So I've been an active visitor for the past few months and keeping on eye on the build threads and gotta say... I'm impressed! So I made up my mind to build one for myself. Ideally, I'd like to build something I can live in full time and I've come up with a few drawings (I'm old school and still use pencil and graph paper lol). Where I'm lost though is what type of bus and drivetrain to look for. When it comes to diesel drivetrain combinations and bus bodies I get pretty confused. So here is what I would like to build and maybe (hopefully) I can get a few suggestions from y'all. Please
I want to build a front engine (dog nose from what I understand) body style and do a roof raise. Reason for the dog nose is I intend to build a storage area under the master bed in the rear of the bus to store my forge, anvil and tools (I'm an amateur blacksmith and even if I don't go full time there are some awesome conventions across the country that it would be great to travel to and have all my own tools with me.) I also want it to be something I can boondock with and go full time if wanted. My biggest concern are breakdowns during travel so I'd like to find a bus with a Cummins or International that I might at least have a shot of finding parts for at a local parts store and not have to find a truck dealer. I'm even thinking of doing a 4x4 conversion but nothing insane like a monster truck. I just like the idea do being able to get around during snow or being able to travel down a fire road with confidence. So with all that said, any ideas on brands I should keep an eye out for? I'm planning on a two year build and look forward to adding it to the many other cool build threads here. Thanks in advance!