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Old 12-23-2017, 08:39 PM   #1
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Just bought my first school bus and will be converting it to a toterhome For pulling a gooseneck trailer( haul old tractors to shows) have found a lot of good info on this site already.
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Old 12-23-2017, 09:00 PM   #2
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Welcome Ollie

That sounds like an interesting build. It's not the first time for a 5th wheel hauler, but always interesting.
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Old 12-25-2017, 03:35 PM   #3
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Cool ! Old Oliver Tractors, I'm guessing?

Looking forward to a good build- I have some tractor collecting buddies and they do the best work. One guy out by me just makes replacement sheet metal for old tractors- niche, but he makes a good buck.

I'm guessing you will be shooting for front engine bus.

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Old 12-25-2017, 09:13 PM   #4
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Does someone need a nice old cleatrack? It has new looking rails and still has the original magneto.
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Old 01-20-2018, 08:16 PM   #5
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Was warm today and got all the seats out,next step,cutting off the back half of the body.
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Old 01-20-2018, 09:46 PM   #6
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If you'd post a few pictures it would help us feel like we were there. Yours is an unusual build so there is a strange interest. Some may think this is borderline bus abuse, but if it serves a purpose it's still good.
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Old 01-21-2018, 08:57 AM   #7
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Here is first pics
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I've never seen this done before so pardon my questions. I assume you are shortening the frame so the back end more resembles a bobtail truck?

That's the kind of bus chopping I've been wanting to do.
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Old 01-21-2018, 09:57 PM   #9
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Yes,body is getting cut about a foot in front of rear axle at a body seam,and also shorten frame and have a 6 foot(or so) flat bed with goose neck hitch for hauling tractors with 25 foot gooseneck trailer
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Old 01-22-2018, 09:23 AM   #10
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It has been done before and from what little I have seen, very successfully. Most units re-attached the rear cap right in front of the 5th wheel which is typically right on top of the rear axle.

Hope you post some pix. Should be an interesting build. Go for it.
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