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Old 01-07-2019, 04:28 PM   #1
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Hi all, new to the site

I found a truck I want to convert to a motorhome but have had 0 luck in getting advice or possibly a shop to work on it. It's not a bus but should have a lot of the same issues with a conversion. It's a '76 chubb pathfinder. The main issue is trying to find a way to upgrade the drivetrain and lower the weight. It is in currently running condition but has an old 16 cyl diesel pusher and a 6X6 setup. Is there anyone in the california/ sacramento area that might be willing to work on it?
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Old 01-07-2019, 06:44 PM   #2
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Upgrade? that thing's badass! I'd love a v16!
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Old 01-07-2019, 06:52 PM   #3
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heck yeah!! thats a badass truck.. albeit probably a top speed of about 45 but yeah id love to see the look on the faces of people at "RV parks" when you pulled up in that thing!! "front row parking or ill crush you all to splinters!!"
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Old 01-07-2019, 06:54 PM   #4
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Wouldn't be much space in it and it would probably get about one mile per gallon. But it would be unstoppable!
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Old 01-07-2019, 06:54 PM   #5
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ECCB did you see its a 2 cycle detroit with 1700 ft lbs of torque? holy crap!! no upgrades needed here
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ECCB did you see its a 2 cycle detroit with 1700 ft lbs of torque? holy crap!! no upgrades needed here
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Yes I did. It must sound pretty darn cool.
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Old 01-07-2019, 07:44 PM   #7
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id put an ISX15 in it
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Old 01-07-2019, 07:53 PM   #8
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That's the main problem is the mileage. Top speed is around 60 and 0-60 in 45 sec. It weighs 21 tons so I'd need to lighten it quite a bit which would help. From what I can find on a similar engine it weighs 2 tons. Those tires are a little over 5 ft high, weigh 600 lbs, and cost $1500 each. It's 40 ft long so there's plenty of room to work with but I'd have to raise the roof. about 5 1/2 feet inside the cab. Haven't bought it yet cause I can't find anyone to work on it and I don't have the space.
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Old 01-07-2019, 08:55 PM   #9
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There was someone on here wanting to put a 16V detroit in a bus a bit ago. No need to modify this one. If I was bored I would certainly do it. I have enough to do as it is though.
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Old 01-07-2019, 09:10 PM   #10
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Seems an actual school bus may suit your needs.
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