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Old 03-31-2017, 04:34 AM   #1
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bus on a mission

I apologize in advanced for any mistakes in this skoolie post Iím kinda new to this. This idea of building a tiny home out of a school bus seemed strange to me at first but I too have been stung by the big yellow and black skoolie bug. Iíve been looking for ways to take my project to the next level. This post is to document the experience and to help motivate others. Please be responsible with your comments.

About me:
I am a humble, fun, private, photographer and man on a mission.

What do I do?
In short, Iíve been creating a project called Lincoln Echo, to provide veterans & their families in the U.S. with mentorship and support to find gainful long term employment.

What is Lincoln Echo?
We are a group of passionate individuals committed to making a positive change in the lives of our veterans by addressing reintegration issues within their local communities.


What does this have to do with skoolies??
After seeing the amazing work that folks have done to their rigs, Iíve been scouring the internet looking for a bus to help mobilize my project and take it to the next level.

Well, I found one, and it already has an amazing story!
1999 Blue Bird
color painted single coat white with red stripe by body shop in good shape.
Cummins 8.3 / MD3060 (I know the magic combination) and yes it looked clean.
205,000 miles
Batteries look new
Passenger side non-pass through storage.
Chassis is rust free
Seats are in great condition
no plywood on the floor, just rubber and the metal under has insignificant surface rust.
Tires have only a bit of life

ďDavidĒ of Bus West took the time to explained the purchase process and state requirements in a very detailed way. He even printed out the documents needed for reference to those requirements. I did not feel rushed and there was no pressure to sell it.

Took it for a spin and it sounded and drove great! Power to spare and no tail smoke. This bus was originally commissioned in the state of Hawaii and is now back here in the states in Southern California. Its history includes being used in multiple Disney productions, and was then painted white with red stripe for a recruiting commercial for the U.S. Marines. It currently sits on a lot of a dealer collecting dust. Now itís on hold for me to buy within the next 30 days. I don't know if it has been done but I hope to make it the first 50 state Blue Bird bus.

Here are my hurtles:
1. Maybe need CDL for California
2. Get insurance
3. Register in California
4. Come up with the rest of the cheddar before 30 days.

Stay tuned, progress and pictures will be posted.
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Old 03-31-2017, 10:12 AM   #2
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Welcome LincolnEcho
It sounds like you've found a really nice bus.

You've certainly got goals. Fifty states, because it's already been to Hawaii and you plan to go to Alaska at some point? Well, some of us are going to drive to Hawaii, the long way. Then you'll have to take your bus to Puerto Rico to hold the record at 51 states or territories.

You did good with your thread. No typing errors and good sentence structure. However there were no pictures and some people here don't read things without pictures.

Good to hear from you. Are you planning a complete build on your bus?
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Old 03-31-2017, 10:25 AM   #3
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If you title it as a MH/RV you won' need a CDL in Ca your Class C will be fine, IF it's 40ft or more you will need a Class B endorsement ( Not License ).
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Old 03-31-2017, 04:21 PM   #4
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Welcome LincolnEcho
It sounds like you've found a really nice bus.

You've certainly got goals. Fifty states, because it's already been to Hawaii and you plan to go to Alaska at some point? Well, some of us are going to drive to Hawaii, the long way. Then you'll have to take your bus to Puerto Rico to hold the record at 51 states or territories.

You did good with your thread. No typing errors and good sentence structure. However there were no pictures and some people here don't read things without pictures.

Good to hear from you. Are you planning a complete build on your bus?

Robin97396,

Thanks for your feed back!! You are correct, I should have included some pictures of the project bus and here they are now that I set up the photo bucket account.

I imagine that when it comes time to include U.S. territories not connected by land, I may have to just fly there with the bus seat cover. lol

Yes, I am planning to do a complete build after getting the bus. I hope to share that conversion on this thread.

(pictures are below)


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If you title it as a MH/RV you won' need a CDL in Ca your Class C will be fine, IF it's 40ft or more you will need a Class B endorsement ( Not License ).
Stu & Filo. T,

I thought that too?? Any guidance would be greatly appreciated. I want to drive it back to the build site after purchase.







More to come...
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Old 03-31-2017, 04:32 PM   #5
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Where's the build site?
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Old 03-31-2017, 04:54 PM   #6
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Where's the build site?
Orange County, near Irvine, but it's not set in stone.
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Old 03-31-2017, 05:59 PM   #7
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Your bus looks like a real great bus with super potential. Not having to paint it a color that is not National School Bus Chrome Yellow is going to save you a lot of time and $$$.

Your regular drivers license should be good for everywhere except for Canada where you will need an air brake endorsement.

Good luck on your project.
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Old 04-01-2017, 02:14 AM   #8
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Your bus looks like a real great bus with super potential. Not having to paint it a color that is not National School Bus Chrome Yellow is going to save you a lot of time and $$$.

Your regular drivers license should be good for everywhere except for Canada where you will need an air brake endorsement.

Good luck on your project.
Thanks Cowlitzcoach!! I was thinking the same thing with the paint job. The floor though!! Taking up that plywood under the seats would have been a bear. Just confirmed also with DMV and CHP today. I'm good with my regular license.

Here are my updated hurtles:
1. Maybe need CDL for California? - [no CDL needed per CHP & DMV in California]
2. Get insurance -
3. Register in California - [need to covert and inspection by CHP]
4. Come up with the rest of the cheddar before 30 days.
5. Start listing and prioritizing things required for conversion
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Old 04-01-2017, 02:29 AM   #9
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Wow, awesome looking skoolie. Good luck to you!

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Old 04-04-2017, 06:41 PM   #10
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Wow, awesome looking skoolie. Good luck to you!

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Thank you tobeamiss! getting closer

Here are my updated hurtles:
1. Maybe need CDL for California? - [no CDL needed per CHP & DMV in California]

2. Get insurance Ė Progressive Ė got a quote, will start before purchase.

3. Register in California - [need to covert and inspection by CHP] this will take way too long

- Iím going the route warewolff has outlined on the quick registration thread then transfer to California after.

Here is warewolff's thread --> http://www.skoolie.net/forums/f18/ho...ion-15292.html

4. Come up with the rest of the cheddar before 30 days or use the conversion funds to buy bus. (open thought: Thought of doing crowdfunding because there has been lots of support and push for this project but...I don't know if we're ready for that as an organization)

5. Start listing and prioritizing things required for conversion

*Edit* Sorry, forgot to add the eye candy.








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