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Old 10-31-2013, 04:27 PM   #1
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OLDSKWL - the epic adventure begins

Just getting started...bought the project bus, 1990 GMC/Thomas Coach with 8.2L Diesel and Allison Automatic. The plan is to create a toy hauler, party bus, and RV combination. Mostly for travelling to motorcycle events and maybe sleep in it overnight in a pinch. We will see...



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Old 10-31-2013, 06:43 PM   #2
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Welcome to the madness that is skoolie conversion. I noted that your bus is #22. My 1988 Crown transit school bus was also #22. The numbers are gone from the outside as the sanding is completed. However, #22 is still inside the bus in the bulkhead above the dash. We are debating whether to keep it as a tribute to the Crown's original purpose.
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Old 11-01-2013, 09:04 AM   #3
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Welcome! GMC/Thomas is an unusual combination. And with a Cummins engine. Interesting.
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Old 11-02-2013, 02:26 AM   #4
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Odd duck indeed (but sounds like a good one). Gotta wonder if that school district might have spec'ed that combo (?).
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Old 11-02-2013, 03:37 AM   #5
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8.2 is a Detroit and pretty common with GMC. Are you guys thinking 8.3 or am I missing something?
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Old 11-02-2013, 10:44 PM   #6
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8.2 is a Detroit and pretty common with GMC. Are you guys thinking 8.3 or am I missing something?
Ah yes, I was confusing the two. A Detroit makes a lot more sense with the GMC. But the Thomas body with GMC is still an unusual combo. Seems like the Thomas body is usually paired with an International chassis.
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Old 11-03-2013, 10:38 AM   #7
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Welcome to the madness that is skoolie conversion. I noted that your bus is #22. My 1988 Crown transit school bus was also #22. The numbers are gone from the outside as the sanding is completed. However, #22 is still inside the bus in the bulkhead above the dash. We are debating whether to keep it as a tribute to the Crown's original purpose.
Our Crown is also #22, it'll be repainted somewhere on the exterior i believe.

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