OK, Skoolie family - After many months of lurking and searching, we found the right bus for us! Picked it up in Florida - It is a 1998 Crown 9-window with a lift. "She's a beaut, Clark!" Has a DT 466e, but I am unsure of the tranny. I've been looking for clues/paperwork/manuals, but no luck yet. I'm gonna look around some more posts to see if I can identify it. She got us from Tampa, Florida to Kerrville, Texas without incident...over 1300 miles! I haven't done the final calculations, but we got around 10MPG! Granted, the thing is governed at 55MPH, so I'll need to find a place where I can get that disabled...any suggestions? (Tango, you're in Texas, right??)
We've named her "The BloeRV" (rhymes with swerve) Its a play on my last name and RV....
Another nice thing is that she has a pretty high roof - I'm 5'10" and am nowhere near hitting my head!
Here's some pics (I know you love 'em, Nat!!)
Here's just as we were buying her
A night shot:
She's really clean on the inside - virtually no rust!
Getting ready to tear out some seats! Came out easier than expected...
Lookin' pretty good underneath! Tons of room and hardly any rust... WOOHOO!
First one's out!!
Took 4 out of the back for now, going to leave the front 2 in for a bit while we show her off and give our friends rides, etc...
Did some paint swatches to see what color of blue will look the best - we are looking to have the bottom part a shade of blue, leave the black strip for chalkboard paint and above that will be white up to the roof line...
That's all for today....stupid time change - gets dark too early!
I'll make sure to keep everyone posted - I know how you all love progress and pics!!
I also would like to thank all the regulars (Nat, CB, Tango, Bansil, Nebuchadnezzar, etc.... too many to name you all!) for all your input and ideas - I have had so much fun reading all the threads and getting ideas to make into the skoolie that will work best for us...