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Join Date: Dec 2020
Location: Morrisville, NC
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Vehicle Name "#27"
Year 1997
Make Ford
Model Thomas Built Buses
Length 30 feet (need to confirm)
1997 Ford Thomas Built Buses
Basic Info "#27" was acquired from my local county public school depot. She (definitely has "she" vibes i.e. high off the ground, retro styling-boho vibes, wide stance).
Exterior
1997 Ford Thomas Built Buses Exterior 1997 Ford Thomas Built Buses Exterior 1997 Ford Thomas Built Buses Exterior
Conversion tasks:
- wash, sand, prime. paint
- add cameras for safety & security
- rebuild door into 1 swing-out style re-use existing components
- remove & re-caulk around windows
- wash, sand, prime, paint rims (Rustoleum flat black)
- upgrade tires & starter batteries (as budget allows)
- install solar panels to feed 1500-2000W Jackery

Interior
1997 Ford Thomas Built Buses Interior
Very simple build
- remove flooring, install foam board insulation, OSB board, vinyl sheet flooring
- keep walls as-is (after checking for leaks - fix as needed)
- remove ceiling panels to clear out 24yo manky insulation, install backed fiberglass insulation, re-use ceiling panels add metal strips to join as needed
- add 1" foam board insulation to walls, overlay with plywood panels, frame out windows, paint white with matte black highlights

Customizations
Re-use current bricks & sticks furniture that isn't going to storage
- queen size bed
- IKEA Kallax cube shelf
- IKEA 2-seater sofa (modify legs to fit)
- IKEA Kallax cubes (4x) as platform for bed
- bed slats - use 2x4s to make rigid add gas struts to lift to access underneath bed area

Renovations and Repairs
3 tasks identified by mechanic:
- fix low level coolant indicator
- fix sticky transmission gear
- fix glow bulb
- change all fluids
- delete un-needed electricals with school bus mechanic help
*SAFETY FIRST ALWAYS - DO WHAT IS CRUCIAL*

Tow Vehicle
N/A

Favorite Camping Destinations
1997 Ford Thomas Built Buses Favorite Camping Destinations
To be discovered...planning to explore the coastal towns of eastern North Carolina. OBX, UK-namesake towns e.g. Bath, Avon, Plymouth, Gloucester, as well as other cool sounding towns such as Stumpy Point :>
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