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Old 10-28-2013, 09:54 AM   #11
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Re: Coach Work combination

not on a bus...body work is body work (a bus just has a lot more of it)

cut roofs off cars to chop and off trucks to build cages etc

measure cut and reattach lots of big chunks to move around

if bodies are from same manufacture and same year and same factory build outside will be similar


dog noses will have a body on a frame, take bolts loose and body can come off (you have a 40' frame)

a rear engine normally doesn't have a "frame rail" all the way back like a FE bus

so it will be 100% custom frame setup from wheels back..........the outside body work would be a breeze compared to that headache
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Old 10-28-2013, 09:48 PM   #12
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Yup, I have.
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Old 03-03-2014, 07:40 AM   #13
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Re: Coach Work combination

That is a very interesting idea. I like the concept.
Is sectioning a body in your skill set? I think sectioning of same make bodies would easier than building storage, as long as you are comfortable with your skills to do so. Full frame buses make sectioning a body pretty easy work if you know how to do the attaching and final body filler work.

Have you made any further decisions on this?
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Old 03-21-2014, 02:57 AM   #14
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Re: Coach Work combination

If you have money Lots of it by the pound go for it. It would be cheaper to get a 72 passenger bus and swap in a larger engine..
I am also curious why you need 2000lbs. of torque to climb passes?
I used to drive a Freight liner with a big Cat in it and could pull a pass at any speed I wanted; BUT you could and some did burn the tread off of the tires from the torque with a full 80,000lb. load.
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