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#1 2016-11-08 10:03:41

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So...I bought a bus.

http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg6/hyperboarder/Mobile%20Uploads/24E0B85A-4228-4521-83A7-7CCC728D8941_zpsaptx8smq.jpg

http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg6/hyperboarder/Mobile%20Uploads/6179393C-6145-4852-8E64-9911BA8E99F4_zpsu2mehlzh.jpg

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Yup...

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#2 2016-11-08 10:05:41

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Re: So...I bought a bus.

Please be my best friend.


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#3 2016-11-08 10:48:51

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Re: So...I bought a bus.

How much you pay for it?


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#4 2016-11-08 10:51:04

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Re: So...I bought a bus.

hammyt wrote:

How much you pay for it?

Way less than I feel I should have, which is why I own it.  Got a guess?

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#5 2016-11-08 11:28:38

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Re: So...I bought a bus.

Your neighbors must love you.  lol


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#6 2016-11-08 11:37:11

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Re: So...I bought a bus.

Loving that giant chrome front bumper.  I worked for a company that provided the steel for those back in the day...  Completely off track story, but steel for chrome bumpers (and chrome steel wheels) had to be flat polished prior to stamping and chrome plating to get the proper surface quality.  A little company down in Flat Rock MI would do that job.  Their head technical guy and I worked together for a while at that steel company, and one fine April day he invited me to their corporate seats for Tigers opening day.  Turns out that this goofy little company that flat polished steel blanks for car bumpers had season tickets RIGHT BEHIND THE TIGER DUGOUT.  We sat between Dennis Archer, the mayor of Detroit at the time, and Van Earl Wright, who was the lead sports guy for the NBC affiliate in town.  That's how manufacturers rolled in Detroit, at least prior to the recession...


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#7 2016-11-08 11:42:00

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Re: So...I bought a bus.

I need to get a side by side with my E250, this one is an E550 (2 ton) and it is straight comically larger.  You can see my Honda Fit next to it in the first pic, it could fit inside.

I've come to love my neighborhood, old part of town so no HOA, we're bordered on 3 sides by streets, and no one seems to care about my crazy car leanings.  We have a spot behind the garage that is currently not really used, I think I'll put the bus back there, should fit perfect.  Need to make a gravel/paver driveway first.

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#8 2016-11-08 12:49:10

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Re: So...I bought a bus.

So what I'm hearing is you plan to cut a ramp through the back so you can park your Fit inside it while driving around in the bus...  spider


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#9 2016-11-08 13:02:32

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Re: So...I bought a bus.

Lol what are your plans for it? Camper, party bus, Uber, etc
so many possibilities!


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#10 2016-11-08 13:12:51

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Re: So...I bought a bus.

itsnotmeitsyou wrote:

So what I'm hearing is you plan to cut a ramp through the back so you can park your Fit inside it while driving around in the bus...  spider

Bingo!  Wait, no.  I need to see if the Fit will fit on the wheelchair lift.

sohlman wrote:

Lol what are your plans for it? Camper, party bus, Uber, etc
so many possibilities!

Camper, relatively simple for now.  The miles are up there, it's got the 7.3 but I know it won't last forever so I don't want to sink too much into it.  Plans for each side, starting from the front:
Passenger - Leave 2 seats for wife and/or kids, dinette, small simple kitchen, gear garage where the rear doors are to house bikes, paddleboards, kayaks, etc.
Driver - Leave 2 seats, gaucho bed for wife and I, triple decker bunk beds for kids and dogs, tiny little commode in the back.

If I get lucky and/or creative with it I think I can make this thing damn cheap and pretty comfy.

Biggest current headache is a battery drain, that's priority number 1.  Hoping to get a manual out of Goshen before they shut their doors at years end.

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#11 2016-11-08 13:23:40

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Re: So...I bought a bus.

I love threads that deliver on the promises of their titles.  heart


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#12 2016-11-08 13:34:57

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Re: So...I bought a bus.

hyperboarder wrote:

Way less than I feel I should have, which is why I own it.  Got a guess?

A grand?  Seriously, I have no idea.


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#13 2016-11-08 13:52:56

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Re: So...I bought a bus.

hammyt wrote:

hyperboarder wrote:

Way less than I feel I should have, which is why I own it.  Got a guess?

A grand?  Seriously, I have no idea.

$1750.  A bit over $2200 all in with fees, taxes, registration and insurance.

I should add specifics I suppose.  2003 E550 (2 ton Econoline chassis), 7.3L Diesel.  I'm still not 100% if it's the standard Ford 7.3 or the slightly different T444E.  I think the former.  20 passenger plus a few wheelchairs, ~28 feet long.  Lots of windows.  Amazingly just about everything works, including the front and rear AC, all lights, wheelchair lift, stereo, 1 of the 2 floor heaters, signs (front one needs help to roll one way), etc.

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#14 2016-11-08 14:01:09

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Re: So...I bought a bus.

I mean provided you get a couple years out of her without any major repairs that's a solid deal.  Interested to see the progress throughout the project.  up


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#15 2016-11-08 14:43:24

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Re: So...I bought a bus.

Jesus. I was going to guess $4k and I thought that was pretty low. up up

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#16 2016-11-08 15:48:12

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Re: So...I bought a bus.

iamchris wrote:

Jesus. I was going to guess $4k and I thought that was pretty low. up up

You find that puppy on SlickDeals? tongue

Ha. No.

Local auction site gets a lot of the retired fleet vehicles, sometimes good deals, others not so much.  There was a similar one 6 weeks back, 1.5 ton chassis, a bit shorter, less miles but worse condition, went for 3x what I paid.  I honestly didn't expect to win, but here we are.

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#17 2016-11-08 23:25:52

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Re: So...I bought a bus.

I will definitely have to see this next summer when I stop in Boise. Some window tint and dynamat are in order also. Who wants to start a dynamat fund for Hyperboarder?  biggrin


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#18 2016-11-09 11:38:34

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Re: So...I bought a bus.

Dynamat would cost more than the bus smile.  Got any recommendations for cheap and effective bike retention inside?  Everything from my road bike to my fattie.

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#19 2016-11-09 13:09:56

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Re: So...I bought a bus.

hyperboarder wrote:

Dynamat would cost more than the bus smile.  Got any recommendations for cheap and effective bike retention inside?  Everything from my road bike to my fattie.

This should fit.

http://capl.washjeff.edu/2/l/5551.jpg


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#20 2016-11-09 20:47:27

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Re: So...I bought a bus.

Something like this will work. I used them in my truck. Mount it to a length of 2x2, them bolt the board to the bed or a piece of plywood. I used t-nuts on the plywood, so that I could remove it quickly.

https://www.amazon.com/RockyMounts-013- … A491462011


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#21 2016-11-09 20:51:03

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Re: So...I bought a bus.

Not a bad price, and if nothing else will quiet the roof down.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0002 … &psc=1


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#22 2016-11-10 17:27:15

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Re: So...I bought a bus.

SaabaruAero wrote:

Something like this will work. I used them in my truck. Mount it to a length of 2x2, them bolt the board to the bed or a piece of plywood. I used t-nuts on the plywood, so that I could remove it quickly.

https://www.amazon.com/RockyMounts-013- … A491462011

Definitely bolt it down. My very first new vehicle was a small truck. I used these as described in the bed, but DIDN'T bolt them in place. On some quicker than typical stops, and usually with two bikes bolted in place, the 2x4 would tip forward and the bikes would move commensurately- bar ends into the back window. Never did any shattering, luckily, but that certainly would have overshadowed my unwillingness to put holes in my precious.


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#23 2016-11-10 17:43:07

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Re: So...I bought a bus.

Shitty phone pic of the layout my wife made.  Squares represent 6".

http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg6/hyperboarder/Mobile%20Uploads/A1E339F2-EFBD-4DAD-A3F4-A9556A887AA8_zpsiigcsf2x.jpg

I think her couch (which will fold out to our bed) is about 2.5' too wide, cutting that down means we can fit twin bunk beds and a queen mattress for us.  Simplified table setup too, 2 of the existing seat setups with a pop up table between them.  Otherwise I think it's pretty close to a final plan.

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#24 2016-11-10 19:12:53

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Re: So...I bought a bus.

hyperboarder wrote:

Shitty phone pic of the layout my wife made.  Squares represent 6".

http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg6/hyperboarder/Mobile%20Uploads/A1E339F2-EFBD-4DAD-A3F4-A9556A887AA8_zpsiigcsf2x.jpg

I think her couch (which will fold out to our bed) is about 2.5' too wide, cutting that down means we can fit twin bunk beds and a queen mattress for us.  Simplified table setup too, 2 of the existing seat setups with a pop up table between them.  Otherwise I think it's pretty close to a final plan.

Queen beds are 60"x80". Based on that drawing, you only have about 66" from the drivers side to the chairs / table on the left of the image. Unless I counted wrong, the current rendering shows a 90" wide couch; you can only cut 10" in width (15" if you go with a full, but at 75" are still too long to rotate 90 degrees unless you trim those cabinets waaaay down; full XL, which you'll need for your lankiness, is 54" x 80" so that isn't any better than a queen).


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#25 2016-11-10 20:22:46

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Re: So...I bought a bus.

Should have clarified.  Table will drop down, long axis of bed will go across bus and sit on top of dropped table and seats.  7.5' (80") wide so it should fit perfectly.  Need to work out support details, but shouldn't be too tough.  This is the mattress we currently have, hoping to reuse.

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