Hi Skoolie, We have been lurking and planning for a while and now it is time to share our project with you.
We are Melissa and Derek and we bought a bus! More specifically… Penny, a 1986 International S1800, All Canadian School Bus! She has a 9.0L Diesel V8, air brakes, a 5 speed manual transmission and with only 116k miles she's just a baby! The frame is SOLID, however there are a few areas around the rear wheel wells and windows we were concerned about. ( more on that later)
Here are some pictures from when we met and bought Penny.
Oh also here's a picture of her service records, from 1986- 2013.
Penny started life as a brand new bus and serviced the Oxford Academy Band for 20 years. She was sold to Angelique, a driver in the district. She loved “Big Red” and tuned her up and fitted her with 6 FRESH TIRES! After several years, Angelique traded Big Red to Devin for a newer shorter bus. Devin listed her on ebay and we had to go see her. We are located in Rochester NY, and Penny was only a few hours away. We met and fell in love!
Melissa is a senior Industrial Design student and Penny is her senior design project! I will let Melissa talk about her project more but basically a lot of the project will focus on multi-functional furniture and spaces as well as green and off grid living.
Floor plans and Sketches!!!
Currently our plan for Penny involves a 14”-18” roof raise, spray foam insulation, rear garage/workshop space, maybe a ductless mini-split, we’ll also fabricate under-bus storage bays. We are going to incorporate a shower, composting toilet, and kitchen area, murphy style bed, rooftop deck and solar panels. We will be set up for solar, generator, and shore power. We plan on using propane for stove, fridge, and tankless hotwater heater.
Enough blabbing here are some pictures of Penny.
whoops having some trouble with files today stay tuned for a picture dump or check out our instagram for a few more photos! https://www.instagram.com/5speedhouse/
She came with most of the seats removed already so we made quick work of removing the interior skins and insulation to investigate what our rust situation looked like.
The chair rail is a little rotted where it attaches to the floor. We will remove these rotted pieces and repair them while adding HD angle iron attached to the floor and ribs.
Thats all for now its quite cold out and we have a good bit of rust controll ahaeda of us! Stay tuned! Dont for get to look at our instagram and website! thanks!
Penny – the 5-speed house