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Old 08-20-2007, 05:30 PM
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English bouble decker bus driveline mod

I'm buying a 1950 Leyland double decker bus to use as an RV. The problem is the english engine/driveline which rotates CCW. I want to put an older i.e. "natural" uncomputerised in-line 6 cly diesel engine in it with a modern auto trans, air brakes, ect. Other british bus nuts say that you can't find a rear end that matches up, but it seems that a custom one could be made from something close. Out of all the rear ends for all the trucks that have been made, surely one could be cut down. Or perhaps the original could be re-tooled to rotate CW. Any ideas on this? It's such a wierd problem I can't figure out even who to call. I don't have the bus at the shop yet so I don't have any dimensions. I was thinking I would buy a used school bus as a donor vehicle. Any advice would be very welcome.

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Old 08-20-2007, 06:23 PM
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You know...I had a 36 Austin Taxi that was missing the starter, and I could not find one because it turned the opposite of any other starter. And now you say the motor is backwards too??

Most people hate British engineering...

I'd be more worried about the total height of that bus; will it fit under bridges??
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I assume it's a leaf spring rear suspension? If so, you simply need to find a truck axle with a comparable gross weight rating. Note that this is the axle rating, not the vehicle rating. You'll likely need to narrow the axle and move the spring perches, but this is done all the time. The other problem will, of course, be the wheel flange pattern.

Another radical option is to simply flip the stock housing over. This may have some issues with lubrication, and which side of the bearings takes thrust loads on the pinion, but you may want to consider it.
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I had considered the possibility of flipping the rear end over.... so we'll see when I get it home. I'm pretty sure it has leaf springs. I've had some british bus experts tell me this would be a very difficult job but I helped my uncle put a 454 in a corvair when I was a kid so if that can be done.....I think the brits underestimate us a wee bit.

As far as the height issue, it's the low bridge model so it's 13' 6" high. Which is the legal limit here in Ky.

I'm super excited about this project.
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