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Old 10-23-2015, 07:25 PM   #1
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Race car hauler project

A little background first I guess - I'm a retired coal mine millwright with a drag racing habit and operate a regional drag racing website here in Atlantic Canada: http://maritimedragracing.com. Got tired of the pickup truck towing an open trailer and staying in motels thing on race weekends so after a lot of searching I picked up an unfinished project that might make things easier. It's a 1990 Ford B700 with a 6.6 diesel that's already had the back part converted to car hauler complete with ramp and side door. What's left now it to put a wall in and build the remaining 12 feet to the back of the driver's seat into a camper of sorts. A little internet searching led me to this forum and I could tell right away there is a TON of good info to be had so we signed up. Here's a few pics of what we've got complete with all the junk that came with it LOL.




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Old 10-23-2015, 09:17 PM   #2
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Looks a lot like mine (I have an 87 Wayne Lifeguard). I ripped out all the wood flooring in my garage because it had begun to rot. Wish I had the underfloor storage like yours.

You're the second toy hauler signed up this week. Welcome to the madness!
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Old 10-24-2015, 01:38 AM   #3
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Welcome.
Are you one of those crazy N.S. guys running NHRA stock? I seen them at e.town and figured how far you gotta tow.
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Old 10-24-2015, 08:06 AM   #4
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Currently running a slooooow 1996 Saturn in both the Sportsman and Sport Compact series but we are planning on building a Stock class car in the near future. Being from Sydney on Cape Breton Island we've got even further to tow than any of the Maritime Stock/Superstock bunch. It's 7 hours tow from here to either Greenfield Dragway(Nova Scotia) or Miramichi Dragway(New Brunswick) and almost the same length of time but with a ferry ride in the middle to go to Raceway Park, Prince Edward Island.

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Old 10-24-2015, 10:18 AM   #5
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When I used to drag race (bikes) I would see some of your guys up at Epping. Hadda admire the the dedication to make a tow that far.
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Old 10-27-2015, 07:07 PM   #6
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Tomorrow the cleanup starts. All but two passenger seats are gone and all that's left is a load of junk to cart off to the dump. Will be nice to get down to bare floor so I can start doing the camper part layout with masking tape - a tip I picked up in this forum.

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Old 11-01-2015, 09:09 AM   #7
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The further I dig into this bus the more good things I find and the luckier I feel for grabbing this abandoned project. Spent two hours on cleanup and sorting through a bunch of NOS bus parts that were lying all over the floor and found brand new and still in the boxes tie rods, wheel bearings, oil filters, front brake pads and even two new rear brake drums.

All those parts and more including all the brake lines and exhaust had already been replaced and have less than 30 miles on any of them. The son of the guy I got the bus from works at the School Board Maintenance garage so it's not hard to figure out why the old girl works so good and has so many spare parts LOL. Those guys did a lot of work on that bus but once they came into a little money and the family got bigger they went with a motorhome and enclosed trailer instead and the bus project got ignored for a couple of years. Then I was at the right place at the right time and had the right subject come up and the rest is history.

Still looks messy but most of my cleanup time was spent carrying all those parts 200' to the garage and putting them away. All except for those heavy brake drums - those will make the trip in the bucket of the tractor.

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Old 11-01-2015, 10:16 AM   #8
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Nice extras to find!

I bought a 63 Beetle when I was in high school that was still owned by the original purchaser. It was sitting all sad looking under a tree.
Paid $500 and pulled it home with another beetle. When I got to lookin through it, I found the front trunk was FULL of awesome and rare NOS parts and accessories!!!
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Old 11-11-2015, 07:10 PM   #9
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Made a small bit of progress with the cleanup and found the offset car ramps under all the trash. Once I get the race car in there and tied down in it's final position I can start making the wall and the door that goes from those steps over the wheel tub into the camper part. Only been a member for a short time but I have picked up a whole bunch of ideas from this forum already. Some of you people are true craftsmen....

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Old 11-11-2015, 07:32 PM   #10
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I've got this 1951 Ford 5 ton cab sitting around doing nothing and I was wondering how much work it would be to swap the front clip on my 1990 B700. Found a pic of an actual 1951 School bus so I thought it might look cool.


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