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Old 10-11-2018, 06:18 PM   #1
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Possible Mid-Sized Project

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To get from a friend who already started the build-out ...


Anyone have a similar vehicle? This is about 30 ft total length. Ceiling is almost 7 ft, i.e. made for adults (fire crew).
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Old 10-17-2018, 11:23 AM   #2
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Anyone have thoughts on converting this? What about building a ramp to put my motorcycle (150 cc scooter) inside?
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Old 10-17-2018, 12:09 PM   #3
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The high roof is a big plus but I'd be more concerned with the engine & drivetrain. What motor...what trans...what condition?
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Old 10-17-2018, 03:54 PM   #4
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All I know is "Allison" and "runs great." I have to get back over there in person to check out more detail. (It's an automatic; wish it were manual. Or do I?)


Thanks for responding.
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Old 10-17-2018, 11:37 PM   #5
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Allison makes about 90% of all the heavy duty trannies around. Especially in Skoolies. That one is almost certainly an AT545 unless someone has swapped it out. Good trans in its' day but many consider it a dinosaur because it has no lock-up and only 4 gears. Quite a few folks here have swapped them out for newer 5 & 6 speed units so it might not be a deal killer. And manuals are not common but there are some. Frankly, the right auto will serve most folks much better. They are stout and generally get better mpg's. Just gotta keep them from overheating.



The engine story is critical as well. There are some great motors in buses and others you want to avoid like the plague. Devil is in the details. Make sure to get all the specs you can.


And definitely check the tires. Both for wear & condition as well as date. There are several online guides for reading "tire date codes". They can have tread and look OK but if too far out of date they can be trouble. And remember...there are six of them to replace. Typically at around $1200 or so bucks for a set. Sometimes more, sometimes less.


Others here can add to a checklist.



Oh...and before you buy ANY bus...make sure you have a place to put it! (Store, park, work, etc.)


Best of luck.
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Old 10-18-2018, 10:36 AM   #6
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Thank you! Keep in mind that this bus was used for transporting forest-fire-fighting crews in the mountains, so I assume the transmission, and engine, was adapted to that as necessary. Hopefully I'll have the details soon. I was told that the suspension was modified for a smoother ride.
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Old 10-18-2018, 10:39 AM   #7
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I suppose it would not be a good idea to store a Road King (over 1000 lbs) in the garage, which is behind the rear wheels, correct? Probably need a bike trailer.
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Old 10-18-2018, 12:22 PM   #8
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If indeed it has a softer suspension, then a bike(road king) in the back may not be a good idea, might just need to try it though. A trailer is going to be easyer to load of course but then a short trailer long bus makes backing a bit more interesting.
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Old 10-18-2018, 12:27 PM   #9
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Well, if the Road King comes along then that means my "truck driver" comes along too and he can figure out the details. I'm sure my scooter will be fine inside if I can build a ramp.
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Old 10-27-2018, 08:29 PM   #10
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To get from a friend who already started the build-out ...


Anyone have a similar vehicle? This is about 30 ft total length. Ceiling is almost 7 ft, i.e. made for adults (fire crew).
From my research in looking for a bus, government buses, prison buses and/or fire department buses have gas engines. You really don't want to fiddle with those, but maybe since this one was for the mountains, it is a diesel engine.
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