Hey Ya'll -
I just joined the forum a few days ago and thought I'd put up a thread about the bus project that we worked on this last summer/fall/winter for my tour company. Just a heads up - I'm not the person who worked on most of the conversion, so I apologize for the lack of technical detail and lack of progress photos from each stage of the conversion.
We're a tour company based in Austin, TX that is looking to build a fleet of party buses
that are Texas-themed and not lame and Vegas-y like your typical neon/big-screen-TV/leather-seats/light-up-stripper-pole party bus.
The bus is an upgrade from our original vehicles. We started the company using Ford passenger vans. We use the bus and our other vehicles for our beer brewery tours and river tubing trips. We needed something that was super durable, easy to clean, and somewhat water resistant (people come in wet after they are done floating the river).
It's a 1987 GMC/Thomas 40 passenger
. I'm embarrassed to say I don't have any knowledge about the engine and have never once been under the hood myself.
Here's what it looked like when we got it:
We bought the bus from a group of guys in Houston who used it as a camping/hunting trip vehicle. I don't have any photos of the interior as they had it originally, unfortunately :/
That photo was taken while we were in a small town Walmart parking lot waiting on hearing from a guy who said he was going to repaint it for us. Long story short, we ended up wasting a lot of money and time on him and had a bunch of things stolen from inside the vehicle.
This is how it looked with the first version of it being sanded:
I'll post more shortly here with photos of the interior being stripped out! Hope you guys enjoy the project.