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Old 08-06-2018, 03:38 PM   #1
Mini-Skoolie
 
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Year: 1955
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Hello from the Pacific Northwest

Salutations, Bluesky here. I have always liked machinery, trucks, and busses. When I was young I wanted to live in a combine. I traded a 69 Ford Supervan for a 1958 Chevy Viking conversion Bus sometime around 1995. My partner named it the Watzing Matilda. I lived in it in a Mobile Home Park in Austin Texas for Four years, drove it north to a cow pasture near West Texas. Cheap rent for student housing as I attended Texas State Technical College for Two years. Drove back to my property just outside of Austin, a lot in a colonia(sub-division with no utilities) and lived there a couple years until I moved back to Seattle. I kept the lot for a couple years, but the place got rensacked and the county threatened to clear it out and bill me, so I returned and cleaned out what I could and sold the Bus for $200 to a couple dudes from Texas A&M who were starting a party bus company. They wanted the front body parts, so it was perfect. I never got the title transferred, and it was an Iowa title too. For the last decade I have been haunted by dreams of sketchy neighborhoods just outside of town with sub-standard structures. There were a couple regular places I would visit that I had a plywood structure with little doorways and tunnels to get into with all my possessions in boxes inside. A few years ago, I purchased a bus in an RV community and the dreams ceased, but my dreams of bus life are still strong.
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Old 08-07-2018, 08:54 AM   #2
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Year: 1954
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the bus in your signature

Hi, welcome. I saw a bus, about a week ago, that was mid fifties and the badging showed "6700" I thought this odd. And then, here you are. Would you please post a photograph of your bus?

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Old 08-07-2018, 01:35 PM   #3
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William, I will post pictures, but I have a story too. I'll start a thread in the short bus section. Here is a picture of another bus:

I'll need to figure out how to post pictures...
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Old 08-07-2018, 04:50 PM   #4
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how about this? Again, not my current bus...
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Old 08-09-2018, 02:53 PM   #5
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Here is a picture of what my bus looked like before the conversion, this is a different bus, same model Chevy 6700. notice the narrow windows above the side windows.
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Old 08-10-2018, 01:10 AM   #6
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The green bus looks like a Kenworth Pacific T-215 from the mid-50's. The newest it could be, if it is a KW Pacific is 1957.
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Old 08-10-2018, 09:14 AM   #7
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Love the 6700! And a high roof too.
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Old 08-10-2018, 12:55 PM   #8
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The Kenworth was titled 1955. I called the Kenworth factory in Renton and asked if they wanted it for their museum, but they denied even having a museum.

The high roof was required, having lived in a bus before. I could only stand up straight in the center, it's hard on the spine over time. The high roofs were for highschoolers as I understand it.
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Old 08-10-2018, 08:49 PM   #9
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Hey, another PNW skoolie! Whereabouts are you in the area?
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Old 08-13-2018, 11:30 AM   #10
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I am in Tukwila!
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