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Old 11-03-2015, 09:02 PM   #41
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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, 08:57 PM   #42
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Old 11-17-2015, 10:32 PM   #43
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If it would be possible to make a list like this into click-bait that every visitor to the site couldn't help but click on, it would be huge.
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, 08:11 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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