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Dump Truck School Bus
"We spent less than $1,000 converting this school bus into a dump truck, and it performs as well or better than any dump truck we could have bought," says Sonny Fry, Muncy, Penn., who uses the converted bus to deliver coal to local homeowners.
  "We have a small coal yard and I also am a dairy farmer and a bus contractor for our local school district. I bought this bus new in 1988. We can only use them for 10 years at school before we have to buy new ones. The dealer would only give me $500 in trade so I decided to keep it and find a new use.
  "It was a 72-passenger bus. With help from my son and son-in-law, we shortened it by sliding the wheels up and shortened the driveshaft. Then we cut 17 ft. off the frame on the back end, saving the original rear bumper. We cut holes in it to install the back lights, making a neater-looking back end with better lighting.
  "We took the high-lift hoist off our old coal truck and set it on the bus frame, with a bit of leveling up of the frame.
  "It works great for delivering coal. We kept the driver's seat and one passenger seat in the "cab" compartment. There's great visibility and lots of room to store tools as well as shovels, brooms, coal chutes, tire blocks, etc. It's also easy to climb in and out.
  "We can haul five tons of coal on this truck. We painted it blue. It makes deliveries much more convenient and easier for us."
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Harold Sonny Fry, 1260 E. Lime Bluff Rd., Muncy, Penn. 17756 (ph 570 546-6196).

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2002 - Volume #26, Issue #3