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Wonderland 01-21-2015 05:01 PM

The Cheshire Cat
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:) Our home school is Wonderland Academy based in Crosby, TX. Our HOA will allow our "commercial vehicle" in the driveway for a limit of 48 hours at a time. Our driveway is long, and I think we can get this done in short bursts. I am lucky enough to have access to my brother's yard for storage, and work on projects. We are planning to convert this awesome bus that has brought us so much joy into a rolling lounge for a camping expedition. We have made many trips and I always end up kinked and sore with the original bus seats. Here is our starting point on the first day home! These photos were taken in what is now my brother's yard. This bus was bought for the Handicap accessible setup. When my mother first came home from the hospital at TIRR Memorial Hermann, we brought her home in this bus. I loved this bus from day one, and had always intended to travel in her.

Tango 01-21-2015 05:26 PM

A Big Skoolie Welcome! --- Always great to see another Texas project in the works. What restrictions are there for RV's in your area? Hopefully different than "commercial". I'm in Houston and it often varies based on Neighborhood Association "rules" rather than any laws.

At least you don't seem to be too far from a friendly neighborhood Spec's.

Wonderland 01-21-2015 06:52 PM

The HOA is friendly to a point. Storage is available, but there is a two year wait list. I think they could double the storage and be successful. I am in a suburb of Houston, so we are really close to Spec's. We are out the new 90, so I have access to all my fave shops. My neighbor is a welder, and he and I will be working on a roof rack for the bus. I have a full wood working shop, but I am just learning. My bus may go through several plans before we start ripping seats out. What part of Houston are you in?

Tango 01-21-2015 07:35 PM

Nothing beats being a bus builder who has a welder for a buddy! And I envy your shop & woodworking skills. The combination of you and your neighbor should make for a righteous build. You might check out a free & simple 3D rendering program called "SketchUp". I believe it's from Google. It has been very popular and productive for a number of people here. You can put together a floorplan in full 3D then rotate it in real time to check things from different angles. Pretty sweet and you don't need to be a programmer to use it.

I'm on the NE corner of downtown but my bus is near Washington & S.Shepherd. Beat to crap little tin building I share with a couple of guys but at least it's indoors. Would kill for a decent place to work that wasn't 90 miles from nowhere, but cheap workspace is hard to come by these days.

Best of luck on the build and do keep the pix coming.

Wonderland 01-21-2015 07:43 PM

My dad works downtown. He and my brother can repair hydraulics, and dad has been at San Jacinto and I-10 for years for work. I will google that program. I used to work the servers for our CAD team at the Prison system. I just keep adding things to my arsenal. I found my bus here local at Bus Barn of Texas. His cheapest one is $4500 right now. We paid $7800 for ours originally as we had A/C and everything working, even the stop sign and lights.

Tango 01-22-2015 10:42 AM

Small world. Your Dad & Bro are just down the block from me. I operate a studio for artists & photographers at Hardy & Nance, a block South of IH-10. I'm going to need some hydro parts & expertise when I start building the power steering and hydroboost brake systems (from scratch).

And if you are comfy with CAD, you will probably love the little SketchUp program.

Wonderland 01-22-2015 10:35 PM

I am now into the obsessive reading the forum stage of planning. Like the true geek I am, we will be making a list of states where it is illegal for the bus to be yellow. I will post this list as I get into doing the research. I may need to paint it, but I do not want to yet. I want to spend that budget somewhere else. But I am not afraid to murder it out flat black and roll with it.

I like the way some of the bench seats are done in the big buses. Too bad I have the shortest bus ever. LOL

I think I am on to goal planning next. Thanks for sharing all your photos and info. I am so having a good time reading it!

bansil 01-23-2015 05:16 AM

Welcome and very cool project

somewhereinusa 01-23-2015 08:22 AM

Nice shorty, they always made more sense to me than a van.

I'll save you the trouble of looking it up. Indiana is a state where school bus yellow is illegal.

schoolmarm 01-27-2015 02:54 AM

I also have a 1984 Chevy G30 handicap bus! :D Love mine.

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