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School Bus Machinery Hauler
George Goldsberry wanted a trailer to haul his antique machinery, but he didn't want to spend a lot of money for one. So the Columbus Grove, Ohio, retiree converted an old school bus into a machinery hauler.
  He bought the 1987 "Blue Bird" 66-passenger bus from Cardinal Bus Sales in Lima, Ohio, for $1,500. It had new tires, an automatic transmission, and air brakes.
  The first step was to cut away the body of the bus right behind the driver's seat, leaving one row of seats in place. Then he moved the back panel back up behind the driver's seat to make a complete cab. A headache rack was installed behind the driver's seat. After removing the plywood floor where the body had been removed, he installed a 1/4-in. thick diamond plate steel floor. The bus has 20 ft. of flatbed area. He also added a 6-ft. beavertail on back for easy loading.
  "I chose a flat-nosed bus - without the engine sticking way out in front - in order to keep the rig as short as I could."  
Instead of scrapping the bus body, he converted it into a storage shed. He set wooden poles in the ground, then set the body on top and lag screwed it to the poles (which are on the inside of the body). "It gives me an insulated shed. I used sheet metal to permanently close off one end of the bus, and I made a pair of hinged doors on the other end."
  Goldsberry says he's looking for a LeTourneau model D Tourna Dozer and would appreciate hearing from anyone who knows where he might find one.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, George Goldsberry, 8750 Mayberry Road, Columbus Grove, Ohio 45830 (ph 419 659-2551).

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2004 - Volume #28, Issue #5