Moving in and staying awhile!
Discovererd this fantastic site last night and looks like this is gonna be my new home for the forseeable future. I'm not new to a school bus conversion as I bought one pretty well completed about 17 years ago and used it for family camping and hunting the north Maine woods for several years, but its been sinking into the ground behind the barn for 9 years now. The ex-deer camp on wheels is a 1967 Farmall (International) 1800 Loadstar, Blue Bird, 70 pax, 304 gas, 4-speed. One of the reasons for parking it was the hassle and expense to get it inspected every year. Now I guess I'm in for it again as I'm looking at a 1991 Farmall, Thomas 71 Pax, DT-466 / automatic / air-brakes. The price is right ($1000) and it is something that I'd be comfortable hitting the road with when I'm done with it. I'm looking at a couple year project as I want it to be more than a deer camp on wheels like my first one. The "67" most likely will be passing on to a nephew & his boys for a project and continued use as a hunting wagon. I do have a question for the group for the users of elderly equipment; What kind of luck is anyone having getting their hands on 8.25X20 or 9.00x20 rubber? At the time it was parked it needed 6 new sneakers and I just couldnt justify it, in addition to the other yearly maintenance. My new project has 11x22.5 rubber on it and they are very easy to come by. I'm looking forward to picking everyones brain and borrowing ideas from some incredible conversions located here. Projects on the new "Farmall" before the snow flies here in northern Maine is to remove the rest of the seats ( 6 or 7 removed already) and do some work on the mechanicals - brake inspection, couple of tires - general tinkering. Though I didnt really want to tackle it, I'm going to raise the roof and that will have to wait for next spring. Good to meet everyone - off to search for ideas & get to know the site a little better - Later