Hello to all my fellow "Skoolies"
This is my first post of many to come.
I just bought my 68 Bluebird by the barter/trade deal. My 1972 mini mobile for the bus. This bus was professionally converted 7 years ago. Rebuilt 396 industrial engine with heavy duty cam. New Holley 750 Carb. 4 Speed Trany with Split Shift (8 speeds), New clutch/pressure plate/throw out bearing, New brakes, 5 gas tanks (with gauges) only the main tank has been used up to this point that I know of. Running down the highway oil pressure is 75pounds and idles 60pounds. Vacuum is 20pounds, all live gauges (everything works). Mileage is unknown but odometer reads 95,000. New Stereo System (am/fm/cd/mp3/Ipod) with speakers front/back, C.B. Spare tire, Tow package. Long/Full kitchen ,New Stove/Oven, Built in microwave, Fridge (propane/electric)New water heater, Shower, Toilet, many A/C outlets and lighting throughout. Custom built back porch, (looks like it came with it) Two 20gallon propane tanks (tanks are outdated but full of propane). Fresh/Gray/and Black water tanks are supported with angle iron struts with plywood bottoms. New Solar Panels with battery pack (that run the interior lights and fans but no generator) Hmmmmmmm have to think about that
New roof AC. All glass is tinted, 4 windows on both sides have been skinned where the kitchen and bathroom are. New tires on the back/front tires are near new. Arizona tags with Historical plate.
I plan to redo the conversion to meet our needs- give it a more "motor coach" feel. This will take me 6 months to a year since I am new to this as a project goes. Some examples of what I want to do, Install the rich foam padded ceiling panels that you see on motor coaches as well as the rich looking wood wall panels too. I have talked to a number of the big motor coach parts departments and what they tell me is find the coach that has what I want, get the VIN # of that coach and they can order me what ever parts I want. Any thoughts on this???
There is a question I need help with that I haven't found answers/threads to. I want to change out the ugly beat up wheels for chrome ones you see on the nice semi's and coaches you see moving down the road. So your input will be greatly appreciated.
I will post pics as I go (before and after) so you can kabits on the progress.
My fiance and I are contemplating becoming "full timers" and make our Skoolie our permanent residence. She is a nurse and we/she plan to do travel nursing as soon as I can sell my business to my business partner. The sub prime really crippled our business and just recently is showing signs of reviving so it will take at least 6 months for this to happen.
Looking forward to your posts
They call me "Mr. Pig"