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Old 06-09-2015, 03:16 PM   #1
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First post first bus ih3800 1981 shorty

Hello! 1981 international harvester 3800 series short bus conversion started last week.

Before, she was a camper:





I tore all that out and saved the stove and sink and steel frames. It was a loving job, but a complete hack job as well.



The floor is not terrible for a 1981 in Maine. Salvageable, I know it's labor, but I love this style year bus.





The ugly bit:

Black water tank attached and rigged to a porcelain toilet. Tank smashed in. Will removed for composting bucket system..



Big new battery. She runs. Diet root diesel straight 6. How do I determine which one? Can't find model plate in usual places. I have VIN, but maybe engine was swapped?

PCV system is not hooked up, those hose is venting freely under the bus. Thought it should go into a ccv?

Everything works, except brake lights, quick in fixing. And hood clamps, which are ordered.

She's a classic and I only have bill of sale...
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Old 06-09-2015, 03:22 PM   #2
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Can you do anything with it on BOS only?
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I don't follow. What's bos?
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Old 06-09-2015, 03:48 PM   #4
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Awesome size.
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Old 06-09-2015, 04:11 PM   #5
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I don't follow. What's bos?
Bill Of Sale.
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Old 06-09-2015, 06:33 PM   #6
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Welcome. Nice little bus.
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Old 06-09-2015, 06:54 PM   #7
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That is a fantastic base! I love that front clip..
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Old 06-09-2015, 08:49 PM   #8
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Before I did anything else to that bus I would make sure I could get a clear title to it.

You don't want to put a lot of love, sweat, tears, and $$$ into that bus only to discover you can't get a title. And without a title you won't be able to get a license. Which will make that into a really ugly chicken coop on wheels.
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engine will be a DT466, I think it is the only straight 6 diesel international made that year
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