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Old 02-02-2012, 08:38 PM   #1
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The Freedom Bus

I want to say hello to everyone and introduce myself. My name is Michael and I live in Austin, Texas. I'm single, don't own a home & I'm always looking for my next adventure. After visiting a friend of mine who lives in a 32 foot Airstream trailer, I saw how someone could live in a compact space. I immediately started looking at RV's, travel trailers & buses but for some reason I was really attracted to the idea of converting over an old school bus. I was surprised to see that there is a whole web forum dedicated to converted school buses. I plan to live on the bus full time.

Several buses are for sale in this area but I want a flat nose. I located a 1994 Thomas Saf-T-Liner that wasn't for sale but I negotiated a deal to purchase it for $3000. It has 170,000 miles on a 5.9 liter Cummins & an Allison transmission. I'm probably going to pick it up next weekend and then start painting it & removing the seats. Here is a photo of where it sits now and I'll post some more photos when I pick it up.
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Old 02-03-2012, 12:23 AM   #2
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Welcome!! looks like a very nice bus, very good shape. this wedsite will provide you with all the bus knowlege you need. haha GOOD LUCK!
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Old 02-03-2012, 12:39 AM   #3
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Congratulations! You found the right site for information about conversions... It can be addicting!

Nice bus.
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Old 02-03-2012, 11:26 AM   #4
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Thomas busses are a great platform, and your drivetrain should last a long time without work. Mine has 215k miles on it.
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Old 02-03-2012, 12:08 PM   #5
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Nice Thomas!

Welcome to the club and please keep the pictures coming.
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Old 02-03-2012, 12:52 PM   #6
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Nice ride there Welcome !
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Old 02-03-2012, 03:21 PM   #7
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I called around today to try to get insurance for my bus. I don't know if I went wrong by telling people that it's a "former school bus" or not but almost no one wanted to cover it. I finally talked to someone with GMAC's special vehicle department and they are willing to write me a policy. I need to put some cash in the bank and then call back to pay the downpayment. I guess I won't be relieved until I have the insurance card in my hand.
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Old 02-03-2012, 07:43 PM   #8
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I also pick up these Grover air horns.
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Old 02-09-2012, 08:07 PM   #9
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Today I went to the Texas DMV website to try to get a Transit Permit so I can drive my bus home. I found out that they are only available for passenger cars & light trucks. So I went to the title company and purchased a Texas 30 Day Permit for $35.

Does anyone know of any places in Travis County that do safety inspections on buses?
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Old 02-10-2012, 12:50 PM   #10
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I will say that to get plates on your bus you have to kinda talk up the clerk at the DMV and fanagle them into giving you plates its a little tricky

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