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Bus1 This is the raw material for my school bus conversion project it’s a 1989 Thomas Saf-T-Liner MVP with a rear mounted CAT 3208 engine. It was originally built for 75 Passengers with a GVWR 30,000 lbs. It’s got about 80K miles on it and originally came from Montrose, NY. The interior dimensions are 35′ x 7.5′ x 6.5′ Over the next several months I will be converting this old school bus into a family camper and documenting each step of the conversion process here. Thanks Jake!Link.

Phillip Torrone

Editor at large – Make magazine. Creative director – Adafruit Industries, contributing editor – Popular Science. Previously: Founded – Hack-a-Day, how-to editor – Engadget, Director of product development – Fallon Worldwide, Technology Director – Braincraft.


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  1. Jelletse says:

    Our shop used to have a handful of this exact bus model. Some of the older units with 3208 diesels were naturally aspirated which certainly didn’t help with horsepower, I’m assuming your bus is turbocharged. I personally have worked on these engines inside and out and would like to help you out if you have any questions. The 3208 is a tough engine and we only had a couple of major failures because of high mileage. Good luck with your project!
    John Whelan
    http://schoolbusmechanic.blogspot.com