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Old 05-17-2019, 07:50 PM   #1
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Well, I have finally figured out how to start a thread. I am a new member and trying to find a source for Skoolies which have already been gutted. I am aware that the best buses are from the south, or any place which rust is not an issue, and rather than purchasing a school bus which is all intact, I would prefer to find some buses, yes multiples, which have already been gutted out. Is there such a thing? Any input will be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!
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Old 05-17-2019, 08:02 PM   #2
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I have yet to see anyone with an inventory of gutted buses ready for sale.

We do see a bus here from time to time that someone started on their own skoolie project and decided to sell it incomplete. A number of those that have shown up here have seats removed and the floor pulled up.

Pulling the seats and floor is not the most pleasant part of the build but it really is not that bad. It took two of us about two days to get it done and haul off the trash.
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Well, I have finally figured out how to start a thread. I am a new member and trying to find a source for Skoolies which have already been gutted. I am aware that the best buses are from the south, or any place which rust is not an issue, and rather than purchasing a school bus which is all intact, I would prefer to find some buses, yes multiples, which have already been gutted out. Is there such a thing? Any input will be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!
you sometimes see someone who has lost the dream of building their skoolie once they got to the stripped stage - they come up once in a while
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Old 05-17-2019, 08:10 PM   #4
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I have yet to see anyone with an inventory of gutted buses ready for sale.

We do see a bus here from time to time that someone started on their own skoolie project and decided to sell it incomplete. A number of those that have shown up here have seats removed and the floor pulled up.

Pulling the seats and floor is not the most pleasant part of the build but it really is not that bad. It took two of us about two days to get it done and haul off the trash.
Hey Steve, thanks again for your reply. Good to know that it is not that bad, gutting, stripping, etc. We are planning a new business of design and personal finished visual builds of several buses at the same time and will specialize in the finishing. We are in Massachusetts so most buses in this area will come with some rust issues. That is why we may be looking for a supplier of raw buses which are already gutted out. I think this may be a new concept and if so, I would love to know. Perhaps there are other people doing this type of business. Again, I am doing some research here. Again, thanks!
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Old 05-17-2019, 08:29 PM   #5
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Now and then you'll see a $2k bus that they removed the seats and now they want $4k for it.
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Now and then you'll see a $2k bus that they removed the seats and now they want $4k for it.
For some folks, that might be quite a deal as long as the flooring was also removed. They get to see what the floor looks like before they buy it.
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Well, I have finally figured out how to start a thread. I am a new member and trying to find a source for Skoolies which have already been gutted. I am aware that the best buses are from the south, or any place which rust is not an issue, and rather than purchasing a school bus which is all intact, I would prefer to find some buses, yes multiples, which have already been gutted out. Is there such a thing? Any input will be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!
I've never seen any dealer offering already-gutted buses, although I did see one skoolie-aware dealer (in Jersey, I think) who would remove the seats for a fee (I don't know how much) after the sale. I would personally rather see a bus dealer do all the basic maintenance (replace fluids and filters and air driers etc. and check everything out) and make sure the bus is mechanically sound.

Seat and floor removal seems daunting at the beginning because it's the first major thing you do, but it's really not that big a deal, especially if you have two people working together.
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I'd throw out there that taking a typical school bus down to its shell is just a couple hours with 2 people. If you remove ceiling and wall panels you should figure a day using air tools (or an cordless impact if it's a Thomas). I would put very little value on someone doing these tasks for me. If you're doing these tasks the "wrong" way, it will take much much longer. I've seen people spend a week just on their seats because they thought the right tool for the job was a grinder.
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For some folks, that might be quite a deal as long as the flooring was also removed. They get to see what the floor looks like before they buy it.
Unfortunately the flippers trying to double the price merely remove the seats and don't do any of the hard labor stuff.
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Old 05-18-2019, 12:22 PM   #10
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I expect that there are members here who would be willing to pick your bus up, strip the interior and deliver it to you for reasonable compensation. I would do it if the details work out.
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