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Old 09-05-2015, 07:43 PM   #1
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Hey There!

Hey everyone!

I came to this site after looking around for ideas for a modified school bus. I currently have a Travel Trailer, but the thought of having my own custom Motor Home made out of a school bus is just awesome. I love diy projects!

I live in Long Island, New York and I'm just starting to gather information and ideas for my very own skoolie. I look forward to sharing my progress with you all.
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Old 09-06-2015, 12:59 AM   #2
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Welcome.

I look forward to helping along, and enjoying your pics.

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Old 09-06-2015, 09:07 AM   #3
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Thank you Nat. I do have a question regarding engines. Are there any that should be avoided? I'm pretty handy but I don't want to get something that ends up being a nightmare to fix up.
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Old 09-06-2015, 11:34 AM   #4
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Avoid all gas engines, Cat engines, and any diesel that is not a inline 6. So no V8 diesels.

Best engines are the DT360, DT466, DT530, The 5.9 Cummins, and the 8.3 Cummins.

I hate electronically controlled engines, so that means anything newer than 97 is no good.

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Old 09-06-2015, 11:03 PM   #5
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Thank you for the advice. The lower price of newer year buses was tainting me, but i'll be sure to get info and watch out for newer models and get exact engine information..
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Old 09-07-2015, 09:15 AM   #6
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I would stay away from gas engines, there's nothing wrong with the 7.3 power stroke, (t444e) they are not a power house, there lot's around and parts are cheap and easy to work on. electronics are not bad till about 2005-6 then it gets a bit more crazy with pollution controls. I like the ideal computer control its not hard to trouble shoot any of the systems, also as a plus you can get cruise control ( a must have for me anyway)
the thing is make sure that the bus you get was well maintained, it will save you in the long run, you can find issues with any diesel engine.
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Old 09-09-2015, 08:40 PM   #7
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I would stay away from gas engines, there's nothing wrong with the 7.3 power stroke, (t444e) they are not a power house, there lot's around and parts are cheap and easy to work on. electronics are not bad till about 2005-6 then it gets a bit more crazy with pollution controls. I like the ideal computer control its not hard to trouble shoot any of the systems, also as a plus you can get cruise control ( a must have for me anyway)
the thing is make sure that the bus you get was well maintained, it will save you in the long run, you can find issues with any diesel engine.
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Thanks GB. Was looking at your build and had a few questions. How did you apply your paint, and how did you cut your separating walls (particularly the curves from the roof)?
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Old 09-09-2015, 10:48 PM   #8
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I used mostly a roller with rust paint, its not the best, but it works for now. as for the curves I used a cardboard template and a jig saw.
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