Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 01-27-2018, 12:26 PM   #1
Mini-Skoolie
 
Join Date: Jan 2018
Location: Northern California
Posts: 55
4x4 short bus conversion?

Hello!

Does anyone know how much a 4x4 conversion of a short school bus would cost? Anyone who has done it here?

I was just traveling in Spain in a rented VW campervan, no 4x4, front-weel drive. And we had some pretty tough times on bumpy, dusty roads....

Gonna buy a short bus and convert it in California this year and was wondering if a 4x4 conversion would be a good addition. Not sure if I actually need it, but once the whole build is done, might be nice. Or should I be looking for a 4x4 short bus to buy from the beginning?
ChrisHieronimus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-27-2018, 01:08 PM   #2
Bus Nut
 
Join Date: Jan 2018
Location: Upstate, SC
Posts: 275
This guy is great. His name is Chris. I have talked with him and visited his shop several times. I know he has done some large RVs and Ambulances. I'm not sure if he has done any buses. If he can't do it, he may have references to some place that does.

4x4 Van Conversion kits

contact
ben2go is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-27-2018, 03:58 PM   #3
Skoolie
 
Join Date: Jan 2018
Posts: 111
Quote:
Originally Posted by ChrisHieronimus View Post
Hello!

Does anyone know how much a 4x4 conversion of a short school bus would cost? Anyone who has done it here?

I was just traveling in Spain in a rented VW campervan, no 4x4, front-weel drive. And we had some pretty tough times on bumpy, dusty roads....

Gonna buy a short bus and convert it in California this year and was wondering if a 4x4 conversion would be a good addition. Not sure if I actually need it, but once the whole build is done, might be nice. Or should I be looking for a 4x4 short bus to buy from the beginning?
I think it would probably all depend on what you get for a short bus. My bus is on a one ton GMC van chassis that had a four wheel drive option for the passenger/commercial versions meaning if I can gather the stock parts I can convert it myself. Much easier than custom converting something that didnít exist before. Having said that thereís very little that CANT be done, good luck!!!
RRRVBUS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-27-2018, 04:59 PM   #4
Bus Nut
 
Join Date: Jan 2018
Location: Upstate, SC
Posts: 275
Some of the large utility trucks around here use Rockwell front axle with third members not the military version a lot of people are familiar with from the 2.5 and 5 ton trucks.
ben2go is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-27-2018, 05:03 PM   #5
Bus Nut
 
Join Date: Jan 2018
Location: Upstate, SC
Posts: 275
They look something like this but can be found with disc brakes. Some are air brake axles. They are usually drum brakes tho. This one is a bedford.

ben2go is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-28-2018, 03:07 AM   #6
Mini-Skoolie
 
Join Date: Jan 2018
Location: Northern California
Posts: 55
Thanks for the info! I'll keep it in mind!
ChrisHieronimus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-28-2018, 01:50 PM   #7
Bus Nut
 
Join Date: Jan 2018
Location: Upstate, SC
Posts: 275
Quote:
Originally Posted by ChrisHieronimus View Post
Thanks for the info! I'll keep it in mind!
You're welcome. I hope you build that bus.
ben2go is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-28-2018, 07:15 PM   #8
Bus Nut
 
Join Date: Jun 2016
Location: Orange County, CA
Posts: 779
Year: 1990
Coachwork: integral
Chassis: Crown Supercoach II (rear engine)
Engine: Detroit 6V92TAC, DDEC 2, Jake brake, Allison HT740
Rated Cap: 37,400 lbs GVWR
One member of our Crown group has a small 4WD Gillig-bodied school bus that's built on an International chassis. So yes, 4WD school buses do exist.

John
Iceni John is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-28-2018, 07:35 PM   #9
Bus Geek
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Columbus Ohio
Posts: 11,289
Year: 1991
Coachwork: Carpenter
Chassis: International 3800
Engine: DTA360 / MT643
Rated Cap: 7 Row Handicap
many of the van cutaways can be converted fairly straight-forward.. as mentioned many vans had 4x4 as an option.. (there are a few here with van cutaway busses that are factory 4x4).. the fords ive seen more than GMC.. but ive seen 4x4 GMC savannah regular vans in the wild in the 2500 form..

I dont know how close the transfer cases and front axles of the vans are to the pickup trucks?? go up north and theres a ton of 4x4 stuff in the junkyard all the time.. might be worth looking into or taking measurements on a pickup axle and see if it could fit into the van.
-Christopher
cadillackid is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-28-2018, 08:47 PM   #10
Bus Nut
 
Join Date: Jan 2018
Location: Upstate, SC
Posts: 275
Quote:
Originally Posted by cadillackid View Post
many of the van cutaways can be converted fairly straight-forward.. as mentioned many vans had 4x4 as an option.. (there are a few here with van cutaway busses that are factory 4x4).. the fords ive seen more than GMC.. but ive seen 4x4 GMC savannah regular vans in the wild in the 2500 form..

I dont know how close the transfer cases and front axles of the vans are to the pickup trucks?? go up north and theres a ton of 4x4 stuff in the junkyard all the time.. might be worth looking into or taking measurements on a pickup axle and see if it could fit into the van.
-Christopher
The transfer case is the same distance from the front axle as it is in the pick ups. The Vans use the same setups the PUs use. Most vans and van-based vehicles use automatic transmissions, and they are long. Then put on the transfer case adapter tail housing, hang a transfer case on it, and they can get close to five feet long. Longer on some speciality set ups but I digress.
ben2go is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:41 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.