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School Bus Makes Great Portable Farm Shop
"Three years ago I decided to try to put our tools, oil, fuel, welder and other shop equipment on one vehicle for field servicing and repairs. We farm about 5,000 acres and custom cut hay on another 1,400 acres so we spend a lot of time repairing and maintaining machinery in the field," says Ron Armstrong, Youngstown, Alta.
"We started with a 1966 36-passenger bus. We removed all the seats, and cut out one section of the wall and floor to install a welder cabinet. The cabinet is made from steel and opens only to the outside of the bus. It houses the welder-power plant and ocy-acetylene torch," says Armstrong. "A fold-up bench on the side of the bus provides a work table for welding, grinding, and so on. When not in use the vice slips out of the bench and stores inside."
He equipped the bus with two 150-gal. fuel tanks, so he can haul both gas and diesel fuel if needed. He also outfitted the inside of the bus with an air compressor, complete set of bolts and hardware, a full set of hand tools, impact wrench, angle grinder, drill, grease, oil, parts cabinet full work bench and hydraulic hose and couplers. He also wired it for 110 with plug-ins.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Ron Armstrong: Box 178, Youngstown, Alta. T0J 3P0 (ph 403 779-2432).

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1986 - Volume #10, Issue #2