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Old 03-26-2015, 04:28 PM   #141
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Got each axle and the overall. The guy wasn't very helpful and I literally spent two hours there.
With half a tank of fuel and a friend and I in the bus we came in at 17,920 lbs. No way to do corners there. I got EVERYTHING out of the bus this morning before weigh in. I figured it may help. What a horrible truck stop we have in Zellwood. That place is the pits.
I'd upload a pic or two but someone has stolen my tablet and camera. I think they were yanked right out of my car sometime last week.

Driving it was nice. Did about twenty miles roundtrip. Cruised along at 60 for the last 5 miles or so. After driving around in a 73' F750 former fire truck for a couple weeks, my bus gets amazing fuel mileage.

Now all I have to do is get an officer to verify the vin and I'll get my tag.
Its in the system as an International Navistar 3900. She asked me what to put for the make and model. Anything sounds better than "school bus". I'm so happy to be getting some actual progress. I'm lining the when and where of the roof raise and may actually have some money to put into it in the next month.
Getting my tax, tag, and title and paying for the year for my insurance have been very expensive.
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Old 03-26-2015, 07:33 PM   #142
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Very cool to see you're able to get out and finally drive. It feels so nice doesn't it?!?

I weighed mine also empty right before I started the raise. Mine came in at 16,160 lbs. I'm very curious to weigh again when the outer skins are in place and the insulation is complete. I'm thinking it shouldn't be too much over 16,160. Basically I've just removed the inner skins only to replace them with "like" sheetmetal on the outside again. Plus, all the original windows have been removed.
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Old 03-27-2015, 12:42 PM   #143
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Good to hear you got it registered. I paid about $835 to get mine registered with a new tag here in Marion County and I had to pay something like $180 to renew the decal after the first year, but the rates have dropped since then—now it's about $70 per year.
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Old 03-27-2015, 02:39 PM   #144
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Oh yeah I'm out way cheaper than that. Less than half as much.
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Old 03-27-2015, 03:08 PM   #145
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I applied for custom tags today, fingers are crossed thanks for heads up!

So next is to raise roof?
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Old 03-27-2015, 03:12 PM   #146
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Yep.

Scored a set a captains chairs from the free section on Craigslist today too. They're nice other than they have been sitting in a barn for ten or twenty years unused.
I was gonna get the custom plate "skoolie" but I'm not feeling it anymore.
May just put the extra 60 bucks it would cost toward getting some more gallon buckets of Rustoleum.
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Old 03-27-2015, 04:16 PM   #147
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Do you have true values down there? They have stupid crazy sales every holiday (at least once every 2 months) we got our for 1/2 price, the sale was "1/2 off on any gallon size of paint" and since all true value stores are owner/franchises they will almost always match and beat a competitive price

They also tinted ours, be aware some of ours might not be dry still
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Old 03-27-2015, 04:21 PM   #148
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Yep.

Scored a set a captains chairs from the free section on Craigslist today too. They're nice other than they have been sitting in a barn for ten or twenty years unused.
I was gonna get the custom plate "skoolie" but I'm not feeling it anymore.
May just put the extra 60 bucks it would cost toward getting some more gallon buckets of Rustoleum.
I know that Menards does custom color mixing on Rustoleum.... There is a bright green bus on here somewhere that had it done to get his dayglow green done. Do you have a place near you that does that? When we were trying to pick bus colors we were very unhappy with the limited stock Rustoleum colors. Really was tempted to drive up to Kansas (from Dallas) to the nearest Menards to get a color we liked.


Here's a link to the discussion:
http://www.skoolie.net/forums/f27/th...ne-5990-3.html

Maybe a quicky paint job now, and then pick-up a more individual color on your way through Menards territory?
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Old 03-27-2015, 04:39 PM   #149
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So glad to hear you're well on your way to getting everything legal beagle. The DMV here made my "motorhome" title for a 1995 Genesis/Genesis (make/model). I tried to tell them it was an International Amtrans (make) Genesis (model) but for some reason they just couldn't get their head around that. I think they got confused on the International AmTrans as the make. Weird. Almost every time I go there I wonder if they really know what they're doing or they just make stuff up along the way. Personally, I think he whole need for a title thing is bogus anyhow, as is the "requirement" for a non-commercial drivers license (an oxymoron but most wouldn't know) but that's another story. Also, thank for telling me what mine weighs now . I have the same bus only a couple years newer.
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Old 04-15-2015, 10:42 AM   #150
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I haven't been on here nearly as much these days, and havent updated in a while.
I went to the tag/tax office and got the title and paperwork taken care of. I didn't go the custom route, but I have regular, non-commercial tags.
My gross after the weigh-in is 17.9k. No cdl needed at all now. Even if I didn't convert it.
Total cost was about $350.

Getting the materials together for the roof raise in the next month. I'm thinking I'll go ahead and spring for a Hobart welder. The 140 is only about 500 at Rural King. They were out so in a couple weeks I'm gonna go back and get one.

Started grinding off the crud under the roof again. Took a lengthy break from it. I get really REALLY bad headaches on occasion and this doesn't help with them.

I'm also starting to reconsider retaining the bifold bus door. I'm now thinking I'd rather have a regular door there and just put windows in it. Would be much better for sealing out the hot/cold. I just don't want to hamper my vision much if any.
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