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Or, how to Rebuild a school bus
The THREE URLS ABOVE are about the joys of SCHOOL BUS CONVERSION. Though the suckers cost 3 thousand, by the time you paint the bus blue and white, it actually looks like an RV. The Articles above and below were written by knowledgeable writers who warn you that the maintenance on a diesel rig is VERY expensive compared to that of a gas rig, so if CASH is a consideration you may want to look for a gas-powered engine. Also, if you have to replace or rebuild a diesel engine you are going to sink well over $5,000.00 into the project, even if you do it all yourself, which takes considerable mechanical skills.
Another idea, CONSIDER rebuilding and outfitting a cargo van, or a sturdy Dodge van. Any gear-head teen should be able to rebuild a nice 366 or 427 Chevy/GMC big block V8 engine in their dad's garage. The 366 and 427 commercial/industrial engines have 4-bolt main bearing caps, a.400 inch taller cylinder block, and an extra ring pack on each piston for oil control. They can run 250,000 miles with good maintenance and proper operation.
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If you plan on running your rig so few hundred miles every year, it is likely that a gas rig would be easier to start, run, and maintain than would a diesel rig. If you will run it all year long, vast distances, well, think DIESEL.
There are a lot of Chevrolet/GMC rigs out there pulling any number of different coach bodies...BlueBird, Wayne, Thomas, etc. Stay clear of the Carpenter bodies, as they are known to pop rivets and rust out badly. If
any of you in your group are over 6:02 in height you will want to check out the raised-roof Thomas coaches...they are a couple of inches taller inside than most other buses.
The most common engine placed in the Chevy/GMC gas rigs is the 366 cubic
inch engine, which is the smallest "big block" engine made by General
Motors. If you and others will be swapping driving chores you will likely
want one with an AT545 Allison automatic transmission, but if you find one
with the MT643 Allison jump on it, as the latter model has a lock-up torque
converter in 4th (top) range.
I would shy away from any bus with a small block Chevy/GMC 350 cid
engine...the stroke on these engines is 3.48 inches in length...definitely
not made for torque production, and your rig is going to weigh at least
16,000 pounds EMPTY....so you will need as much torque as you can get!
You can look around forever for a rear axle to swap in your rig, but it is
also gonna be used, and in unknown condition. The best way to go is to
change the ring and pinion gears and replace the bearings when you have the
pumpkin opened up. You will then have the equivolent of a new rear axle.
Depending on the engine size and torque, I wouldn't go much lower than a
4.10 ratio in a sKoolie or you will find yourself lugging the engine on a
few of the steeper hills, much less how it will labor in the mountains.
Good luck to you, buddy....ignore all those cats who warn you off of going
that fast in a sKoolie....you are in more danger from travelling 55 and
having an 18-wheeler blow your doors off when it passes you going 90!
camper school bus conversion
http://forums.makezine.com/ talks about it sometimes
CERTAIN VANS from the 70's convert easily and well
CARGO VANS are larger. You can buy old ones. Convert them to camper
Google those search terms
SOME ROADS don't cut it
Google those terms to find a list, this one will work for a starter kit
Trailer Life talks about van conversions, humble ones
READ THE TRUCK/ VAN REVIEWS, the 88 DODGE is considered an alltime classic
Probably find one in CRAIGS LIST today, maybe EBAY.
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