   #17
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Remember, a bus in good shape with little or no rust is worth twice what a run down rust wagon is. If you need to, pay the extra $$ to get a good bus.

I look forward to your conversion.

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Old 04-26-2015, 01:56 PM   #18
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My offer's been accepted! Now to do the final inspection, get the title, registration, and insurance in order. DMV inspection, odometer and VIN verification too.

The bus's a little shorter than I would have liked (at 35' there's room for a back porch), but it has better bus qualities than I've seen up here and the price was definitely right. Pics to come.
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Old 04-26-2015, 02:24 PM   #19
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I'm wondering at this point in the planning whether to do an end to end roof raise so I can put a rv-type bed over the drivers area. Maybe insulating the drivers area is too difficult and it'd be better to just wall it off and start the roof raise right behind it. I hate to waste space (that's the cardinal sin here, right?), but I'm worried about the moving parts (pedals, steering) bridging to the outside cold.
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Old 04-26-2015, 02:45 PM   #20
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Nice call on the bus. I hired help for my roof raise, which was expensive, but my bus was cheap and the result of the roof raise is much higher quality than I would have expected or been able to achieve on my own. Plus the guy and I ended up friends and I've learned a good deal from him.

Your bus is the 1985 International in your profile info? I have almost the identical bus if yours is a bluebird.
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