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Re: Cab Over Conversion?
« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2013, 06:39:12 AM »
If I didn't already have a bus 75% done, and I had a few $$$ in my pocket, I would jump at this!

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Re: Cab Over Conversion?
« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2013, 06:43:17 AM »
That conversion is a Quartzsite every year the owner hasn't had it but a couple of years I think he bought it in Yuma it was a high end conversion in it's day
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Re: Cab Over Conversion?
« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2013, 07:10:08 AM »
I know these folks and in fact am going to their place this Sunday. :)  They stayed with us in Yuma for a week or two after the Q rally a couple of years ago. If i remember right they found this in Louisiana or some place back east. It had been sitting for a while and needed a lot of work. It is a really cool rig and does get a lot of attention.
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Re: Cab Over Conversion?
« Reply #4 on: March 21, 2013, 08:28:34 AM »
At least they can still tilt the cab-have seen some where the cabover is sealed in the down position-how do you work on the engine?

Interior is OK-be great with some upgrades. LOOONG wheelbase! Good for someone that doesn't mind shifting. Good Luck, TomC
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Re: Cab Over Conversion?
« Reply #5 on: March 21, 2013, 02:06:09 PM »
Certainly has its good points, but 45 foot is too long for me.  I'm not sure I can see that far!
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Re: Cab Over Conversion?
« Reply #6 on: March 21, 2013, 03:12:26 PM »
This is amazing. Heather and I have been interested in a conversion just like this...not going this route at this point, but it's cool to see it in action..
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Re: Cab Over Conversion?
« Reply #7 on: March 21, 2013, 05:09:21 PM »
Conversions such as this are much closer to what large motorhomes typically look like here. For whatever reason bus conversions here are very rare, but truck conversions are quite normal (and of course 99% of trucks here are cab-overs). Paddocks at motor racing and horse racing events especially are full of them. I actually had a friend who bought one to go on an extended tour of Europe and North Africa. I remember him saying that the only problem with it was the seal between the cab and the rest of the body - it always leaked, and whenever he managed to minimise the leaking something would require attention on the engine that required to cab to be tilted again, and he'd be back to square one with the leaks


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Re: Cab Over Conversion?
« Reply #8 on: March 21, 2013, 06:39:57 PM »
well, she didn't go for much...reserve not met. $15,600? wow. there's a lot of truck there...surprised no one went for it.
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Re: Cab Over Conversion?
« Reply #9 on: March 21, 2013, 06:41:30 PM »
BTW, some of you wondered how they access the engine when the tilt cab is permanently secured to the box...I've done a ton of research on this...apparently the floor lifts up and one can access everything from inside the cab. From what I've read, this is actually a preferred method.
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Re: Cab Over Conversion?
« Reply #10 on: March 21, 2013, 07:55:01 PM »
The listing said it has a 325 hp Cat.  Would that be a 3208?
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Re: Re: Cab Over Conversion?
« Reply #11 on: March 21, 2013, 08:16:14 PM »
My guess would be a Cat 3176 very common in them years. That is a very cool conversion. I always told my wife the only thing I would consider getting rid of the bus for would be a truck conversion.

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Re: Cab Over Conversion?
« Reply #12 on: March 21, 2013, 08:42:48 PM »
Same problem as a front control school bus, close proximity to the engine when underway.

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Re: Cab Over Conversion?
« Reply #13 on: March 21, 2013, 08:49:05 PM »
I remember it being a 3406 325hp
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Re: Cab Over Conversion?
« Reply #14 on: March 21, 2013, 09:06:03 PM »
 I drove an early 80s COE Freightliner with 325  ( as matter of fact it was my first cat) that was a 3406b model with 13 speed and 390 rears after a few  turns of the slide- socket it would run with any 400 out there then after about 15 miles i stopped and called the boss and said this thing is running hot as  any cummins i drove  was always 180-185temp this engine came alive about 210.  was one of the best  Cats  i ever had great engine.   No doubt  this combo has plenty of power.

 This is just cool!
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