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Old 10-02-2018, 09:44 PM   #1
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2007 C2/MBE906 5 Window

I finally found my 5 window short bus to start a conversion. Planning to Boondock with my family of 5, for summers between school years and on long weekends. Look so forward to hearing and learning from you all! I will do my best to do a good job documenting all the mistakes I am about to make.

First mistake: I didnít do this sooner

Letís do this!
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Old 10-03-2018, 08:38 AM   #2
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Year: 1991
Coachwork: Carpenter
Chassis: International 3800
Engine: DTA360 / MT643
Rated Cap: 7 Row Handicap
totally Love these short little C2's! take care with that mercedes engine.. it will last you a lifetime but be sure to keep its oil checked and not get it hot.



-Christopher
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Old 10-04-2018, 11:50 PM   #3
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Current Adventure Bus Build Requirements (Do you all care about a medium budget modern build like this?) let me know

- [ ] Kick Governors @ss. Change rear to large super single to increase speed via faux axel ratio bump and soften ride; east bound and down at 80 in a shorty. These t-tops leak like a sieve!
- [ ] Tesla like minimal interior allowing modular relocation of everything, nothing is permanent anywhere except the mounting tracks and system. Copy outside van on a skoolie, those guys rock past my bedtime. Follow sprinter modular build forums on a skoolie.
- [ ] In deck storage under floor wherever possible; storage fills in every nook and cranny right after fundamentals.
- [ ] Garmin RV 770 LMTS GPS and wireless backup camera. This seems easy.
- [ ] Wood dash, funky switches, act like an idiot here.
- [ ] Install 6-8 black solar panels (LG or Canadian solar) totaling 2-2.5kw to block sun and shade panoramic skylights
- [ ] Install panoramic skylights, with power shades to give me light and headroom between splines.
- [ ] Dry flush toilet. Yucky stuff
- [ ] Mini split AC.
- [ ] Convert main space from sleeping to entertaining to relaxing quickly to create 3x utility; to match the size of a full size bus. Employ tiny house tricks.
- [ ] 100 gallons fresh and grey water
- [ ] Cool vintage steering wheel with one of those crazy person cool knobs
- [ ] LED headlights
- [ ] LED light bar; make this idiotically overkill
- [ ] Spray foam insulation everywhere for sound and cool
- [ ] Open wire raceways always
- [ ] Cork flooring (combines insulation and flooring); Find 1” more ceiling height
- [ ] Sound blocker everywhere; be obsessive about quiet
- [ ] All flat counter; pull out cooktop
- [ ] Storage, storage, storage -everything needs a place
- [ ] Haint blue ceilings
- [ ] Indoor / outdoor on demand Shower on stairwell with funky clear curtain; remove bottom step and add flip down and drain.
- [ ] Trailer hitch for attachments and/or towing
- [ ] Snorkel; ridiculous and completely worthless but vital for zombie apocalypse prep. Matte black hood and grille, matches snorkel in necessity, hides zombie guts.
- [ ] Warn winch with funky composite cable behind bumper; because I’m going to get this stuck a lot by making poor choices and then compounding them by not asking for help
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Old 10-05-2018, 01:27 AM   #4
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I love the look of Thomas C2. What kind of ceiling height on that? It looks big.

It looks like you are going to do some great upgrades too. I can't wait to see how this turns out.
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Old 10-05-2018, 05:10 AM   #5
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Build it baby !! Your gauges run off computer so no you can’t temovd the senders and install Pete style wood dash and gauges , but you can do digital dash Tesla style pretty easily!

Minisplit great for parked but install dash air for driving, you’ll thank me come 100 degrees while eastbound and Down

Screw the new axle, keep the duals, you can temporarily move rims around if you run all position tires abs get a flat in the middle of nowhere .

That’s an 07, get 6th gear unlocked in the trans and you are good to go! Or skip the hassle and buy a 5th gen Tineable TCM
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Old 10-05-2018, 10:32 AM   #6
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Great comments! Unlock the 6th gear???
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Old 10-05-2018, 10:33 AM   #7
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What’s the fastest way to get dash air without significant mods?
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Old 10-05-2018, 10:51 AM   #8
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that C2 should have a full truck-like dash with dash vents and all already there... it will be very similar to a Freightliner FL60.. those could be bought (and most were) with dash air.. so you could look for dead FL60 trucks. and yank dash air pieces out and add it to yours..



the 2006 and up allison 2000s were built with the full 6 speed valve bodies in them.. typically school busses come with only 5 gears enabled, the TCM is the separate transmission computer.. in some cases people have been able to contact thomas and get a letter of Authorization to go to a dealer and have the 6th gear opened up (its simply disabled via computer)..



another option is to find a similar diesel TCM that has 6 gears enabled already...



you can snag the serial number off the side of the transmission itself.. then look it up on 'myallison' on the web and it will give you the details about it.


-Christopher
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Old 10-08-2018, 08:56 PM   #9
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I love the look of Thomas C2. What kind of ceiling height on that? It looks big.

It looks like you are going to do some great upgrades too. I can't wait to see how this turns out.
6’6” exact; I need to insulate well but keep all of it as I am almost 6’6” myself.
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Old 10-09-2018, 07:25 PM   #10
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Making good progress and the bus is not in my possession yet. I got the full build sheet and cad from Freightliner, the 2007 MBE 900 operators manual and am submitting the paperwork to get 6th unlocked; which is now a quarterly process at Daimler.

Currently focusing on adding factory in dash air(I have the dash vents) in the cheapest way possible using original components.
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