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"Flatbed" School Buds Hauls 18 Round Bales
"It'll haul 18 hay or straw bales," says Barry Clohassey, Tignish, Prince Edward Island, who converted a 1983 International school bus into a bale hauler that he also uses for other jobs.
  He bought the bus from his local school board. The first step was to cut away the body of the bus right behind the driver's seat. He left the outside body walls 3 in. high so the loaded bales tip inward. The front "cab" was then sealed off with plywood that's reinforced by an angle iron frame. A steel frame welded to the back of the bus helps hold the rear bales in place. The only other thing he had to do was to rewire the rear taillights, turn signals, and brake lights.
  "It makes an ideal multipurpose farm truck. We also use it to haul a 1,000-gal. water tank for spraying and to haul firewood and lumber," says Clohassey. "These school buses are kept in excellent condition so we didn't have to do any mechanical work on it. The V-8 engine and 5-speed transmission has a lot of power and works good in the field."     Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Barry Clohassey, Tignish, P.E.I., Canada C0B 2B0 (ph 902 882-3439).

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1999 - Volume #23, Issue #4