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Old 08-24-2019, 03:20 PM   #1
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Just picked up my 5 window 2003 international with the 7.3 turbo. Can’t wait to get going on the build. Haven’t seen many of these online. Anyone here have one?
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Old 08-24-2019, 04:38 PM   #2
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Looks tight! Love that size. We've got the same year, same engine, 6-window and we love it. You'll be pleased I'm sure. Got your floor-plan figured out yet?
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Old 08-24-2019, 06:23 PM   #3
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Awesome! I think I have it figured out but Iím sure it will be changing.
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Old 08-24-2019, 07:56 PM   #4
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Great find. I think you'll find that you have the "sweet spot" when it comes to engine, body, and size. Where'd you buy it? Any rust? Standing room? Congrats.
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Old 08-24-2019, 08:34 PM   #5
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Awesome! I got the 7 window version of that bus.
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Just picked up my 5 window 2003 international with the 7.3 turbo. Can’t wait to get going on the build. Haven’t seen many of these online. Anyone here have one?
I've had a 6 window 03/04. My Thomas is a 5 window.
IDK if I've seen a 5 window IC till now.

That looks like a real sweet bus, OP.
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Old 08-25-2019, 06:56 AM   #7
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Great find. I think you'll find that you have the "sweet spot" when it comes to engine, body, and size. Where'd you buy it? Any rust? Standing room? Congrats.
Got it from AuctionsInternational.com from Amsterdam school district in upstate New York, for $1,625. I thought that was a steal and couldn't resist. 133k miles. Drove it 200 miles home on back roads through VT and NH hills with no problems.

It has rust but nothing major. The outside body is in very good condition but it is a New England bus.

I can just barely stand in it now at 6'1 and know ill be losing headspace after insulation/flooring. Im thinking of extending the emergency exit hatch to a full skylight so gain that space back and I could stand and cook more comfortably.
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Got it from AuctionsInternational.com from Amsterdam school district in upstate New York, for $1,625. I thought that was a steal and couldn't resist. 133k miles. Drove it 200 miles home on back roads through VT and NH hills with no problems.

It has rust but nothing major. The outside body is in very good condition but it is a New England bus.

I can just barely stand in it now at 6'1 and know ill be losing headspace after insulation/flooring. Im thinking of extending the emergency exit hatch to a full skylight so gain that space back and I could stand and cook more comfortably.
No roof raise? They're easier and cheaper the shorter the bus is.
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Old 08-25-2019, 08:08 AM   #9
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No roof raise? They're easier and cheaper the shorter the bus is.
Probably not in the budget
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Thomas buses typically have a wall slant that makes a roof raise a tougher proposition anyway.
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Thomas buses typically have a wall slant that makes a roof raise a tougher proposition anyway.
Makes making it look GOOD a difficult proposition!
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Old 08-25-2019, 10:00 AM   #12
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x2. Working on a door mod that took on another life due to the inward curvature of the walls midway up.

Congrats on the recent buy OP. Hopefully your rust remediation doesn't become overwhelming...
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I can just barely stand in it now at 6'1 and know ill be losing headspace after insulation/flooring. Im thinking of extending the emergency exit hatch to a full skylight so gain that space back and I could stand and cook more comfortably.

Just my opinion, but it seems to me being hunched over all the time would get real old, real quick. I personally wouldn't trade the ability to stand up straight for any amount of insulation.


On the plus side, none of us are getting any younger, so perhaps as the years pass things will improve. You could expedite the process by putting on weight and jumping up & down a lot
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Old 08-25-2019, 11:10 AM   #14
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If you remove the ceiling panels you get almost 2 inches of space to install "real" insulation without affecting your headroom.

Your floor is likely around an inch above the metal pan.

All in all, you can probably do it with no or minimal sacrifice.
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You could expedite the process by putting on weight and jumping up & down a lot
And while they're replacing your knee joints, just have them remove 2-3" of femur.
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If there is rust that is not major, you're going to be really surprised when you remove the plywood floor.
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If there is rust that is not major, you're going to be really surprised when you remove the plywood floor.
How do you know that? Do you have some kind of remote controlled device that probed their new bus and determined suprise level during plywood removal? Has it been calibrated recently? Does it have new batteries in it ? Or, are you are talking out your because your mouth knows better. Most of us in this forum learned a long time ago if you do not have anything nice to say, do not say anything.

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Just picked up my 5 window 2003 international with the 7.3 turbo. Canít wait to get going on the build. Havenít seen many of these online. Anyone here have one?
Wow, that is a cool bus. How many HP ? Also how long is it bumper to bumper? really cool Congrats!
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Just my opinion, but it seems to me being hunched over all the time would get real old, real quick. I personally wouldn't trade the ability to stand up straight for any amount of insulation.


On the plus side, none of us are getting any younger, so perhaps as the years pass things will improve. You could expedite the process by putting on weight and jumping up & down a lot
You also have the option of insulating the center tunnel under the floor and insulating on top on either side of the center tunnel. Or, a combination of both. Or insulation in your cabinets. Certainly the more labor intensive and time consuming option but extra work sometimes makes a long lasting huge impact over time. Which, in turn, makes you laugh at the insignificant labor that was invested long ago. IMHO. We both like standing up!
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