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Old 02-12-2020, 11:40 PM   #1
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Short bus dream come true

Here’s my shorty. I built it myself 5 years ago, (it took 5 months) after buying the bus off my employer (the local school district), then decided to take a six month road trip in it, it was a dream! 25k miles, the western US, Canada, and Alaska, even crossed the Arctic Circle and all with our 2/3 and 4/5 year old kids. Best of the best times! Millions more pics of the build, sorry for the sideways pics, not enough time to correct that so..........Enjoy.
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Old 02-13-2020, 07:15 AM   #2
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Looks great inside very nice work.

We got up to the Dalton Highway last summer but chickened out cause of heavy rains and no spare, Might do it this year, up to the end. (we parked our bus in anchorage and flew home)

We put our bike rack up front cause some day we want to pull a car. Our bikes never got as dirty as yours. Need one of those roof wing things to deflect dust!
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Old 02-13-2020, 08:24 AM   #3
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Engine: Chevy 3500 Short Bus 6.5L Diesel
Great Job!

Looks like an awesome shorty. I have a 2000 Chevy 3500 shorty pretty much like yours. Does yours have the 6.5L Diesel? How fast do you top out at and how slow up hills?
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Old 02-13-2020, 11:13 AM   #4
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Nice work and great adventures!
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Old 02-13-2020, 08:36 PM   #5
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It is the 6.5, it runs fine at 70, as long as it’s flat ground Uphill is a test of patience, I got used to driving very slow, and monitoring my engine temp, slow driving and pulling over were normal when we hit elevation. I drove out of Death Valley mid day (100+F) in my underwear with the heat on full blast, and doing about 5 mph, no joke
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Old 02-13-2020, 08:45 PM   #6
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We probably got lucky on the Dalton, it was dry, but we turned around just north of the Circle, I had to be in Calgary and couldnt risk being stranded up there. Plus I talked to a trucker at the fuel pumps and he told me the Brooks pass was in terrible shape, that was all I needed. I mounted a spare on the roof one afternoon while doing some riding in Fruita CO, thankfully I never needed it! Also packed a couple jugs of diesel, no stress like running out of fuel stress
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Old 02-13-2020, 08:48 PM   #7
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Thanks, it was a fun fruity project, my kids were 2 and 4 when I built it, I figured theyd like the wild colors, and for goodness sakes it’s a bus, I wasn’t going to try to make it respectable ;)
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