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Old 10-14-2018, 11:27 PM   #1
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Long wait but finally got my Bus!

Found out how insanely expensive a "moving truck and trailer" are (nearly $4000) for the move I want to make and said screw that. I can buy a truck for that price.


yes. I can but they are sketchy as &$%# most of them or out of my price range then something hit me. a crazy idea. School Bus.


plunked that into craigslist and one of them is a 39ft 2002 bluebird auto 454 chevy v8. $3k


WOW gorgeous conditions. 117k miles nothing if well cared for.


took a long time for harrisburg to convert the title but he finally called me up. my new station wagon was titled. drove 124 miles and drove my new bus home.





not going to make an RV out of it. I am going to make a moving truck out of it. if the universe can see fit to stop dumping on me and I can manage to keep it on the flip side I have an interesting idea for it.


Mobile Maker Space. (I am into 3d printing)


Super excited. Need to find some new tires for the rear (they are retreads) in fantastic condition but in my queries people tell me they are not good for cross country. might gator on such a long trip.


runs fantastically. purrs like a kitten (A big one) and is quite dangerous at speed. it cruised at 70mph like it was nothing but feels like your doing 40mph. I swear the speedo was broken had to take out my phone to confirm speed. 5mph off but WOW. need to watch that. might keep it under 60 if I can for fuel savings (will add up big on a 2100 mile trip)


Going to change all the fluids, it needs it. in general though its in fantastic condition front to back. I was very surprised HOW good a condition its in. even most of the seats are perfectly fine. seems almost sad to scrap them all (just keeping 4)


drove it 124 miles home on the turnpike at 65mph and it did not even hiccup one time. very impressed. 16,000 pounds.


BARELY fits in the driveway covers the sidewalk with its nose.


its going to be an adventure.


is there some good urls to start with?


maintenance? shop manuals? guides? things to do and check lists?


eventually I plan to fully restore all the "bus" lighting. sadly the pop out stop sign and its mechanicals are gone. pity. gonna have to rebuild that. going to replace the stop sign with a "make something" sign. going to put clear covers on the red and yellows and put some programmable RGB panels in their for a really nice effect.


thinking pop up "turret" seat for the escape hatch to mount a telescope on the roof.


this is all blue sky for the future stuff. I have to somehow successfully make it to new mexico with the family and be in a position where I can afford to keep it. fingers crossed.


suggestions on dealing with the insurance company when I call up to insure it tomorrow? any "stay away" words I should avoid? Or just tell it like it is. I am gutting out a bus to move my family titled station wagon by harrisburgh ??


fully loaded. any chance I will get 8mpg out of it? what can I expect? (have to budget fuel etc..)


any issue with me towing 5k behind it? suggestions on hitch to order?


any other suggestions at all?


thanks! more pics to come as I work on it.
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Old 10-16-2018, 09:39 AM   #2
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Old 10-16-2018, 03:39 PM   #3
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What an interesting use for a bus, very innovative to say the least! Once you're done with the move someone else will surely want it for another conversion unless you plan to keep it?? in which case, would you work on an rv conversion once moved?
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Old 10-16-2018, 03:40 PM   #4
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Rv no. But if i am able financially to keep it i want to make a mobile maker space out of it. 3d printers computers tools soldering stations etc..
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Old 10-16-2018, 04:33 PM   #5
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Old 10-16-2018, 05:26 PM   #6
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DUDE I did not know you got a bus!! awesome!


my ride is now inspected and insured. $232 a year for liability only. I can live with that only $14 more than the geo tracker.


also found out from another user who works at a shop that fixes these things its a 496 engine with an allison transmission.
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Old 10-16-2018, 08:00 PM   #7
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Found out how insanely expensive a "moving truck and trailer" are (nearly $4000) for the move I want to make and said screw that. I can buy a truck for that price.


yes. I can but they are sketchy as &$%# most of them or out of my price range then something hit me. a crazy idea. School Bus.


plunked that into craigslist and one of them is a 39ft 2002 bluebird auto 454 chevy v8. $3k


WOW gorgeous conditions. 117k miles nothing if well cared for.


took a long time for harrisburg to convert the title but he finally called me up. my new station wagon was titled. drove 124 miles and drove my new bus home.





not going to make an RV out of it. I am going to make a moving truck out of it. if the universe can see fit to stop dumping on me and I can manage to keep it on the flip side I have an interesting idea for it.


Mobile Maker Space. (I am into 3d printing)


Super excited. Need to find some new tires for the rear (they are retreads) in fantastic condition but in my queries people tell me they are not good for cross country. might gator on such a long trip.


runs fantastically. purrs like a kitten (A big one) and is quite dangerous at speed. it cruised at 70mph like it was nothing but feels like your doing 40mph. I swear the speedo was broken had to take out my phone to confirm speed. 5mph off but WOW. need to watch that. might keep it under 60 if I can for fuel savings (will add up big on a 2100 mile trip)


Going to change all the fluids, it needs it. in general though its in fantastic condition front to back. I was very surprised HOW good a condition its in. even most of the seats are perfectly fine. seems almost sad to scrap them all (just keeping 4)


drove it 124 miles home on the turnpike at 65mph and it did not even hiccup one time. very impressed. 16,000 pounds.


BARELY fits in the driveway covers the sidewalk with its nose.


its going to be an adventure.


is there some good urls to start with?


maintenance? shop manuals? guides? things to do and check lists?


eventually I plan to fully restore all the "bus" lighting. sadly the pop out stop sign and its mechanicals are gone. pity. gonna have to rebuild that. going to replace the stop sign with a "make something" sign. going to put clear covers on the red and yellows and put some programmable RGB panels in their for a really nice effect.


thinking pop up "turret" seat for the escape hatch to mount a telescope on the roof.


this is all blue sky for the future stuff. I have to somehow successfully make it to new mexico with the family and be in a position where I can afford to keep it. fingers crossed.


suggestions on dealing with the insurance company when I call up to insure it tomorrow? any "stay away" words I should avoid? Or just tell it like it is. I am gutting out a bus to move my family titled station wagon by harrisburgh ??


fully loaded. any chance I will get 8mpg out of it? what can I expect? (have to budget fuel etc..)


any issue with me towing 5k behind it? suggestions on hitch to order?


any other suggestions at all?


thanks! more pics to come as I work on it.
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Old 10-16-2018, 08:22 PM   #8
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Yeah just found out mullet man is here from the Geo Metro world that's freaking awesome
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Old 10-16-2018, 09:53 PM   #9
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Yeah just found out mullet man is here from the Geo Metro world that's freaking awesome
Yes it is! There are actually 3 or 4 members here from Geo Metro Forum. It's a small world after all! Hey man, that 8.1L Vortec gas engine will serve you well. The gas mileage will suck, but it's a reliable, solid engine.
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Old 10-17-2018, 03:32 AM   #10
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Old 10-17-2018, 06:56 AM   #11
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I have a stop sign with all With flashing lights in TN if you want it. Send me an email and we will talk .
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Old 10-17-2018, 10:38 AM   #12
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Agreed if it's not practical to keep it sell it

I really hope the gas mileage is better than I think I really really really hope the gas gauge was just inaccurate because if it actually took a half a tank to go hundred and twenty four miles that's only 4.1 miles per gallon which is going to make the trip very expensive

I'm really hoping I can at least squeeze out 8 miles per gallon
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Old 10-17-2018, 11:28 AM   #13
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Is it legal to have an operational school bus stop sign on your bus?
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Old 10-17-2018, 11:33 AM   #14
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As best I can tell it's not illegal although it would be illegal to use it on the road for absolute certainty but that's okay I plan to replace the stop sign with a sign that says make something with some RGB LEDs instead of red lights have time to do the same with the Amber's Reds on top put clear housings on them and put some round animated RGB LEDs inside obviously for off-road use only since it would not be legal to use them while driving down the highway

That's all blue sky pipe dreaming of course I have to first successfully move and second managed to keep the bus
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