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Old 12-21-2015, 12:42 AM   #1
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Hazy's Bus

I have been looking at buses for a while now and drooling at most of the conversions on here as well. My family (wife and three kids) are wanting to do more traveling and exploring in the summers each year. Why not make a sweet skoolie.
I pulled the trigger on a 2004 Thomas/Freightliner automatic with the Mercedes diesel. It has 170k mileage and was just pulled from service 6 months ago because of its age. Every thing appears to be in working order and the transportation supervisor said all the cross members were replaced last year. It's in pretty good shape considering it has spent a lot of years in western NY winters.
I am hoping to share this adventure with you all to help with insight, motivation and education. I have seen amazing buses on here and trust your experience will help me immensely.

What's one thing you would change if you had the opportunity to start over in skoolie construction?

Here's some pics
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Old 12-21-2015, 07:16 AM   #2
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Old 12-21-2015, 08:04 AM   #3
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What's one thing you would change if you had the opportunity to start over in skoolie construction?
Get started now, summer will be here before you know it.

I got my bus in early June and needed it livable by late October, so I wish I had more time to do things right. If I had to do it over again, I would've made a lot more time to do it the right way. I would've taken out the inner bus skin and insulated better.
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Old 12-21-2015, 09:23 AM   #4
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one thing I would do different is build all my cabinets, beds, counters etc, anything that can be prefab, in a shop, then take them apart and reinstall in the bus., that way everything can be square, mush easier to work with when you can have your bus level.
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Old 12-28-2015, 09:17 PM   #5
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Seat removal

Okay let's get started.

Seats out (man those suckers are bolted down well)
Tried to take the bolts apart but just ended up cutting the bolts off with a grinder.

http://imgur.com/a/G2ADM

Onto the ceiling tomorrow. Keep up the suggestions. Thanks all.
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Old 12-30-2015, 04:36 AM   #6
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Aw, wow have been dreaming about 7 window buses like this for the longest time, and you're also east coast! Can't wait to one day try and do the same. Just had to post to let you know I am very excited to see the process and transformation of this type of bus. I think they have a great size and stance, curious how much one of these go for around here, you say it is in good shape for new york roads?
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Old 12-30-2015, 07:32 AM   #7
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Pretty good

She has a little rust but I think pretty good condition. I plan to do some undercarriage work this summer after the conversion. (Preventative maintenance) When taking off bolts underneath it definitely looks like a vehicle that has been in ny for its life but has been maintained well. It came from a school district and was removed from service just because it hit its replacement year. So far I'm pretty happy with it so far.
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Old 12-30-2015, 10:25 AM   #8
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If I was told that the bus had new cross members installed then I would have run in the opposite direction.

You folks in the rust belt have a very different definition of rust than those of us out here in the west.

We think any rust, even a little bubbling of paint, is major rust.

My in-laws in MI think rust isn't bad as long as you don't see daylight through a panel.

Good luck and happy trails.
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Old 12-30-2015, 11:05 AM   #9
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If I was told that the bus had new cross members installed then I would have run in the opposite direction.

You folks in the rust belt have a very different definition of rust than those of us out here in the west.

We think any rust, even a little bubbling of paint, is major rust.

My in-laws in MI think rust isn't bad as long as you don't see daylight through a panel.

Good luck and happy trails.
Your Mother in law is right. LOL
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Old 12-30-2015, 04:49 PM   #10
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Yeah it's hard to be a vehicle in ny older than 5 years without rust. Haha. with a little preventative work under the bus she should be good for another 10-15 years. I need to do a little wire brushing in some of the door corners as well. Working on sides of the bus and the wheel chair lift after New Years then onto tearing up the floor.
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