Iíve been lurking on this site for a couple of years now, in the process of doing a schoolie conversion and only now, getting around to posting my little story. Iíve always like the idea of doing a schoolie conversion primarily because of how well they are built. I work for a company that occasionally does maintenance for a private church school. This bus was their back up bus that nobody wanted to drive because it was a standard. A year before I bought it, I had completely gone thru the brakes, shortly afterwards, the #2 cylinder began to blow oil and they decided to give up on it. I had approached them earlier about buying the bus, but didnít have money at the time - they wanted $2500 for it. When I got up some money, I offered them $1500, they refused that and sold it to me for $1000 - yup, they sold it to me for less than what I offered!
So now some info on the bus itself. Itís a 1990 Bluebird International Conventional, 38 feet. I wanted a Conventional because, if I got into a wreck, thereíd better be 5 feet of engine and frame in front of me. It has an International DT466, thatís soon to get an in frame. Five speed spicer transmission. The body is in very good condition, as was the interior. Despite the bad cylinder, it starts in half a crank and runs like a charm.
Iím setting it up to where dinette, kitchen, pantry and all gas appliances are on the driverís side. Passenger side will have the navigatorís chair, fold out bench seat, bathroom and cabinetry. The back quarter of the bus is a bedroom with twin beds.
With the help of my better half, Faith, and a few friends, Iíve been slowly making progress with its construction. I now have many of the walls in, most major furnishings, and beginning to put in plumbing and electrical.