Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 05-28-2018, 06:50 AM   #1
Mini-Skoolie
 
Join Date: May 2018
Posts: 19
WTB 4x4 Skoolie

Title says it all. I'm looking for a converted or partially converter skoolie 4x4 for an North-South Overland trip of the Americas. Located in Ottawa, Canada but will travel for "the one".

Cheers!
DarkBladeRunner is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-28-2018, 08:33 AM   #2
Bus Crazy
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
Posts: 1,574
Year: 1997
Coachwork: Thomas
Chassis: B3800 Short bus
Engine: T444E
Rated Cap: 36
What's your budget?
4x4 buses tend to be a rare breed. Mostly they will be van cutaway style. Take a look at online auctions with Colorado buses.
If you have the cash it may be easier to grab a van cutaway bus closer to home and have them do the 4x4 upgrade.. But it'll surely cost Ya
__________________
My build page: Armageddon - The Smell of Airborne Rust
jazty is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 05-28-2018, 08:36 AM   #3
Bus Crazy
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
Posts: 1,574
Year: 1997
Coachwork: Thomas
Chassis: B3800 Short bus
Engine: T444E
Rated Cap: 36
A cheaper option would be to grab a typical rwd bus and add a diff lock. Might have to swap the whole rear axle with one from a wrecked dump truck or something.. Not too bad of a job, just heavy
__________________
My build page: Armageddon - The Smell of Airborne Rust
jazty is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 05-28-2018, 09:33 AM   #4
Mini-Skoolie
 
Join Date: May 2018
Posts: 19
Quote:
Originally Posted by jazty View Post
A cheaper option would be to grab a typical rwd bus and add a diff lock. Might have to swap the whole rear axle with one from a wrecked dump truck or something.. Not too bad of a job, just heavy
How much work are we talking about? My overall budget is 30-40k ish.

I found a converted 1975 blue bird flat nose w/ Diesel Cummings engine at fair-ish price but I don't like the ground clearance on it. If changing out the rear diff is it realistic to lift the bus 10 inches, put better and maybe larger tires? Bus has only about 10 inches of clearance now.

Any Idea on budget for this?
DarkBladeRunner is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-28-2018, 09:40 AM   #5
Bus Geek
 
EastCoastCB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Eustis FLORIDA
Posts: 15,322
Year: 2004
Coachwork: IC
Chassis: CE300
Engine: DT466E
Rated Cap: 32
Quote:
Originally Posted by DarkBladeRunner View Post
Title says it all. I'm looking for a converted or partially converter skoolie 4x4 for an North-South Overland trip of the Americas. Located in Ottawa, Canada but will travel for "the one".

Cheers!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_c...&v=ONkSV7SKW_Q



Its already sold four years ago. But they're out there. Good thing you've got deep pockets. You should be able to find a real 4x4 bus.
__________________
.
Roll Your Own Build Thread
EastCoastCB is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 05-28-2018, 09:40 AM   #6
Bus Crazy
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
Posts: 1,574
Year: 1997
Coachwork: Thomas
Chassis: B3800 Short bus
Engine: T444E
Rated Cap: 36
Only 10" clearance on a Blue Bird? Are you talking about below the diff and front axle, or the body because the skirt of mine is closer to 24" high. Or maybe the bumper? I know that many of the flat nose buses have a dropped bumper.



30-40k should get you a good (no, amazing) 4x4 conversion. Again, the cut-away van style will be easier to figure out. Check out Z.E.U.S.V III: http://www.skoolie.net/forums/f27/4x...uild-18314.htm
__________________
My build page: Armageddon - The Smell of Airborne Rust
jazty is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 05-28-2018, 09:42 AM   #7
Bus Crazy
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
Posts: 1,574
Year: 1997
Coachwork: Thomas
Chassis: B3800 Short bus
Engine: T444E
Rated Cap: 36
Quote:
Originally Posted by EastCoastCB View Post

That is a sweet find! The comments say it's around $10k, which isn't so bad for a full 4x4 conversion, I'd say. Not sure how correct Youtube comments are going to be, though
__________________
My build page: Armageddon - The Smell of Airborne Rust
jazty is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 05-28-2018, 09:48 AM   #8
Bus Geek
 
EastCoastCB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Eustis FLORIDA
Posts: 15,322
Year: 2004
Coachwork: IC
Chassis: CE300
Engine: DT466E
Rated Cap: 32
Quote:
Originally Posted by jazty View Post
That is a sweet find! The comments say it's around $10k, which isn't so bad for a full 4x4 conversion, I'd say. Not sure how correct Youtube comments are going to be, though
If I found one of those for 10k, I'd go take out a loan and buy it.
__________________
.
Roll Your Own Build Thread
EastCoastCB is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 05-28-2018, 09:53 AM   #9
Bus Geek
 
EastCoastCB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Eustis FLORIDA
Posts: 15,322
Year: 2004
Coachwork: IC
Chassis: CE300
Engine: DT466E
Rated Cap: 32
Found this site, they sell bus 4x4 conversions.
4 x 4 bus buys, refurbishes, customizes and sells 4 x 4 school buses to be used by resorts, reserves, lodges and tours

__________________
.
Roll Your Own Build Thread
EastCoastCB is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 05-28-2018, 09:54 AM   #10
Mini-Skoolie
 
Join Date: May 2018
Posts: 19


Not much ground clearance as you can see.

Also: thanks for the conversion link.
DarkBladeRunner is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:02 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.