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Old 06-29-2017, 01:51 PM   #1
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Hi all,

My name is Mike, my wife and I along with our 8 year old son are the proud new owners of a 2001 International Amtran 84 passenger RE school bus with a T444E and Allison 3000.

Our current bus is a 1986 Ford Bluebird 37 passenger conventional with a Ford 429ci gas engine in front of an automatic. It was already completely converted to an rv when we bought it and we decided to convert a bigger bus from scratch.

I have an extensive background in carpentry, custom cabinet making, electrical, plumbing, wrenching, and the list goes on and on.

We have just about all of the seats removed and after we strip the interior this weekend we'll be raising the roof next week. We forgot to take pics of the interior before we started removing seats but, I'm sure we all know what the inside of a school bus looks like. More relevant pics of our build will follow. Stay tuned.....
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Old 06-29-2017, 02:01 PM   #2
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NICE!
Welcome aboard. Where are you located?
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Old 06-29-2017, 02:10 PM   #3
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Illinois, roughly I-80 and I-55

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Old 06-29-2017, 04:25 PM   #4
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Welcome. I'm in Illinois also. I have a great guy for spray foam if thats the route you want to go. Just let me know. Good luck on your build.
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Old 06-29-2017, 04:36 PM   #5
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Got mine from Kankakee. Stayed out of that toll-booth plagued Chicagoland and took the back roads to I-80.
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Old 06-29-2017, 04:54 PM   #6
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I haven't been up that way since I was a kid. We spent some months living a little east of chicago across the IN border. It started to get cold and we headed south FAST!
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Old 06-29-2017, 07:17 PM   #7
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I'll definitely be needing a good spray foam outfit when the time comes. I have no love for the nasty chicagoland winters either!

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Hi everyone

My wife and I just purchased a 1983 International school bus this week. We are planing on converting it to an RV for those weekend camping trips. We had a 87 mini-bird a few years ago and converted it as well. Is was just a wee bit small for our family of 5. Let the fun begin!
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Hey, neighbor. Just was in Joliet DMV to get my bus registered as RV- hopefully it sticks....

Holler if you need help raising the roof.
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Hey, neighbor. Just was in Joliet DMV to get my bus registered as RV- hopefully it sticks....

Holler if you need help raising the roof.
Will do. Thanks for the offer!

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