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Old 01-25-2021, 01:46 PM   #1
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Talking 96 Thomas Bus 24HoursofLemons Car Hauler

Yeah it sounds funny. It's a work in progress

Step 1.
Make it so I can tow a trailer.


Step 2. Great but I want better


Step 3. Lets ditch the trailer and put the car inside the bus.

3a. acquire a garage door.
https://www.menards.com/main/doors-w...4433891802.htm

3b. Hack off back of bus.


3c. Frame opening and do crappy sheet metal work in a hurry. It's what I had laying around that was strong enough.


3d. Insert garage door.





3e. Build ramp inside bus


3f. Build sketchy ramp setup and test on car we don't care about


Step 4.
Cram the car in there at 3am in the rain and get on the road.

Throw everything else we need for race weekend in there and get on highway.


Next steps?

Continue building internal ramp inside so I can fit another car.

Built deck on roof.

Somehow install PTO so I can have hydraulic power.

fabricate pull out drawers under floor for spare parts.

Pull out drawer for generator.

Install air conditioning

FYI in case your wondering, the car weights about 12 fat kids. lol.

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Old 01-25-2021, 01:50 PM   #2
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Old 01-26-2021, 07:45 PM   #3
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I like that you didn't just hack the back of it off like most. I love builds like this. I used to enjoy seeing crawler haulers over on the Pirate 4x4 forums. Lots of ingenuity and fabrication work over there. Might give you a few ideas.
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Construction photo of mine:



I beaver-tailed the frame to lower the threshold a few inches.
And of course, raised the roof two feet, which made the draw-bridge correspondingly longer.
It is still steep, but I once drove a golf cart straight in easily enough.

Keep up the good work, and by all means have fun.
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I like that you didn't just hack the back of it off like most. I love builds like this. I used to enjoy seeing crawler haulers over on the Pirate 4x4 forums. Lots of ingenuity and fabrication work over there. Might give you a few ideas.
you mean like this!
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