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Old 05-04-2016, 07:37 PM   #1
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Hello All,
I just picked up my first bus, and can't wait to get it setup. It is a 1996 Thomas built bus, The tag says its up to 48 passenger, but she seems shorter than that. I have never tackled a project like this before, but really looking forward to it. I have some ideas for an outdoor kitchen by utilizing my wheelchair lift . This will be a low budget build for my two boys and I. I would love to commit the big time and money to the skoolie, but that is not realistic right now so I will do what I can. First thing I did was remove all the seats and sweep her out.
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Old 05-04-2016, 07:53 PM   #2
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Welcome aboard uhall! Good for you getting your bus. What a great feeling. I'm sure you will have some questions so please don't hesitate to ask them. Everyone here is more than willing to help. Oh yeah, we love pictures. Good luck on your build.
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Old 05-04-2016, 07:55 PM   #3
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Hey road runner, i tried to upload the first few that i have taken so far, but my uploads are failing (I'm sure its something I'm doing wrong). Once I can remedy that, pictures will be going up.
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Low budget is if you see a sub-division going stop and check the dumpsters when you can and finished stuff that your not ready for can go in the bus for storage if you don't have anywhere else and move around as needed and even un-treated framing lumber on a construction site is left outside un-protected? Until the dry-in phase? And if you store it outside and put a tarp or plastic over it it is going to sweat so why cover it? Protect it yes but it also needs to breath and that's when you will find you thought was a perfectly good framing board in the dumpster was actually there because of the twist or bows in the board? A bow could be helpful in the roof curve and a twist is still usable.
As long as you know what you are working with? You can make anything happen.
Don't frame with wet lumber?
I used sheetmetal framing for all of my walls. Framing turned sideways to make and boxed together (1-1/2" plus finished board) so I had a attachment face on each side.
But I get to salvage from commercial construction dumpsters and know the ones dumping there scraps and some will will let me know before the forklift hits the dumpster. If I am on the job it's mine,if I am in the area and can run look at it When I have time it's in the dumpster.
Talk to people and you will be surprised at what some of them have and don't know what to do with it?
My holding tanks and monitor system came from an old coachmen because I was driving by the man was pushing it into the woods and stopped and asked if I could have some parts? The only thing I didn't get and still can (and is a debate in my head)the Onan propane generater? All the hoses are dry rottedand a DIrt dobber nest In every opening there was?
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Old 05-04-2016, 09:32 PM   #5
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You'll have to upload you photos to photobucket then transfer them into a thread here. It's just a guess, but I think that's how they avoid people transferring viruses here in photos.

So what did you get? Inquiring minds want to know. Did you get a 5 window shorty with a lift? Just a guess. There's a lot of mechanics here that want to know what engine and transmission you have. How many miles are on your bus. And you know someone is going to ask how much you paid. You don't have to tell.
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Old 05-05-2016, 12:13 AM   #6
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Old 05-05-2016, 12:33 AM   #7
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I can't for the life of me get the picture situation under control (not too savvy i guess). I'll tell you what I know for now, and provide more info tomorrow when i take another look at the bus. there are 199k miles on her. I picked it up for scrap value after it didn't go at the auction ($500). it has 5 windows on the lift side, and 7 on the other. I'll have to recheck tomorrow for what motor and transmission it has.
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Old 05-05-2016, 04:57 PM   #8
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I like that. Again the flat floor like mine, but in a dog nose. I've never seen that before, but then I haven't seen a lot.

I'm curious to know how much floor space you have compared to the total length of your bus. I like that size and you've got the L-track all through the bus too. I thought it was cool how these special needs bus seats actually have four legs, and they still connect to the chair rail.

This bus is 26' long and it's 22.5 feet of flat floor space to the back of the drivers seat. My 5 window is 25' long and I think 16' of floor space with wheel wells. I'm amazed at how much wasted space there is.
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