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Old 09-17-2015, 11:34 PM   #11
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Welcome to the forum.

Hope you continue here, I'd like to see your progress. The deal I made for our bus included seat removal, and a few extras, saved me the trouble and hassle of disposal. Plus I like to keep our yard junk free. Even gave the HC lift to a disabled person I know, worked out great.
Thank you. I was just thinking I may go back to lurking...lol . We've had a lot happen the last couple of years and are making some big life changes that will hopefully lead us on some great adventures and healing of the soul this next year. Can I ask, where did you buy your bus?
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Old 09-17-2015, 11:41 PM   #12
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Perhaps I have overestimated the job of pulling the seats and the hassle of disposing of them....or just watched the wrong videos of it. Lol. A motor home will not work for us, nor is it what we prefer. Thank you all for the advice.
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Old 09-18-2015, 12:30 AM   #13
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Thank you. I was just thinking I may go back to lurking...lol . We've had a lot happen the last couple of years and are making some big life changes that will hopefully lead us on some great adventures and healing of the soul this next year. Can I ask, where did you buy your bus?
We got ours from AAA Bus Sales in PHX. A rust free, very clean AZ bus with white roof, extra insulation and tinted windows. Plus 2 ACs for on the road cooling.
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Old 09-18-2015, 12:43 AM   #14
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Perhaps I have overestimated the job of pulling the seats

This is my method. It has worked for 2 buses so far.

First 40 seconds is how long it took the 10 seats before this video.


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Old 09-18-2015, 12:53 AM   #15
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Nat, that's by far the most fun I've had watching something in a while. always one that just doesn't want to cooperate.

I used 4 vise grips and a breaker bar and simply tightened until they snap usually about 1 turn.
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Old 09-18-2015, 01:02 AM   #16
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cottagecreekgirl, the seats are probably the simplest part of the conversion process in my opinion. I know that doesn't mean much but they are very strait forward to remove. disposal isn't to bad normally. I listed mine on CL and had people wanting them for many different things. It took a few weeks to for them to go but I got paid for some of them.

Buy a good bus structurally! Mechanically sound. The rest isn't to bad.

Lots of help here when you need it. With a few passionate opinions now and then.
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Old 09-18-2015, 01:21 AM   #17
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This is my method. It has worked for 2 buses so far.

First 40 seconds is how long it took the 10 seats before this video.


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HOLY COW!!! I want that radiator and intercooler. They look like they came off a locomotive. Definitely not the puny garbage in my Internationals.
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Old 09-18-2015, 02:34 AM   #18
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The one you see is the small one from a front engine ISB 5.9 Cummins.

The intercooler is from this bus.

That's 250 hp Cummins 8.3 stuff.

The original rad weighed over 125 pounds. Just insane big. It's leaning there too, on the opposite wall.

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Old 09-19-2015, 08:36 PM   #19
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Now I've lined up a 1992 Thomas with a Cummings engine, 55,000 miles originally from Florida. Jer is checking it out tomorrow before we head out to see the other one I mentioned earlier I'm having such a blast looking at buses!
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Old 09-19-2015, 08:42 PM   #20
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Ask for service records or try to verify that mileage if possible.
The gauges are often replaced and don't reflect actual mileage. I'd say that MOST buses don't have the correct mileage indicated.
If its from FL look for rust or MOLD. the moldy ones from FL are the really neglected ones.
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