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Old 06-22-2018, 07:35 PM   #1
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2nd Times the Charm Skoolie Conversion Project

Hey all. My girlfriend and I have been talking about living the skoolie life for a couple months. I posted my motorcycle for sale and it sold at the end of march. I already had a bus lined up and drove 4 hours the next day to look at it.

I ended up getting the bus. After a few days of having it home I realized that I didn't do enough research into things like optimal transmission and rear end gear ratio for long distance travel. I also looked past the amount of rust the bus had. It also wasn't quite big enough at 29ft from bumper to bumper.

I decided to try and sell the bus and take another chance. It sold in about a week and I already had my sights on a Mechanical Dt466 with a 5 spd manual trans.

Two days later I was riding 5 hours to go pick the bus up. I had a long list of things to check for on the bus. It exceeded my expectations and came with maintenance logs from 0 miles to 140k miles.

I bought it and drove it home. I am beyond happy with the new bus and glad I took a chance at selling the one I had to find something that will last and do what I need it to.



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Old 06-22-2018, 07:51 PM   #2
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Welcome and really nice find there. Give us the details on it. Mine is similar but a Bluebird, GMC and the much hated Cat, which I love! Standards are pretty rare nowdays but I hope it woks well for you.


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Old 06-23-2018, 09:59 AM   #3
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Thank you. It's a 1996 Thomas 66 passenger. I am digging the manual trans, I can cruise uphill at 55-60 no problem
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Old 06-23-2018, 10:11 AM   #4
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Congrats! My first bus has a manual and I love it. We just recently bought a second with an automatic and don't like it very much.
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Old 06-24-2018, 03:38 PM   #5
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Took the seats out, removed rear heater and looped heater hose behind driver's seat. Removed rubber flooring, primed and painted all in one weekend.
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Old 06-24-2018, 06:58 PM   #6
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Glad you got the bus you wanted.
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Old 06-25-2018, 04:38 PM   #7
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Glad you got the bus you wanted.
Thank you. I am happy with my choice. I am confident that this bus is a reliable choice and a strong platform to start my build on.
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