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Old 08-07-2018, 08:30 PM   #1
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Year: 2007
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New to Skoolies

Hello all - new here.

About me:
  • I work in IT, getting close to early retirement
  • I have owned travel trailers and currently own a 26' Class C
  • I know how to weld and have done a considerable amount of mechanical work on my Jeep - inclusive of rebuilding differentials, electrical work, etc.
  • I have remodeled my home twice so I am familiar with stick and nail construction from foundations, to framing, to electrical, plumbing, etc. Finishing work is -NOT- my forté

What I'm looking to do:
  • Buy a skoolie
  • Convert the outside to something similar to this picture - the classic Latin American "Chicken Bus"
  • Convert the inside to an RV

Here's what I'm looking for:
  • Conventional Bus 26-30'
  • Preferably overpowered Diesel engine (don't know much about them, have read a lot here but all the model numbers are jumbling together)
  • HD Transmission

Challenges:
  • Order of Operations: what do to first, exterior or interior (very separate steps as I will outsource the exterior in Guatemala - cost and all even with the cost of transport)
  • Changing registration type in California to a MH chassis rather than a BU chassis
  • Understanding realistic budgets for the bus and for the interior. I can spend some money but don't want it to run into the home remodeling cost range. I also don't want to skimp - I want to do it right.
  • Finally - gotchas: what to look out for.

Thanks in advance...

~Chris (Pizote)

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Old 08-08-2018, 05:02 AM   #2
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Sounds like you'll fit in nicely here.
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Old 08-08-2018, 10:03 AM   #3
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I can't wait to see this. Even has the Bluebird logo! Welcome
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Old 08-08-2018, 10:34 AM   #4
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Ha, that's a cool looking bus. I love the effect of slightly rotating the slats between the windows even though I know how it's done.
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Hello all - new here.

About me:
  • I work in IT, getting close to early retirement
  • I have owned travel trailers and currently own a 26' Class C
  • I know how to weld and have done a considerable amount of mechanical work on my Jeep - inclusive of rebuilding differentials, electrical work, etc.
  • I have remodeled my home twice so I am familiar with stick and nail construction from foundations, to framing, to electrical, plumbing, etc. Finishing work is -NOT- my forté

What I'm looking to do:
  • Buy a skoolie
  • Convert the outside to something similar to this picture - the classic Latin American "Chicken Bus"
  • Convert the inside to an RV

Here's what I'm looking for:
  • Conventional Bus 26-30'
  • Preferably overpowered Diesel engine (don't know much about them, have read a lot here but all the model numbers are jumbling together)
  • HD Transmission

Challenges:
  • Order of Operations: what do to first, exterior or interior (very separate steps as I will outsource the exterior in Guatemala - cost and all even with the cost of transport)
  • Changing registration type in California to a MH chassis rather than a BU chassis
  • Understanding realistic budgets for the bus and for the interior. I can spend some money but don't want it to run into the home remodeling cost range. I also don't want to skimp - I want to do it right.
  • Finally - gotchas: what to look out for.

Thanks in advance...

~Chris (Pizote)

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See my shorty threads... You and I seem to have the same taste in buses.


I'd take any straight six up to 2003 as long as its a Cummins, International, or Cat.
Its hard to find higher HP shorties. My 04 IC (with 03 engine) has a 215hp DT466E with allison 2000. Its a "hot rod" by bus standards.
I've been wanting to give it the full big-rig chicken-bus treatment!!!!

Here it is at my wedding this March-


I'm the one on the far left in the blue and green kilt!




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