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Old 11-01-2016, 03:21 PM   #1
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Pugsley, the 1994 Thomas Vista Shortie

I pulled the trigger (for a second time) and got what I really wanted. It's a 1994 Thomas Vista Shortie (International 3600) with a 7.3 IDI. It was never used as a school bus and just as a people hauler for a mountain resort and kayak tour company. It has the type of rust one would expect spending its life in the Northeastern US, but only 73K miles! The price was right, too.

Someone purchased it from the original owner, painted it, and began ripping out the seats and panels before it became too much work for her and I found it. I have pulled out the alternate fuel system (WVO), and am working on patching the holes in the floor before laying the subfloor.

Interior usable dimensions are about 88"w x 160"l, with plenty of headroom. My ideas for the floorplan are below:
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Old 11-01-2016, 03:36 PM   #2
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what a great name for a Vista!!
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Old 11-01-2016, 03:41 PM   #3
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Old 11-01-2016, 05:55 PM   #4
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what a great name for a Vista!!
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Old 11-01-2016, 05:57 PM   #5
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what a great name for a Vista!!
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I can't take the credit for the name... he came with it, but it fits!
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Old 11-03-2016, 01:30 AM   #6
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Nice looking bus. Can't wait to follow your build. AS usual no pics, and we assume it never happened. I have looked at the 3600. I think it is a good "midish" skoolie size. Some say the ride is a bit compromised by the positioning of the motor over the front axle. Your thoughts? How are you finding the noise level, from the captains seat?
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Old 11-03-2016, 12:02 PM   #7
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I'm surprised that your interior length is only 160". I thought they were longer than that.
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