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Old 02-18-2019, 02:40 PM   #11
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I'll second the Washington buses. Oregon also turns out some nice buses.

Mine came from outside of Portland OR and had very minimal surface in a few spots under the plywood. Zero repairs needed.

Good luck with your quest.
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Old 02-18-2019, 04:13 PM   #12
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Mines a Wash. bus and had more rust than I expected or wanted to deal with.
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Old 02-18-2019, 08:59 PM   #13
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I got mine on govdeals from a school district in VA. Almost no rust at all! I’m very happy with it. I’m in the very beginning stages of demo tho... seats out n some of the rubber so far. It’s a 1998 international blue bird (11 windows) n has the 7.3. I’m not sure the transmission other than automatic. I’ll tell you what tho, after I get it thoroughly checked out mechanically, get the kingpin n some bushings that I already know are bad replaced, those 10R22.5 tires n steel wheels are getting upgraded! It screams at 2600 mph doing 60 so the gearing is definitely due for an upgrade to quiet it down like this Peterbilt I also drive. I’m told I’m gonna need to change the transmission with doing the gears n tires/wheels but I don’t know how true that is...
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Old 02-19-2019, 11:28 AM   #14
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Hi Tammy! You and I are about the same age and share the same love. Welcome!

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*I’m wanting a short skoolie or shuttle bus.

I need a good reliable engine. I've heard about the 7.3 diesel engine but obviously need help picking my bus. *I'm not mechanically inclined at all but I don't want that to stop me from embarking on my journey.
Let me tell you, your mechanical inclination is about to expand. It's hard NOT to learn about your engine and all that when you own one of these things, both because it's really interesting and because there are quirks to be navigated. If you go with the 7.3 (that's what I have), realize it will be an antique by automotive standards, and I find that, after just a little bit of exposure from this site and a few others, I often know more about certain key things than the young mechanics who were born after my 28-year-old Buster (that's my bus's name) was manufactured. That doesn't mean I feel competent to do the work, of course, though I've done a few things I never imagined I'd be capable of. My best advice: Don't ever lull yourself into the belief that a mechanic knows best. Ask a lot of questions, then bring the answers to the guys here on this site if they sound wonky. You'll have to use your magical sorting-through powers because the opinions you get will differ, but you will not find more helpful people anywhere.


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Is there anyone out there that works on short buses that's reliable and doesn't break the bank? I need help finding and building my skoolie.
I don't live in your area, so of course I can't really say if there's anyone near you who does. But my experience here in MA is that I found someone who talked a good game, said he was going to hook me up at a great price, then proceeded to blow me off for months at a time. I am in a similar position with physical restrictions though it sounds like mine are not as severe as yours.

At first I sat around waiting and feeling helpless. Then I decided I really didn't like that feeling, so I took the ball back into my own court and did 80% of the work myself (I now have tools I didn't know existed). This required some rethinking and simplifying certain things but I honestly would not trade the experience for anything. There is something so cool about looking at cabinets I made (I have never made a cabinet in my life before this). They are utterly unlike cabinets any pro would have built, and I'm glad for that. I am fully immersed in this process right now, and really just need someone to install the solar. I still haven't found that person, but I just keep working on everything else and hoping that, as they say, "When the student is ready, the teacher will appear."

My point here is, don't underestimate yourself! The joy of being mobile will be multiplied if you're tooling around in a vehicle with your personal stamp all over it. You have so many clear ideas about the aesthetics of your bus; you are capable of realizing that vision, if not entirely on your own, at least as a participant rather than a bystander.

Good luck, and let is know what you find!
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Old 02-24-2019, 08:34 AM   #15
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Iíd love to know why you want to leave the plain white ceiling?
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Old 02-24-2019, 08:36 AM   #16
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Hi Tammy! You and I are about the same age and share the same love. Welcome!



Let me tell you, your mechanical inclination is about to expand. It's hard NOT to learn about your engine and all that when you own one of these things, both because it's really interesting and because there are quirks to be navigated. If you go with the 7.3 (that's what I have), realize it will be an antique by automotive standards, and I find that, after just a little bit of exposure from this site and a few others, I often know more about certain key things than the young mechanics who were born after my 28-year-old Buster (that's my bus's name) was manufactured. That doesn't mean I feel competent to do the work, of course, though I've done a few things I never imagined I'd be capable of. My best advice: Don't ever lull yourself into the belief that a mechanic knows best. Ask a lot of questions, then bring the answers to the guys here on this site if they sound wonky. You'll have to use your magical sorting-through powers because the opinions you get will differ, but you will not find more helpful people anywhere.




I don't live in your area, so of course I can't really say if there's anyone near you who does. But my experience here in MA is that I found someone who talked a good game, said he was going to hook me up at a great price, then proceeded to blow me off for months at a time. I am in a similar position with physical restrictions though it sounds like mine are not as severe as yours.

At first I sat around waiting and feeling helpless. Then I decided I really didn't like that feeling, so I took the ball back into my own court and did 80% of the work myself (I now have tools I didn't know existed). This required some rethinking and simplifying certain things but I honestly would not trade the experience for anything. There is something so cool about looking at cabinets I made (I have never made a cabinet in my life before this). They are utterly unlike cabinets any pro would have built, and I'm glad for that. I am fully immersed in this process right now, and really just need someone to install the solar. I still haven't found that person, but I just keep working on everything else and hoping that, as they say, "When the student is ready, the teacher will appear."

My point here is, don't underestimate yourself! The joy of being mobile will be multiplied if you're tooling around in a vehicle with your personal stamp all over it. You have so many clear ideas about the aesthetics of your bus; you are capable of realizing that vision, if not entirely on your own, at least as a participant rather than a bystander.

Good luck, and let is know what you find!
I canít belive how many skoolies there are in MA
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Old 02-24-2019, 04:03 PM   #17
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Thanks for the pics! She looks like a beauty.
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Old 02-24-2019, 04:05 PM   #18
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Thanks for the info. It's greatly appreciated!
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Old 02-24-2019, 04:14 PM   #19
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White ceilings

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Iíd love to know why you want to leave the plain white ceiling?
I want dark flooring and counters with white cabinets. I thought that leaving the ceilings white would just give it a cleaner. Brighter look. I also want to be able to use magnets in hanging a number of things.
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Old 02-24-2019, 05:05 PM   #20
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I want dark flooring and counters with white cabinets. I thought that leaving the ceilings white would just give it a cleaner. Brighter look. I also want to be able to use magnets in hanging a number of things.
a white ceiling and light coloured walls makes an interior space appear larger - dark colours do the opposite - on the exterior, dark colours make an object appear larger and white colours make it appear smaller - something I learned as a painting contractor
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