Even though my friends thought I should be riding the short bus sometimes, I haven't had to until now. Ok, kidding. There's a guy at work who wants more than life to buy an old coach bus and convert it and he talks about it endlessly. I never saw the thrill in in until I was talking to a guy at one of our local private bus companies and he recognized my name as a race car driver at our local track. He told me that they sponsor another racer and gave him a great deal on a half-bus as part of a sponsorship. Then he showed me one that they had for sale and the next thing I know I have a new sponsor and car pulling vehicle.
The odd thing is that the more I thought about what I could do to it inside the more excited I got about getting this thing. I started visiting the forums and it really got me thinking and gave me great ideas. Now I wish it was a bigger bus to convert, but I will just have fun with this for now. My plan is to make it into a camper for my family and for the race track, but just the basics. Like a hard tent, so to speak. I am going to put in 4 bunks and a booth for a place to sleep and hang out while camping. I have limited room to work with so this is all I can fit for now. The nice part (from what I read here) is that there are only four seats and two deviders in it since it's half open for wheelchairs so I won't go through the pain of removing 30+ seats like you guys have.
I will attach a couple of floor-plan layouts I've thought about and a pic or two of the bus for now. I pick the bus up tomorrow and the bus company put on newer tires for me and they're throwing in a couple sets of high-back coach seats, cover for the stop arm hole, extra clearance lights and different colored lenses to replace the red ones in front. He's even throwing in some really nice mirrors to replace the ones on it. You guys need to buddy up to your local bus company because they have a tons of tires in their warehouses with about 70-80% tread on them since they change tires every year (whether they need it or not) because the state inspects their buses. If they have coach buses like this company, they have extra seats stored away and they're very handy for booths and seating.
Anyway. I am very wordy, but thanks for this forum and all your good advice. I'll be asking questions and showing my work as I go along in this project.
P.S. Did people kind of joke about you buying a school bus too? Like, "you could paint peace signs on it" and stuff. I thought so. lol
For those of you into the specs on these, here's the scoop:
1991 GMC (1 ton dually) Vandura/Ward
About 225,000 miles, but doesn't even puff smoke when starting.
350ci w/ throttle body injection.
Turbo 400 tranny.
About a foot high of maintenance paperwork for everything done to it since they bought it new.
It did 70+ in a flash so highway driving is no problem.