First off, I blame ALL of you wonderful people here......
About a year and a half ago, I had a converted ambulance that died on me. I was going to convert an enclosed trailer and pull behind my truck. THEN I found this site after considering a motorized platform. So, for a year aprox, I have been designing, browsing, looking at Shuttle Buses as I thought they looked nicer than a shorty "skoolie".
NOW, I must admit, I am not so sure. (Damn u EastCoastCB with your nice new ride!!!) I can see added benefit in the heavier duty bus. I dont just see an old school bus. I see options, possibilities, and yet more to learn.
So, as I said. I blame you guys FIRST! With that being said, since it is your guys fault, I EXPECT you guys to be the ones to give me all the info and details I will need on the new topic of SHORTIE SKOOLIES that I have none of. While I am still looking at Shuttles, I need to bee "skooled" on REAL buses so I can start looking at those as well.
Enough room for
-closet storage for clothes
-thetford cassette toilet
-stand up shower
-3 burner gas top
-fridge/ freezer(wynter chest style)
Eating area (if space permits. not a deal breaker)
I have aprox 85% of the parts already. Entire elec system, Kitch appliances, water heater, furnace, tanks etc. Been collecting for a while as I decided on the vehicle. I understand about rust and the items that either unit could have. Its the Shorty SCHOOL BUS mechanical stuff I have no idea about. SO, without rambling too much more, here we go......
What drivetrain combinations would be most desirable on a 5/6 window shorty?
What would you recommend I look for/ stay away from?
Any years better than others?
What are the dangers/ issues associated with the different manufacturers/ Engines/ Tranys?
And feel free to add and info I didnt even know to ask.
I live in Virginia about 45 mins from DC, and 40 mins from Skyline Drive(mountains) I dont do a lot of mountain driving, but wanted to include to help narrow any issues..lots of hills here.
Thanks again everybody......but it ws your faults to begin with