Originally Posted by GreyCoyote
Looking good! Its officially a Skoolie now!
Hey: I think every bus owner goes through a cycle: first comes the adrenaline of the bidding war. Next comes the excitement of pick-up. Then the uncertainty of the drive-home. Then that moment when you go "oh sh*t what have I done!". Next up is the "rattle and hum" stage where you take-out the seats in a blind orgy to show yourself some progress. Then things tend to stop for a bit.
When you get to the pause point, get a sixer of beer and a lawn chair and a pad of paper. Sit. Drink. Get up occasionally to poke at something on the bus. Write down ideas that come to you. Do this sagely and with a calm deliberation. You are waiting for "help" to arrive.
No joke: buses are magnets. Somebody will show-up, swap stories, and soon you realize you are talking to a retired trucker/farmer/mechanic who had that very same engine in his dump/grain/fleet truck. Next thing you know he tells you what parts you need and where to get them at a discount. Then it turns-out his brother-in-law owns a wrecker service (first dibs on working used parts and discount towing to boot!). And he goes to church with a guy who works at a tire dealer....
You cant make this stuff up. Its EXACTLY what happened to me.
Lawnchairs and beer. Try it. And if nobody shows-up, you'll still be better for the period of quiet introspection and bonding with your new bus.
Damn I miss home/TEXAS. Around here in the military melting pot ( all branches within 100 miles) you are on your own? I swear I am the only one that stops to help someone on the side of the road or at least ask if they need help? My wife don't holler cause she's from texas but my new boss man says I gotta pay for that? And I say not if you don't want to? I'll eat it! You have to know someone that knows someone here and of course the old school farmers help each other but if your not in a social circle of some sort then you have to jump out in front of anyone to even get noticed?
I do have an old friend I keep wanting to go talk to that ran a dump trucks all his life and I would spend my days off digging his dirt pit for stockpile and he will help with my rear end gears. I know he has a few dump trucks pushed in the woods and if I do the work with his advice I am wondering if a two speed rear end would work? Sorry started rattling out of my head and in the wrong thread.