Hello all, I'd like to introduce myself. I'm Scott and I'm down south in Houston. I've been lurking on this site and others for a couple of years now but this is my first post.
I got the Skoolie bug back in the early 90's when I had some friends that worked in the bus barn for the local school district. They were telling me a story about the district auctioning off busses and that the mechanic there bought one for $600 that he had personally installed a new transmission in the year before. My friends and I came up with the idea of buying one and converting it and turning it into a party bus. That never got further than the talk and dream stage.
I've never let go of that idea since. After a friend bough a mid-sized conventional last year and did a stint as a full timer, the bug dug a little deaper in my brain. I started doing serious research and frequenting the bus sites all of the internet. I also started easing my wife into the idea at the same time.
Since the beginning of the year I've been watching local auctions, ebay, craigslist, etc, but I hadn't found anything that really jumped out at me.
Earlier this month I completed the goal of paying off all of my debt and as a reward/gift to myself I decided that I was going to get my bus and start the conversion. I spent the last few days visiting different busses and I found the one yesterday. I made a deal with the seller that I am happy with and today after securing storage space and insurance I made the plunge!
1996 Bluebird tc2000 flat nose
73.5" center isle ceiling height. (I'm 6'7 and I have to duck, but not much)
The bus came from a somewhat local school district and as far as I can tell is very clean. The engine fires right up, the transmission shifts fine, the tread on the tires looks 80%, and there is almost no rust at all. I was amazed when I climbed under it that I didn't see a spec of rust anywhere. There are a couple of spots on the body with some very light surface rust, but that's it. The inside is the cleanest of any of the busses I have ever looked at. All of the lights inside and out even work.
I got her home around 3:00 today and didn't get much done on the tear down. I removed the stop sign, started scraping the lettering from the front, cleaned some gunk off of the windshield, and removed the two seats that were blocking the drivers side emergency exit. I decided I needed to get it down to the storage unit before dark so I could try parking it for the first time during the day.
The plan is to make it into a camper/rv for my family of 4, and to turn the back into a toy hauler for my 4 wheelers. I haven't decided if I'm going to turn the entire back into a fold down ramp, or add another door next to the rear door to make it wide enough to get the 4 wheelers inside.
I'm really happy to now be an official member of the Skoolie community. The information that everyone posts is incredible and I've already gotten a ton of ideas to borrow.
And I assume these conflicting feelings of "This is awesome! I have a bus in my driveway!", and "Holy crap, I just bought a bus!" are normal?
Here's a picture of my bus as it sat on the lot.
And this is it in my driveway.
Edited to fix the image links.