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« on: April 27, 2008, 02:12:25 PM »

here is one for you.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/69-Mercedes-Benz-2-story-Motor-Home-under-construction_W0QQitemZ110246751737QQcmdZViewItem
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« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2008, 03:31:51 PM »

I'm filing that under the, "What were they thinking" catagory!

Wonder how tall it is from the ground?  (I asked that question to them, be interesting to know!

I told Dianne that I had a bus up she needed to see...before she came into the room she said, "Wonder if Kyle will buy it!" Grin

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« Reply #2 on: April 27, 2008, 03:44:42 PM »

I got the answer back in about 10 minutes, it was; It runs down the road at 13' 6".


I noticed it has 9 bidders by 2 people....wonder if they want it bad enough to hit the reserve?
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« Reply #3 on: April 27, 2008, 03:54:11 PM »

Tekebird seems to think my Dina is a white elephant.  At least I can still get a lot of the parts from MCI even if I have to wait two months sometimes.

I couldn't imagine trying to get parts for a Mercedes-Benz bus nearly 40 years old.  I would bet a lot of parts other than engine stuff would have to come from Europe if they are still available.
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« Reply #4 on: April 27, 2008, 04:23:57 PM »

Might be a good cabin on a lake somewhere! Grin
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« Reply #5 on: April 27, 2008, 04:40:36 PM »

I would plan on everything coming from Europe on this one.

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« Reply #6 on: April 27, 2008, 04:57:37 PM »

Please excuse my lack of knowledge, was that bus from the factory like that or did they add another bus to the top?
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« Reply #7 on: April 27, 2008, 06:20:57 PM »

I wonder what kind of mileage that gets? If I buy that & convert it, I could be competition for Sean!  Grin Grin
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« Reply #8 on: April 27, 2008, 06:43:22 PM »

thats factory construction (bus).

likely designed by someone who eventually worked for neoplan.......and I always thought neoplan was "cutting edge" with thier design concepts.......seems they plagerized a bit
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« Reply #9 on: April 27, 2008, 07:16:39 PM »

Thanks Doug, I thought I saw a little Neoplan in there too!
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« Reply #10 on: March 31, 2009, 07:15:16 PM »

well lol...
I'm the guy that bought this bus.

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« Reply #11 on: March 31, 2009, 07:45:58 PM »

A bus is a bus and we love them all. Welcome to the board Tymccu.
Will and Wife
BTW-Welcome back to you too Tekebird. We missed you.
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« Reply #12 on: March 31, 2009, 08:32:37 PM »

BTW-Welcome back to you too Tekebird. We missed you.

He's not, that is a year old post.
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« Reply #13 on: March 31, 2009, 08:42:06 PM »

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BTW-Welcome back to you too Tekebird. We missed you.


He's not, that is a year old post.

For a moment I also thought he was back. I must have missed whatever happend to cause so many to vanish.
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« Reply #14 on: April 01, 2009, 04:17:36 AM »

well lol...
I'm the guy that bought this bus.


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« Reply #15 on: April 01, 2009, 04:31:08 AM »

Tym,

How about some photos

Thanks

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« Reply #16 on: April 01, 2009, 08:06:29 PM »

Thanks Will and Wife,
     I will have to admit its a bit of a project...
but I do get 400sqft of living space.

if I can ever find parts that is
It does run really good though.
Even at 70mph!
gets about 8 or 9 miles to the gallon (not at 70mph though)
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« Reply #17 on: April 01, 2009, 08:26:17 PM »

here's a couple
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« Reply #18 on: April 01, 2009, 08:38:14 PM »

and some more
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« Reply #19 on: April 01, 2009, 08:54:39 PM »

Too cool! Should make an unique conversion! Mitch
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« Reply #20 on: April 02, 2009, 01:49:46 AM »

Welcome to the madness!
And I do miss Tekebird...how long does he have to sit in the corner anyway?
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« Reply #21 on: April 02, 2009, 02:28:38 AM »

Does it have a Mercedes-built body as well as the chassis, or is the body by someone else? What is the headroom like on both floors? It's certainly got huge potential, but a huge project as well - although if it's in running condition and the steel framework is sound then it's mostly cosmetic work.

Mind you, most people would consider keeping that XJS on the road a big project

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« Reply #22 on: April 02, 2009, 05:53:19 AM »

Congrats on the bus. That looks like an incredible bus! I applaud you for undertaking such a huge project, and here I thought that our bus was a big project Grin.

I can't wait to see it converted.

God bless,

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« Reply #23 on: April 02, 2009, 10:22:24 AM »

Ya crazy bastard!  Nice bus Smiley
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« Reply #24 on: April 02, 2009, 06:56:25 PM »

Cool bus!  Grin But in all honesty, I don't envy you the work. It will be awesome when it's finished-then I'll envy you LOL Thanks for the great pictures.
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« Reply #25 on: April 02, 2009, 07:04:17 PM »

Congrats on the bus and WELCOME TO THE INSANITY!

You sure have a lot of potential in a monster like that.  How FUN!  =)

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« Reply #26 on: April 02, 2009, 08:14:15 PM »

That's beautiful, but the thing I'm not seeing is any kind of structural bracing.  I would think there would be a lot of flex and tin-canning . . ?

But wow, the potential!  Imagine 4 seats behind the door and driver (first 10 ft behind bumper), then the kitchen behind that (10 ft), 1/2 bath (4 ft), then a bulkhead and storage/tanks/water heater/etc.  Top deck would be the "vista lounge" (10 ft), front bedroom (8 ft), bath (10 ft) and master bedroom (12 ft).
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« Reply #27 on: April 02, 2009, 08:36:26 PM »

Tons of potential.  The lower level looks like my '9.   Now I want a sunroom!   Huh Angry
Re bracing...I'd guess that MB has the chassis sorted out?   They don't screw up too much stuff.
I'll bet it is solid and drives well. 
Now finding parts could be a showstopper.  I'd make an effort to locate a set of front windshields.  Find them and get'em and keep them.   Already has American powertrain...this is good.  Now Americanize it further!    American axles, wheels, tires, and brake system.  This would enhance your opportunity to get the coach repaired should it, however unlikely, fail to operate. 
As has been said, look at Sean's Neo for ideas on layout....for the hot tub design, scooter storage...etc.
I'd love to see that thing.  But, 2 whole days away from me. 
Post some more pix!   Very interesting toy you got there.
You know, as I think about it, if you run across another MB, buy it for parts. 
I love the different stuff!   Anyone got on in North Carolina? 
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« Reply #28 on: April 03, 2009, 07:37:14 AM »

Something to consider- Sean with his Neoplan (1985) just had some suspension work done and it took close to 3 weeks to get done with ordering and locating the obsolete Mercedes-Benz parts.  Maybe consider converting the drive train to a reliable, easily obtainable American one using parts from both trucks and buses that are still in service with parts easily obtainable (that's what I'm doing with my truck conversion).  Your conversion is going to truly be a unique one, but will be nothing but a stationary house if you don't have a reliable drive train you can rely on.  Good Luck, TomC
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« Reply #29 on: April 03, 2009, 08:00:11 AM »

To be fair it's probably inaccurate to describe the Sean's MB parts as 'obsolete' - in all likelyhood they are still being made, or at least stocked by specialists - it's just that most of those specialists are 4000 miles away.

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« Reply #30 on: April 04, 2009, 08:52:38 AM »

I don't know if it applies to Buses but MB  has excellent support for their older cars.  Apparently you can order bits for a 50s sedan and they will pull the plans and make it for you, for  crazy $$$$ of course.
 On a side note MB has made some great stuff in their day (I don't believe it's their day any more, more their resting on their laurels day).  I was super impressed a few years ago to see fully independent rear suspension in a '50s sedan.  A RWD sedan not a sports car, with full independent suspension, very nice layout as well, clean and simple. 
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