I've been surfing this forum for a few days now. I've been thinking of getting a school bus for a few years now. I collect antique hit-n-miss engines and go to shows around Kansas. I've been thinking of the best way to go to shows with my engines, and I think a converted bus is the way to go. I've got a 1983 1ton chevy truck that will haul anything I want but it's horrendous on gas mileage (454 with granny-low 4sp)! Also with it's current setup I can't use my slide in camper because of a hoist in the bed. I have a 26' trailer to pull also. I've been thinking to set a bus up with the front half being a rv and the other half being for cargo with some fold up bunks for extra sleeping room. It would require a larger door to load some of my engines, but I think that's do-able. Also it could later be modified into a full rv and just haul all of the engines on the trailer.
I've seen some good ideas on the forum, gotten some ideas that I'd never would of thought of and some things to stay away from/look for. I'm looking and reading about different buses/chassis/engines/tranny and such.
My thoughts on what I want are as follows:
IHC chassis (collect IHC engines/used to drive a 1961 IHC 1/2 ton)
manual tranny (I've never had any luck with autos)
back porch to store spare tire, loading ramps & fuel for my engines
I've got my slide in camper that I doubt would make too many more miles because of dry rot in the walls. I'm thinking of turning it into a donor. It has a gas light. 12v lights, sink, potable water tank (I also have another tank out of another camper) a ice box, table, roof vents, stove. I've also got a small 110v/propane refrig out of another camper.
My tax return should put a big dent in the cost of a used bus. I've got some time to look and work on it. My first engine show would be July 4 weekend. Plenty of time, right?
I'm looking forward to hearing any more ideas/thoughts and reading about other folks and their skoolie projects!