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Old 02-25-2018, 06:18 PM   #1
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Skoolie Jane

Our search has come to an end and we want to embrace the community with a new addition.

After 3 months of searching low and not so high, we decided to venture out from 100 miles. After not that many hits we said what the heck let's go with 250 miles, which then led to 500 miles. Which soon turned to be 750 miles. After nothing really meeting our criteria, we took the plunge and did 1000 miles. Hoorah! There it was. Did our daily search finally find a match? Were we (my significant other and I) really going to move forward with the purchase? We turned to each other and said "This is the one! Let's fly out to Kentucky and drive it back home!"

Meet Skoolie Jane. She's not your typical gal from the fleet. What she's got under the hood is something like brown sugar bacon. If you never had that taste before, don't worry she'll taste just like she sounds with her DT466 motor that's matched up with a Allison MD3060. Mmm...now we're talking.

On the long side, but who said being the long one in the group was a bad thing? We've never driven anything this long before, but it sure is nice having 40ft to take you on the journey. She'll do us nicely especially with our 2 dogs, Benny and Mountain that are along for the adventure! Now the only thing is training them to drive so I can get some time away from the wheel!

Skoolie Jane ain't no stranger to the roads. She has put up a good fight so far with her 229,000 miles and around 13,000 hours under her belt. Although not an amateur to the ring, we knew if there were maintenance records to go with the sale, our money was on her.

Life isn't so dandy and delicate, but what's life without a couple of cuts and bruises? Surface rusts are visible, a few creaks can be heard and a bath could clean Jane right up.

Join us as Skoolie Jane plays dress-up and we help her pick out the right clothes as long as she doesn't give us back talk. We might need some help from the community along the way if she does!

For additional updates outside of the forum, we'll be posting them on Instagram and YouTube.
IG: https://www.instagram.com/wunder.lyfe/

YT: Link to come
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Old 02-25-2018, 06:57 PM   #2
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Did it come from Pulaski County?

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Old 02-25-2018, 08:48 PM   #3
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That's a nice bus you've got there!

You have always influenced me to go this weekend and pick up my bus and drive her home from Oklahoma!

Great find and looking forward to your build!

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Old 02-26-2018, 10:27 AM   #4
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Did it come from Pulaski County?

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We bought it in London, KY, but the faded letters say Clark County which ain't much further (probably an hour drive) from where we picked it up.
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Old 02-28-2018, 12:22 PM   #5
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Update #1 - Seat Removal

The very next day of us getting back from a long and cold road trip, we were anxiously excited to work on the bus.

Weather was not in our favor, it was another cold and wet Sunday. This didn't stop us from removing the seats. Instead of tackling the seats from underneath and having another person inside the bus ratchet them out we went with the angle grinder method.

I ended up going to Harbor Freight and buying the Hercules 4 1/2" angle grinder and a few 24 grit blades. Used the first one that came with the box and the 2nd one is holding up so far. In total we'll just use two blades to get all the floor bolts grind out.

So while we didn't spend all day getting the seats removed, we were happy on getting about 8-9 of them out.

Monday (Feb-26) and Tuesday (Feb-27) I spent an hour after work in the bus to get more out. Progress is progress. Figured if we can spend 1-2 hours a day on the day Monday through Friday and 6-8 hours on the weekends we'll see some nice results in a few months time.

We really can't wait to get these seats out of the there and see all the open space that was made. We're deciding to keep the seats in the bus and kind of just pile them together. This will allow us to drive up the road and use one of the transfer station passes (3 passes which allow up to 500lbs per visit) to throw the seats away.

Question - Does any know the weight of the seat without the cushions? How about the entire seat itself? I'm guessing around 25-30lbs per seat. We figure maybe strip the cushions, scrap the metal frame for free elsewhere, and then throw the cushions away using our passes.
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Old 02-28-2018, 02:10 PM   #6
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You know you can stack those seats out front and put a free sign on them. They usually disappear within a day or two.
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Old 03-01-2018, 05:49 AM   #7
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We took ours to a scrapyard and got about $55 for them.
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Old 03-01-2018, 07:47 AM   #8
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You know you can stack those seats out front and put a free sign on them. They usually disappear within a day or two.
That's what I was figuring. Throw a few up front at a time so the neighbors don't say anything since we don't have trash pickup in our town.

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We took ours to a scrapyard and got about $55 for them.
I was quoted about $0.04 per lbs without the cushions. Other places said that I would need to take them seat cushions apart and they would take the scrap no charge. I'll have to do more calling around then
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Old 03-01-2018, 08:02 AM   #9
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yeah, it was some work. We took the cushions off. I use the covers to sit on when I'm under the bus.
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Old 03-01-2018, 09:51 AM   #10
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Instead of a "FREE" sign...put one that says $25.00 each. That way someone is sure to steal them all overnight.
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