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School Bus Converted To Flatbed Hauler
Norris Ekle, an antique tractor buff from Canton, S. Dak., converted a 54-passenger school bus into a flatbed truck that he uses to haul a pair of antique tractors to shows.
Ekle bought the 1976 International Loadstar bus for $1,000. He removed the body and seats from just behind the first row of passenger seats, creating a 17 1/2-ft. long deck. To enclose the front cab, he moved the back end of the body forward and riveted it on. He used 1 1/2-in. angle iron to make a pair of ramps that bolt over the wheel wells.
"I bring my wife and friends along whenever I go to shows. There's room for up to four passengers since I left two seats in. The bus has a long wheelbase so it rides better than a flatbed truck."
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Norris Ekle, 310 S. Johnson, Canton, S. Dak. 57013 (ph 605 987-2977).

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1996 - Volume #20, Issue #4