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Old 10-16-2018, 03:33 PM   #1
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Hello! I'm Jackie, I'm from WA and currently live in GA.

My situation is not ideal...
I found my dream bus on craigslist, but it is located in WA while I am 2000+ miles away. For now, I'm hoping the current owner is ok with holding it for me. If not, I guess I'll have to find another dream bus.

But in the meantime, I am already drawing plans and reading up on everything I need to do for my conversion.

In the future when I am able to get my bus and work on the buildup, I plan to use it for probably 1/4-1/3 of the year traveling. It will not serve as my one and only home, just a home away from home for myself and my two dogs.

I have watched waaayy too many youtube videos and read buckets of blog posts on van/bus conversions, but I always feel like I have more to learn or some question that has yet to be answered. While researching one question, I found this forum, and knew I needed to join. Awesome community, wise brains, cool buses?? yes please. So that's me, i'm very extroverted and not quiet about how little I know, so I welcome any and all to stop and say hello!
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Old 10-16-2018, 03:43 PM   #2
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Aloha! and Welcome to the bus world.

If you are looking at a 1965 GM bus, and you say you know very little, plan on spending a heap o' $$$.

I'm in Hotlanta now (for the next couple few months) and if you find something you are interested in and want a mechanical lookover before you buy it, let me know and I'll help you out...

Good luck!
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Old 10-16-2018, 03:45 PM   #3
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My interests/goals for my bus conversion are to include solar power, complete as much as I possibly can myself (with help and advice where needed), and I would like to focus on making the build as light as I can, in order to save a bit on gas mileage and because it can't hurt, right?

Does anyone have dogs that travel with them? Experience with solar panels or other sustainable energy? is there any sort of "light build" community? What about solo female traveler communities?
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Old 10-16-2018, 03:47 PM   #4
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Aloha! and Welcome to the bus world.

If you are looking at a 1965 GM bus, and you say you know very little, plan on spending a heap o' $$$.

I'm in Hotlanta now (for the next couple few months) and if you find something you are interested in and want a mechanical lookover before you buy it, let me know and I'll help you out...

Good luck!
I wish the bus was in state! But it's located in WA (where I'm from) but if/when I find a bus down here that sparks my interest as much as the one up north, I'll definitely LOVE for a professional to look it over. But generally as well, why do you say it might cost so much? Engine problems, bad quality, etc?
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Old 10-16-2018, 04:09 PM   #5
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Aloha! and Welcome to the bus world.

If you are looking at a 1965 GM bus, and you say you know very little, plan on spending a heap o' $$$.

Good luck!
Now you've got me thinking, I absolutely adore the look of my bus, so retro and beautiful... but the age alone might give me problems with the mechanics of it all. So I'm not necessarily giving up on that bus, but i am opening up to other (newer) bus options.
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Old 10-16-2018, 04:59 PM   #6
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wow sweet fishbowl!!! im not sure id convert that though... a lot of parts of those are snatched up by collectors.. (surprtised that bus wasnt.. they are a commodity in the bus-geek world... ).. plus if you plan to skin windows etc the unusual shapes and lines of it may majke things more difficult.. the detroit engine (if thats what it is) is still pretty easy to get parts for, and is generally reliable. being over 50 years old and from the NW, how is it for rust? some of those had issues around where the floors and walls meet and wasnt super visible from the inside of the bus.. all depends alot on if its from the dry or wet siode of WA



Gearing is another thing.. those were often city route busses and may not have a top speed much over 50 MPH.. or it may be a great highway cruiser..


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Old 10-16-2018, 08:01 PM   #7
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Hello! I'm Jackie, I'm from WA and currently live in GA.

My situation is not ideal...
I found my dream bus on craigslist, but it is located in WA while I am 2000+ miles away. For now, I'm hoping the current owner is ok with holding it for me. If not, I guess I'll have to find another dream bus.

But in the meantime, I am already drawing plans and reading up on everything I need to do for my conversion.

In the future when I am able to get my bus and work on the buildup, I plan to use it for probably 1/4-1/3 of the year traveling. It will not serve as my one and only home, just a home away from home for myself and my two dogs.

I have watched waaayy too many youtube videos and read buckets of blog posts on van/bus conversions, but I always feel like I have more to learn or some question that has yet to be answered. While researching one question, I found this forum, and knew I needed to join. Awesome community, wise brains, cool buses?? yes please. So that's me, i'm very extroverted and not quiet about how little I know, so I welcome any and all to stop and say hello!
Welcome to the community lots of friendly/helpful folks here to help you along the way. Congrats!
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Old 10-16-2018, 08:23 PM   #8
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wow sweet fishbowl!!! im not sure id convert that though... a lot of parts of those are snatched up by collectors.. (surprtised that bus wasnt.. they are a commodity in the bus-geek world... ).. plus if you plan to skin windows etc the unusual shapes and lines of it may majke things more difficult.. the detroit engine (if thats what it is) is still pretty easy to get parts for, and is generally reliable. being over 50 years old and from the NW, how is it for rust? some of those had issues around where the floors and walls meet and wasnt super visible from the inside of the bus.. all depends alot on if its from the dry or wet siode of WA

Gearing is another thing.. those were often city route busses and may not have a top speed much over 50 MPH.. or it may be a great highway cruiser..


-Christopher
I looove the windshield. Itís definitely rare too, everything is original, the seats, the ads, the engine. I was thinking I could make an opportunity out of a collectorís market, I hope I could get some money selling parts I donít need, like the majority of the seats at the least. I donít want to skin any windows, so no issue there.
Youíre right that the engine is a Detroit.
It has some exterior surface rust at first glance, but since Iíve only ever seen pictures, I obviously canít check too closely. Itís super possible thereís more too. The bus lived the first half of its life in Southern California, then moved to western Washington where its been in storage for a long time.
While it was a city bus, I have no idea whether that means it would not be able to reach highway speeds, or if it would sail.
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Old 10-16-2018, 11:25 PM   #9
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im biased i say save the fishbowl as an original. and get a school bus to convert.. esp since its still fully seated, with ads and all.. wow thats a rare beast!.. ill be honest I'll hate to see that one torn apart.. but nevertheless they are built extremely solidly, that bus wont fall apart for a good long time!!
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Old 10-17-2018, 11:09 AM   #10
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im biased i say save the fishbowl as an original. and get a school bus to convert.. esp since its still fully seated, with ads and all.. wow thats a rare beast!.. ill be honest I'll hate to see that one torn apart.. but nevertheless they are built extremely solidly, that bus wont fall apart for a good long time!!
-Christopher
Today's your lucky day, I just heard back from the current owner of the bus and he is also passionate about keeping it in the original state. So he wasn't willing to sell it to me haha. At least the integrity of the bus will be preserved. But now my search is on again, and I'm looking at a few other options.
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