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Thomasbus24
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Posted - 03/20/2013 :  1:14:51 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The buy and sell section doesn't get as much traffic (at least knowledgeable traffic), so forgive me for posting here.

I am in need of Carpenter Elk Brown seat covers. That's the brown that looked like leather, not the basketball or clay or that god-aweful orange!

Besi has discontinued the vinyl and every place I've asked has long-ago run out of the 39" stuff. Anybody have any on the shelf or in a bus that is going to the scrapper that they can sell off?

Edited by - Thomasbus24 on 04/29/2013 07:36:23 AM

bwest
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Posted - 03/20/2013 :  2:01:41 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'll ask around in my part of the woods. I have some whole seats but am planning to use them for a project.

Bryan
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Carp_26
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Posted - 03/20/2013 :  4:33:35 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hey now....Carpenter Persimmon was the coolest color for interior seating! I always liked that orange with our tan interiors. Did you try Mike N B's for your Elk Brown covers?
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Thomasbus24
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Posted - 03/21/2013 :  02:58:06 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks Bwest! As for Mike & B, no new stock available...there might be some use back in the lot, but I haven't had time to make the drive to find out.
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Sherm
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Posted - 03/21/2013 :  03:54:12 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I just traded in my last Carpenter, a 1993, and it had brown seats. Let me see if there are any spare covers.
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willism
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United States
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Posted - 03/21/2013 :  04:23:25 AM  Show Profile  Visit willism's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Try calling lester at united school bus seating he might be able to help.
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Thomasbus24
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USA
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Posted - 03/21/2013 :  06:17:16 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I should specify, I need DOT highbacks, not NY highbacks. I'm thinking the 93 would have the wrong coloration anyways.
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Sherm
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USA
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Posted - 03/21/2013 :  06:21:47 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I might have the "basketball" colored covers in DOT highback, not the darker brown...they are NY highback. Sorry.
Carp_26, as for persimmon, I swear those things even had an ugly smell! As a student rider and later as a driver, those things made me sick to my stomach!
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Thomasbus24
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Posted - 03/21/2013 :  08:21:54 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I hated persimmon...oddly enough TAC has PLENTY of those forsaken things available for sale.

Sherm, let me know if you have those basketball (antelope brown)...they may just have to do. Any DOT foam left? Make the school a few buck on em rather than trashing em!

Edited by - Thomasbus24 on 03/21/2013 08:22:34 AM
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Wolf0r
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Posted - 03/21/2013 :  09:03:28 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
If you can post a part number Besi or carpenter I can check our stock. I know we have some green ones and maybe some foams. I'll have to look for the brown if we have any in stock.

“The good thing about science is that it's true whether or not you believe in it.”
Neil deGrasse Tyson
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bwest
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Posted - 03/21/2013 :  09:30:52 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Posted by Sherm: Carp_26, as for persimmon, I swear those things even had an ugly smell!

Isn't that the truth. I don't know what it was about them but they really stank! lol

Bryan
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Thomasbus24
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USA
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Posted - 03/21/2013 :  10:39:08 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The only thing I can find that might be a Besi # is CBHELK for the back and CCELK for the cushions. Besi stopped production several years ago, so I don't have any catalogs showing what the number would have been.

Triad foam is 39C is memory serves. That is still readily available.

***This is to restore a 1982 body, trying to make the owner happy by getting the parts are close to originally as I can***
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oldmech
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United States
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Posted - 03/21/2013 :  1:11:51 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Try Heavy Duty Bus Parts. 1-800-505-2300 Ask for Molly. If They don't have them they I bet they know where to get them.
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Wolf0r
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Posted - 03/21/2013 :  2:14:50 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Thomasbus24

***This is to restore a 1982 body, trying to make the owner happy by getting the parts are close to originally as I can***



Awesome post pics when your done!

“The good thing about science is that it's true whether or not you believe in it.”
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Thomasbus24
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Posted - 03/22/2013 :  03:09:43 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Will do. The thing was the former owner's mechanic's baby. Aside from the paint, floor covering and a few seats, the thing is in amazing condition, especially for 228,000 miles in NE Ohio. GMC with an 8.2 NA, used to be a manual, now has an AT545, air brakes.

This is a "spare time" project, but I am trying to get all my materials lined up so they are ready when I am!

Edited by - Thomasbus24 on 03/22/2013 03:10:26 AM
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Wolf0r
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Posted - 03/22/2013 :  07:32:22 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
We have 3x athol? hpc79. And 12x besi 25039-098 canyon. I don't think it's the right color, maybe. Boss (Ralph) says give him a call 812-874-2216.

“The good thing about science is that it's true whether or not you believe in it.”
Neil deGrasse Tyson
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Thomasbus24
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Posted - 03/22/2013 :  09:58:38 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks for checking, that isn't the ones I'm after. Nobody I've called has the material left to make em either. Oh well...to the junkyard I go!

Only need 6 backs. Managed to find a 26" back and cushion on a shelf at one vendor.
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Thomasbus24
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Posted - 04/29/2013 :  07:39:06 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Okay, got the seat covers thanks to forum member Matthew Hastings!


NOW... I need warning light visors. But, not just plain round ones. I need the ones for Cats-Eye warning lights. There were squarish in shape (see photo).

These have been out of production for several years, I'd love to have new, but will gladly take used. Let me know if you have any and lets make a deal!

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kd4jfd
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Posted - 04/30/2013 :  3:22:55 PM  Show Profile  Click to see kd4jfd's MSN Messenger address  Send kd4jfd a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
I MIGHT have some used ones out in the shed. I will try to remember to look next week. Do you need Just the amber, or do you need the red as well?

539 - Repair work in progress! 349 for sale!SOLD!for sale!sold? SOLD and GONE!
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Midwest
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Posted - 04/30/2013 :  6:08:09 PM  Show Profile  Visit Midwest's Homepage  Reply with Quote
We still have some older parts from the Carpenter Dealer in Mitchell, IN. Call Richard Strange at 800-933-2412, ext. 1279 for a list.
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RichBusman
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Posted - 04/30/2013 :  7:54:49 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Midwest

We still have some older parts from the Carpenter Dealer in Mitchell, IN. Call Richard Strange at 800-933-2412, ext. 1279 for a list.




This is why it's great to have some of the dealers on the forum (even though we go through our differences)... a surprise like long forgotten Carpenter parts!

Can't wait to see the bus restored.

Edited by - RichBusman on 04/30/2013 8:25:16 PM
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Thomasbus24
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Posted - 05/01/2013 :  03:58:05 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'll make the call today! Kd4jfd...I need visors, not lights.
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COLT
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Posted - 05/26/2013 :  4:06:59 PM  Show Profile  Visit COLT's Homepage  Reply with Quote
HERE IS A LINK TO THE CATS EYE LENSES. AS I WANTED TO CONVERT MY BUS FROM ROUND TO CATS EYE, I WENT SHOPPING. SO HERE IS THE LINK - http://www.schoolbuspartsco.com/WebPages/lightingproducts/lighting_bdbr.html THESE LENSES ARE NEW IF YOU NEED THEM, I DIDN'T SEE VISORS LISTED BUT THEY MAY HAVE THEM. GOOD LUCK
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