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Old 12-02-2004, 10:53 PM   #11
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Nice looking bus! The bunks I planned there are 6' long. I have my bus in place for the winter and I can start on it as soon as I finish putting everything else up for the long winter here. Looks like you have some sunshine there. Wish we did here, but instead we have cold and snow.
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Old 12-02-2004, 10:59 PM   #12
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Thanks... I put the 6' on my floor plans... Check out the rest of the pics i put up tonight at:

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Old 06-01-2005, 11:59 PM   #13
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It was a long and snowy winter here and I never got anything done on the bus. I went and picked it up yesterday and now I am working on getting it painted and a hitch on it first. That way I can at least drive it legally and tow my stock car with it while I am working on the inside. My wife decided that she doesn't want to camp anymore so I now have the luxury of making this a nice race lounge/travel lounge for taking day trips and long days at the track. Not sleeping in it means I now have 6' extra feet of space to use for storage and seating area. I have one set of coach seats as pictured above. Now I need plans. Anyone have any ideas for a good layout? I want to make some storage just inside the back door to put my toolbox and maybe some parts and/or tires, but otherwise the rest is open and useable space. Any ideas??
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Old 06-02-2005, 09:23 AM   #14
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Nice, who needs to sleep anyway...

You could keep it simple and build your tool counter with cabinets under and a shelf over top, and oposite of that a seating arangement for lounging with maybe a small camping fridge next to it for beer so you dont have to go far for a drink. Though it's a short bus, so you wouldn't travel far anyway jk
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Old 06-02-2005, 09:30 AM   #15
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Might as well take the back 6' and make it look like a race trailer. White walls & ceiling and black & white checker floor. Maybe build a work bench on one side for tools & stuff and the other side for storage (tires, parts, supplies). Those coach seats should work nice up front. Those doors for the wheelchair lift would probably work nice in place of the emergency door. Move a couple of the back windows where the lift was. That may be a little too ambitious

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Old 04-20-2006, 12:40 AM   #16
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After 2 years on hold I have finally taken the bus out and started a little work. I will be using it as a race hauler for the first time this year. I just got it back from the welder a couple days ago. He fabricated a hitch from a standard heavy pickup hitch by adding extensions to the ears that bolt to the frame since the bus frame was something like 6-8" wider than the standard truck frame. Here's the pics. Note how nice the weld bead is. He's a welder for the railroad and spends all day welding train cars. Awesome!






He notched the bottom of the bumper out so I could hook the chains to the hitch without having to climb under ever time. Very thoughtful of him and a very professional job.
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Old 04-20-2006, 07:58 PM   #17
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Looks really nice! Do you plan on using a weight distributing hitch or are you going to be like the rest of the racers and just take your chances with the DOT? What was your frame width if you know off the top of your head? On my bus I was surprised to find it is only about 33 inches wide and a 31.5-32 center distance on the bolt holes of a hitch would work perfectly. Unfortunately that means most pickup hitches are actually too WIDE.

Which tracks do you run? I'm almost positive I've seen those cars before, but after going to a few races at a few tracks it gets tough to tell one from the other . My guess is Proctor in which case I will likely see you this year. I run around with the Estey family (love 'em or hate 'em ) and I know Steve mentioned racing Proctor, Hibbing, Superior, and maybe even Grand Rapids once in a while so I'll be keeping my eyes out for your bus.
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Old 04-20-2006, 09:52 PM   #18
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The hitch is good and heavy and the trailer I pull is just a tandem car hauler so there's no need for anything more for weight distributing. I have run at Proctor for 9 years and Ashland (won the feature there) and Superior once each. I don't know any of the Estey's personally, but Kelly is one of my favorite mod racers to watch. Isn't there an Estey running Pure Stock now? This is my car...my website is posted below...

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Kelly is still running mods as well as a late model as time allows. His son Skeeter is the one running pures now. It took awhile, but I think the blood is starting to show through. He's obviously outclassed at Proctor with his Hibbing pure, but it's fun to watch a younger guy out there do ok, especially as last year progressed. Besides those two there is also Steve Estey. He is Kelly's nephew and Skeeter's cousin. He runs the 37-J super. He's the one I run around with (but if you're with one you're with the rest). Zach Wohlers also ran his dad's mod last year a few times in Hibbing (can't remember the number though). His mom is Kelly's sister, but I don't think he's going to run this year. Let's face it....racing is expensive, even for those of us that just change tires

When Procotr opens for the year, don't be worried if some 6'5" 300 lbs knuckle dragging orge with an Estey hat comes towards your rig. I promise I'm prefectly harmless
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Old 06-05-2006, 04:45 PM   #20
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I finally got around to making an album in the gallery and I have posted some current photos.
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