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Old 12-26-2019, 11:24 PM   #1
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Interesting things found during renovation

About 11 years ago my father and I were both separately converting busses for personal living spaces on our respective homesteads. Both the busses being older and retired from skoolie/dead tour/family living/who know what, there was a bit of conversion in both that had to be deconstructed in order to obtain a clean slate for the build. In the midst of my demo, upon removing the window screens from the outside, It became apparent to me that, probably a child, had been dropping "treasures" through the top crack of the windows and depositing them on the inside of the screens. Upon removing the last screen my cache included several crystals/ gemstones and a minted one ounce silver coin!! I was floored!! I called my dad, in the midst of his conversion, to brag about the coin I just found. His response.."oh, that's cute. I just found $1,000 in a roll after it fell out from the counter I was taking apart!" Lol, guess I jist can't upstage the Old Man. Other than boogers and chewing gum, I'm curious what other fun things people have found during renovation of their bus.
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Old 12-27-2019, 03:53 AM   #2
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Damn I knew I didn't lose that $1000 at buckeye lake in 94.
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Old 12-27-2019, 07:30 AM   #3
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Found a usb drive with this video on it in my 2nd bus.




I'm wondering if one of the kids will ever find the YT video I uploaded.

Found some cool nuclear safety pamphlets and some nuke safety supplies on a friend's bus I was doing seat removal on. It was the employee transport bus for some nuke facility.
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Old 12-27-2019, 08:05 AM   #4
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My bus had hundreds (maybe thousands?) of stink bug corpses, in the wall and ceiling insulation and in the voids in the windows. Only really "fun" when I used a heat gun to loosen the window adhesive - burnt stink bug is something else.
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Old 12-27-2019, 12:37 PM   #5
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You'll have to squint a little to see it but I found a 1/4" box end wrench still frozen to a nut in the stair well of my bus after 80 odd years.
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Old 12-27-2019, 01:03 PM   #6
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That's pretty cool, Jack. I love those kinds of discoveries.

I've heard about folks finding old beer cans in parts of cars that had to have been put there by factory workers. I wonder if that had been on your bus its whole life or it that came later.
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Old 12-27-2019, 01:28 PM   #7
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We'll never know for sure but based on the rust patina and the fact that the wrench was located on the last nut of a run of fasteners, I'll go with its having been there all along.
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Old 12-27-2019, 07:50 PM   #8
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Used band-aids. Threw them away.
$2.67 in change. Spend that.
And these
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I donít know what that white thing is, but itís magnetic and glows in the dark. I thought it put em back in the bus when I finish. They kinda belong there.
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Old 12-27-2019, 09:33 PM   #9
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I found about 15-20 pennies, 5-10 band-ads, wads of gum stuck here and there.

The most interesting thing I found was, The drivers seat had a rip in the vinyl, when I took the vinyl off there was pins stuck upright in the foam of the seat. The kids must of not liked the driver and stuck them there. It made me wonder how many times the driver got stuck but never found them. lol
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Old 12-28-2019, 12:44 AM   #10
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Oh- I did find an ANCIENT bag of weed wedged in a seat of my first bus. Turned to dust as soon as daylight hit it though.
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Old 12-28-2019, 01:28 AM   #11
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I wonder if that brought you back in time if you tried that.


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Old 12-30-2019, 10:48 PM   #12
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Oh- I did find an ANCIENT bag of weed wedged in a seat of my first bus. Turned to dust as soon as daylight hit it though.
Wow! Vampire pot!
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Old 01-01-2020, 05:53 PM   #13
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When it turns to dust, you put it in a bong !!
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Old 01-01-2020, 07:16 PM   #14
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Oh- I did find an ANCIENT bag of weed wedged in a seat of my first bus. Turned to dust as soon as daylight hit it though.
I remember that the school bus driver I had when i was in middle school was caught selling weed out of the bus...he had the weed in his seat.
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Old 01-01-2020, 08:08 PM   #15
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Just finished tearing out the seats and thought my 37 cents was a good find. And a hot wheels car.


Thanks kids from Lawrenceburg!
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Old 01-01-2020, 08:17 PM   #16
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Scored another .20c from behind the dash today -- that brings my total found change up to $1.91 -- that's almost DOUBLE what I paid for my bus so...

And there's a very scary layer of matted dust & debris under the drivers seat pedestal -- I'm hoping for a really good score from in there...
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Old 01-01-2020, 11:00 PM   #17
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This love letter from Miriah to Cody stuck in beside a seat.
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Old 01-02-2020, 02:40 AM   #18
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She kept asking him if he loved her. Sounds like she needed too much reassurance. Hopefully he had some sense and didn’t call at 7:00.

I found a few coins, 2 keys, 1 or 2 pencils, some screws and zip ties left from construction. I was hoping to find more interesting things.
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Old 01-02-2020, 09:33 AM   #19
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In one of the seats I found a Susan B Anthony dollar coin and a Sacagawea dollar coin. That was the extent of my "valuable" treasures. I do plan to clean those up and integrate them somewhere in the bus re-design as my "good luck charms".



My bus had a magstripe device where the students were supposed to swipe an ID-card when they got on the bus and then got off the bus. So I have found multiple ID cards that were lost in the seats.
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In one of the seats I found a Susan B Anthony dollar coin and a Sacagawea dollar coin. That was the extent of my "valuable" treasures. I do plan to clean those up and integrate them somewhere in the bus re-design as my "good luck charms".



My bus had a magstripe device where the students were supposed to swipe an ID-card when they got on the bus and then got off the bus. So I have found multiple ID cards that were lost in the seats.
I still spend susan b's. I love seeing the look on folks faces when they think its a quarter. Some folks think they're rare cause they've not seen one.
They're worth a dollar though! lol
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