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Old 03-30-2018, 10:30 PM   #1
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2006 Chevy Bluebird 3500 (still working on the name)

Hi all. Been following Skoolie.net for over 6+ years and have finally garnered enough courage to bid on a local school bus via online auction. I didn't expect to win at all, so was completely surprised when I won this beauty.

This is my first experience converting a bus so I wanted to start with a short-bus conversion and get it right before jumping to a full-size bus. I'm very lucky to have an amazing girlfriend who is helping with this project. We plan to travel during the summer time months with our 4 year old dog Jack. We are still looking for suggestions on a name.

Bus is already registered and insured (which was a HUGE hassle, but thankfully is done). Now got to finish our dream build.

See below for pictures of the bus. Will keep updating as we continue to make progress.

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Old 03-31-2018, 01:39 PM   #2
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Welcome! Nice looking rig you've got there. I suspect you're going to have to remove the sweep arm off the bumper, but keep it around. The mechanism might well be able to be repurposed easily. for instance, you could rig it to raise the Jolly Roger when needed!
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Old 03-31-2018, 09:00 PM   #3
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How about "jacks bus" Jack
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Old 03-31-2018, 09:11 PM   #4
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Welcome! Nice looking rig you've got there. I suspect you're going to have to remove the sweep arm off the bumper, but keep it around. The mechanism might well be able to be repurposed easily. for instance, you could rig it to raise the Jolly Roger when needed!
Took it off today! I'll post some more pictures later. Exhausted. Long day.

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Old 03-31-2018, 09:13 PM   #5
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How about "jacks bus" Jack
He surprisingly is a little intimidated by the bus, but I'm sure he'll warm up to it once we complete the build. At least I hope so.

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Old 04-01-2018, 09:57 PM   #6
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Seats, heater, stop sign, and swing swing arm are removed!

Put the wrong coolant in, so will have to replace that this week. Going to flush it out and replace it with DEX coolant per manual. Otherwise the coolant lines are solid.

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Old 04-01-2018, 10:01 PM   #7
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Update: we decided on a name! SKO01IE
- This originally was bus #01 for a local school district in Pennsylvania.

Our Facebook page is facebook.com/Sko01ie
And follow us on Instagram at SKO01IE

Of course we'll be most up to date on skoolie.net.

-Greg

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Old 04-02-2018, 07:19 AM   #8
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He. nice, Are you in PA? Better hang on to that heater, Winter is over but you will need it next year. We are in PA as well. We used two seats to create a dinette. They have seat belts just like yours.

Good luck
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Old 04-02-2018, 09:50 AM   #9
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Update: we decided on a name! SKO01IE
- This originally was bus #01 for a local school district in Pennsylvania.

Our Facebook page is facebook.com/Sko01ie
And follow us on Instagram at SKO01IE

Of course we'll be most up to date on skoolie.net.

-Greg

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I plan on changing whatever number is on my bus to the number 01, that was my race car # for 18 years, have to pay homage to that on the bus. Still don't know where you're from? Go to the upper left and click on User CP and fill out your profile. Have you considered getting your tags that have the bus name on it.If I knew where you are I could tell you if it's available.
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Old 04-05-2018, 08:42 PM   #10
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He. nice, Are you in PA? Better hang on to that heater, Winter is over but you will need it next year. We are in PA as well. We used two seats to create a dinette. They have seat belts just like yours.

Good luck
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Yep! And we plan on mostly using this bus during the summer months only so we'll likely just use the Mr. Buddy portable heater or extra blankets.

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