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Old 09-21-2019, 09:37 AM   #1
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A second bus? Unnamed conversion take 2

So first a little bit of backstory. I spent about a year and a half converting a 02 international, but have unfortunately now gone off to college, leaving the bus to live at home with my parents. But, it seems after the first project dad canít keep his hands off another bus! He just purchased a second international from McAllisters Machinery in indianapolis. Payed $3000, so about half as much money as we paid for the first one for what is in my opinion a substantially better bus. When he first told me about it, I couldnít hardly believe that they were offering a bus like this at that price.

Itís a 2001, so year older than our current bus, itís a 40 footer instead of a 35 footer like ours, no wheelchair lift, and underbody storage. Other than that, itís identical. DT466, MD3060, pusher, and high ceiling. A little body rust but thatís to be expected. Only 99k miles and we have the full service history because it just came out of service last month or so.

Very sad i wonít be at home to work full time on it but I have full faith in dads conversion skills, and I can still be the in house bus advisor over the phone. Iíll keep this thread updated to the best of my ability as I get pictures and information

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Old 09-21-2019, 09:45 AM   #2
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Looks like a sweet bus! We just started our third bus build and finally got a long, rear engine bus with a transmission that's not an AT545. Your dad started off like a boss!

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Old 09-21-2019, 09:50 AM   #3
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I know that bus.. a friend and I looked at it when we were perusing mccallisters recently.. there was this one and one just like it except that it has Ducted A/C..
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Old 09-21-2019, 10:06 AM   #4
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What you didn’t go to school at fruit jar tech or IUy??
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Old 09-21-2019, 10:09 AM   #5
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what is fruit jar tech?
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Old 09-21-2019, 10:44 AM   #6
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What you didnít go to school at fruit jar tech or IUy??


Currently at University of Cincinnati for civil engineering. Bit too far to be going home every week!
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Old 09-21-2019, 11:05 AM   #7
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what is fruit jar tech?
Ball state university.

After the ball family of canning jars.

So fruit jar tech.
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Old 09-21-2019, 11:38 AM   #8
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Dad already posted the bus on the Skoolie Reddit page and this reply made me laugh Though id share IMG_4773.jpg
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Old 09-21-2019, 12:23 PM   #9
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I think your dad just scored big time. Great platform!
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Old 10-01-2019, 10:17 PM   #10
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After getting the rear pinion seal and some brake components replaced, dad took the bus home today. Parked it behind the shop on some plumywood. IMG_7854.jpegIMG_7859.jpeg
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And so it begins
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Old 10-08-2019, 10:13 AM   #12
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Old 10-25-2019, 10:15 AM   #13
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Old 10-28-2019, 03:29 PM   #14
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Dad decided to hire out the painting. For the next month or so ittl be in the shop getting repainted. IMG_8181.JPGIMG_8180.JPG Itís going to be dark blue with a white stripe on the side. The shop is http://www.tpsinc.org/index2.html
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That shade of blue with a stripe will be striking.
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Dad decided to hire out the painting. For the next month or so ittl be in the shop getting repainted. Attachment 38921Attachment 38920 Itís going to be dark blue with a white stripe on the side. The shop is TPS, Inc.
How much does a paint job on a bus run? I've been thinking of going that route, but not if it's thousands of dollars.
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How much does a paint job on a bus run? I've been thinking of going that route, but not if it's thousands of dollars.
Its almost surely at least a few grand.
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Old 10-29-2019, 08:59 AM   #18
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Its almost surely at least a few grand.


Quoted at 8k. That was for all paint, equipment, labor, etc. And honestly, itís just so many hours to DIY, he decided it would be worth it to just contract it out. And I donít blame him
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Quoted at 8k. That was for all paint, equipment, labor, etc. And honestly, it’s just so many hours to DIY, he decided it would be worth it to just contract it out. And I don’t blame him
Painting buses is a lot of hard work and pleasing folks is very hard to do. I went to auto body school for a bit and the instructor said its rare anyone gets a vehicle repainted and is TOTALLY satisfied. Its because no vehicle or paint job is ever perfect and with all the prep and bodywork there's a lot of room for failures.
That's why painting a bus is so expensive. To do it right the prep can take weeks and weeks.
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Painting buses is a lot of hard work and pleasing folks is very hard to do. I went to auto body school for a bit and the instructor said its rare anyone gets a vehicle repainted and is TOTALLY satisfied. Its because no vehicle or paint job is ever perfect and with all the prep and bodywork there's a lot of room for failures.
That's why painting a bus is so expensive. To do it right the prep can take weeks and weeks.
You are so right, ECCB!


Proper paint preparation on an automobile can take a single person weeks to get it ready for paint. Now with a bus, it gets multiplied by the size of the vehicle. I understand that the level of finish that a bus may demand is not quite the same as a show car, but folks that want to have a nice job done will still require a nice preparation beforehand.
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