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Author Topic: "Bay Cars" What will fit?  (Read 6719 times)
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« on: August 18, 2009, 06:27:32 AM »

Hello Bus Yodas. I have been thinking about hauling a car in the bay of our 102a3. what is out there, old/new? Cost? And what has to be done to the bay area? Pics would help. Thank you, M&C Grin
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« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2009, 06:50:53 AM »

I can't think of a current type car that would fit, or that could be made to fit.  I think even a Messerschmitt KR200 would be too big, 111 inches long and 47 inches tall.  Original Austin Mini would be too long and too tall even if you took the roof off.  Some golf karts might fit, but I would question if they are cars.  Even motorcycles are too tall to fit in.  I'll be interested to see what others come up with!

If you opened up the wall between two bays, you could think about storing one lengthwise rather than cross-wise, but I would think that the bulkhead between bays is structural to at least some extent, it will contribute a lot to twist strength of the bus.

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« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2009, 06:52:17 AM »

Maybe a convertible "Smart Car"?

Opps it's an MCI, my bad! Grin  BK  Grin
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« Reply #3 on: August 18, 2009, 07:19:55 AM »

So Bryce, are you saying that the Setra will take a car or  motorcycle in the bay? (Noticed I didn't use the Nissan word)
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« Reply #4 on: August 18, 2009, 07:36:15 AM »


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« Reply #5 on: August 18, 2009, 07:42:05 AM »

So Bryce, are you saying that the Setra will take a car or  motorcycle in the bay? (Noticed I didn't use the Nissan word)

Yes a Setra has TALL bays! And the Setra is built with a frame work structure which adds strength and would support the weight. Grin  BK  Grin
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« Reply #6 on: August 18, 2009, 07:45:11 AM »

The only one I have seen pictures of is a Mini that was chopped and shortened.
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« Reply #7 on: August 18, 2009, 07:53:09 AM »

The first week on the road we met a guy with a Buffalo that had an old Honda 600 that he had cut the top off of and shortened,  and an atv  in his bays.
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« Reply #8 on: August 18, 2009, 08:21:27 AM »

Hi all! Gary over @ BB Coach was at one time chopping some import car to fit in some coaches ,still has the makings for a couple of them in storage out back,as well as some other nifty items .(702)873-4415
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« Reply #9 on: August 18, 2009, 08:24:00 AM »

A little off topic-but this is the main reason I am using a truck-I have a 14ft garage in the back with the separate bedroom overhead that has 5ft headroom.  I'm discovering that buses are not the end all for conversion.  With the ease of maintenance at any truck facility, making the conversion box such that I could lift it onto another truck in the future, plus changing engines just involves tilting the cab and the engine/transmission is fully exposed.  Course it isn't perfect-you have to climb up from the outside or slide down from the inside into the driver's seat, and the pass through from the cab to the back is a bend down situation.  I have yet to see the perfect RV made.  It's all what you want.  Good Luck TomC
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« Reply #10 on: August 18, 2009, 08:33:21 AM »

A G-Wizz might make the ideal modern bay car. I've just looked up the specs if you want to compare it to the size of your bay:

Dimensions: L 2.6m, W 1.3m, H 1.6m. Ground clearance 150mm. Wheel base 1.7m.

There's enough of them around to be available fairly cheaply second-hand I'd have thought.





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« Reply #11 on: August 18, 2009, 08:40:52 AM »

Jeremy-that's great in the isles, but us Yanks can't get that car over hear.  The dimensions translates to 102.36" long x 51.19"w x 63"h with 5.9" of ground clearance.  Good Luck, TomC
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« Reply #12 on: August 18, 2009, 09:59:54 AM »

here's how one person did it: 

http://gmbusguy.com/gallery/index.php?cat=48
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« Reply #13 on: August 18, 2009, 10:06:40 AM »

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« Reply #14 on: August 18, 2009, 01:27:29 PM »

I have one left over from my Eagle (and spares) It is a Honda 600 cut down. 51" wide X 31" tall X a little less than 8' Runs great! For sale or trade.
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