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Old 04-23-2018, 08:39 AM   #1
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Smile A Woman Obsessed -- Into the Bus Realm

Hi!
My mother impulse bought a short skoolie with the intent to flip it and make it a mobile art gallery. Unfortunately for her, and fortunately for me, she has a million other projects going on and cannot really do much with it for the next several years. She purchased the short skoolie for about $600 and put about $800 of work into it. It runs pretty well now is my understanding, however probably needs the fluids flushed and some other mechanical work.

The problem with it at this point is the split rims. I have been doing a lot of research on how to fix this problem.

Anyway-- at this point, I'm floor planning in my head and because it's an older bus it has a very short ceiling. I haven't started any work on it yet and there is a bus auction in my area very very soon.
I'm wondering if I should go try for a newer bus that is a little closer to the specs that I want or if just going with the one that is mine if I say the word.

If anyone has any advice there I would gladly take it.

I'm 26, a full time river guide in the summer on multi-day stretches, and a social worker in the wintertime. This bus really fulfills a lot of my lifestyle needs and I'm so, so, so excited to embark on this journey with whatever bus I end up starting to convert =]
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Old 04-23-2018, 10:35 PM   #2
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Hi!
My mother impulse bought a short skoolie with the intent to flip it and make it a mobile art gallery. Unfortunately for her, and fortunately for me, she has a million other projects going on and cannot really do much with it for the next several years. She purchased the short skoolie for about $600 and put about $800 of work into it. It runs pretty well now is my understanding, however probably needs the fluids flushed and some other mechanical work.

The problem with it at this point is the split rims. I have been doing a lot of research on how to fix this problem.

Anyway-- at this point, I'm floor planning in my head and because it's an older bus it has a very short ceiling. I haven't started any work on it yet and there is a bus auction in my area very very soon.
I'm wondering if I should go try for a newer bus that is a little closer to the specs that I want or if just going with the one that is mine if I say the word.

If anyone has any advice there I would gladly take it.

I'm 26, a full time river guide in the summer on multi-day stretches, and a social worker in the wintertime. This bus really fulfills a lot of my lifestyle needs and I'm so, so, so excited to embark on this journey with whatever bus I end up starting to convert =]
How many times can you convert a bus? Financially? I don't think I'll get even one...if that's your scenio...then look for one more to your liking...my 2 bits
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Old 04-23-2018, 10:56 PM   #3
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Yeah definitely thinking about purchasing one that is newer with better specs. I've been scouting out more in the area with higher ceilings, better mechanics and no split rims.
They're definitely more expensive but overall might save me a lot of money and stress.
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Old 04-23-2018, 11:03 PM   #4
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It would be helpful to know the specs on the bus in question - and the specs you desire. Split rims can be changed, some fairly easily, others will require some searching. The 20 and 22" Dayton style wheels will interchange to the 22.5" and 24.5" wheels, respectively, with no modifications needed.
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Old 04-23-2018, 11:24 PM   #5
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I was going to call the mechanic of the bus my mom bought tomorrow and see what the specs of that one are. Because if the split rims can be converted easily, I know that the engine is very sound and then it's a matter of just getting a bid on some welding work to raise part of the ceiling.

If the split rims are really difficult to convert I just dont know that I'm well-versed enough in mechanics to even know how to find what I need.
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Old 04-23-2018, 11:36 PM   #6
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Here's some photos of the bus that *could* be mine.
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Old 04-24-2018, 01:50 AM   #7
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It appears to be Ye Olde IH LoadStar series bus chassis which was last built in the late 70's. Most of these had gas engines which are getting hard to find parts for, and not known for fuel economy. I would expect the gas engine to deliver in the 4-6 MPG range on the highway, and it's not going to ascend any hills quickly. The 6.9 did not come out until the 80's so if it's a diesel, it might have the IH 9.0L. Other people may feel differently, but the 9.0 isn't a horrible engine. Parts are getting scarce for them too, so if it suffers a major engine failure ... (however, as long as it's kept serviced and diligently *NOT* run hot, they have long life expectancies). The 9.0 I would expect to deliver between 8-10 MPG, depending on gearing and how it's driven.

Personally I would pass on the gas engine if you plan to do any amount of driving more than once a year, a short distance. The 9.0 (if it has one, which I'm unsure) is sort of a toss up. I'm willing to bet most folks will advise buying something newer and to the specs you want (and if it were my money, that's what I'd do, too).
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Old 04-24-2018, 05:48 AM   #8
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Here's some photos of the bus that *could* be mine.
I like the lines...but it is a old fellow...if you like it then go with it...a good mechanic would have no issues keeping it rolling...and I'm sure there conversion kits for the wheels...in the front, just change hubs...Idk about back...
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Old 04-24-2018, 08:09 AM   #9
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Awesome-- Thank you so much for your advice. I'm going to talk to the mechanic to get a little bit more information, but from what little my mom has passed on it sounds like our mechanic has pretty much confirmed everything you just said. I believe it's a gas and not a diesel and he was worried about being able to replace the rims due to the age. It's a bummer because I think this thing is really cute and has the potential to LOOK great. But there's that saying you know-- looks arent everything ^_^.

I'm definitely leaning towards buying something newer at this point.
This is an example of something close to me I'm thinking about going for instead I just want to make sure I'm not being taken on the price.
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Old 04-24-2018, 08:13 AM   #10
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The mechanic we use is really awesome, and he is comfortable doing the tires should anything go wrong. I grew up in a very, very rural farm town where working on split rims isn't unheard of, and that's where the bus currently is.

I think for what I need the bus to do, I'm leaning towards getting something newer. But I agree with you- the bus IS really aesthetically pleasing and maybe once I get a little more experience I can flip this one in the future.
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