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06/30/2018 12:44 AM

Adding 5' to the rear of a MCI Bus...


Steep 10% Grade,
Driveway test

All OK
Remove two smaller Radiators, That clog easily, 
replace them with one very large one ..

On this page :
Finished images of a Rear Clip
Rear Clip Questions and Answers
Better views of rear engine area
Raising the roof on a MCI 9,  Images
Earlier images of stripping and starting a MCI 9 stretch

This is a Standard MCI 9 with the older split radiators. 

MCI was the only Bus Manufacturer  that used this type of Split Radiator system,. 

Now the new MCI's are starting to use one larger radiator system like all other Bus manufacturers.

We simply
borrowed that better technology and made room to move our radiators down below too ....
This concept also made room, a lot more room upstairs for living space. The tail swing is shorter than 90% of most motor homes and is no larger than any other European 45' coach.

Examples of how Neoplan  mounts
their larger radiators ...

MCI 9 and 102 C-3 stretched to 45'


Finished Images of our rear clip installed on
MCI 9 and a MCI 102 C-3 both now 45 '

More earlier  images below.

These are some of the more  popular rear Clip Questions.
 I hope this helps a little ...

Rear Clip Questions and Answers :                                                                      Back to top

Q: what  is the big advantage to having these new rear clips?
A: In this day and age, most Big Coach buyers are looking for a 45 foot Coach and some
even want Slide outs.
We are creating a competitive chassis for the person searching for a large coach without a large budget.
New 45 foot Coaches start in the $360,000. range ....A good used mid 1990's MCI will start at $100,000.
Ours  start at $35,000.

The main reason people prefer the extra length is to allow more room upstairs. When using an MCI chassis, moving the radiators beneath the floor and out of the passenger compartment adds 3-5 feet. This, in essence, adds almost a complete room to the rear of the coach. Our 45's have more space in the rear than some of the earlier new MCI 45s. Those coaches still had the radiators in the passenger compartment. With the new E model introduced in the late 90s, they began placing the radiators below the floors.

Q: Won't the rear end drag a lot?
A: On a standard motor home rear overhangs average 14 feet. Some are as far out as 16 feet. That is long! Our 45 footer only overhangs approximately 11 feet.  We continue an 11 degree pitch or slant on the rear end. We test our rears on a steep driveway of 12 degrees. If it passes that steep driveway, it will go almost anywhere.

Q: How long is the tail swing on your motor coach?
A: Our tail swing is about 3 to 5 feet longer than a standard coach. It is considered to be very minimal if you compare it to the tail swing of a Vanhool, Prevost or other larger tail swing buses. Don't worry. You should never turn out of the gas station and wipe the pump out.

Q: Can the bus ever sag?
A: NO. Never... Our " BusConversion101.com " rear clip is so heavily reinforced that the shell in that area is twice to almost 3 times what it needs to be for this type of application. Keep in mind, the engine is in the exact same location as it was before we started. We do not move the engine, we only add to the upstairs and reinforce it below. We do, however, add to the roof, the floor and the under super structure. This end section creates a tremendous amount of strength when put together properly. This also allows you to have a one piece large tailgate like other new coaches.

Q: Isn't there a lot of extra strain on the back end?
A: I cannot say there is no strain at all. However, with the structural integrity that we add to create this end section, I can say no, there is not much strain at all where we attach the coach or rear end area.

Q: Is this the only look you offer? The back appears a little too commercial looking.
A:  This particular coach was a prototype rear section for a newer model that we are currently designing. The new exterior copies the new style 2005-2006 models.

Q: Can the polished skins be included in the new part?
A: Yes, when we add a rear clip we can match the style of your shell. If you have painted skins, we can match them. Polished? We match them as well.


Examples of how Neoplan  mounts
their larger radiators ...

We do the same with MCI coaches 
 ...How?,      Just look below....


Images below are of one of our  Buses finished .
This is a 40' MCI 9,  stretched to 45 feet but without a raised roof.

Please note,
This is a non-raised roof, commercial unit,
you can see the visible rivets securing access panels for the
A/C system to be installed later.

Our  Motor Coaches  have no visible rivets anywhere. 

Better views of the rear engine area when finishing
Earlier steps at the bottom of this page ....



Steep Driveway Test .      

The rear of our coaches have a standard 10% incline, Plus the tail swing is less than most Motor  Homes .
Less than other standard 45' Motor Coaches ..


1990 MCI C-3 Stretched 3'

Below are examples of how Neoplan  add larger radiators ...We just do the same to the MCI 

More images of stretched Coaches

MCI 9 Earlier Images of stretched


Below are progression shots of a MCI 9
These photos were taken at our R&D shop in Macungie, PA.





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