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Old 11-03-2015, 10:02 PM   #41
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Originally Posted by Timelord View Post
My 84 passenger was a 40' bus.
the question was about inside space. bumper to bumper my bus is also 40'.
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Old 11-12-2015, 09:57 PM   #42
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Old 11-17-2015, 11:32 PM   #43
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I will triumph with my bus, but boy do I wish I'd known more while shopping.

Many people have voiced concerns with accessibility in van-base busses when drivetrain maintenance is required. Personally, I've had no problems with this yet, but I am worried about it. I'm not the kind of guy who likes to let shops service my vehicles, and in this case I think I may have to, we'll see.

I will say that the aforementioned gearing limits me to about 55mph. I don't find this particularly distressing, but I know some might. I've heard that changing the gearing in the rear axle will help, but I don't have plans to do so.

It also seems prudent to mention that the rust in my bus, while somewhat formidable, is not distressing. I'll have to rebuild the floor in the next few years, but it should be relatively easy, given that the rusty bits are all aftermarket conversion parts. The important spots to check for rust in van base busses are: the chassis, and the cab (aka all the Ford parts, in my case). The rest (the aftermarket part) of the bus is easy to cut up and/or replace, as long as you're not a wimp. I'll stress that my bus is a VAN-BASE Ford, I have no authority on full size busses, especially in this regard.

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Old 04-01-2016, 09:11 PM   #44
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Thanks for this

Having read the thread, I have now switched more of my efforts in the next few months towards: 1) getting neighbours to sign an easement letting me get bus in and out if my yard through theirs 2) going to town council meetings about bylaws and 3) prepping the yard with a portable garage set up BEFORE I get over eager about all the busses I see on kijiji. I also found a mechanic who did a conversion himself and is willing to work with me, and signed up to audit a welding class at the local high school. That said, if an 8.3 Cummings automatic comes in kijiji I will leap off that cliff! As a noob I appreciate all of your time.
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Old 11-10-2016, 11:25 PM   #45
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Originally Posted by dan-fox View Post
Look, I'm trying, really I am. I've spent easy a hundred hours reading this site. But the info is all over the place, and the search function sucks raw eggs, so I ask:

Is there a size difference between buses with 72, 74, 78, and 84 seats? And by size, I mean 'enclosed area available for building stuff into'.

Do buses come longer than 40 feet? I've only gone to look at two of them so far and neither were even 40' long. I've never heard anyone mention that they just bought a 44' foot bus in great shape. Maybe there's a law or regulation, like there is evidently about '15 years and you're outta here'.

This is mainly why I am limiting my search to flat nose rear engine buses. They look to have the most cubic foot bang for the buck. And I want the engine to make noise where someone is trying to take a nap, not where I'm trying to drive the bus and read a GPS at the same time.


If this should have been in a different thread, I'm sure you'll tell me.
I'm with this guy. I'm curious as to what bus or buses are going to have the most interior space lengthwise. I would prefer a taller one but that's not absolutely necessary. That way I can focus my search on finding the longest bus with the most interior room available and I haven't figured out how to determine that yet.

I appreciate y'alls help.
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Old 09-16-2017, 02:23 PM   #46
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Looks like we are off to a great start with solid advice. To all the noobs looking for a bus, pay attention and learn.


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