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Old 09-09-2021, 11:34 AM   #1
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Hi Guys!

Hello everyone,

New to the forum, I recently got "The Bus" from my uncle, My grandfather bought it back in the 70's they converted it into a motorhome FMCA# 1536 S now she's mine, (hoping to keep the 1536# does anyone know if the do GS for #'s that are passed down?) She's a 1956 Ford B600 with a Superior coach body, currently a 460 Ford with a C6 and a Mack 2spd rear end. I am working on finding a 444E and an Allison or Ford Overdrive transmission. Wiring up electric fans to keep the 460 cool for now.
Then she is going All blue and black like it was when I was a kid.
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Old 09-09-2021, 07:28 PM   #2
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When you say a 444E, I'm not sure if there are 444's that aren't E's but with that sweet old rig it would be great to put a mechanical 7.3 in there rather than a computer controlled one.
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Old 09-09-2021, 09:10 PM   #3
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That's in beautiful condition! As the owner of a Superior bodied bus I still see many "bodily" similarities to my '35 version. Sounds like it found a good home.
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Old 09-09-2021, 09:20 PM   #4
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Great looking bus and even better it has been in the family all these years!
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Old 09-09-2021, 09:53 PM   #5
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New to the forum, I recently got "The Bus" from my uncle, My grandfather bought it back in the 70's they converted it into a motorhome FMCA# 1536 S now she's mine, (hoping to keep the 1536# does anyone know if the do GS for #'s that are passed down?


FMCA was founded in July 1963, and assigning membership numbers started immediately for record-keeping purposes. Each member family is assigned a numbered oval-shaped emblem to display on their RV to let others know of their affiliation. The numbers are assigned for life and not reused. If someone leaves the RV lifestyle temporarily but later rejoins FMCA, they are assigned the same membership number.

The association also assigns legacy numbers. Families are able to share the same membership number, with the addition of a suffix to indicate the familial relationship — for instance, "S" for son, "D" for daughter, or "G" for grandchild.

The numbers also indicate how long someone has been a member, and lower membership numbers are a source of pride among members.

An outstanding family legacy to continue.
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Old 09-10-2021, 09:21 AM   #6
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I am going to put an electronic one in it, better fuel mileage, I put an early 99 turbo setup on a 1992 444 I wouldn't mind doing that again but, I have a motor any tranny out of an 01 E350 with 181k on it... Looking at a 444e with an Allison as well but I'm not sure if the deal is going to go through...
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Old 09-10-2021, 09:22 AM   #7
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So there is a G, that's awesome...! Thank you for the info, I'd love to carry that number on...
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Old 09-12-2021, 08:06 AM   #8
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I have a rear axle 'frame cut-off' from a 1996 Mack firetruck... rated 23,000#.
Complete with springs and hangers plus drive-shaft, just as it was on the running truck.
It had an Allison, so the gearing could work for you.
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It is loaded on a trailer and going to the smelter Monday.
PM me if you can use it.
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(In the background is the left-hand drive crew-cab firetruck cab grafted onto a rhd garbage-truck frame.
And 'yes', it is mid-engine.)
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