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Old 01-15-2017, 05:06 PM   #1
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Hello from Brooklyn! 2003 Ford E-450 Shorty

Greetings all. I am a former longtime lurker on this site, but at long last, Darling Husband and I have bought our bus! 2003 Ford E-450 Super Duty Girardin Minibus from a fantastic dealer upstate, where it will be staying temporarily while we complete the magical Vermont mail-in registration and get it re-titled as a motorhome. I'm really so pumped, because this baby was only retired the day previous, has new tires/exhaust, and we received the full mechanical records from the previous owners. All for $3500! Can't wait to see her again in a few weeks once we (hopefully) have the plates and Vermont title.

The plan is to create a full time rolling home for our couple, our two big rescue dogs, and some extra friends/hitchers along the way. We'd love to leave Brooklyn and roam the country and the American-continent once the bus is completed and we can transition our jobs to remote or alternative means. Aiming for November 2017!

Anyways, here's some photos... more to come...
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Old 01-15-2017, 07:08 PM   #2
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Old 01-15-2017, 07:16 PM   #3
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Good lookin' bus!

My final bus payment will be November 2017...
Per the owner financing contract I drew up, I added a stipulation in there that I won't make any "permanent changes" until I have lien removed...

So, I've just been making minor changes to get by for full time living. There's nothing that feels as good as achieving goals
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Old 01-15-2017, 08:01 PM   #4
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Greetings all. I am a former longtime lurker on this site, but at long last, Darling Husband and I have bought our bus! 2003 Ford E-450 Super Duty Girardin Minibus from a fantastic dealer upstate, where it will be staying temporarily while we complete the magical Vermont mail-in registration and get it re-titled as a motorhome. I'm really so pumped, because this baby was only retired the day previous, has new tires/exhaust, and we received the full mechanical records from the previous owners. All for $3500! Can't wait to see her again in a few weeks once we (hopefully) have the plates and Vermont title.

The plan is to create a full time rolling home for our couple, our two big rescue dogs, and some extra friends/hitchers along the way. We'd love to leave Brooklyn and roam the country and the American-continent once the bus is completed and we can transition our jobs to remote or alternative means. Aiming for November 2017!

Anyways, here's some photos... more to come...
Dude, welcome!!! We are in Suffolk County until March. We can trade wisdoms. Come visit!!
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Old 01-15-2017, 09:12 PM   #5
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nice bus!! even air conditioned!! 2003 likely has the nice 7.3 Diesel in it too!!
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Old 01-15-2017, 09:21 PM   #6
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Old 01-16-2017, 01:39 PM   #7
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Sweet! We are in Brooklyn too and are planing to pick ours up in the next couple of months. Shorty as well


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Old 01-16-2017, 03:33 PM   #8
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Welcome!

Where do you work on a bus in Brooklyn in the winter?!

If it is the Powerstroke 7.3, put together a little kit now with that big fuse for the fuel pump/filter heater (30amp Maxi-fuse, i think off the top of my head), a cam position sensor, and keep the engine oil full and carry some extra, and you'll be well covered for the trip back!
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Old 01-16-2017, 04:33 PM   #9
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keep an ICP and an IPR in that little Go-Bag too.. those 2 can also shut you down.
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Old 01-16-2017, 04:46 PM   #10
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Thanks for the kind words and encouragement! @warewolff and @catriguez, we'll be doing some work on Flatbush avenue, thanks to the free/numerous parking, the rest in suburbia/Rockland county, near the NJ border. Temperature keeps going all over the place, but at least we'll have a better idea about how much insulation is necessary.

Would love to meet up with others in the area once things start moving forward!
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Old 03-12-2017, 01:02 AM   #11
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Congrats! Also in Brooklyn and trying to figure out where to do my build so that it's close enough to actually get it done. Looking forward to following your build!

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Old 03-15-2017, 09:03 AM   #12
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So happy you guys are so close and doing it right in the city!! We're out in New Jersey but plan on spending some time in Brooklyn once we're up and rolling.

Have you guys had any issues doing the work on the street/parking lots? At the moment we're converting in the parking lot next door without any issues but I'm just waiting for that to change.
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Old 08-12-2018, 11:24 AM   #13
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Fellow New Yorker here

Hey guys,
My boyfriend and I have been building out our shortbus, live in NYC but work on it in the Hudson Valley on weekends at a relatives place. Would love to connect to other locals!
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Old 08-13-2018, 10:30 PM   #14
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My boyfriend and I have been building out our shortbus, live in NYC but work on it in the Hudson Valley on weekends at a relatives place. Would love to connect to other locals!
Cool I am in Staten Island, NY. My wife and I am building a 40' Rear pusher Bluebird A3RE
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Old 08-13-2018, 11:16 PM   #15
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Hi Rev and sblondie

David here in Riverdale, The Bronx, NY.
A couple of years out from moving but love to connect with either of you or both and be supportive in any way I can.
I am a personal chef in NYC and my wife is in Marketing and works from home.
We are renting but thinking skoolie -
Need a place to work on it - Ideas?
Love to here both of your stories or see you on YouTube if you have it.

Cheers

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Old 08-13-2018, 11:19 PM   #16
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Welcome fellow Brooklyn - SI and other area Skoolies
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Old 09-25-2018, 09:08 AM   #17
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Hey NY Chef!
My boyfriend and I are currently working on it up at my aunt and uncles house in the Hudson Valley, so not sure where you could do it in NYC.... Would be great to meet up at some point though! Maybe we can get a group of the NYC Skoolie owners/fans together for a drink.
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Old 01-15-2019, 09:03 PM   #18
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Hey! What dealership did you buy the bus from in upstate NY? I'm also a Brooklynite and would love a recommendation on where to purchase my first bus! Also looking for a mini
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