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Old 04-20-2021, 04:57 PM   #1
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Ford Shortie Project for Sale

This is my 1999 Ford E350 short school bus conversion. It has a Powerstroke 7.3L Turbo Diesel Engine with 95,000 miles on it. I converted this bus in 2010 and used it for years, sometimes traveling and sometimes parked. I installed a Golden Fuel Systems WVO conversion kit before building out the interior. The WVO tank is behind/under the cooking area, the counter and drawers come up to access the tank. Wide plank shiplap pine floors and walls with 2 rigid foam insulation in the ceiling and walls and 3/4 under the floor planks. There is a 30 gallon fresh water tank with a hand pump I built, the sink drains open/no grey water tank under the bus. No toilet, no wiring. In 2018 I began building the sleeping loft. The loft brings the total height to 126. It has been driven a few times in the past couple years. It starts up with no trouble or smoke. It has new rear brake lines, rotors, calipers, pads, and wheel bearings. The brakes need to be bled in order for it to be drivable.

Titled as a passenger vehicle. Located in Centerville, Maryland. I am asking $5000. Contact me for more information/photos/video. -Zach
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Old 04-20-2021, 05:04 PM   #2
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Old 04-21-2021, 05:49 PM   #3
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Hi Zach, Just wondering how much is left to done and how much do you estimate it would cost to do it, why are you selling? You mentioned pictures and video, are they available to send via email? pichi85
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Old 04-21-2021, 09:03 PM   #4
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Hey there.

The major things to finish:


-The two front windows in the loft
-Finishing trim in the loft and around the hatch/opening into the loft
-The three windows in there now are wedged in and will need window hinges and latches

-A paint job

-Install a ladder to the top deck




I think those are the major things. Its nearly ready to live in. I lived in it full time as is before I put the loft on top. Estimated cost on getting it done maybe $1000 dollars. I have always done the work myself and I work in a woodshop so materials are cheap.



I also began coating the underbody with POR15, its done from the rear to about the transmission. The front door could use some attention, the metal is beginning to rust through.



I am selling because my lifestyle has changed, I am no longer nomadic.



If you send me a message I can email you everything Ive got on the bus. Photos, videos, etc.
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Old 04-21-2021, 09:14 PM   #5
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Old 04-22-2021, 08:10 AM   #6
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I am particularly interested in the loft that you built and installed. Please send me whatever pictures and videos you have. Have you had the unit on the road since you installed the loft? I was wondering how the wind affects the unit overall. It looks top-heavy, so I got to wondering about stability. Thanks.
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Old 04-24-2021, 03:53 AM   #7
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Chassis: GMC or Chevrolet, I hope
Engine: gasser probably
Can you legally drive that on the street?
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Old 04-24-2021, 08:31 AM   #8
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Thanks for the pics. Do you have pics of the loft interior to send me? You didn't answer my questions regarding stability on the road.
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Old 04-24-2021, 02:26 PM   #9
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Can you legally drive that on the street?
As long as it doesn't go above 13' 6" overall, he's good.
Is it roadworthy? Guess it depends on who is looking at it as it goes down the road!

Without front windows in that loft, it might not be safe to drive?
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Old 04-24-2021, 04:51 PM   #10
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Yes I drove the bus from New York to Maryland. All of the windows were sealed over with plywood at the time. It drove well and I went over a few bridges and experienced wind and it is noticeable, but never felt unstable. The loft is traditional 2 by 4 framing, with 2" rigid foam insulation, its sheeted in 1/2" osb, wrapped in vapor barrier, and roofed with ondura. The windows are trimmed in cedar and white oak, and the exterior walls are corrugated metal. The interior has cedar and pine tongue and groove walls and ceiling. I have laminate (clip together) flooring for the interior that needs to be installed as well. The entire loft sits on a framework and roof deck that is through bolted to the bus body framing.


I work a lot so I may be slow to respond. Ill post some more photos.


This was my inspiration for the loft...http://www.housetrucks.com/
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Old 04-24-2021, 05:11 PM   #11
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I cannot seem to find any of the original build photos. I have been through a couple phones and computers since then. Here are a couple photos of the kitchen area in use when I was living in the bus and the first paint job without the loft.
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Old 04-27-2021, 03:50 PM   #12
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Old 04-27-2021, 06:47 PM   #13
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thank you for the pictures

Hi Ripcurl,

I appreciate your taking the time to send the pics. I've just received a financial setback, and can't afford to buy anything. Sorry.
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Old 05-03-2021, 01:21 PM   #14
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Hey there! I am super interested in your build!
I have a couple questions, are there any rust issues on the bus?
How old are the tires?
And how is the title? Has the vehicle been in any prior accidents?
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Old 05-04-2021, 09:50 AM   #15
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There is some rust here and there. Primarily around the front bumper, on the body near the front door, and the tail pipe which recently lost its end (after the muffler). I have most of the under body coated in POR 15 rust inhibitor paint. The rust that exists is under the body. Wheel wells and frame are solid.

The tires are the same ones from 2009 when I bought it, with the exception of two. I had two placed as they were showing some bubbling and dry rot on the sidewalls. The tread on the tries is solid.
I will take photos soon to show rusty areas and tire tread.

The title is a clean Montana title. I have run a VIN check but never done a CarMax. To my knowledge it has never been hit or in an accident. I can get you the VIN if you'd like to do a check.

There will be some building materials (wood and screws), laminate flooring, automotive stuff, tire chains, and other odds and ins that will come with the bus.

More photos coming soon...
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Old 05-04-2021, 11:16 PM   #16
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