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Old 12-07-2015, 03:24 PM   #1
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Northwest Thomas Bus

Checking out any Thomas Bus conversions on a budget. Just got ours stripped of seats. Looking forward to any help and ideas moving forward.

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Old 12-07-2015, 03:59 PM   #2
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What type of Thomas do you drive? Conventional or Transit? Long, short, fat, skinny? Inquiring minds want to know.
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Old 12-07-2015, 04:02 PM   #3
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And where, roughly, in the Northwest?
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Old 12-07-2015, 07:05 PM   #4
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My son, let's call him Noah cause that's his name, purchased this used school bus from the Salem Oregon Unified School District.


I'd say long. If by conventional you mean what kind of seats? Then this is a front engined, automatic, with school bus seats.

Noah's been living in Portland, Oregon, "Where college graduates go to retire".
The plan for Portlander's in their mid 20's is to have multiple low paying jobs, none more than 20 hrs per week. At lease one job must be food related. If you can land a job in a brewpub even better.

My son and his girl friend also scour the bins at Goodwill. We're talking about the last stop bins before Goodwill recycles what's left. You buy items by the pound. They then resell the items on E-Bay and Craigslist.

Think jeans purchased at Goodwill for a buck then resold for 30 to 40 bucks. The best are the extra extra large sizes. Someone who weighs 400 lbs probably can't buy jeans in a store. These sizes aren't used a lot and around the house those people probably are wearing sweat pants. Heck I am.

In the spirit of earning no more money than it takes to squeak by, they plan to move into the bus by spring and live off the grid!!!
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Old 12-08-2015, 09:57 AM   #5
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In the spirit of earning no more money than it takes to squeak by, they plan to move into the bus by spring and live off the grid!!!


Sounds like the "New American Dream". Go for it!
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My son, let's call him Noah cause that's his name, purchased this used school bus from the Salem Oregon Unified School District.


I'd say long. If by conventional you mean what kind of seats? Then this is a front engined, automatic, with school bus seats.

Noah's been living in Portland, Oregon, "Where college graduates go to retire".
The plan for Portlander's in their mid 20's is to have multiple low paying jobs, none more than 20 hrs per week. At lease one job must be food related. If you can land a job in a brewpub even better.

My son and his girl friend also scour the bins at Goodwill. We're talking about the last stop bins before Goodwill recycles what's left. You buy items by the pound. They then resell the items on E-Bay and Craigslist.

Think jeans purchased at Goodwill for a buck then resold for 30 to 40 bucks. The best are the extra extra large sizes. Someone who weighs 400 lbs probably can't buy jeans in a store. These sizes aren't used a lot and around the house those people probably are wearing sweat pants. Heck I am.

In the spirit of earning no more money than it takes to squeak by, they plan to move into the bus by spring and live off the grid!!!
A Transit-style bus is what you have. A Conventional-style has a hood.

Removal of the seats is an arduous task that will involve a Sawzall, a grinder, a pry bar, a hammer, and a lot of new words that are not repeatable in polite society. It will also remove about 1400 lbs of weight from the beast.
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Old 12-08-2015, 09:21 PM   #7
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My seats came right out with a pneumatic socket wrench and a helper under the bus.
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Old 12-09-2015, 12:42 AM   #8
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A Transit-style bus is what you have. A Conventional-style has a hood.

Removal of the seats is an arduous task that will involve a Sawzall, a grinder, a pry bar, a hammer, and a lot of new words that are not repeatable in polite society. It will also remove about 1400 lbs of weight from the beast.
Same here, a battery powered impact drill and Noah under the bus with a backer wrench. Took about 4 hours.

Getting rid of the seats is a different story.

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No problem getting rid of the seats. I took mine to a local scrap yard and got paid a whopping 1 per pound, enough to buy lunch.
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No problem getting rid of the seats. I took mine to a local scrap yard and got paid a whopping 1 per pound, enough to buy lunch.
How'd you even get lunch? you must drive a Prius

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