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Old 01-28-2016, 02:07 PM   #1
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Good afternoon from chilly Gunnison, CO

My girlfriend and I bought a bus back in November from the Cherry Creek school district then drove it back home to Gunnison. We have now removed the seats, flooring, and just finished up rust treating/ priming the floor. I have been looking on the forum for the last couple months for all of this valuable information.

I will tell you a little about ourselves. I served in the military right out of high school falling in love with being on the move since. Originally from Montana but skiing brought me to Colorado for the last couple of winters. Steph is finishing up here masters in environmental sustainability at western this spring coming by way of New Hampshire.

We bought a bus to be mobile until we find a place where we want to settle for a spell and buy some land to start our roots. Alaska, Washington, Montana, and Maine are all top on the list as of now, but we would like to test all options so why not a bus.

We purchased a 1989 international with the DT466 for $3000 from a bus surplus in Denver. Since brining it home in November we have removed the seats and floor then preped the floor with ospho. The paint we used is rust stop from ace. We took a break in December because temperatures here dropped to around -30. When we returned we were lucky enough to use shop space to paint. Now it's time for a subfloor and build up.

Great to be in the community of skoolies!
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Old 01-28-2016, 03:58 PM   #2
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good to see the number of Coloradans on the forum grow. welcome from eastern Colorado (flat part) of the state. i am a transplant from Montana as well.

looking forward to seeing your build

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Old 01-28-2016, 05:01 PM   #3
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Welcomes guys & gals --- And always good to have another Vet on board. Do share some pix...we love pix. And we especially enjoy watching other people work.
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Old 01-28-2016, 08:57 PM   #4
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Hey Jah, sent you a PM
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Old 01-29-2016, 11:00 AM   #5
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Where about a in Montana turf? I am going to put together a build thread at some point today
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Old 01-29-2016, 09:23 PM   #6
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i left Bozeman in 93. before that, in the 80s i lived in a little town called Drummond.

been trying to go back ever since. i just wish those winters weren't so dang long.

i went to the drummond rodeo this last summer, definitely going back next year.
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Old 01-30-2016, 09:19 AM   #7
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i just wish those winters weren't so dang long.
You are worried about winter and you are living in Gunnison?
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Old 01-30-2016, 09:43 AM   #8
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lol i live in the sunny eastern part of the state. jahbus is in gunnison.

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Old 01-30-2016, 09:56 AM   #9
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welcome, lets see some pictures, other wise it didn't happen.
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Old 01-30-2016, 06:23 PM   #10
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i left Bozeman in 93. before that, in the 80s i lived in a little town called Drummond.

been trying to go back ever since. i just wish those winters weren't so dang long.

i went to the drummond rodeo this last summer, definitely going back next year.
I actually went to college in Bozeman for a bit until Bridger Bowl took over my studies. Funny you should bring up Drummond because in high school we played them in football and basketball. I have a bunch of friends whose families have been there for awhile. I am from a small town called Sheridan down in the Tobacco Roots. The winters in gunnison have been mild to the ones in Montana growing up. Finally got around to making a build thread as well. Most of my pictures where lost on my other phone but salvaged a few. I'll post the link below. Enjoy

http://www.skoolie.net/forums/f11/th...yet-12966.html
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