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Old 06-23-2012, 04:18 PM   #1
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Thylacine

Ladies and Gentlemen of Skoolie.net,

I have purchased a bus to begin a conversion, so I am starting a new Topic about my conversion. I do not have any brilliant ideas about design at this point, so most of my projects will be a mix and match of what others have posted here previously. If you have been lurking on eBay, likely you saw it advertised. It is from the Rocky River School District near Cleveland, OH.



The Stats:

1990 Navistar International Diesel/Conventional School Bus

Wayne Body Lifeguard
Mileage 125,320
Seating capacity 24
Handicapped Bus
Lift recently inspected good condition
Interior and Exterior kept in good condition
Gas tank 60 Gallons
Automatic transmission- runs well
Engine 7.3 power stroker
Tires good condition
Exhaust new
Air Brakes new in front good rear brakes
Routine maintenance performed as part of public school district's maintenance program
State Inspected passed annual inspection from Ohio State Highway Patrol
length from the back door to the drivers chair 23 feet and 7 feet 7 inches wide

For better or worse, I now own a school bus and will start converting as soon as I can retrieve the bus.

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Old 06-23-2012, 04:22 PM   #2
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Re: Thylacine

Congrats on the purchase of your new wheels Look forward to your conversion.
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My Conversion Thread: http://www.skoolie.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=3065
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Old 06-23-2012, 04:24 PM   #3
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Re: Thylacine

These are the requirements for conversion in Pennsylvania:

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All emergency lighting must be removed. All School bus and school district painted designations must be removed. Stop sign and swing arm must be removed. After the conversion is complete the vehicle must be weighed empty and a weigh slip from a certified weighmaster must be submitted with the work. If the applicant is requesting a change in the vehicle type to a motor home, additional photographs of at least 4 of the following components must be included with the application. These photographs must also be signed and dated by the enhanced vehicle safety inspector. If the vehicle is not equipped with at least 4 of the following vehicles, the application will be rejected when submitted to PennDOT for processing.

Cooking appliance
Refrigerator
Self-contained toilet
Heating/Air conditioning
Portable water supply
Faucet and sink
Separate 110/125 or LP gas supply

The vehicle will need to have an Enhanced vehicle inspection done Name, address and phone numbers of Enhanced vehicle inspection stations can be found on our website http://www.dmv.state.pa.us Your enhanced mechanic should be able to help you with any further questions. There is also a fact sheet for modified vehicles on the website. You may contact the Special Service Unit at the number listed below if you have further questions.

Loryane Drumheller, Supervisor
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
I have already talked to the guys at the local "Enhanced Inspection Station," so there is no problem on that side of the equation. I also have pulled stuff from a donor trailer that a friend had sitting behind his garage:





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Old 06-23-2012, 06:28 PM   #4
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Re: Thylacine

trailer has double axle... dont scrap that.
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Old 06-23-2012, 07:03 PM   #5
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Hello,

It is my friends trailer, and he wants to keep the trailer/axle/frame. I get the camping stuff inside - more to get at this stage - but that is that. I have a propane furnace, propane water heater, stove w/oven, vent hood, black water tank, toilet, double stainless kitchen sink, pressurized water tank and air pump, some miscellaneous pipes, lights, and the external power cord. I am not sure the water tank is big enough for the long term. The idea is to do the minimum needed to get the title changed to an RV Title, and then start over from scratch and do everything as it should be over time.

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Old 06-23-2012, 10:02 PM   #6
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Re: Thylacine

Ah, the fun has just begun! I'd say you're on the right track with all the goodies out of that trailer.

As you no doubt will hear many times on this forum, "start by deciding where the bathroom fits the bus best and design around that". I of course did not follow that advice and oh did it make the project more complicated

Have fun and keep the pics flowing.
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Old 06-23-2012, 10:26 PM   #7
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Hello,

This bus is bigger than the ones in the Shortie forum, and shorter than the full sized buses. It seemed to fit better here, so I decided to post here. I have been reading all of the posts and have went pretty far back. Tygercub also has a shorter bus and I have been watching that conversion for some ideas. There are the great threads for the Brown Crown, the Good News Bus, and all of the others. I need to wait until I pick up the bus, and see how the space is laid out underneath, where I can put tanks, etc. before I can really lay-out the interior. I am not even sure what interior style I am looking for - from Victorian parlor to ultra modern to exotic hunting lodge. I have been bookmarking particular posts and links mentioned in all of the discussions so I can find them again when I get to that part. I am fair at carpentry, have done some plumbing, but the other skills will be reading about what to do and then trial and error.

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Old 06-23-2012, 10:27 PM   #8
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Welcome to the Funny Farm! Good looking & apparently very sound platform you have there. Just do your homework and do it your way. Oh yeah...and have fun.
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Old 06-23-2012, 11:30 PM   #9
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Nice size, a little longer than my bus. Should be plenty of room as long as you plan carefully, and not too long to drive comfortable most places.
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Old 06-24-2012, 12:47 AM   #10
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Yep, a thirty foot dog nose bus is my dream bus.
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