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Old 12-08-2019, 02:24 PM   #1
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Hi everyone! My name is Tori, I'm 24 years old and I'm currently in the market for a shorty that I will be converting myself. This will be my very first conversion! I am SO excited and very glad I was directed to this site. Looking forward to chatting and beginning this huge project!
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Old 12-08-2019, 06:37 PM   #2
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Hi everyone! My name is Tori, I'm 24 years old and I'm currently in the market for a shorty that I will be converting myself. This will be my very first conversion! I am SO excited and very glad I was directed to this site. Looking forward to chatting and beginning this huge project!
Hey Tori, welcome! I have a 1991 4 window Ford E350 cutaway with a 7.3L engine and I love it (now) after a rough patch in the beginning. The main thing I remember from the shopping phase is that not al diesel engines were created equal. Some are not great on the highway, for example. Make sure you do your research.
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Old 12-08-2019, 11:19 PM   #3
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Welcome to the site.....it is a fantastic resource for what you're planning.
The more time you can spend reading will be paid back tenfold as you go through the process of buying and building.

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and beginning this huge project!
It WILL be a huge project. If you start feeling overwhelmed, just break it down into smaller 1-or-2-day tasks and keep remembering your end goals. Good luck!
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Old 12-09-2019, 01:21 AM   #4
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Hello, welcome to the forum and fun.
Do lots of reading here, it will save you money and aggravation, or atleast it did with me.
Don't get in a big hurry to just get any bus, take your time.
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Old 12-09-2019, 01:37 AM   #5
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Welcome to the forum! I am from NC as well and although I bought my bus a year ago, I haven't been able to do much to it because of work and life. Things have finally settled down so I am hoping this spring to jump on mine.

I hope you find the right bus for you and look forward to the build progress! Like everyone says, read everything you can.. don't believe it all because there are quite a few opinions, but reading will give you a better understanding for sure!

Good luck!!

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Old 12-09-2019, 07:28 AM   #6
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If shopping for buses in NC be very picky. Lots of their buses are low spec and almost all their buses are geared for going 45-50 mph.
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Old 12-09-2019, 09:38 AM   #7
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If shopping for buses in NC be very picky. Lots of their buses are low spec and almost all their buses are geared for going 45-50 mph.
THey also only seem to sell them when they're REALLY old and/or major drivetrain problems.
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THey also only seem to sell them when they're REALLY old and/or major drivetrain problems.
YEah most of the NC buses I've seen were pretty old and had lots of use.
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