Hey Dognose, Welcome to Skoolie Madness!
--- Thank you for the kind words and you are more than welcome anytime you're in town. I'm not sure how well I can live up to the "artistry" thing but I did just deliver an eight-month long commission project up to Highland Park in your town on Wednesday and I just posted a few new pix on my art & craft forum. You can see them here...
Been going around the clock on that project for so long my poor bus must feel neglected and forgotten. Hope to pick up my engine & tranny this coming week and get it over to my shop so I can start the installation process.
I just walked in the door from visiting a 195", 1942 Chevy rolling frame I bought for a hundred bucks for parts at another bus builders "shop" here in town. Man...talk about being blown away. I met him at his place, which turned out to be a large accounting firm he owns. Swank offices very tastefully done. When I asked where the frame was he just said "Come on...it's in back". Then he opened the doors into what looked like an airplane hanger. For 747's! Probably well over a hundred feet square with a 24' high roof and polished concrete floors that were spotless. And it was filled with what must have been 50 or more vintage vehicles of every type. Old Caddies, a mint condition '46 Ford Woodie (complete with a surf board on top, of course), Corvettes, Low Riders, Euro cars, trucks and more toys than I've seen under one roof in a long, long time. Plus a hydraulic lift that could probably handle most modern city buses. All that and seemed like a great guy too. He is re-doing a '42 Chevy Skoolie with a Superior body that will be a killer party wagon when done and doing a really spectacular job. He's transplanted the body onto a very late model, long wheelbase Dodge PU chassis with a Cummins motor, PS, PB and all the newer bells & whistles. And the body on his has some really sweet rear wheel cutouts which he generously offered to make a template from. All in all, a really good day today.
And turning dreams into reality just takes a little patience, some study and a fair amount of work. You'll find much more talented builders than me here on this forum, just read up and don't be shy about asking questions. The folks here are pretty great about sharing their experiences and "lessons learned the hard way". Just do it your way and most of all...have fun! Keep us posted as you move forward.