Ok so here is my story! As I have tons of school debt, and only work seasonally as a wild-land firefighter in Oregon (Plus construction jobs on the side here and there) I want to make this my home! Its been a thought in the back of my mind for a while, not necessarily a bus conversion, but a tiny home. So, no ****. My boss was looking up stuff on craigslist and found this gem. "How cool would that be!" he says half jokingly... Me... **** THAT'S AWESOME I WANT IT!!! (Wheels a churning on what I could turn it into!) Three or four days later...my only day off August through September, me and a buddy go check her out, I fall in love and BAM 1600 cash I own a school bus?!?! I couldn't, and still cant stop smiling every time I see it!
So happy I found this website. Been doing a lot of reading on everyone elses projects. Going to make this journey in building up 82 so much better. So thank you in advance for everyones help on all the various topics already talked about on this Forum, and answers/opinions coming down the road.
1978 International Harvester Loadstar 1600
Carpenter Bus Body
SV345 w/ Allison AT545 Auto
Headshot of 82 @ Home!
About to begin demo.
Seats coming out.
Seats Done, Rear heater out. Hosed out. Patched.
Paneling coming off. Need to figure out my windows now...
Roof panels coming down... almost.
Insulation didn't look half bad, I was surprised. I got a tip from Gerald at busparts.com (He worked on the assembly line for the Carpenters when this was built! Very Helpful.) Question, do you think I can successfully install my insulation with this method?? I think I just might, and save me the headache of putting those panels back up... any thoughts or experiences?
Has anyone used busparts.com? Gerald seemed like a stand-up guy.
Anywho that's it for now. Gotta sleep!