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Old 12-03-2014, 11:32 AM   #1
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1983 chevy shortbus

I recently purchased a 1983 thomas built chevy short bus
I cant find anything about it online
I love this site and have always wanted to do a conversion so when i found this bus for $500 I had to purchase it
I will try to add a photo
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Old 12-03-2014, 06:58 PM   #2
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I recently purchased a 1983 thomas built chevy short bus
I cant find anything about it online
I love this site and have always wanted to do a conversion so when i found this bus for $500 I had to purchase it
I will try to add a photo
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Old 12-04-2014, 08:29 PM   #3
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Went to pick it up today . The bus hadn't been touched for over 6 years and was sitting outside
We put a newer battery in it and it cranked ! Checked fluids , brake fluid was bone dry . We put some in got it on the road It spuddered and popped but it ran to the gas station where we noticed it needed a new belt for the alternator. A quick trip to automotive store and we had the belt back on put some air in tires , fresh gas and got on the interstate
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Old 12-04-2014, 08:35 PM   #4
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After we got going over 40 mph it vibrated the bus so bad some screws came loose on the dash . We figured it was because the tires were kinda warped due to being low pressure for so long . Kept it under 40mph on the interstate for about 40 miles before tires warmed up and gained their original shape .eventually we were hitting close to 60 smooth as can be
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Old 12-04-2014, 08:41 PM   #5
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We stopped at a large car wash to rinse it off and drove another hour or so and finally we were home.
after all was said and done we drove the bus a total of around 270 miles to get the bus home
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Old 12-04-2014, 08:51 PM   #6
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After getting back I took my son for a drive down the driveway and front right brakes locked up
soo glad that didn't happen on the trip home
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I found out that the bus is a Mighty Mite . Still not a whole lot of info on the net about them
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Old 12-05-2014, 02:31 PM   #8
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Got the wheel off today and freed the brake ,its moving again parked it and been doing some sweeping and cleaning today
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Old 12-05-2014, 02:36 PM   #9
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I need to take this thing to the shop to have it thoroughly looked over . I can't imagine what would of happeNed if that wheel had locked up at 60mph on the steep Saluda grade going from NC to SC
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Welcome! --- and you've probably seen it but...just in case...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_...s#School_Buses
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