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Old 10-04-2016, 04:11 PM   #1
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83 carpenter cadet

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Old 10-04-2016, 04:17 PM   #2
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after gutting and it's first bath in a decade.
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Old 10-05-2016, 08:11 AM   #3
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Just curious, did you already raise and extend it? or did it come that way? The back 2 windows look like an add-on, and the inside looks just like mine, except there's an additional 6" panel strip under the windows. I only ask cause if you did it yourself, I'd like to know how as I could definitely use the extra head room. I'm 5'10" and still have to hunch over lol
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Old 10-05-2016, 08:34 AM   #4
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I think the cadets were already High-top.. Carpenter was some of the first high top busses out.. I know my carpenter has a 6'6" ceiling in it stock

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Old 10-05-2016, 10:24 AM   #5
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Just curious, did you already raise and extend it? or did it come that way? The back 2 windows look like an add-on, and the inside looks just like mine, except there's an additional 6" panel strip under the windows. I only ask cause if you did it yourself, I'd like to know how as I could definitely use the extra head room. I'm 5'10" and still have to hunch over lol
this one came from the factory this way. the guy I got it from is at least 6'3" and he could stand up straight inside. it's 74" high inside if I remember correctly.
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Old 10-05-2016, 10:38 AM   #6
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first murphy bed attempt

wanted to make the bed fold up and gave it a shot at making my own. it's a heavy beast to fold up being a little guy, so it's now sitting in the backyard awaiting installation in my house bedroom. I already replaced it with a side folding model from murphybedframe.com sitting on a 5.5" lift i'll be posting as soon as I get the pics downloaded.
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Old 10-05-2016, 05:50 PM   #7
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new murphy bed

some assembly required

had to bolt some 4"x6" lift blocks to clear the fender well.

floor frame ready to bolt down

first half of 3/4" plywood decking screwed to the frame.

ready for the mattress

so far so good

lifts one handed from the corner
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Old 10-05-2016, 06:59 PM   #8
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Looking good. I'm liking your bus .Did you order a kit? ( if so, where?) I've thought about doing that with twin beds.

Keep the pics. coming.
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Old 10-05-2016, 10:28 PM   #9
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Looking good. I'm liking your bus .Did you order a kit? ( if so, where?) I've thought about doing that with twin beds.

Keep the pics. coming.
i bought mine from Murphy Bed Frame . Com
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Old 10-08-2016, 02:49 PM   #10
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Looking forward to seeing the progress on this bus. I'm a little worried about that design of bus because of the large overhang at the back. It almost looks like the chassis was designed for a much shorter vehicle. I've seen some buses with a large overhand at the front and back, which is even worse, and must make for a very choppy ride.
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