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Old 06-11-2012, 09:47 AM   #171
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LOL! --- ya...I'm curious to see how that works out myself. Will have to pull the entire front clip here shortly and do some head scratchin'. May be a bit like putting a turkeys' worth of stuffing into a Cornish hen. My engine is supposed to be ready in a week or two and the Allison tranny is right behind, so the big stuff is right on the horizon. There will no doubt be major adjustments necessary to the firewall & floorboard and very likely some tweaking to the inner fenders. I may even wind up with something like a small doghouse around the rear of the engine & transmission. At one point I was considering a Cummins six-cylinder since they are much cheaper to buy & build, but the rear of the motor would have pushed the pilots seat back so far I wouldn't have been able to reach the dashboard!
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Old 06-11-2012, 10:21 AM   #172
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Re: '46 Chevy Shorty

if one is using the original frame, removing the lower portion of the firewall, and fabricating up a tunnel is normal procedure for installing a newer transmission in a vehicle that only came out with a manual transmission. and removing the original core support and trimming the surrounding area is normal also esp if one is going to put in a newer crossflow radiator.

transmission hump materials can even come from van, or short front or cab over vehicles as well as purchased new or just made up.

i also imagine a 5.9 would fit.... but i would have to walk 350' to measure it against a std 216 size eng.
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Old 06-16-2012, 07:19 PM   #173
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Dang!!! --- I had hoped to finally hang the fuel & black/gray tanks this weekend, but the metal shop that's bending them said "next week". Meanwhile, I did receive a window I ordered to go into my door. It's a little 12 x 7, aluminum framed boat window that I will use down at the bottom as a "curb viewer". With the bus body much wider than the front-end, pulling up close to things like fuel pumps can be tricky. And while I do plan on about three cameras, there is a lot to be said for real-time, line-of-sight viewing.

BoatWindow...not sure why this one won't show as a pic???...but...

Also got a start on the rear frame extensions from which I will hang a small deck off the back. The genset will go to one side on top of it and my 140# spare tire will be mounted in the center underneath. Hope to have a little room left under to store some extra gasoline for the Genny as well.


These frame extensions are angled out to provide adequate room for my 37" tire between the rails under the deck. The final versions will extend out about 32".
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Old 06-16-2012, 08:48 PM   #174
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Cool I was measuring mine today for an extension as a back deck/spare holer/smoker holder/ladder holer and everything else I can fit
I am looking to just weld and bolt to the bumper...hell...its 3/16 plate!!
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Old 06-16-2012, 08:56 PM   #175
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Re: '46 Chevy Shorty

Tango, you certaintly are good with the welder. Will this extension take the place of the rear bumper--I'm trying to visualize the final setup. I haven't been able to think up a spot for a spare tire on my bus. My biggest problem is that the bus is 22"6' long and the garage is 23' deep and I can't find a mini spare Any ideas? Jack
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Old 06-17-2012, 12:51 AM   #176
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Hey Trunt --- I am tucking the spare inside the existing frame rails so that only about 2/3's of it are actually hanging out the back under the deck. That's why I welded the 45 degree angles in place. It should allow me to tuck that big sucker in a bit and keep the weight closer to the existing frame with just a bit of it pulling down on the deck. I will still need to fab some kind of hanger to pull it up & lower it down, but that shouldn't be too tricky with either springs or hydraulic supports.

There will be a full bumper wrapping around the back of the deck. I bought a spare front bumper that I will cut to form the rounded outer edges, then fill in the center with some rectangular tubing to tie it all together. My finished overall length will be just under 24 feet (it's about 21 now). That should put it just barely short enough to tuck into most standard parking spaces, with a foot or so hanging over. My biggest concern will be the height. I want to add a roof deck, but keep it just under 12' if possible (so it will fit into a standard 12' overhead door).

PS...I only look somewhat remotely like a real welder because of the new Miller, dual voltage (110 or 240v) mig I bought recently, but thanks. Fantastic unit that I can recommend to anyone. A real sweetheart.
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Old 06-17-2012, 08:48 AM   #177
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why not just get a spare tire winch off of a pickup and weld that in. the cable would be strong enough. or get a bus spare tire winch... the one in mine is as strong as a boat winch. i scrapped one 1970 chassis mount camper that they used a boat winch and installed it inside the back of the rear bumper and had a couple of pullys... there should not be any problem getting a spare tire up against frame rails, if a 22.5 one will fit under a larger bus.
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Old 06-17-2012, 09:59 AM   #178
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Thats what I did (twice). A boat winch + pulleys.

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Hey Bansil --- go for it. I would have done the same myself but my original rear bumper was a lightweight, three piece affair. My old Blue Bird had bumpers made out of armor plate that could handle just about anything. Another great thing about building directly onto a solid bumper is that it all remains easily removable should any damage ever occur.

Sdwarf --- Sweeet! Great idea...I'm sold. Thanks for sharing.
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Look inclassifieds at steel soldier may be able to get a duece crank assy cheap! Or what is site...white trucks nc?...no acc to work comp
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