I guess the motoring gods decided to smile at me last night.
Was off having a drive, with the kids. They were predicting a fairly cool night, about refrigerator temperature.
So I decided to stop at a trailer park for the evening to have power for the electric heater.
So we got ourselves all parked up and decided to take the dog for a quick look around the park.
I wandered down the back, then I see it 20 of the same bus as mine. All converted to cabins. Not bad considering only 69 were built and only 42 of those were the double dear door configuration.
After spending an hour or two wandering around the bus version of Valhalla. Considering externally they were as they came out of service. They had their fair share of battle scars. Seeing what spares they had and what the missing bits of mine are supposed to look like was invaluable.
Talk about luck parts wise. For a bus who's manufacturer went out of business 23 odd years ago.
Just some of the things I discovered were, it originally had 10.00r20 wheels not the 11r22.5 it's got now. Which explains why it handles the way it does. Was built to run really balloony tyres.
The original window design used a custom a clamp system like bullet resistant glass, only prettied up as a trim looking piece. which explains the over spec window glass(riot resistant not quite bullet resistant). The later ones used a rubber seal.
A couple of them had had radiator grills replaced in a similar manner to what I want to do to mine.