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Old 12-29-2009
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I'd been thinking about the 8.3/Allison transplant project and had some questions about steering sector stuff if I used the axles from a school bus to convert to air brakes. Last night I came to the forum to post my questions and glancing at recent posts, discovered that I'd have to extend the front end of my coach. This little wrinkle takes this project from extremely difficult and complex to ridiculously difficult and complex. Not to mention that the front end of the '66 is not real suited to a bubble nose. I thought of extending the dog house and moving the engine back, but the living room is small enough already and it's a pain getting into the drivers' seat as it is.
A fleeting thought that I'd had in the past and dismissed returned and the more I consider it the more do-able it seems.
I've mentioned on here that I'm a retired trucker. In the course of a few years, thinking I'd stay young forever, I put around $40,000.00 into my classic Peterbilt. 3406B, ugraded injectors, 800 horse marine turbo charger, chassis componants, new 13 double over, 3.36 rears, chrome, stainless, upgraded lights, interior restored and accessorized. The dog and I ran 48 states with it for a few years, lived in it and it is home sweet home to us.
By now you can guess what I'm thinking. A Kingsley Coach style conversion. Thoughts??
See my album for a photo of my truck.
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Discretion IS the better part of valor.

Having owned a 73 FC too much power may not be a good thing.

My bus was pretty sound and I just never felt it was safe to drive that thing over 60 miles per so why would you want to go to the trouble. Just my observation from my experience. If you could make it handle and stop then no problem but now your talking about rebuilding the bus from the ground up. I guess another way of saying this is consider your end results. Just doesn't seem like a worth while project to me all considered.
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why not a 6V92 it has been done
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why not a 6V92 it has been done
The 1976 FC with the 6V92 and the air ride in the rear plans to be at the January Q event.
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My 68 has a 6v53, I have seen a 67 as well somewhere that had that motor, may be for sale on vintage birds or a member here may have it, dont remember. I can say if you put a Detroit, it takes a lot of sound proofing.
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Check out this site for an idea of what I'm talking about. Not real hard if you already have the Peterbilt.
www.timelinedesigns.com/kingsley/custom
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Ray,

Check out the old forums Feature of the Month article and pictures of this 'Bird owned and re-built by Dale and Carol Blemel starting at;

http://www.pbase.com/iamflagman/image/70920892


Along with the article there are 10 photos so click on "NEXT" at the right of each page to see the next one, once you get to the article link.
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Impressive!!!!!!!
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Ray,

You've got a 3406B in your Pete,

RTOO 12513 transmission w/ .63 gear in '8 over'?

3.36 rears

24.5 low profile tires? 41-7/8" od? 482 rev. per mile?

1,800 rpm in 8 overdrive = 106 mph??

2,100 rpm in 8 overdrive = 124 mph???

Were you haulin' swingin' meat?

Maybe I've got my calculations out of wack, but that's one fast tractor. I've got the same engine and tractor, but only RTO 12515, 3.90 rears and probably not near as pretty.

Where is your album posted?

Thanks for the link to the Kingsley site. Pretty impressive rigs.

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I've mentioned on here that I'm a retired trucker. In the course of a few years, thinking I'd stay young forever, I put around $40,000.00 into my classic Peterbilt. 3406B, ugraded injectors, 800 horse marine turbo charger, chassis componants, new 13 double over, 3.36 rears, chrome, stainless, upgraded lights, interior restored and accessorized. The dog and I ran 48 states with it for a few years, lived in it and it is home sweet home to us.
By now you can guess what I'm thinking. A Kingsley Coach style conversion. Thoughts??
See my album for a photo of my truck.
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Donn, .66 (RTOO14613) and 11/24.5 tall rubber. Engine will turn 2,550. There's a photo in my profile on here. Just click on my username. Watcha think?
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