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Old 07-23-2015, 04:18 PM   #1
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Time to start doing something!

I have wanted to build a skoolie since I was a teenager, uh, back in the um, late 60's. I've lurked on this site for several years, drooling often and driving the wife crazy with outbursts of, "Honey, look at this one!"

A few months ago we were talking and my wife mentioned that she would be retiring in about 18 months with me following a couple of years later (someone has to work to provide medical insurance). It took about 2 minutes after that statement for us to decide that if we were going to build a skoolie, we needed to get started, and now!

We will be traveling to eastern Oklahoma to look at a 1990 Chevy with a Bluebird body (I'm told) that has a Chevrolet 366 EFI. At this point that is all of the information we have. I would of course prefer a diesel engine but this one may come for less than a grand. Any pointers on what to look for would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 07-23-2015, 04:38 PM   #2
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I have wanted to build a skoolie since I was a teenager, uh, back in the um, late 60's. I've lurked on this site for several years, drooling often and driving the wife crazy with outbursts of, "Honey, look at this one!"

A few months ago we were talking and my wife mentioned that she would be retiring in about 18 months with me following a couple of years later (someone has to work to provide medical insurance). It took about 2 minutes after that statement for us to decide that if we were going to build a skoolie, we needed to get started, and now!

We will be traveling to eastern Oklahoma to look at a 1990 Chevy with a Bluebird body (I'm told) that has a Chevrolet 366 EFI. At this point that is all of the information we have. I would of course prefer a diesel engine but this one may come for less than a grand. Any pointers on what to look for would be greatly appreciated.
come on up, I'm in Eastern Oklahoma!
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Old 07-23-2015, 04:44 PM   #3
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I guess I should qualify "eastern", this bus at a summer camp just out of Wewoka.
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Old 07-23-2015, 04:48 PM   #4
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I guess I should qualify "eastern", this bus at a summer camp just out of Wewoka.
Wewoka is about 2 1/2 hours west of me.... I'm almost as far in Eastern Oklahoma as you can get.... Arkansas border less than 10 miles east of me
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Old 07-23-2015, 05:00 PM   #5
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Wewoka is about 2 1/2 hours west of me.... I'm almost as far in Eastern Oklahoma as you can get.... Arkansas border less than 10 miles east of me
You are in the truly gorgeous part of the state! I am envious.
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Old 07-23-2015, 05:06 PM   #6
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You are in the truly gorgeous part of the state! I am envious.
Got here in 1972 when I was 7... Couldn't get me to leave for love or money
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Old 07-23-2015, 06:15 PM   #7
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If you are planning on putting any miles on that bus, you had better start playing the lotto now because you will need a big payday to fill your tank.
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Old 07-23-2015, 08:56 PM   #8
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Pretty poor mpg then? So I be better off spending more and getting a diesel?
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Old 07-23-2015, 11:31 PM   #9
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Ya... the 366 does not have the best reputation for either mpg or durability. If you're gonna cover many miles...go diesel. No comparison.
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It won't matter much if it will be a stationary home.
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