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Old 10-03-2017, 02:16 PM   #1
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Double Decker Conversion - Any history?

Hi everyone! I joined this forum in order to hopefully gain some insight on bus conversions; however, our bus is a double-decker!!
Unfortunately, we have been unable to find many resources online around double-decker conversions, so I'm wondering if there is anyone on here that may know of a person, website, blog, etc that may be useful.
While, I am taking in a lot of info on here, I know that we will face some different obstacles, and it would be helpful to have an experienced person/people to converse with as we move along our journey.
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Old 10-03-2017, 03:09 PM   #2
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Year: 1990
Coachwork: integral
Chassis: Crown Supercoach II (rear engine)
Engine: Detroit 6V92TAC, DDEC 2, Jake brake, Allison HT740
Rated Cap: 37,400 lbs GVWR
What bus do you have?

There was someone here a few years ago with a Bristol/ECW Lodekka, complete with Bristol engine! He was in California, and the last I heard he got his engine running after much work. The British Bus Conversion forum is now essentially defunct, but it had a few posts from folk in Britain with Bristol VRs and Leyland Atlanteans. The Bus Conversions Magazine forum has a member (Bruce H in N.Carolina) with a Daimler Fleetline that he is repowering with a Cummins drivetrain out of a low-floor transit bus - his O-680 engine finally gave up the ghost.

On YouTube there are a few videos of folk in England converting VRs and suchlike, and I watched a video recently of a Dutchman who converted a Neoplan Starliner. Yes, there are a few busnuts out there with double-deckers, but they're not a common sight here.

Many years ago in England I thought about converting a Bristol Lodekka with front-entrance ECW body and 5- or 6-cylinder Gardner. Eastern Counties Omnibus Company, as it was in those days, was selling them for little more than scrap value, and I had dreams of converting one into a bachelor pad on wheels. Alas, it didn't happen, but here I am decades later finally converting a bus, albeit a single-decker. And no, I'm NOT going to put a hippyish VW bus on the roof to make it a faux-double decker, or anything else heavy (I already have 2kW of solar panels up there).

Good luck!

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