My fiance and I are converting a bus. We're going to live in it full time. She's been into tiny houses for a while, and originally we wanted to build a tiny house. We decided that we hate loans, and apartments, so we were stumped for a while. A youtube channel featuring lots of innovative tiny living spaces led us to a couple with a skoolie, and then one day she asked me, "will you live in a bus with me?"
And, of course, I was like "hell yeah."
So we bought this
...in April and have been working on it since.
I have tons of pictures stockpiled on facebook. I will work to post them here when I can.
So it's a 1996 TC/2000, 6CT 8.3L, Allison MT643. This was the second bus we looked at, and for $2800 I was, well, excited. The first bus was a Thomas MVP with a 6B that looked like it had been sitting for years. Someone had stolen the cables running to the starter, the doors had INCHES of gaps where they wouldn't close, huge dents in the skin, mold on the seats.... they wanted $4300. Thanks but no thanks. When we looked at the blue bird, it seemed too good to be true.
For being almost 20 years old, it only showed 10. Clean inside, clean outside. Clean engine bay. Ran smooth, tracked straight, body was straight, all the doors shut and sealed, newer tires in the rear, decent tires up front. The dealer had just received the bus the day before we showed up.
There was really nothing to complain about, except that it wasn't equipped with vandal locks, but by that point we were reaching for reasons not to like it. Couldn't end up finding any, so we bought it.
It looked so clean back then! If we only knew what lie ahead...
To be continued...