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Old 08-29-2009, 06:52 PM   #1
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I'm looking at a peterbilt 387, are they a good start? I havent found many photos of 387's as conversion. There use to be a site I think it was Fast movers but I cant find it now. NO slides, keep it simple for towing.
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Old 08-29-2009, 08:58 PM   #2
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I'd think a 387 would make a slick, toterhome, still a fairly new model, so its some what pricy yet, but killer looks.

Have you found a truck? year? Miles? Specs? I vote go 4 it!
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Old 08-30-2009, 08:53 AM   #3
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Thanks blizz, I found a 2003 760,000 miles ISX 450hp autoshift $15,000.00. My wife and I are planning to go to Hershey Pa. in Sep. to get ideas for the build. Are there programs for floor plans or layout (cad)? I would like to build off the sleeper.
Are there plans,blueprints or build sheets for conversions (I saw your price list on another forum.)
Over the years we had 3 rv's the first a class A 31' then a C, the last we ordered from Coachman E450 with a power stroke dsl, sold it in 2002. Never had the layout that we liked, just what was close.
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Old 09-01-2009, 09:21 AM   #4
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Tommy, as much as I love to see folks build there own, man alive, there are some rigs that you could drive away today for 75% of what you can buy the parts for! When You get to a class 8 like you are looking at, 50-60 grand can buy any one of around 20 on RacingJunk right now, for another 20k (the range that I have in my little 21' conversion) I could buy around 50 others on RJ add another 10-20k to build a big class 8 like yours and at $100K there are around 75-100 more to pick from.

The question is if you have an entire year to build it, and do you want to learn all the systems and subsystems, and pay for your own mistakes and re-cuts, to have a truly custom rig? Or buy a lesser priced one already complete, re-carpet an re upholster a used rig and be on the road in a few weeks.

Buying a name brand rig will help with your conversation with your banker also. Nothing is more worthless than a 3/4 completed project that you run out of money on, but still can't use.
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perhaps, you could run an add for a half completed project? there has to be dozens of them out there for an absolute steal!
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I second blizzard's remarks!!! Now is the time to steal something from somebody else. Not the time to buy a truck and build it out.
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I'm with blizzard here!!! Don't build one, buy one now, ready to go.
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Hi Tommy,
I am VERY new to this, "posting"... But think buying someone else's is cool, but no fun...
I build Street Rods, I could buy them, but what fun is that, even have three of my cars in national magazines, but that is not why I build them, I like doing the stuff no one else wants to.
Recutting is a huge learning curve, I should know I have two trucks I have bought in the last year, and on my way to the mid west to get another to start.
I have drooled over the guys trucks that are telling you to go to racing junk... they are right , now is the time for deals... If ya want a 2004 F650 or a 99 VNL770 call me , I have deals !!!
But seriously the guys on this site BUILD and BUILD BEAUTIFUL and AWESOME TRUCKS !!!
I can only hope to turn one of my trucks into half of theirs, but that is what I do for FUN, stuff no one else in my area would even think of !!!
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...I agree with BURT....I couldn't stand to buy a cookie cutter and live in it and be happy/comfortable.....I have to have a custom built unite to be comfortable and I really don't care what others thing/say if I'm comfortable/safe and happy.....with the kind of things I do I have to have a very adaptable structure and a adaptable floor plan---- one week I'm fishing - next month I hunt....then there are the RV/ TRUCK and Various Equipment Shows/Off Road Events....a machine gun shoot/military show twice a year and a few gun shows to go to ....a few winter weeks in Florida near the beach and I have a few girlz that hang around to do the shows with me so I need a portable dressing room hair salon and a stripper pole for ''close encounters of the best kind'' from time to time....so I need to be quite adaptable with car/boat/gun show materials and all the hunting and fishing crapola that I carry.....my 37 foot trailer is just the thing for me....but might NOT be the answer for you....So I build to suit.....trucks/boats/Rv's and houses....kinda my thing to do....[and It keeps me from trying the stripper pole when no one is looking!] geofkaye
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Old 09-02-2009, 08:29 PM   #9
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Thanks for the info. I'm a member of RJ and have looked at alot of the rigs and have not found what I (we) like yet. I have a small chassis shop, I build drag cars, most are 4130 cm and all tig welded. I've looked at projects others started just to see things I would do different, not to mention the looks of the truck and build when finished. As Burt mentioned, it's not bad to be a bit different.
I've looked at this site for about 2 years and have seen some very nice builds and thought with some info from what looks to a very knowledgeable group, I would try to build exactly the one we want. Not to make light of what is involved in a build, I do understand what I'm looking at on these rigs and I see ALOT OF WORK that's involved in building one.
Thanks for the help, we will be at Hershey Pa. on Sept. 18 and I will make some crazy offers and if I get a taker I will post it. Well with that said, where do you guys think the market is on new units? Just so I dont look like a fool to a salesperson.
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Hey Tommy, If you have a chassis shop, then I suppose you understand the economics right now; My best friend from HS has been building drag cars for 25 years out in Ontario CA, he is pretty much keeping his shop booked (swamped) for repairs and alterations due to the fact you can buy almost new cars for 1/2 the price right now.

My opening remarks is a speech I give most everyone lately, maybe out of frustration with the fact that after $70K+ and almost a year of work, I still have a good month or 2 of weekends before I can hit the road with mine. So unless the guys that asks the same question you did is prepared for that, I'd like to save him his year and bank account.

Having said that, with your background, I'm sure you could take something that is close, and make it "special" without the hassle of stretching frames, drive-shafts, ordering windows, building storage boxes and wiring generators etc..

Unless you have a real cool totally off the wall cool idea, then of course you should tell us right away, because we like cool, neat off the wall stuff here!

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