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Old 01-22-2018, 03:04 PM   #1
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Hi Everyone,

For as long as I can remember, I've always wanted a Yellow Mini School bus. Yesterday that lifelong dream materialized. I drove it, smiled and paid, fully aware that there were a lot of things that need to be sorted out before it becomes at par with my standards. I saw potential and a lifelong dream come true.

The mini school bus is a 1995 Chevy Van Super Bantam by Collins bus corporation. Comes with a 6.5L Diesel engine, 4 speed automatic transmission, 20 seater capacity and 348,000 miles on the clock. I am looking forward to learning more from some of the experts here like for example, what kind of transmission do I have and can I turn this into a 4x4?

Like majority of creative people that get this sexy beast, I am more than willing to get my hands dirty.

Thanks you in advance.

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Old 01-22-2018, 03:08 PM   #2
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Old 01-22-2018, 08:00 PM   #3
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Determining what make diesel engine you have will help identify the tranny. I think you have your work cut out for you making it 4wd. Most likely a Chevy Duramax diesel. Tranny might be a 4L80E.
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Old 01-22-2018, 10:41 PM   #4
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Determining what make diesel engine you have will help identify the tranny. I think you have your work cut out for you making it 4wd. Most likely a Chevy Duramax diesel. Tranny might be a 4L80E.
95 Chevy 6.5 would be the old GM Detroit diesel like a Humvee has. Transmission is a 4L80E for sure. A divorced transfer case and a Dana 60 and you'll be unstoppable. (If I name a few critical parts to a 4wd conversion it'll sound easy...)
... it's not easy.
I did a solid axle swap on my Suburban. Conversion to 4wd on a van would be similarly difficult and expensive.
Lift it up a bit, put some all terrain tires on, and put a limited slip differential in. You'll be able to drive the bus everywhere you SHOULD be driving it

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Old 01-23-2018, 04:42 AM   #5
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95 Chevy 6.5 would be the old GM Detroit diesel like a Humvee has. Transmission is a 4L80E for sure. A divorced transfer case and a Dana 60 and you'll be unstoppable. (If I name a few critical parts to a 4wd conversion it'll sound easy...)
... it's not easy.
I did a solid axle swap on my Suburban. Conversion to 4wd on a van would be similarly difficult and expensive.
Lift it up a bit, put some all terrain tires on, and put a limited slip differential in. You'll be able to drive the bus everywhere you SHOULD be driving it

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Old 01-23-2018, 06:10 AM   #6
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Old 01-23-2018, 08:07 AM   #7
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Not that hard to do, find a quigley 4x4 conversion for your style van and start grinding and welding. That is what i will be starting in a couple of month on Elfie.

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Old 01-23-2018, 09:56 AM   #8
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Old 01-23-2018, 09:58 AM   #9
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Lift it up a bit, put some all terrain tires on, and put a limited slip differential in. You'll be able to drive the bus everywhere you SHOULD be driving it

My thoughts completely. Thanks for the advice.
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Old 01-23-2018, 06:21 PM   #10
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My work truck with a 2001 duramax has 400,000 on it and if I have to pull my trailer off of it I will probably have to cut the bolt that has held the tongue lock for?
I pull way more weight than I should daily and have never had a problem with power to get down the road.
For me in a 2000-2500 chevy work truck loaded and a trailer loaded with hydraulic and ABS brakes it doesn't stop like hydraulic or air brakes.
If I get in a bind I usually end up with the trailer pushing/sideways but I will hit a ditch before I hit someone else.
Lot of stories for that but I haven't been in a ditch or hit someone yet.
Been crossways and or scared others many a time when in a bind but I have been good enough so far?
With my luck? I talked about it so I need to be on my A-Game for a week or so. Cause MURPHY aight as well drink with me so he knows how to screw with me and I swear he does?
I haven't met him yet but both of us might end up in the same place and then we can have a good discussion
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