I figured I would move my topic to here now that I am home and starting the conversion this week.
1990 GMC/Chevrolet Thomas 66 Passenger School Bus
8.2L V8 Detroit Turbo Diesel Engine, Allison AT-545 4 Speed Automatic Transmission
Power Steering & Hydraulic Brakes, 80% + Tread Tires
A recap or my trip home in my new bus:
I am home! It was a crazy fun adventure. More so on the Greyhound I rode up to Wisconsin. My cell phone broke on the ride. 22 hrs. up to Kenosha Wisconsin. Then with little sleep I called Jason (Uglymutt as he is known on this board.) And he was cool enough to drive 20 minutes to get me from the bus station.
When I got to the bus I inspected it and liked it enough to pay $1600 to own it. I drove 2 miles up the street and no brakes so I pulled into the Petro Truck Stop and called Jason back. After explaining the issue he came and helped me bleed the system. That worked and I was on my way.
Now it has been awhile since I drove a bus so the new 66passenger skoolie took a few mile to get acquainted. That was nerve wrecking and fun. I was learning this new bus in Chicago Traffic through heavy late night Construction. I had fun gripping the wheel in a lane 6"'s wider than me with concrete tempory walls defining my lane instead of paint. Well I made it and me and My new friend were one leaving Chicago. If you can get to know your friend before Chicago Traffic.
I slept in a truck stop after Chicago. I was Hungry and very tired after my 1st 3 hrs. in my new bus. I had also rode greyhound for 22hrs. before buying the bus & tinkering on the new bus for 2 hrs then 3hrs. in crazy insain constuction and traffic in chicago. So I slept for 5 hrs. then back on the dusty trail.
Now yesterday was really non eventful. In Nashville an hour after dark the dimmer switch for the headlights fried out so I was forced to park at the Nashville TA and sleep till daylight. I woke up and made it home by 2 pm. I am so tired.
I cruised at 65 the whole way. 60 seems to be the sweet spot though. I spent $398 for 843 miles. The 8.2 litter Detroit Diesel purrs with plenty of power. I got her up to 80 for about 10 miles before I decided the gas $ wasn't there to play. All in all Jason sold me an awesome bus and it will make a great home in a few weeks. I will have fun guiding you all through my Skoolie experience. I really love my New Bus Banjo Boo!
This week I will begin the tear down of the floor. Tonight the seat start to come out.