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Old 10-04-2016, 03:39 PM   #1
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My new bus 4x4 shortbus

Heading out Thursday to pick up my 4x4 "turtle bus." It's technically a 15 passenger van platform but my wife says its a bus so hopefully I can fit in on this group. Not totally sure what my plan is yet, but I have 4 kids and I like adventuring. We don't all fit in the 4x4 truck anymore and just barely in the minivan and there's certainly no room for bringing friends. Immediate plans are to remove the back row of seats and possibly 2 rows of them so I can loft a bed back there and have room for all the gear and bikes, etc. I'd love to figure out a rear door... And my wife says she will not go in it or let it be parked at our house until it's a different color. Should be a fun project and I look forward to getting ideas and how-to's from the site.

146,000 miles for $9,500. 2001 Chevy 3500. Did I do alright?

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Old 10-04-2016, 04:22 PM   #2
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no clue what they are worth, but I do know they're pretty rare and VERY expensive to retrofit a 2wd bus to 4x4. Nice find, I really wanted a 4x4 but just couldn't find any full size buses that were. Welcome
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Old 10-04-2016, 06:21 PM   #3
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nice bus!! and definitely welcome to the group!! there are others with shuttle busses in the group.. and even a couple with Coach trip busses!!

bring it on!!

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Old 10-04-2016, 09:00 PM   #4
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At first I was gonna say "OMG man thats nice but you paid way too much."
But then I remembered the 4x4 part. That makes it a bargain.
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Old 10-05-2016, 08:04 AM   #5
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Nice bus! Am a little jealous as I want to convert mine to 4wd at some point. Great score!
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Old 10-05-2016, 08:27 AM   #6
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4x4 bus!!! Super nice, how great for your kids!
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Old 10-05-2016, 09:54 AM   #7
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That's a very curious shorty! I've never seen one with a shell like that.. Neat.
4x4 in a light weight unit like that will make the bus unstoppable!
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Old 10-05-2016, 10:06 AM   #8
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Rear locker?

Nice ride, we need pictures of the inside
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Old 10-05-2016, 10:56 AM   #9
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Love it....
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Old 10-05-2016, 09:00 PM   #10
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Chassis: GMC or Chevrolet, I hope
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Looks good. Congrats.

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