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Re: Buses converted to campervans - SA Ford 03 Mar 2015 10:23 #112857

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There was a suggestion in a different forum that it may have been an Ansett airport bus.

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Re: Buses converted to campervans 03 Mar 2015 18:50 #112858

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I thought the airport buses had an enclosed luggage compartment at the rear, but this one seems to have windows.
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Re: Buses converted to campervans - Bedford/Comair 21 Mar 2015 14:00 #112859

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Two of a 1960s Bedford Comair, posted by 'Bugly' to the historic truck section.

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Re: Buses converted to campervans 09 Apr 2015 20:15 #112860

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Re: Buses converted to campervans 15 Apr 2015 08:34 #112861

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Copied across from Mike G, reply 100 in Historic Buses. There are more details, and discussion, there.

USA MCI bus, converted to right-hand drive, and exported to Australia.

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Re: Buses converted to campervans 18 Apr 2015 11:34 #112862

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150329Su Essendon Fields (Essendon Airport, Melbourne, Vic.). Flxible Clipper FLX129 in the Pioneer Express 60th anniversary rally. (Roderick Smith)
AFAIK all participating Clippers except for the Driver Brothers one had had some level of mobile-home makeover. This one has had fewer external changes than most, and has retained an authentic livery.

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Re: Buses converted to campervans 18 Apr 2015 13:44 #112863

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What a fantastic thread, and I cannot believe that I have been missing out on it for the last two years.
I bought "Sally" which is our 1988 Austral Tourmaster in March 2014 and have spent the last year converting to a motorhome, which was subsequently registered in January 2015.
I had never driven a bus or a coach before, just did a lot of watching and looking before jumping in with both boots and buying, then converting. Not a difficult task, but challenging.
Everyone I speak with about our coach is mystified at how roomy it is inside, and the layout is not your conventional layout either.
If I ever work out how to post pics on here I will, but I have tried on many occasions without success.
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Re: Buses converted to campervans 18 Apr 2015 19:33 #112864

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What a fantastic thread, and I cannot believe that I have been missing out on it for the last two years. . .


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Re: Buses converted to campervans 20 Apr 2015 15:10 #112865

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Flattery gets you everywhere: have the next in the series, dual posted with Historic Buses.

Essendon Fields (Essendon Airport): Flxible Clippers in blue, red & maroon (LTD57). Sun.29.3.15. (Roderick Smith).
AFAIK all three are modified as mobile homes.

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Re: Buses converted to campervans 22 Apr 2015 16:59 #112866

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"Sally" 1988 Austral Tourmaster 50 seat touring coach:












Here is my first go at piccys, hopefully they come out OK

From the day she came home (top) until most recently (bottom) - in hindsight it was a big job to knock over in 10 months.

"Sally" as she was named according the original Austral delivery books from 1988, is an Austral Tourmaster with "correct" engine (Detroit 6V92T mechanical of course), 6 speed Spicer (at the moment but soon R/R 9 speed) mated to a 2.85:1 final drive which at 1550rpm = 100km/h and a top speed on the highway from Nyngan to Cobar of... do you really think I'm gunna write that ;D

The factory air filter system has been replaced with a more efficient later PowerCore system, and the mufflers replaced with low restriction units again from Donaldson. Some oil leaks fixed, actually a lot of oil leaks fixed, some service and grease, and she is on the road.

It drives like a big luxury car, and we love it.
You'll see us everywhere now "Sally" is on the road.

Please let me know if i have stuffed the piccy thing :o

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