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wildfires88
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Posted - 02/11/2013 :  5:18:50 PM  Show Profile  Visit wildfires88's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Hello, I am new with the group and am uncertain if I picked the right forum for my question. I have a partially converted 1966 Ford 700 Carpenter Coach and have considered removing much of the metal from the sides and replacing it with a lighter material. I've always assumed that this metal was steel, but I was told today that it is a tin alloy. I have a hard time believing that. Does anyone know what the body of this bus is made of?

Any help will be greatly appreciated.

Robert

RD9000
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Posted - 02/13/2013 :  12:23:45 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
If I'm not mistaken, most bus metal siding is galvanized steel.
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bwest
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Posted - 02/13/2013 :  2:23:07 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Coach? Are you talking conventional school bus or some other configuration? When I say conventional I'm talking where the front end looks like a truck.

Bryan
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Thomasbus24
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Posted - 02/14/2013 :  02:51:47 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
"Carpenter Coach" was just one of many names that a certain bus company went by over the years.

See, Carpenter Coach, Carpenter Body Works, Carpenter Industries, Crown, Carpenter Industries again...

My uneducated guess is that it is a regular ole school bus!
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bwest
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Posted - 02/14/2013 :  05:21:46 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Thomasbus24

"Carpenter Coach" was just one of many names that a certain bus company went by over the years.

See, Carpenter Coach, Carpenter Body Works, Carpenter Industries, Crown, Carpenter Industries again...

My uneducated guess is that it is a regular ole school bus!



Learn something everyday. Carpenter just meant POS when I started working on these twinkies in 1993.

Bryan
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Thomasbus24
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Posted - 02/14/2013 :  10:34:47 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
It may be hard to believe, but when the bus in question was built, Carpenter actually cared about quality!!!!
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Carp_26
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Posted - 02/15/2013 :  2:42:34 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Wildfires88...I have a mid 60's Carpenter brochure, it states that the side panels are made from 20 guage zinc coated steel.

Truck451...i'm thinking somewhere i've seen a picture of a transit style school bus on a Ford chassis. I'm going to dig through my brochure archives and see what I can find. It also could have been a post on another website.
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COLT
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Posted - 03/25/2013 :  06:36:52 AM  Show Profile  Visit COLT's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Wildfires88 - My name is Colt, I own 2 - 66 Ford B-600 Carpeners. If you are converting your bus to another purpose let me know, as I'm restoring my 2 back to original if you might have any parts for sale. Thank you. Colt here is a pic of my Fords.

http://s1291.beta.photobucket.com/user/CPHILLIPS107/media/COLT/CARPENTERHISTORYUPDATEDcopy_zps2179cc99.jpg.html
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bwest
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Posted - 03/25/2013 :  09:33:12 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by COLT

Wildfires88 - My name is Colt, I own 2 - 66 Ford B-600 Carpeners. If you are converting your bus to another purpose let me know, as I'm restoring my 2 back to original if you might have any parts for sale. Thank you. Colt here is a pic of my Fords.

http://s1291.beta.photobucket.com/user/CPHILLIPS107/media/COLT/CARPENTERHISTORYUPDATEDcopy_zps2179cc99.jpg.html



Those are cool. I have a 66 F-600 with a winch be on it. It has a 330 engine that will start any time you want it to, even after sitting for 6 months. Can't beat a good Ford from that era. Too bad they just quit engineering (undating and such) their trucks a few years after this one. lol

Bryan

Edited by - bwest on 03/25/2013 09:33:52 AM
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Wolf0r
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USA
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Posted - 03/26/2013 :  07:08:34 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Evansville, IN the city I grew up in ran transits with a Ford powerplant. They had the FE engine 390, I don't remember the body builder.

Googled and found an example.

“The good thing about science is that it's true whether or not you believe in it.”
Neil deGrasse Tyson

Edited by - Wolf0r on 03/26/2013 07:27:54 AM
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Sherm
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Posted - 03/26/2013 :  10:33:47 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
That looks like a Flxible coach body; I think it was called the "Flxette."
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