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Old 06-06-2018, 03:26 PM   #1
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1994 International Thomas 7 window w/c

Yeah!!!
So I won my second attempted auction, and I'm super stoked to get started on the conversion. Unfortunately I won't be able to pick it up until after my family vacation which starts in 2 days, so I won't have better pics/details until then. On to the details (some of which I got from the gentleman with the school district transportation dept).

The Bus:
1994 International Navistar 3800
DT408
Automatic Transmission (I'm assuming an AT545 until I can crawl under and see it myself)
Hydraulic Brakes
A/C
208k miles
Everything runs (was still in service until auction ended)

The Body:
Thomas 7 window with wheelchair lift and door in rear passenger side.
16 Passenger (I believe this is 16+2 w/c, I'll find out when I pick it up)
Rust-Free (claims the gentleman, it's from the Dallas area so I believe him)

The Plans:
Strip down to metal
Treat and protect
Insulate and finish
Will be used for family road trips and weekend camping.
Attached are my prospective plans (what I've got so far). Please let me know if you see anything I've missed or messed up.
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Old 06-06-2018, 04:14 PM   #2
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Very nice choice. That is a great lil bus.
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Old 06-07-2018, 08:32 PM   #3
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How did you make that floor plan?
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Old 06-07-2018, 09:32 PM   #4
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How did you make that floor plan?

http://www.skoolie.net/forums/f10/ho...ook-22707.html


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Old 06-08-2018, 01:51 AM   #5
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Looks like a solid bus.

Your rear bedroom is interesting.

3 bunks, and a fold-out sofa - so I'm assuming 5 people?
I wonder if you might have a problem with having to walk all the way around the 3 bunks when you gotta go in the middle of the night. It seems like you might end up with a bit of an audience while conducting your business.

I'm not sure you mentioned what you plan to do with the your windows, but if you have a wall in front of those three bunks, you're somewhat cutting off the last couple feet of your bus. You're walling off the rear of your living space, and it might end up making the whole thing feel a bit cramped. (On a similar note, you're also giving up a nice corner spot, with two windows, just for the toilet.)
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Old 06-08-2018, 05:13 AM   #6
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Looks like a solid bus.

Your rear bedroom is interesting.

3 bunks, and a fold-out sofa - so I'm assuming 5 people?
I wonder if you might have a problem with having to walk all the way around the 3 bunks when you gotta go in the middle of the night. It seems like you might end up with a bit of an audience while conducting your business.

I'm not sure you mentioned what you plan to do with the your windows, but if you have a wall in front of those three bunks, you're somewhat cutting off the last couple feet of your bus. You're walling off the rear of your living space, and it might end up making the whole thing feel a bit cramped. (On a similar note, you're also giving up a nice corner spot, with two windows, just for the toilet.)

Actually 6 people, but the youngest is 4, so I'm planning on cramming him in somewhere. I'm thinking I can probably fold down the dinette into a SMALL bed.


So my thought process was to put the places that get used the least (bunks, bathroom) out of sight. So in a sense, anytime during the day when the toilet is used, its got complete privacy, and the bunkroom allows people to get changed in privacy as well. I get what you're saying about walling it off. I'll be sure to build a cardboard wall before I make any permanent decisions.



My hope is that by leaving the windows in the front uncovered (except for the utility closet) it might still feel open.
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Old 06-08-2018, 06:18 AM   #7
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I also have a 7 window bus and it's the perfect size!
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Old 06-08-2018, 07:26 AM   #8
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I also have a 7 window bus and it's the perfect size!

I've seen your video walkthrough, and I wish I had some of that Amish craftsmanship to tap into.
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Old 06-08-2018, 11:56 AM   #9
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Yep I like my 7 window.

Depending on how you do the rear wall it doesn’t feel cramped at all mine is six foot from the rear bulk head
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Old 06-08-2018, 12:17 PM   #10
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Yep I like my 7 window.

Depending on how you do the rear wall it doesn’t feel cramped at all mine is six foot from the rear bulk head

Got any pics? I placed mine there in my plan to allow me to dodge the wheel wells when walking.
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