My name is Steve and I've been interested in school bus conversions for a long time. I've lurked here without registering for several weeks, tried to register and it must have bombed, but managed to register today. I think I read somewhere that my first post must be approved before appearing. I guess that's just the price a board has to pay to avoid the spam that's running prevalent out there.
First, let me say that I enjoy a forum that has members that practice decorum and talks intelligently on the topics being discussed. I would not have chosen to register if I saw the flames, name calling, and disrespect I have seen on other forums. The ones I participate in are strong in respect and, naturally, have fairly strict boundaries compared to the loose ones I mentioned. This one is one of the good ones and I want to make sure I stay within what boundaries are defined.
Second, I have to hand it many of you on your fine bus conversions and great photo documentation. Much of it is very inspiring and actually has given me confidence that I can do the conversion I have in my mind. I don't have a bus yet, but I have been looking and have a pretty good idea about what I want. More on that later. Also, I've been looking into solar power generation for my home for awhile and it's nice to see many bus conversions that integrate a lot of that into their power schemes. I will be looking into more detail on that.
OK, a little about me. I perhaps have too many hobbies, which is one reason why I don't have a bus yet. I live in Texas, and as most Texans, I am into the outdoor sports side of things. You know, hunting, fishing, guns, football, and many more. My long term hobby is woodworking, which will help me in bus interior furnishings and stuff like that. Part of my woodworking hobby entails old, vintage woodworking machines and I buy, restore and use those machines. These old, heavy machines are head and shoulders over what is available today, in my humble opinion. I also play golf, or did before an injury and illness slowed me down a few years ago.
Now, my questions. My thinking on the proper bus for me would be a diesel pusher. I drive a 3/4 ton diesel pickup and tow a travel trailer and I am totally convinced in the diesel as far as power and torque. I guess next would be a front engine, diesel bus. I guess it would boil down to what is available at a decent price when I get ready to buy. What I lack in understanding are the benefits and negatives of the different chassis/body styles and makes out there. I don't know anything about that, except that Blue Bird has a good reputation in motor homes. I was watching some Thomas buses with RE diesels on a school auction that also interested me. But, what is the one I should pursue? Please give me some pros and cons gentlemen and ladies. I welcome your expertise.
While I am looking for buses, I am a little ways away from actually pulling the trigger on one. The LOML pointed out a few priorities that are standing in my way and I have to agree with her. I have a shop to build, some old woodworking machines to complete restoring and put in service, and a few things I was wanting to do to my place. A bus now would distract me, but thinking about a quest bus would tend to inspire me to complete the jobs I have on my plate. So, that's a good thing.
Sorry this is so wordy. That's a curse for me. Again, thanks for a great forum. Ironically, it was one of my woodworking machine forum members that alerted me to this site, so I must thank him for that.