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Old 02-19-2010, 11:25 PM   #11
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What are your plans for the bus? Are you restoring it or are you turning it into an RV/camper? If you convert to an RV/camper, do you believe the conversion would invalidate the historic designation? I've lived in MD all my life, and it's definitely a persnickety state! Please let me know what you have found out, as it would be extremely helpful to me if I go the skoolie route. Thanks!
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Old 02-20-2010, 10:30 AM   #12
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Once the weather breaks I am going to finish gutting the seats and floor out and build perimeter seating half way down the bus ( to about the wheel wells). Very "party bus-esque). Then I am going to utilize the rest of the rear end for storage on trips. As for the exterior I am not 100% sure yet. I want to preserve the school bus look but add some styling to it. I would really love to get a set of Alcoa Aluminum rims for it but people seem to think i will be a nightmare switching from the Dayton spokes to them without changing out the axles.

I bought it really for sentimental value and love the thing. I just need to make it more practical for me without taking too much away from what I love about it.
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Old 02-20-2010, 12:48 PM   #13
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http://www.realwheels.com/universal.html

They have a simulator designed for Dayton wheels. It's not the same as Alcoas, but it's pretty close. I actually prefer the look of painted Daytons on an older bus, but if you try those simulators, let us know how it worked out.
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Old 02-20-2010, 09:04 PM   #14
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I'm glad to hear that you are ready to tackle your project! Have you had that inspection yet? Or does having the historic designation exempt you? As for where I live (you asked in the insurance thread), I live in the general Havre de Grace/Aberdeen area. If I ever were to start a skoolie project I'd keep the bus at my in-laws' place in Cecil County - there's no room for a bus where I live. Keep me updated - and if you could use any specific assistance, let me know - I do have access to wood shop equipment. Good luck to you!
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Old 02-21-2010, 10:25 AM   #15
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Thank you so much I may take you up on that. I definitely want to see your bus if and when you get it! There arent many (if any) other skoolies on this forum from Maryland so it would be nice to see some in person. I got around the inspection thing being that its historic. I keep her in Owings Mills in this RV garage I built last spring:




Busdriver_Phil: I think I agree with you and am most likely going to paint them black. I've seen those simulators on the dayton spoke wheels and they look kind of funny. They also arent that cheap.
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Old 02-21-2010, 11:38 AM   #16
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Re: Jared's Wayne Chevy

Out here in Oregon and Idaho, you can register your bus as an RV if you have permanent sleeping facilities (a real bed on a framework fastened to the floor, not just a mattress thrown down on the floor) and cooking or kitchen facilities consisting of at least an icebox, stove, and sink all attached to the bus, not just sitting there. Otherwise you have to register it as a bus or a truck, which are both alot more expensive then as an RV.

As for the Daytona style wheels, it would be very expensive to change them out to more typical style rims. Better to leave them on the bus, and just paint them to look nice. Usually the center part is black, and the rim is silver. Still looks quite nice when done!
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Old 02-21-2010, 05:19 PM   #17
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Thanks for the tip regarding registering as historic - if I do get a bus at some point I'll be sure to look for one 20 years or older. I wouldn't have thought of that. My only concern is weight limits - the GVWR of the type of bus I would want to convert would likely go over 26,000 pounds (larger Thomas/AmTran diesel pushers and whatnot) so that may gum up the works a bit.

In any case, I've loved buses for a long time - the fist bus I rode in kindergarten was an early '70s something International Ward stick-shift gasser. For the next few years I rode a later '70s something International Superior automatic gas bus. Most were Wards, Superiors, and Thomases where I grew up - not much else. When I hit late elementary school age, I think that was about when the gassers disappeared and all the buses became diesels. It also seemed like the buses got more reliable too (the gassers seemed to have issues). Didn't see many Waynes/Carpenters while I grew up - the vast majority of buses were Thomases and Superiors with a few Wards tossed in.

In any case, that's a nice looking area for your bus! That ought to keep the snow off of it and I bet you are hoping for warmer temps so you can get to work! Keep us posted...
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Old 02-21-2010, 08:20 PM   #18
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Nice, you know your buses! Where did you grow up? In MD? We had a ton of Waynes, Superiors and Wards in the 70s and early 80s. After that Blue Bird and Thomas began taking over. I always loved the Waynes thus I searched long and hard to find one that I actually rode until I found this one way down in DC. Baltimore started buying automatics in 1973 and diesels way later in 1991. I leveled out my bus barn with a ton of stone after this picture was taken though I'd love to pour a concrete slab one day and cap off the front and back with an overhead door.

If im not mistaken, if you register as an historic vehicle and its over 26K (for sure an RE Type D bus would be) you would just need your CDL but at least you dont have to get emissions or inspected.
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I did grow up in southern MD; contractors owned and operated the buses, so there was some variability in the bus style depending on who owned the bus.

Regarding the work area, I am glad to hear that you got the site leveled out. That will come in very handy when making mods; I'd have to create such an area if/when I get a bus (if I ever do). The guy Smitty on here seems to have an awesome setup for modifying his bus. I checked out his forum to see what he is doing. I don't know how to weld and fabricate so I can't do everything I would want to do but I might go to a community college at some point to take a couple courses. I can't imagine that it's extremely difficult but getting good at the attention to detail aspects of those jobs will take time/practice. Best of luck as you continue the project - Chris
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Jared,

You should paint up your wheels like I did on this bus:


Get a wire brush attachment for your drill and strip off any rust, then wash the wheel, and paint the whole thing with rust bullet automotive grade paint. (http://www.rustbullet.com). Then spray the whole thing black. This is best done in several coats... you have to move your bus a few times to make sure all angles are covered. Do as much of the silver as you can with a spray can... it comes out shinier than if you paint on the silver by hand. I usually spray the outer part of the rim with the spray can, and hand-paint with a little water-color brush the clasps and lug nuts. It is a very time consuming process, but 100% worth it. The wheels on that bus look almost just as good today, 4 years after painting them. The next bus I bought I painted up the wheels on, but forgot about painting them with rust bullet. Within two years they were all rusty again. I just had that whole bus repainted so I had the rims sent out and sandblasted, then repainted, while it was at the body shop. Rust Bullet is a lot cheaper than sandblasting, and it has been holding up very well. I think well-painted daytons are the best way to go on an older bus. It keeps with the character of the vehicle.
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