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Old 07-27-2020, 07:43 AM   #1
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2003 Chevrolet 5 Window

Selling our 5 window, we had planned to make it into a Skoolie to live in while a house renovation was happening, but recent events changed plans. With the house well on it's way, there won't be anytime for this skoolie in the near future.

Seats and rubber floor covering have been removed, as has the rear heater and coolant lines from under the bus.

The bus has a 6.0l gas engine and a 4L80 transmission. I searched for this model as parts are identical to 1 Ton pickups and are readily available at autoparts stores, and any tech who can service a pickup can fix the bus in the event of a roadside repair. The 6.5l diesel that GM offered in this bus was not something I wanted for a skoolie.

Floor to ceiling is in the 6'-3" range at the crown of the roof. The wheelchair lift has been removed already, and the windows are all factory tinted very dark as this was a special needs bus.

Issues:
Drivers seat is ugly and torn, previous owner swapped the cluster to fix an oil pressure gauge issue and the miles are listed as "Not Actual" on the title. I was told the odometer was 120k when the cluster was swapped, but I have no documents to support this.
The oil gauge still "ticks" so I suspect it is a sender issue, and not a cluster issue, but the bus runs and drives without issue.

I purchased the bus from 20 miles away, and drove it home with no issues, I will be doing an oil change before the next owner takes away.

Located in Raleigh NC, asking $3,500.
I will post interior pictures later today, you can text or PM for any questions.
919-272-2124
Thanks,
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Old 07-27-2020, 03:31 PM   #2
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Would you mind sharing the external and internal length (usable from behind the driver seat) on this bus? Thanks!
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Old 07-27-2020, 04:06 PM   #3
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interested
pics of the inside when you get a chance.
already know the motor and transmission.
live 2-hours away from raleigh so no big deal there.
just sent my wife pics and waiting on a response from her because this would be her traveling lab tech./nurse home away from home if she likes it.
thanks and more pics when you get a chance
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Old 07-27-2020, 04:37 PM   #4
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Back of seat to back door 13'-6"
side to side 7'-8"
Floor to clg. 6'-2" (at center)
Overall height of bus is 9'-2"
Overall bumper to bumper length is ~22'

I haven't started the bus in a few months, went out today to clean it up and it fired right up like it had been shut off mins. earlier.

Additional information the bus is a 2004 (not a 2003), I don't believe this changes anything, still an LQ4 6.0l and a 4L80.

Will post more pictures in a bit, any additional questions or requests, please let me know.
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Old 07-27-2020, 06:13 PM   #5
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Any rust? Did y'all put new flooring in? Could it pull a travel trailer if a hitch was added?
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Old 07-27-2020, 06:30 PM   #6
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very interested.
do you prefer call or text?
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Old 07-27-2020, 06:43 PM   #7
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The previous owner had a hitch installed and trailer harness installed, I removed the hitch because it was not a very good install, but the harness is still there, and a proper hitch could easily be installed (I have a hitch that came off of my 98 K3500 pickup truck that I would include, it is probably not a bolt on, but should be a good starting point).

The seats and rubber floor were removed, the original plywood floor is still installed.

I can try to snap some under carriage pictures tomorrow, but under the bus was very clean when I was pulling out the rear heater coolant lines......I HATE rust, and I do not recall anything that gave me pause or concern when I was under there....except for all the dirt that fell into my eyes.

Text is fastest, and I promise to have interior pictures posted before the end of the night.
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Old 07-27-2020, 06:57 PM   #8
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texted you and i hate to be a pain but momma likes it so will PM you also to set up a day to come meet you and the bus.
if you dont respond to my text
the text came from 910 350 2955.
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Old 07-27-2020, 08:37 PM   #9
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As promised, more pics.
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Old 07-27-2020, 08:39 PM   #10
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a few more pics.
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Old 08-01-2020, 08:56 AM   #11
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SOLD to Jolly Roger!

It was nice meeting you and your son this morning, I hope the trip back went well, and look forward to seeing your wife's build thread!
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Old 08-01-2020, 10:26 AM   #12
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Old 08-01-2020, 01:26 PM   #13
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the bus made it home with no problems.
started out with a little vibration in it but once the tires warmed up it went away.
bus had no problem starting out and once i got out of town into the open interstate it had no problems at 70 so i once everything was checking out and doing good i pushed it up to 75 with no problems and it kept wanting to creep up to 80 so once i got my cruise control leg set we settled out at 77-78 with no problems and it still had plenty left for passing at that speed.
temperature hung out right between 180-190 the whole time even as hard as i was pushing it and its 97 degrees today.
used a little over half a tank of gas for a two and a half hour trip.
forgot to see how much it took to fill it up cause i didnt want to hang out at the store without any tags.
definitely gonna work on the dash A/C and get the auxilary A/C figured out.
big thanks to shelby987 for taking care of this bus and giving me the opportunity to by it.
my wife is already super excited and exactly what she wanted.
thank you and it is at another good home.
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Old 08-01-2020, 01:53 PM   #15
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this is going to be mommas toy.
she gets back from 6-months in wyoming tomorrow,here for the week and then off to alaska until mid november and then she is off till january. that gives me till november to go over everything as far as brakes and mechanics, frame and build out whatever she comes up with this week.
build and install a hitch and a tow dolly because her car cant be towed four down.
then she get part of november and all december to do the painting and decorating stuff.
before she heads off to wherever with it.
i already know the motor and tranny .
would love to get some weight behind it and in it to see how it does so i can see if i need to tweak some things. i always want to but do i need to and if so to what extent.
only concerning thing i have after bringing it home is i could smell some hot wires or maybe wire loom somewhere that i need to track down. but dash and mechanical wise everything was still working. so probably something laying to close to the exhaust.
happy with the purchase and made it home with no hassle from anyone or anything and once again THANK YOU SHELBY987 and it was a pleasure to meet you as well.
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Old 08-02-2020, 09:08 AM   #16
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Glad she made it back to Swansboro!

That lq4 6.0l is a beast of a motor and is happy to run on regular 87 octane! (it is the low compression dished piston vs. the flat top pistons in the lq9). I think the tank is a 40 gallon unit, I had put 10 gallons and a fuel injector cleaner into the tank when I fired it up, and the low fuel lamp had been on before that.

My 6.0l in my pickup got an honest 16mpg around town and 19mpg on the highway (3.73 gears). I would imagine in a bus you will pull down 10-14mpg depending on the driver.

You MIGHT want an RV cam in that motor depending on how heavy your wifes foot is, how tall the mountains are she might be driving over, and how heavy her car is.

Looking forward to the build thread!
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