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Old 03-18-2015, 03:27 PM   #1
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Pony Express ~ bus conversion

Hey there! This is the story of Pony Express. My wife and I have a love for traveling and so do our Boxers. One of our Boxer babies recently passed away so we named the bus after her. We started out in a 1975 19' rv then bought/upgraded to a 2000 Blue Bird School Bus. I started the conversion in June of 2013. I worked on it on my days off of work and we moved into it full time October of 2014. The winter was definitely a challenge but we survived. I did a few things inside over the winter and now that spring is right around the corner I will be finishing up the conversion. What's left is the outside paint job, an RV Door installed, roof deck and then the WVO kit installed. This is my first go at anything like this but, my construction experience definitely helped. All of the wood work was done with repurposed pallets from my job and I'd say about 80 percent of the other things were purchased from habitat for humanity, lowes, amazon and friends. So far the cost is around $9,000 including the bus purchase. There are a few other minor kinks to work out inside from the winter beating we got. over all we are happy withe the out come. We own a vegan cafe and have a passion for food so I designed the entire conversion around the kitchen area.

I will find a place to post all the pictures of the conversion from start to finish sometime this week. Here is the link to my Album of pictures that I uploaded to the Skoolie site.

http://www.skoolie.net/forums/member...albums663.html

Feel free to say hi, add comments, ask questions.

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Old 03-18-2015, 04:38 PM   #2
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Howdy & Welcome to the Looney Bin! --- I like your economical approach and the "pallets" look great. Nice rustic feel that makes it real homey. Keep up the good work and keep the pix a'comin'.
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Old 03-18-2015, 05:15 PM   #3
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Lol! "Welcome to the Looney Bin!" people think we are crazy for living like we do so we will fit right in. ;) I worked at a printing place so we had lots of really nice pallets. I didn't have to do much work with them so that was a plus. It definitely does give it a rustic comfy feel to it. Thanks for the compliments and I will definitely be posting up more of the conversion process. It was a lot of fun and rewarding. I might even start flipping busses. We travel a lot so we are excited to hit the road again this year. We already traveled across the US 4 times. We call it Wanderlust!
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Old 03-19-2015, 01:07 AM   #4
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Flip'en Buses

Hey-hi,

Your pic's were great! I think some of them were loaded sideways, but I'm half blind so, it's questionable--lol!

I wonder if flip'en buses could find a market?

Welcome,

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Old 03-19-2015, 02:08 PM   #5
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Old 03-19-2015, 07:32 PM   #6
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You've done some great work on your bus....Thanks for sharing!!
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Old 03-19-2015, 08:28 PM   #7
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Great job for what your working with.

Looking forward to more pics.

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Old 03-20-2015, 01:03 PM   #8
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More photos of our bus conversion

ok so here is more pictures of the conversion process from start to finish.
enjoy!

STORY VIEW
Pony Express - Skoolie Story by QuinceyMS | Photobucket

SLIDE SHOW VIEW
Pony Express - Skoolie Slideshow by QuinceyMS | Photobucket
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Old 03-20-2015, 01:04 PM   #9
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thanks for all the compliments!
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Old 03-28-2015, 03:31 AM   #10
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Wow! Impressive!

Hey-hi Quincey MS,

Nice pic's, a very handsome conversion! The refurbishing of the pallets does create a solid, industrial feel. Your set-up offers the statement that everything has its place and it's going nowhere until you use it.

It also reminds me of an old barn or rustic cabin; very nice. Your pic's taught me how to work with the wheel fenders (on the inside). Thanks for the tip!

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