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Old 01-22-2010, 10:28 AM   #1
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The Odd OX

Hello friends my name is Luke, I have had my bus for about a month now and its raining today so I'm finally getting around to playing on the computer and posting my skoolie project. My bus is pretty much unnamed aside from "home" but just came up with The Odd Ox and liked it. It is a 1995 Thomas Navistar that runs awesome!! This all started when I wanted to move in order to take a new job. For me its not as easy as just finding some random apartment to plop down in I train teams of oxen so they are a big part of where I can live they are well trained but not house broke. I also have the sweetest dog a lab mix and of corse when you say she is mixed with pitbull people crap their pants and have outrageous pet deposits. I had saved enough money to either pay a deposit and first months rent or buy a bus......so screw paying another persons mortgage and working for the man. The job I was taking is clearing land and logging with my oxen luckily just a couple miles for the land I found a pasture big enough to keep one of my teams sold my second team cleared a hole in the woods to fit a bus and thats that.
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Old 01-22-2010, 10:56 AM   #2
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Re: The Odd OX

I'm gonna start trying to post pictures we'll see how it goes not sure how big a file is too big
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Old 01-22-2010, 11:12 AM   #3
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Re: The Odd OX

My war cry usually goes TIMBER..........holy F*** RUN its falling the wrong way get the F*** out of the way.


Of course the first thing we did was played with the flashing lights on the bus but nobody told me if you do that you have to walk to the back and hit a button other wise when you turn it off the bus makes crazy alarm beeping noises and the horn goes off so that was entertaining for about 10 minutes till we figured it out. I was pumped and got all the seats out the first night. Me and my brother took one seat out using wrenches and sockets and i said screw this .... went and bought a hand full of cutting wheels and cut the bolt heads off learned that from geeking over this site for a couple weeks before i bought the bus
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Old 01-22-2010, 11:16 AM   #4
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Re: The Odd OX

it is just an extra storage box there is one on both sides but also both are locked the guys at the bus garage didn't have a key for them and said they never used them maybe there will be treasure inside my plan is to have my toilet right above one of those i am just going to treat it like an out house you do number one outside and number two into a bucket then the bucket and be removed to be dumped using those compartment doors so you don't have to carry it through the bus
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Old 01-22-2010, 11:33 AM   #5
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Re: The Odd OX

I had only had the bus for a couple of days and we had a huge snow storm, i went to go work on it and there was condensation on the roof it was mainly at the seems but damp all over i was a little bummed to see it and was worried that it leaked and had been its whole life then i worried about the insulation in the ceiling if it had been. so i had the take a piece of it down just so i would know what was going on up there. we did have 14 in of snow and I didn't knock the snow off the roof so thats probably what caused the condensation right? once i thought that might have been the cause i climbed up there to knock it off then felt pretty silly when i almost slipped and fell off
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Old 01-22-2010, 11:42 AM   #6
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when i got up on the roof the snow was melting strange it melted at all the seems first
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Old 01-23-2010, 09:04 AM   #7
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We actually had not even worked in the bus for a couple days cause the roads were so bad I could not get out to it. So maybe the inside of the bus got to be one temp and with all the snow around it not letting any sun in to keep it the same temp as the air thats what caused it? I probably won't have this problem though once i'm living in it right? I'll keep the snow knocked off of it anyways next time. also i have a little wood stove so that should help evaporate any moisture that even thinks of forming. In ya'lls experiance is there much rust inbetween the two layers of metal in the roof? I took one of the inner sheets of metal down in the back to check for insulation anyways. that one had just a little rust but nothing i found scared me enough to want to remove the whole inner layer at the moment. I am pretty tall and have been debating on weather or not to rais the roof at some point but thats not exactly a winter time project.... since i'm trying to be living in it right now.
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Old 01-23-2010, 08:16 PM   #8
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Re: The Odd OX

Hey Luke, Welcome to the nut house

How do you transport the oxen, It looked like you were towing a truck, didn't see any trailer?

Only being nosey because I am going to be pulling a horse trailer when I finally get a bus.

Keep up the pictures. I love your call out cry.

Jackie
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Old 01-25-2010, 09:40 AM   #9
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thanks smitty had a feeling you would have some good input. also had a bad feeling with your input i'll get excited and by this time next week have the roof jacked up and be slinging tarps i guess i'll resist till warmer weather. one thing that turns me off though is when the roof goes up all the windows have to be changed out or covered and i like the normal bus window.... has anybody raised the roof and still kept original windows? you guys have an estimated time and cost of taking the roof up? i guess that is so big question cause it depends on how much of scavenger you are for material and having helpers around.

and as for that first picture of the bus i was not towing that pickup behind it that was just parked there for ease of getting tools not jumping into the back of the bus a bunch. That pickup is actually my hauling truck for the oxen jackie. I saw a post the other day that had a picture of a bus converted with the gooseneck hitch pulling a camper and i think that is a great idea for a livestock trailer!!! I was in main for an ox pull and a few guys had buses to haul their teams. they built a wall about half to three quarters from the back to kept the animals, yokes and other equipment back there then had small area to hang out in the front. made a large hole for a door in the back and had a rigid ramp that would fold down for animal loading. I think this is a great idea. buses are so universal i now want one for just about everything i think when i get the extra cash i will buy one just to make my work shop in so every time i move i won't be picking all my junk up and loading it into a trailer. just did that on saturday actually i am a pack rat and and like to make things out of metal so i have a HUGE pile of scrap metal i drag around everywhere. anyways here are some more pictures of progress to the bus and my oxen.
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Old 01-25-2010, 09:42 AM   #10
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Re: The Odd OX

these are my main boys Calvin and Hobbes
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