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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).
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

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

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

Tow Vehicle

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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