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Old 01-30-2016, 10:46 AM   #1
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This could be fun to watch

BangShift.com A Guy And His Son Are Going Cross Country To Buy This Sweet 1956 Ford B600 Bus Right Now! Follow Along! - BangShift.com

I've asked years back-how come it seems 60% of us seem to buy buses on the other side of the country? It usually at least makes your first story a good one!
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Old 02-02-2016, 06:05 PM   #2
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That was a good read. That guy has balls of steel to drive that bus home!
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Old 02-02-2016, 10:27 PM   #3
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That would be me. It was quite the trip. Total round trip mileage was just over 2100. From Charleston, SC to Allenton, WI, and back.

The bus made the 1047 mile homeward leg like a champ. We had a few teething problems initially. There was some serious doubt about it making it home, but we kept plugging away at it. If all else failed, the tow bill was getting cheaper by the mile.

There is a thread about the entire trip from first contact, to rolling home, here.

https://grassrootsmotorsports.com/fo.../109517/page1/

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Old 02-02-2016, 11:45 PM   #4
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just read the grassroutes motorsports thread, if you are getting 7 mpg, keep the engine and tranny, my DT466 bus only got 8 mpg at a governed 62 mph, 29 feet long. same for my shorter TE 444 powered bus but I was pulling a car behind it on the trip back. I assume it has hydravac brakes with the booster somewhere under the drivers seat area (had a early 60's B600 bus at one time) and I think that there are 2 brake cylinders per wheel.
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Old 02-03-2016, 12:42 AM   #5
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Welcome Toyman! You've come to the right place.
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Old 02-03-2016, 11:19 AM   #6
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Such a great vehicle! Keep us posted, please!
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Old 02-03-2016, 06:46 PM   #7
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She's going to need a lot of work to bring her back to her former glory. I'll fire up a build thread in the next week or two. This weekend will be figuring out exactly what I have. The bus is full of miscellaneous RV parts.

How do you guys usually strip old paint. I'm thinking about sandblasting it, but if there is a better way I'd love to know.
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Old 02-03-2016, 07:13 PM   #8
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That would be a rad build
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Old 02-03-2016, 07:49 PM   #9
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SWEEEEEEET!!! --- And Welcome! Love those lines, but then I am a sucker for most of the early iron. Gonna love following this build.


And personally...I'd look into a Cummins 5.9. Tons of torque and 20mpg.
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Toyman,

OUTSTANDING adventure! I've done a few of those with an M109A3 @ 2200 rpm - 55 mph. I know the adrenaline rush as the trip unwinds and at the end. I'm following your build with intense curiosity! LOVE the way your son has run with the "thinking off the top of your head" and "utilize all available resources" mentalities. You've taught him well!

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