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Old 03-14-2015, 09:12 AM   #1
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Talking 4x4 School Bus

Hi Everyone! 5 years ago I saw a converted school bus (34' maybe a little more) on Sandy Neck Beach in MA. It was leaving the beach the day we arrived so I didn't get to talk to them---standard luck for me, LoL!! It was white with Rockwell military axles rolling on the 43" or so military super singles. Nice looking rig overall. My question is has anyone on here done that and if so can you share some info?? My thinking is get an air brake GMC (like the one I saw) or some other truck style front end bus, 5.9 Cummins, DT466, etc, and go from there. I think using the military transfer case (air engaged) and driveshafts with the Rockwells (tire inflation/pressure system) will be the simplest route also, but this is why I want input/experience from the group. We currently camp with a 29' class c, but it's falling apart and I want to build something that will last a long time. Any and all replies are appreciated!!
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Old 03-14-2015, 09:22 AM   #2
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This is completely doable.

I would love to watch the build.

But, do you have the $5,000 to $10,000 to build just the suspension., and make it street legal?

The cost fully depends on what you can fab yourself.

You need to go do some reading on pirate 4x4.

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Old 03-14-2015, 11:52 AM   #3
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Hey Nat, thanks for the reply. I know this build will be pricey, but in the end I think it will be worth it. I have the green and the good news is we are not in a hurry. I told my wife 3 years max from purchase of the bus should be enough time, LoL! I am negotiating a 5 ton truck right now but I have yet to find a bus I am happy with. My inner redneck says to keep looking for a better condition bus than what I have seen so far. You have to be patient with the main purchase I figure.
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Old 03-14-2015, 01:29 PM   #4
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Why bother converting if you can purchase a bus that is already 4x4?

We have this one in inventory and it is a really nice bus without a lot of miles on it.

The asking price is just that. It has been in our inventory for some time so I think just about any reasonable offer would be accepted.

The pictures may come up really pixalated. If you need better pictures I can get some for you.

The vast majority of all medium and heavy duty trucks and buses that have a driven front axle were converted by Tulsa Truck Manufacturing. Tulsa Truck Manufacturing - All Wheel Drive Conversions
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Old 03-14-2015, 06:54 PM   #5
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Old 03-14-2015, 08:24 PM   #6
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Hey cowlitzcoach, thanks for the reply. I went to your website and saw it. My initial concern with buying one is the condition of the body since they don't usually come from snow free FL or GA. I do like the idea of a finished one though... What is the overall length??
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Old 03-14-2015, 09:04 PM   #7
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The buses and vehicles here in Fl rust just as easily as any other state.
Just saying.
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Old 03-15-2015, 07:15 AM   #8
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Just a side note, last year while looking for wild ponies north of Corrola, NC we saw David Anderson, bungalo beach house

There was a bright green 4x4 bus sitting on 66in tires outside, it was pimp as hell

He gives rides and such to locals and friends
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Old 03-15-2015, 12:51 PM   #9
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I was desperately looking for a 4x4 bus before I got mine. They do exist... If this wasn't already sold I would have paid top dollar:
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Old 03-15-2015, 08:17 PM   #10
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Talking Creative/calculated purchases will be my plan!

Bearbus, that bus is SWEET! And of course sold, but my guess is way out of my price range anyway. I'm not sure I mentioned this to the group before, but I cant throw $30 grand at this project tomorrow. I can probably swing $10 or so a year, which is why I was thinking build one myself not buy one. That you tube video helps to see how they made brackets for the carrier bearings, etc. Definitely a nice resource. A buddy of mine bought a used F700 last summer with the Harmon 4x4 setup underneath. He didn't tell me what he paid for it, but he said it was triple a 2 wheel drive dump would have cost him. Its only money and you cant take it with you, right?? LOL!!
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