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Old 05-02-2009, 08:59 PM   #15
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The top panel looks more like an Avion to me.
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Old 05-02-2009, 09:32 PM   #16
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This one's labeled a 1970 34' custom. Three pics one this site.

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Old 05-03-2009, 08:53 AM   #17
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Wow, thanks for the link to those photos! It ties in with what the owner has been able to tell me on the phone about this one. Spoke with him last night and he says it's actually a 1971 model! A one-off unit built by "Bellamy Coach Works" in Gate City, VA, specially for the schools to do mobile testing on children(hearing, sight, etc.). It's actually 27 feet long, and does have a Chrysler 413 power plant that reportedly will still run. He was told when he bought it that the initial cost of this rig in 1971 was a whopping 28,000 dollars! I can imagine it would be since it's all custom coach work. It's been a long time since it's been on the road and would take quite a bit of work to get her road worthy again - for that reason I may pass on this one for now, but I'm still considering it strongly. BUT, and you're not going to believe this, I found ANOTHER Bellamy-built bus in a completely different area yesterday!! This one is a 1972 model, 30 feet long with a Ford 360 power plant. This one was built to do strictly hearing testing and it has a very odd soundproof room inside built like a bank vault! Stopped and talked to the owner and he agreed to sell this bus to me for 2,300! This one is still tagged and can be driven anywhere with ease. The Ford engine runs great and it even has an automatic transmission! Also has new brakes all way around. The ceilings inside this one are 8 feet all the way through - talk about a comfortable motorcoach conversion, this would make one. The soundproof room is wild, you open the big heavy door and step inside and say one word, and there's absolutely NO echo, it's like the walls are soaking up your voice and every sound - weird. That big heavy room would have to go though during the conversion. Another weird feature that neither I nor the current owner can figure out is a factory TRAP DOOR under the rear of the bus. The sound proof room is located in about the middle of the bus and there's no door to go on through to the back(there's no outside door on the back of the bus either, it's solid). So, the only way to access this space in the very back of the bus is a trap door under the floor - very odd! I've decided to purchase this one and will keep everyone updated on my progress - it should be a lot of fun!

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Old 05-03-2009, 09:32 AM   #18
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Good luck with the conversion. I look forward to watching the progress.
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Old 05-03-2009, 10:18 AM   #19
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RC33, what a find! I see a GearVendor in your future. The rear end ratio was likely pretty much a city gearing and will turn the engine at too high an rpm to keep up with highway driving nowadays.

You might want to keep the sound proof room for times when you snore.

You can cut a back door to the hidden room. Add widows and such.

Sounds like quite the unit. We will need to see interior shots of the before and after gutting.

Good luck!
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Old 05-03-2009, 11:02 AM   #20
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Will definitely keep everyone posted of the progress. I should have interior shots when I get it home in the next couple of weeks. Keeping the soundproof room might be an idea! Talk about sleeping good - no noises, pitch black and safe! But, if something were to happen outside while sleeping in there, I wouldn't hear it and that might be a bad thing, so it will probably have to go.

I've been playing around with paint shop, and thought about portholes for the side(I probably won't do this, but it's fun to consider!):

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...sortof like one of these,

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Old 05-03-2009, 05:22 PM   #21
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You know, this porthole thing might not be a bad idea after all...

I can get the 12" tinted glass portholes off eBay...

...polish, stripes....

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It won't have wings, but people might think I could possibly know the whereabouts of Amelia Earhart.
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Old 05-04-2009, 01:34 AM   #22
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Ameliarating...Ear heart was in the right place...

Check the history...maybe she was a PO
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Old 05-04-2009, 08:52 AM   #23
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this Unger has a 413 or 440.a 413 is an excellent motor,less touchy than the 440.little brother gave it the thumbs up.it sat for ever and still turned over.I let it go.too much time to get up to snuff.this kind of rig was much more do-able.
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Old 05-12-2009, 08:04 PM   #24
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State of Oklahoma Department of Education, Driver Education Section had 10 or 12 units something like that in the '70s. Had a 318 Dodge with two rear axles. Had a shift-able shaft to the rear axle to make it 4-wheel drive. Singer-Link sold them to the state with 10 driver simulator in them. Had central heat and air, with a good size Kohler generator. I worked on the simulator equipment inside. The state driver ed program went up in smoke and some of those old units sat at state highway barns for years. I tried to get one in the '80s, but they couldn't sell them because they were bought with federal grant money. Haven't seen them in years, must of sold them for scrap. That is the way the federal government works
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Old 05-12-2009, 09:17 PM   #25
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Check Out the Front End Segments

It looks like a Streamline.
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Old 05-20-2009, 09:01 AM   #26
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woah....those are wicked kool!....keep us updated....I'd love to see more pics, interiors too.
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Old 05-20-2009, 09:22 AM   #27
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Wouldn't it be fun to run that Unger into one of those Mega-Bux RV parks in Florida and ask for a site with a view... The look on their faces would be 'priceless'...
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Old 05-21-2009, 12:46 AM   #28
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Now that I have left the wallet thinning world of the classic motor home for the sedate life in an everything is new trailer I need to slip back here once in awhile just to refresh my mind about the good old days when everything was a project. I look forward to your future posts.
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