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Bus/hay hauler conversion

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Farmer Steve

05-06-2015 09:55:31




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Has anyone on here ever converted a standard 65 passenger bus over to a round bale hay hauler. Yes I know the rear axle is made for road and does not have low speed rear axle. Looking for a field to hay pile transport and maybe a short distance transport of 125 miles round trip. found a 1967 chevy 65 passenger. motor is out. Price is 200. I have a spare 400 chevy for it. Let me know if anyone has done this before and how it worked out. not sure how the DMV in ND will handle it.

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Tim Steele

01-30-2017 15:56:08




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 Re: Bus/hay hauler conversion in reply to Farmer Steve, 05-06-2015 09:55:31  
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Notjustair

05-07-2015 18:26:54




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 Re: Bus/hay hauler conversion in reply to Farmer Steve, 05-06-2015 09:55:31  
I used to drive bus (owned a bus company) and have converted one into a show car hauler. It hauled two cars well and had a 370 gas engine it. They can haul far more than they do just for safety reasons. It was an "86 so it had a big split in the two speed rear. It would run 80 miles an hour all day.

I"ve seen it done and they work good for a few reasons. First, the floor in them is strong. If you cut the seats off with a torch and leave a little of the leg there you will have bales that won"t shift much. Also, they have good ground clearance to get into and out of fields. A 1967 will most likely have a 4 speed and a two speed rear axle. That rear axle in low is a stump puller. No lie - you could out walk it in granny gear low axle with your foot burried in the carburetor. Remember, back then most highway speed was about 20 miles an hour lower than now. It won"t be geared high. If it is an automatic, the first in those is pretty darn low. I had one auto and that thing would beat cars away from a stoplight.

Your worst problem will be parking the eyesore when you aren"t using it. I"d love to have one to use that way. I would put chains on it and feed with it through the winter instead of pulling a hay wagon. For the use you will get out of it, a big bus is a no brainer.

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cole in mo.

05-07-2015 16:55:09




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 Re: Bus/hay hauler conversion in reply to Farmer Steve, 05-06-2015 09:55:31  
How many bales would you be able to put on it, would it take two rows, 4 on each side, with 3 on top? At 1500. each that's 16,500.00, is it rated for that much? And if its got 6 cly or other small block 8, and a standard trans, that flywheel won't work with the 400.



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Duner Wi

05-07-2015 18:14:08




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 Re: Bus/hay hauler conversion in reply to cole in mo., 05-07-2015 16:55:09  
If you are referring to internal/external engine balance problem regarding flywheel this might help.

http://www.northernautoparts.com/ProductDetail.cfm?ProductId=3906



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Jon Hagen

05-13-2015 14:14:17




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 Re: Bus/hay hauler conversion in reply to Duner Wi, 05-07-2015 18:14:08  
I used one of those balance plates on a 400SB with a small diameter neutral balance flywheel in my dirt track race car. It worked good and was a cheap / easy way to balance a 400SB.



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Duner Wi

05-14-2015 09:36:09




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 Re: Bus/hay hauler conversion in reply to Jon Hagen, 05-13-2015 14:14:17  
Thanks. Was it close enough as is with the plate or did you unbalance your flywheel assembly to match the old?



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Jon Hagen

05-14-2015 11:11:59




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 Re: Bus/hay hauler conversion in reply to Duner Wi, 05-14-2015 09:36:09  
It(the balance plate) seemed dead on, a very smooth running engine. Should be a cheap easy way to put the large bus / truck flywheel on a 400SB.



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Duner Wi

05-14-2015 18:51:09




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 Re: Bus/hay hauler conversion in reply to Jon Hagen, 05-14-2015 11:11:59  
Good to know, thanks.



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