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Old 03-26-2017, 03:05 PM   #1
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Hello My wonderful Skoolie people.
This winter has been long and frustrating in efforts to work on the bus.
I have been stockpiling materials, supplies and planning.
There are materials to insulate, sheath and rough in my flooring.
I have cedar ready to space out the walls before spraying insulation.
Windows have been purchased and are ready for installation once framing is confirmed.
So, there is no physical progress on the bus but, I am ready to rock and roll as spring finally springs which appears to be soon.
I need to thank each and every one of you lucky souls in warm climates that were able to share the year round work on your skoolies. It helped to feed my fire and remind me of what I am working towards.

The reason for my thread today is the newest arrival and challenger to my skoolie project.

http://i.imgur.com/X6lzQbU.jpg

This is my new truck, one that I have wanted to own for many years. Now, I do. So, it has already stolen much of my time, energy and money away fromt he Skoolie.

Either way, I love them both and it is pretty cool we have the Skoolie Forum and now I am on the Steel Soldiers Forum another site much like this one but for MVs (Military Vehicles).

Have a great day.
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Old 03-26-2017, 03:22 PM   #2
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Hello My wonderful Skoolie people.
This winter has been long and frustrating in efforts to work on the bus.
I have been stockpiling materials, supplies and planning.
There are materials to insulate, sheath and rough in my flooring.
I have cedar ready to space out the walls before spraying insulation.
Windows have been purchased and are ready for installation once framing is confirmed.
So, there is no physical progress on the bus but, I am ready to rock and roll as spring finally springs which appears to be soon.
I need to thank each and every one of you lucky souls in warm climates that were able to share the year round work on your skoolies. It helped to feed my fire and remind me of what I am working towards.

The reason for my thread today is the newest arrival and challenger to my skoolie project.

http://i.imgur.com/X6lzQbU.jpg

This is my new truck, one that I have wanted to own for many years. Now, I do. So, it has already stolen much of my time, energy and money away fromt he Skoolie.

Either way, I love them both and it is pretty cool we have the Skoolie Forum and now I am on the Steel Soldiers Forum another site much like this one but for MVs (Military Vehicles).

Have a great day.
Can that be registered and driven on the road?

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Old 03-26-2017, 03:35 PM   #3
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sure looks like it can, has customized MN plates, somebody has been driving that thing! very cool.
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Old 03-26-2017, 03:48 PM   #4
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Yes it can be, that is one of the hassles of buying these vehicles. They are dirt cheap from gov auction sites, 5-8k but you are buying an unseen vehicle without any records, details or top to bottom inspection. Once, you win the auction you have to do a mountain of paperwork, Dept of Defense, End User Cert, Residency requirements and inspections, purpose and background check all of that. Then once the paperwork is done you wait between two and seven months before you can hire a federal licensed transport to pick up, transport and deliver your vehicle to you. That is when you get to start dealing with having a vehicle that doesnt have a title or ownership. The state is not going to be happy with that and since they dont deal with these vehicles often not many people there know how to process a vehicle like this. Before it is titled it needs to be inspected be declared road worth and demilitarized. Then it needs an emissions stamp and inspection. Then you get to visit your local state police office and go over traffic requirements, lighting needs to be changed and or added, safety features need to be installed, and all of that fun stuff.

Once that is done, you can apply for a street legal road title.
Then you can cruise these big loud cold noisy cramped machines through town at a whooping cruising speed of 42-56 mph at a crushing 7-9 mpg.

All that if you are lucky enough to get a vehicle that runs, doesnt need 7,000 in work and parts. Trust me insurance companies hate them as well, they are the same as skoolies except a skoolie can be visualized as an RV and easily converted into RV guidelines. A humvee cant really be anything else than an off road vehicle, a massive gas guzzling joy rider or a war machine so it is tough.

I was very lucky to find a pre-gulf war vehicle with under 30,000 miles that was well treated. It was a national guard depot truck issued to a Lt. Ward. It was overhauled, upgraded and rebuilt in 2012 and sold in 2015 as surplus. The original owner went through everything listed above and unfortunate his business is sinking and he needed to unload his projects, Humvee, Stringray, Boat and Vacation home but to my gain I was able to snag the truck off him for $13,500 and so far I have put about $2,000 into it. Replacing half axles, 200 amp 24v generator not an alternator and numerous small things to upgrade major systems and components.

So, look out Skoolie you are in a battle for attention now haha.
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Old 03-26-2017, 03:59 PM   #5
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Yes it can be, that is one of the hassles of buying these vehicles. They are dirt cheap from gov auction sites, 5-8k but you are buying an unseen vehicle without any records, details or top to bottom inspection. Once, you win the auction you have to do a mountain of paperwork, Dept of Defense, End User Cert, Residency requirements and inspections, purpose and background check all of that. Then once the paperwork is done you wait between two and seven months before you can hire a federal licensed transport to pick up, transport and deliver your vehicle to you. That is when you get to start dealing with having a vehicle that doesnt have a title or ownership. The state is not going to be happy with that and since they dont deal with these vehicles often not many people there know how to process a vehicle like this. Before it is titled it needs to be inspected be declared road worth and demilitarized. Then it needs an emissions stamp and inspection. Then you get to visit your local state police office and go over traffic requirements, lighting needs to be changed and or added, safety features need to be installed, and all of that fun stuff.

Once that is done, you can apply for a street legal road title.
Then you can cruise these big loud cold noisy cramped machines through town at a whooping cruising speed of 42-56 mph at a crushing 7-9 mpg.

All that if you are lucky enough to get a vehicle that runs, doesnt need 7,000 in work and parts. Trust me insurance companies hate them as well, they are the same as skoolies except a skoolie can be visualized as an RV and easily converted into RV guidelines. A humvee cant really be anything else than an off road vehicle, a massive gas guzzling joy rider or a war machine so it is tough.

I was very lucky to find a pre-gulf war vehicle with under 30,000 miles that was well treated. It was a national guard depot truck issued to a Lt. Ward. It was overhauled, upgraded and rebuilt in 2012 and sold in 2015 as surplus. The original owner went through everything listed above and unfortunate his business is sinking and he needed to unload his projects, Humvee, Stringray, Boat and Vacation home but to my gain I was able to snag the truck off him for $13,500 and so far I have put about $2,000 into it. Replacing half axles, 200 amp 24v generator not an alternator and numerous small things to upgrade major systems and components.

So, look out Skoolie you are in a battle for attention now haha.
But it had portal boxes!


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Old 03-26-2017, 05:18 PM   #6
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I thought those things had good heat and A/C, the ones my cousin drives in Iraq do.. (surprised me.. power steering, A/C, and heat)..

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Old 03-26-2017, 05:29 PM   #7
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They have heaters, in my climate they are cute. The vehicle is not very insulated. The AC units are add on units and expensive to the point I would rather risk heat stroke then cough up a mortgage payment buying an AC unit haha. They are nice vehicles.
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Old 03-26-2017, 05:31 PM   #8
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Power steering is a must, the off roading design requires power steering. If you hit a rock or swing a tire into a gap in a river bed that steering wheel will swing around and take your fingers with it. I did that a couple times in my old 68 C10, the tires would decide to glance off the curb and the steering wheel was going to catch up in a big hurry and if your thumb or fingers were wrapped around the wheel they were getting crushed.
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Old 03-26-2017, 05:41 PM   #9
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Looks like a beauty! Maybe you can use it to tow in broke down skoolies of which there should be many.
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Old 03-26-2017, 05:45 PM   #10
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you cant just pout regular A/C units in those? kind of Like the Custom Dash A/C and Heat i did in my DEV bus?

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