Just two weeks ago we were not looking for a vehicle. Then we thought about a stock truck, then a skoolie.
We own a business than sells fruit smoothies, frozen desserts, lemonade, etc. Our theme is "Jimmy Buffet", beach casual and fun.
we own a skoolie, 1993 International conventional body, 3800, DT466, MT643, air brakes, 65 passenger wayne body, and SCHOOL BUS YELLOW.
The front half will be typical RV conversion and comfy, back half will be freezers and refrig, generator, and stock supplies. We will be towing a concession trailer also.
We were thinking about making the exterior of the bus a "woodie", complete with surf board rack and boards, etc. I know that back in the 30's-50's, these "woodie" cars/trucks were awesome. If you were lucky enough to see a woodie today completely restored, it is way beyond awesome. We were at the beach a few weeks ago and saw a few woodie surf wagons, WOW!
Now the questions....What does every one think about leaving the bus skin on and covering the area below the windows with wood (same kind of wood they used for a real woodie [marine grade]), as well as the frames around the windows. We want it to look just like a woodie (except it will be a very large woodie "bus"), and will definately be an attention getter.
I am a little concerned with wood and metal contact and things like rot, rust, corrosion, etc. Is there a metal (aluminum, stainless) skin product that looks like wood grain?
I am also wanting to keep the integrity of the bus structure for safety reasons.
Any thoughts? Any suggestions? Help me make a "woodie" bus.
1993 International 'C'
65 pass. wayne