Hi all, been lurking a bit. Currently working on my 30 foot Blubird "City Bird," originally a shuttle bus from Florida.
While not a skoolie, there are many shared elements in construction. We started the conversion in '02 in Alameda, CA and then we moved to Michigan in '04. We weren't able to do anything with it and put it in storage until a year or so, where the mice got to it.
When I brought it out of storage last year, everything we had in the interior had to go into the dumpster (They even ruined the gas range). I've been focusing on mechanicals, and re-arranging things around the engine to maximize floor and storage space aroung the engine.
I have a background in the RV industry, automotive, industrial and Marine systems--That was before moving to high-tech about 30 years or so ago (I'm 60). I currently sell race-car parts on the internet.
I like the vintage buses, however I also like things that work well, so I'm particularly interested in newer technology, and it's great to see some of the things that people are integrating to their skoolie builds. I'm old enough to remember when "Skoolie" was a derogative, but some of the coolest stuff is going into skoolie builds now.
I have to document the recent work on the bus still, but you can see the work we did before we moved to Michigan on my site