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Old 02-24-2020, 10:22 PM   #1
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Bought our first Bus Today-2002 Chevy Collins 5 window

Taking delivery Thursday after smog is done excited to start this build.


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Old 02-24-2020, 10:25 PM   #2
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Congrats, since its wheelchair lift does the floor step up behind the driver seat? Lower height then other busses? Where did you get it? I am searching for the same bus!
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Old 02-24-2020, 10:44 PM   #3
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Congrats, since its wheelchair lift does the floor step up behind the driver seat? Lower height then other busses? Where did you get it? I am searching for the same bus!
Check this out

https://onlineauction.422sales.com/c.../STACA074704/2

The reserve is likely 4500 and with buyers premium it would be about 5050
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Old 02-24-2020, 11:11 PM   #4
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Check this out

https://onlineauction.422sales.com/c.../STACA074704/2

The reserve is likely 4500 and with buyers premium it would be about 5050
Yes got my eye on that one! Only issue is the 6" step up it has behind the driver seat.. can it be removed? Dont want to loose the head space
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Old 02-24-2020, 11:18 PM   #5
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Yes got my eye on that one! Only issue is the 6" step up it has behind the driver seat.. can it be removed? Dont want to loose the head space
The entire platform steps up. They are 62 at the center. Now you got me wondering if a non-wheelchair bus has more headroom. Anyone know?
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Old 02-26-2020, 10:13 AM   #6
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Congrats, since its wheelchair lift does the floor step up behind the driver seat? Lower height then other busses? Where did you get it? I am searching for the same bus!
Pretty sure it had the step up but the the Collins is pretty high. I’m 6ft and can walk comfortably, I’m picking up tomorrow after noon and will update with measurements and decide what I can do with insulation.
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Old 02-26-2020, 05:58 PM   #7
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Pretty sure it had the step up but the the Collins is pretty high. I’m 6ft and can walk comfortably, I’m picking up tomorrow after noon and will update with measurements and decide what I can do with insulation.
Great! I Like that the Collins is more square. I'm 5-7 so maybe I should not worry so much of the step?! Haha, where did you get it?
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Old 02-26-2020, 06:03 PM   #8
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O got it from a local reseller, they usually refurbish for low income schools but this was a bit older than there usual market. A-z bus sales
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Old 02-27-2020, 03:58 PM   #9
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Great! I Like that the Collins is more square. I'm 5-7 so maybe I should not worry so much of the step?! Haha, where did you get it?
Just got my bus home it does have the step, my interior is 76.25” to the roof skin.
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Old 02-28-2020, 06:25 PM   #10
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Nice so from the reaserch, Collin's raise their roofs to accommodate that step.
Thomas keeps the same height so it looses 6-8 inches but.

Thank you for the help! Will follow your build!
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Old 03-04-2020, 04:14 PM   #11
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I'm not trying to push my own buses, but I keep the sold ones listed as reference. It will help you see how the headroom varies on mini buses, depending on the vendor, rear wheels, and other stuff. https://minibus4u.weebly.com/buses-for-sale.html
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Old 03-07-2020, 10:28 PM   #12
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Project Bus-ted Skoolie is officially begun, Been working on paint prep for the last week at night. Gonna take a break and strip out the floor tomorrow.





I Also found a little rust gonna work on that tomorrow


Started an IG page for the build @bustedskoolie
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Old 03-10-2020, 12:01 PM   #13
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I'm envious of those straight walls....
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