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Old 01-24-2021, 10:10 AM   #1
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2001 Thomas Indianapolis

My name is Nick and I've wanted to get a bus for a long time. A nice opportunity fell into my lap recently. Picked it up yesterday and drove it home.

Planning a type of toy hauler for a couple of motorcycles and tool storage if possible.

Love seeing roof raising.

Definitely finding rust in all the right places, but I'm not upset.

I think I activated an interlock though because she won't turn over after I got it parked where I wanted it... I'm glad I went with my gut about not shutting it off until I was happy about where it was.

I've got a few things to check and look for that are related to the emergency escape circuit and some other goofy stuff too.

Overall I'm pretty stoked.

Anything I should think about and consider with this particular bus model? It's the Cat 7.5 engine but I didn't fully fill out the profile page yet.

Any pros/cons for the pusher style?

What's the highest priority things I should consider focusing on first? Body resto, power, plumbing etc...

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Old 01-24-2021, 10:18 AM   #2
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Congratulations and welcome! I think the first priority with any bus project is to make sure it's mechanically sound...change fluids, changes belts and hoses, catch up on any needed maintenance, check brakes and brake lines (especially if hydraulic), check wheel bearings and steering linkages for play and proper lube...then take it on a couple of shakedown trips. Electrical will fall in here, too. I hate seeing builds that happen before knowing the bus is sound...you need to know your foundation is good, first.
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Old 01-24-2021, 10:19 AM   #3
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Old 01-24-2021, 10:27 AM   #4
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Oh definitely! We gave it a quick look through including fluid amounts and electric test.

Have a few electrical gremlins, engine oil leak, exhaust manifold is a little worrying and by extension the turbo, radiators are kinda haggard... She's definitely not the worst vehicle I've ever owned! The brakes are air and that's a system I'm not familiar with yet, but I understand the concept. I'm used to automotive and electric forklifts. Got a good understanding of hydraulics and by proxy pneumatics.

Nothing about it really worries me except how I am about projects. Gonna shift some that won't ever get any attention like they deserve.
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Old 01-24-2021, 01:01 PM   #5
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Hi Nick, looks like a nice bus, and you are one ahead as its not yellow.

As a pusher you will find you have much more room underneath for tanks, compartments, etc.

I went with a front engine and it has been quite a challenge to put everything underneath I needed for the conversion.

What year is the bus? I know pollution control equipment is becoming a factor with newer buses.

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Old 01-24-2021, 01:05 PM   #6
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Hi Nick, looks like a nice bus. I think you will be glad you have a pusher as you will have much more room underneath. I have a front engine flat front bluebird and it has been a challenge installing all the systems needed for a full conversion.

What year is your bus?

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Old 01-24-2021, 01:20 PM   #7
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That is funny Nick, my first post disappeared so I posted again. Now they both showed up.

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Old 01-24-2021, 03:13 PM   #8
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I think he's safe with a 2001 for no emissions headaches, seems like that didn't start showing up until 2004 and after.

Nice bus, I'm a little jealous.
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Old 01-26-2021, 08:53 AM   #9
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Hi Nick, looks like a nice bus. I think you will be glad you have a pusher as you will have much more room underneath.

What year is your bus?

Bill
Lebanon, IN
I definitely agree with you. When I first took an interest in this type of project I thought I'd want a front engine bus for aesthetics alone, but not having the drivetrain take up so much room will be a very good thing in the long run!

It's a 2001 sir, and I'm thrilled to find out that you're not too far away from where I'm at the the west side of Indy!
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Old 01-26-2021, 08:58 AM   #10
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Nice bus, I'm a little jealous.
Thanks! I'm pretty stoked with this one honestly. Despite some of the issues I'm finding.

I didn't notice you were also close by! Sweet!
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Old 01-26-2021, 10:17 AM   #11
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2001 Thomas Indianapolis

Welcome HDX brother!

Allow me to save you some time.

Attachment 53418




Electrical drawings specifically for my VIN #
This should be very close to yours
https://drive.google.com/drive/folde...SAhlAQy_gyI8_9

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Old 01-26-2021, 10:26 AM   #12
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Oh yeah, my bus!

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1 window shorter I think.

She looks different since I deleted the ADA door.

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Old 01-26-2021, 11:04 AM   #13
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Nice bus! I'm in Indiana as well, where did you get that bus?
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Old 01-26-2021, 11:27 AM   #14
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Welcome HDX brother!

Allow me to save you some time.

Attachment 53418
Yeah, that's gonna save me a load of time.
Thank you so much for it!
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Old 01-26-2021, 11:30 AM   #15
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Nice bus! I'm in Indiana as well, where did you get that bus?
Just fell into my lap that one. An in-law had purchased something from the church previously and they let him know when they wanted to cut the bus loose. He asked me if I was interested and you better believe I was!

It was in Terre Haute.
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Old 01-26-2021, 06:16 PM   #16
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You’re welcome.

It doesn’t look like this attachment was attached correctly.

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Old 01-26-2021, 07:07 PM   #17
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You’re welcome.

It doesn’t look like this attachment was attached correctly.

Very nice, thank you again!
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Old 01-30-2021, 05:00 PM   #18
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South bend saying hi
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Old 01-30-2021, 09:59 PM   #19
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Congrats on the bus. I am wondering your plan for building it into a toy hauler with it being rear engined? A larger side opening where the emergency door is? Most people go with a front engine and build a large rear door and garage area.
Please keep us posted on your progress. I hope all goes well.
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Old 01-30-2021, 10:43 PM   #20
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Congrats on the bus. I am wondering your plan for building it into a toy hauler with it being rear engined? A larger side opening where the emergency door is? Most people go with a front engine and build a large rear door and garage area.
Please keep us posted on your progress. I hope all goes well.
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