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Old 12-12-2016, 04:19 PM   #11
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Just a heads up on building a container home...............
If the desired location has never issued a building permit for such, it will be a nightmare.
And you will have to hire an architect to create plans in order to get building permit.
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Old 12-12-2016, 04:22 PM   #12
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I keep reading that you need to make sure the bus is geared appropriately. I went to a local dealer here in Indy of which I am sure I will purchase a bus from them. I asked him about that and he wasn't sure what I meant. That kind of freaked me out but he also said that he would be more than happy to find out for me. He is just a sales rep and they have a full Mechanic shop as well. It's Macallister Transpiration who is a huge CAT dealer here in Indy. Do you know how to tell what the gear ratio is?

Thanks!
HP and gearing desired will depend on how much you will be driving it.
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Old 12-12-2016, 04:25 PM   #13
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HP and gearing desired will depend on how much you will be driving it.
Hard to say really. But my plans will be to keep it stationary most of the time with occasional weekend trips with in the State of Florida and potentially a few trips to Colorado here and there.

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Also great advice on the container home in terms of building permits.
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Old 12-13-2016, 11:46 AM   #14
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On some buses, BB's in particular, the gear ratio is stamped into the data plate that is above the curb side windshield.

If the tag hasn't been removed or broken off there should also be a tag with the gear ratio stamped on it somewhere on the back side of the rear end under the bus. If it is still there it will be near the top on the curb side.

You can drop the driveline and check the nose of the rear end under the rear most u-joint. It should be stamped into the end of the gear where the u-joint saddle is bolted.

Or you can mark one of the rear tires and driveline and count how many revolutions of the driveline it takes to turn the tire once.
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Old 12-13-2016, 01:41 PM   #15
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Hello From Indy

I actually went today to my local school bus garage for the school system and learned about the tags, they showed me a line item sheet and plenty more. They were more than friendly and equally helpful! It was a great experience plus made some new friends!



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