Hi from Littlefun, Colorado!
greetings all! My name is Adam and I've been a long time reader but finally decided to join up after buying a 91 international 3800, bluebird body.
First off I'd like to give thanks to everyone on this forum, it is truly a supportive community. Which is huge, because on a lot of other forums as I'm sure some of you have seen, the members are usually set in their own ways and more often than not objective to anything that goes against their grain...and I am the kind of person who will usually find a way to do something that "can't be done". I once had a guy I worked with tell me I couldn't put a Cadillac 500ci motor into my Chevy LUV, 6 months later I was blowing up 9" rear ends and BOPC TH400's left and right!!
Anyways, I live with my wife and 3 dogs(2 saints and an English mastiff) in Littleton, Colorado. I honestly and truly love this state and could stay here the rest of my life, that is why I know I must travel. My wife is my inspiration for this because she has a sort of gypsy soul and traveling to her is important.
We were initially going to build a tiny house, we researched for years but never made the jump. Once though about 6 months ago, whilst researching tiny house "stuff" I stumbled upon Pinterest which had many snips of converted buses...and that door was opened. Our initial search led us to transit and coach buses, after months of searching, nothing fit us. After a depressing look at a 1979 gmc transit bus (this things hay day was looooong over) we decided to take a break in the search, the wallah!!!! We stumbled upon a school bus on CL that was local! We had thought about a school bus because it would fit what we wanted to do perfectly, just at the time we were looking it was a sellers market.
So without much research, just my own mechanical knowledge and our dream we purchased said 91 International! I am an ASE certified master tech with my advanced level specialist, been doing that for 12 years now so I felt confident in my inspection of the bus.
After doing my after-purchase research, as we all do, I discovered I picked up a gem! DT466, MT643, air brakes, driveline retarder, rear air ride, side compartments, and great condition. We are so excited to begin planing for our future home. Our goal is to be as off grid as we can get, which was the plan with the tiny house.
We have it in storage for the time being, it doesn't have to be there, but I need it there because it's all I can think about and if it was in my yard I'd be scratching that itch constantly and not getting anything I need done. Right now we have 16" of snow outside, snowiest February in 100 years and I'm doing an engine for a friend, so until both are gone all we can do right now is plan plan plan.
Thanks for reading!!! I'm looking forward to reading more build threads (Jakes was truly inspirational) and sharing my build one its begun.