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Old 06-17-2019, 11:30 PM   #1
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Location: Denton, TX
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Year: 1972
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Chassis: Thomas built
Engine: Loadstar 1600
Rated Cap: 35’; 7.5 window lengths
Howdy from Texas - New Bus Conversion

Howdy from Texas!

My husband and I just purchased a 1972 Thomas Built Loadstar 1600 35’ bus for conversion. We are musicians and want to have a home we can move to different cities or to use while touring - wherever gigs take us!

Timeline goal is about a year - plan to use salvage, secondhand or free material as much as possible.... artists’ budget on this project!

This is our first bus conversion project, so doing lots of research and welcoming input. I am excited to join this community for the advice and experience. Thanks y’all!
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Old 06-18-2019, 07:17 AM   #2
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Year: 1998
Coachwork: Thomas
Chassis: IH 3800, 8 window
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And a hearty howdy back at all y'all from Grimes Co!
Looks like a fine platform yas got there! We'll all be looking forward to seeing how the dream solidifies into steel.
Rock on, and welcome to the booby hatch!
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Old 06-18-2019, 09:15 AM   #3
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Here is my 68 International Loadstar that my dad built back in 1980. Its about 30' overall length. Other than the 40 year old paint job its still going strong. Good luck with your project!
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Old 06-18-2019, 09:35 AM   #4
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VERY cool!
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Old 06-18-2019, 10:19 AM   #5
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The ol' man did nice work! Bodaciously awesome bus.
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Old 06-19-2019, 03:14 AM   #6
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Howdy! We hail from the Fort Worth area. That makes us *almost* backyard neighbors!


A '72 Thomas (built BY Thomas), wow ... I am sure it has tons of character.
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