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Old 02-11-2008, 03:14 AM   #11
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Speaking of aircraft conversions, this 727 limo conversion has been on ebay a couple of times and is apparently still for sale. All yours for only $270K...
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Old 02-11-2008, 06:28 AM   #12
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I'm thinking 707, DC-9, DC-3.... Actually wouldn't need to be exctly eight feet, since it could be sliced a bit above the middle to fit.

Yes, we enjoy playing with ideas -- and once in a while one of them pans out!
Elliot, I think the 707 or DC-9 might be a little too wide you might have to settle for a Lear Jet, Embraer, or something that size.

Heyyy, if you could only get one of the display planes, that they usually have at Air Force bases (i.e. T-28, T-33, T-37, F-4, etc.)
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One of these days, I'd like to stroll thru an aircraft salvage yard with a tape measure, yes.

Here's the philosophical angle:
Every morning, I step out of the house with my blunderbuss and aim it at the sky. Way up there are the big fat geese, out of range. Occasionally, a scrawny pigeon flutters into my sights, and "soup's on". Then, once in a long while, a big fat goose sees his reflection in my balding head and wonders if it might be a cute lonely goosette down there, so he swoops down for a closer look and... BLAM! ...a feast! If I weren't out there, aiming at the sky all day long, I'd be living my life on roots and leaves. So I keep aiming high.

Look... up in the sky... It's a scrawny pigeon, it's a fat goose, it's a... DeHaviland Twin Otter?
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Hey Elliot, a Twin Otter would offer you both a canopy and a meal (mmmmm, box lunches). Seriously, you might check some of the aircraft salvage yards, both in California and Arizona to find the aircraft of your dreams.

There is nothing wrong in looking up to the skies. It's the only thing that keeps us going sometimes. Heck, why else do we buy and fix up these buses.
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Yes, Mojave, Tucson.... At the same time, I have this little yellow sticker note just below the screen on the computer in front of me, with bright red block letters, saying "NO MORE PROJECTS UNTIL I FINISH THE ONES I HAVE!"

Fifer, did we highjack your thread? We can return to the topic if you'll just prompt us a little!
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Yes, Mojave, Tucson....
There's also an aircraft salvage yard in Marana, AZ, just north of Tucson.

and I'm also sorry about hijacking your thread.
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Hi All,

You guys have peaked our interest in raising our roof, but we have a few questions. We've been talking about either A. cutting above/below the window line or B.Cutting a hole in the roof and building a structure on top.

Do either of these methods hurt the structural integrity of the bus? Has anyone been in an accident with a modified bus? I realize that Carpenters have a tarnished name due to poor riveting, but is a bus from factory any safer (or less safer) than a altered one?

Does having a raised roof cause enough drag to lower mileage?

We found a really great site with some vintage bus and truck homes: http://www.housetrucks.com/

Thanks for your help!
BTW Fifer, if you think that the site has some nice photos, you should check out the book. It's well worth the price.
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Fifer's thread hijacked? Nay. . .SKYjacked!
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No hi-jack at will! This is really interesting.
Last week I was just looking for an airplane salvage yard, so it's kind of seredipitous that the thread went this way.
Do you know if there are any closer to the Northeast?
On the housetruck site, there is a bus that has an old airplane canopy as a sunroof, it is VERY nice, and if we could find one
I'd love to put one on our bus.
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I'm sorry, but the only salvage yards, that I know of, are in the western U.S.

I would recommend to check with the local FBO (Fixed Base Operator) or aircraft repair, at your local municipal airport. They are usually a friendly lot that could probably give you leads. Heck, they might even know of a wrecked or junked aircraft in the local area.
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