Originally Posted by musigenesis
This looks fantastic, and what a great bus to start with. I was going to offer to help, but it looks like you're done.
Thanks! I worked hard on it. Only punctured my finger once haha. Long story short...wife said PIZZA!, I started rushing with a screwgun then zip! "#$%!@
". I would have loved to do this build with someone but all of our friends wimped out fearing the challenge so I ended up being a loner and took my time over a 2 year period. The gesture is much appreciated!
As for the bus itself, we really lucked out with this find. We had a lot of requirements on the type of bus we wanted. We essentially wanted to build a Class A RV without spending Class A RV money. This meant the bus couldn't be a school bus, no dognose, no wheel humps/has a flat floor and had to be 25-27ft bumper-to-bumper for turning off our narrow street into our driveway.
We started looking at shuttle buses/old church buses but didn't like the fiberglass & plywood bodies ultimately getting discouraged and accepting that finding the perfect bus could take years.
Well, as people say, you find what you're looking for when you stop searching. We stumbled across another skoolie's blog about getting their bus from a dealership outside of Reading, PA. Just for fun, I peeked at the dealership's website not expecting to find any used buses let alone anything at a reasonable price. Low and behold, there it was, this 26 foot Blue Bird transit bus that checked off all of our boxes featured for sale as an Internet Special. We bought it after the price was marked down to under $5000, more than 50% off it's original price. The dealership also delivered it to our home for $150. We couldn't have asked for more and are very grateful!
- The motor was replaced with a rebuilt one 7k miles ago
- Transmission and chassis have 126k miles on them
- Dealership removed the heavy wheelchair lift and all but 2 rows of seats for us at no additional cost
Very grateful indeed!