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Old 05-27-2019, 04:31 AM   #1
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Size Matters (and I'm thinking small)

New guy--joined yesterday, and I've just begun shopping in earnest.
I've wanted my very own skoolie since I was a hippie in Big Sur in '69 (to be honest, I was 13 then), and now that I'm preparing to retire, it's finally time for the overland skoolie I've always wanted. I've been watching skoolie and van builds on youtube for a year, and ready to get started.

So, what size matters most? I'm looking to build a 4x4 overland vehicle, and it needs to be maneuverable. Almost everything I'm interested in is 5 window, with perhaps a few 6 window exceptions.

I like vintage, and since I'm looking at shorties, an old Chevy or Ford would be very easy for me to deal with the mechanics, and I can snap a 60s Chevy truck together like a Mr. Potatohead. Other than that, I've been checking out a few Thomas/Vista 3600 shorties, with the International variation of the 7.3 Powerstroke, but I know nothing about the International drive trains or the possibility of 4WD.
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Old 06-03-2019, 12:33 PM   #2
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If you are seriously wanting a short, vintage bus, look at Tango's lil' Ford. When it's completed, it's going to be the bomb. You can be assured that everything on it, is right.
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Old 06-03-2019, 03:10 PM   #3
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1 OF, you're right 'cept its a '46 Chevy. Jack
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Old 06-03-2019, 03:42 PM   #4
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Tango's '46 Chevy looks awesome, and, while I appreciate a great build, he didn't build it for me! There are 2 fatal flaws for my purposes.
1. It's only 4 windows. I REALLY want another 2 feet.
2. (the big one) it's ill equipped to deal with a 5000 lb toad! I'd have to throw away some of the best work he's done to stuff a 6 cyl Cumins into it, and I have my doubts about using the original chassis for a 4WD build (or any more torque than the 4 cyl he's used).

It IS an awesome build, and I'd feel like it was sacrilege to make major changes.
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Old 06-03-2019, 06:00 PM   #5
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Angry

Of course, Jack is correct. I'm so absent m8nded. I was the guy who had the '47 Ford.
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