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Old 12-04-2015, 12:57 PM   #21
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Would have been nice if you found one with a wheel chair lift. Loading bikes would have been easier.
That was a consideration, but a few factors steered me away.
-lifts are bulky and use valued room
- lifts are side load so you have to turn the bikes once inside, which takes alot of space
-bigger bikes probably exceed the lift limit
- lifts are too short to handle a bike
-no rear standard door on lift buses at least for the available units in my area

Its really very easy to load bikes in this thing with the extra wide ramp I have. I wish the door was 6" taller and wider tho.
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Old 12-04-2015, 01:26 PM   #22
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Yes and no. Lifts are rated at 800 pounds. Unless you are talking about a really big bike, you shouldn't have a problem. They are bulky but not that bad. You do need an extension to fit the back tire. If the lift is in the front, you can use it to load and drive out the back. He are a couple pics of one of my buses.
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Old 12-08-2015, 06:03 PM   #23
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Yes and no. Lifts are rated at 800 pounds. Unless you are talking about a really big bike, you shouldn't have a problem. They are bulky but not that bad. You do need an extension to fit the back tire. If the lift is in the front, you can use it to load and drive out the back. He are a couple pics of one of my buses.
I guess that could work better than I imagined!
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Last night, we finished getting the wheel chocks and the tye-down points mounted. Time to go ride!




The main friend who has been helping is now thinking he needs to keep the ambulance that he was trying to sell and do a pit-truck/hauler conversion to it!
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I'm really hoping to find some decent passenger seat that recline, maybe from a tour bus. That way its more comfy on long hauls and people can sleep in them.

Reading some of these threads on here has me real happy. Almost no rust, and all but 1 seat bolt came out clean. I even used the original bolts to remount them. The floor seems solid too. I used exterior window chaulking to seal the holes from below and black RTV from the top. In a week or so, I will spray all the new bolts and old holes with undercoat to keep the wet out.
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Got to the wreckers on Saturday and was able to chop the stereo harness out to repair mine and found a few minor pieces as well. Then finish stripping the vinyl letters off before heading to the company holiday party, which I should have skipped.

Today, we loaded 2 of our bikes and went riding in the rain. Rain and clay make for messy riding!



It was a good trial run. Found we need something to improve traction in the cargo area, tires slipping all over. Planning for expanded sheet metal on the ramp so our feet dont slip thru the rungs and the tires have traction when on the vertical lengths. Also going to throw down household carpet before walking into the bus with muddy boots. Lots of cleanup!

Found the front over head panel leaks from somewhere as does the roof Emergency hatch.
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Got to the wreckers on Saturday and was able to chop the stereo harness out to repair mine and found a few minor pieces as well. Then finish stripping the vinyl letters off before heading to the company holiday party, which I should have skipped.

Today, we loaded 2 of our bikes and went riding in the rain. Rain and clay make for messy riding!



It was a good trial run. Found we need something to improve traction in the cargo area, tires slipping all over. Planning for expanded sheet metal on the ramp so our feet dont slip thru the rungs and the tires have traction when on the vertical lengths. Also going to throw down household carpet before walking into the bus with muddy boots. Lots of cleanup!

Found the front over head panel leaks from somewhere as does the roof Emergency hatch.
Is that Tracy?
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Is that Tracy?
Good eye, yes it is, Carnegie SVRA in the foothills just outside of Tracy.
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Old 12-19-2015, 10:26 PM   #29
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I got a stereo installed during the week, it needs 3 more speakers tho, only has the door speaker. Just cant figure out why it doesnt turn on with the accessory key selection, but at least it turns off with the key and turns on when the ignition is on.

Also, took it around the block and fuelled up. 354 miles & 29.7 gallons, giving it 11.9 mpg, not too bad!
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Who installed the stereo? Where is the power coming from? Did you have an old radio?
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