Originally Posted by b_bizzle_4_rizzle
Can anybody recommend some companies that offer help with school bus conversions?
I think the services most people use are Harbor Freight, Home Depot, Amazon, and whatever mental health provider their medical insurance will pay for
No, seriously, the topic has come up before about commercial services. The main issue tends to be that, while most of the tasks needed to convert a bus do have parallels in many industries, the hours tend to make it cost prohibitive to outsource. For instance, the cost of doing a roof raise by yourself or with a couple buddies could potentially be as low as the cost of the metal for the rib extensions and some beefy bolts to stick them in place. If you paid a shop to do something like that, you would be looking at a professional operation with a garage big enough to house a school bus. $100 an hour? Probably more? I'm not even sure. And that's assuming they'd be willing to take on a job like that despite the fear that eventually someone will get injured while walking in the general vicinity of the bus and decide to sue the shop that did the mod.
Now, while we're on that topic of roof raises, there are people who get metal shops to create the brackets and extension pieces to their specs and then do the install themselves. That is a reasonable and economic use of outsourced skills - just hiring people to do tricky fabricating jobs or other things you absolutely don't have the tools or knowledge for while keeping most of the back breaking... er, less skilled
labor for yourself.
Like any project, you're looking at a constant compromise between time and money. The difference here is that bus conversions are still a little off the wall. If you were restoring a classic car or souping up a hotrod, you'd find a shop in every town. Services would be at least a little bit boilerplate. Bus building, well, there are no standard services or fees. It's all custom. In business terms, that means all expensive.