After a lifetime of admiring buses, it's time for us to call a skoolie home.
The platform: 1967 Ford dognose bluebird, 66 capacity. The Ford is in great shape, I discovered it last week, sitting in a jungle in South Carolina.
Pros: No rust. No leaks. No seats. Well preserved. Style!
Cons: V8 gasser. Capacity is a little short.
The swap: I am lucky to have a fully operational 1997 Dodge 3500, with a Cummins 12 valve 6BT P-pump and 4WD. Transmission is a 47RE.
The thought process here is that ford B-series buses were built over medium-duty Ford drivetrains. In my knowledge that makes them an ideal platform for a 6BT swap. Please correct me if I am incorrect in that assumption.
The plan: swap the entire Dodge drivetrain into the bus. I dont intend to fool around with an old gas hog in a fully loaded bus, nor with notoriously bad Ford drum brakes.
Before I bite the bullet, buy this Ford, and haul it out of the woods, I need clarification on a few points.
What will I need that I dont already have? Custom driveshaft for certain. Motor mounts for certain.
What modifications might be required? Obviously I will likely have to edit the firewall to fit the 6BT. Will the 47RE transmission fit in the old housing?
What about the front end? Seeing as it's a 4wd Dodge drivetrain, I figure I need to move both axles, differentials etc. If so what's involved with swapping the front end into the old Ford?
Here is where you come in folks! All advice is accepted, both pros and cons. Help me figure out how to make this work! Thanks in advance, glad to be here among expert enthusiasts!