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Old 09-25-2023, 02:42 PM   #1
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Join Date: Sep 2023
Location: Tucson
Posts: 1
Year: 2001
Chassis: International Bluebird 3800 Shorty
Engine: T444E
Hello from Southern Arizona!

Hey y'all!

New skoolie-er, checking in.

My name is Carolyn, and I'm a writer, whisky enthusiast (note the intentional lack of 'e'), vintage typewriter collector, and wanna-be-avid traveler, building out my first skoolie to visit the nation's best distilleries (and the less-than-best ones too).

Last month I bought a 2001 International Bluebird Handy Bus (aka, a handicap-equipped shorty) with a T444E engine. I had plans to build it out with my partner, but it's turning into a solo build instead. I grew up hanging out and sometimes 'working' in my grandparents' woodshop, so I have some experience with heavy tools. That was 25+ years ago, so what I lack in current experience, I make up with a strong internet connection so I can watch a thousand YouTube videos.

Here's where this intro starts to feel like a dating profile: I would love to connect with other skoolie folks in the Tucson area, especially womxn who've done it themselves. 💪

Let's hang out. I'll bring the whisky.


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Old 09-25-2023, 07:38 PM   #2
Bus Crazy
Join Date: Apr 2020
Location: Northern California (Sacramento)
Posts: 1,382
Year: 1999
Coachwork: El Dorado Fiberglass
Chassis: Ford E450
Engine: V10 Gas
Welcome to the forum.

Not a big whisky (or whiskey) drinker, but glad you found the group.

Tell us about the plans for the build.
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Old 09-25-2023, 08:41 PM   #3
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Join Date: Oct 2021
Location: Jacksonville, FL
Posts: 650
Year: 2003
Coachwork: BlueBird
Chassis: TC2000 28ft
Engine: Cummins ISB 5.9 24v, MD3060
Rated Cap: 14
Good for you! Better to start on your own, then be left broke and abandoned halfway through! Get a few basic tools and you can do it.

I bought my bus from Tucson and wish I could've explored more. It'll be a few years before I can make it back it back, but I'll be following your build! Also, addd some pictures!
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Old 10-28-2023, 10:51 PM   #4
Join Date: Nov 2020
Location: TX
Posts: 46
Year: 2010
Coachwork: Blue Bird
Chassis: Blue Bird (6-window Handy Bus)
Engine: Cummins 6.7l ISB
Rated Cap: 15 + 3WC
Welcome. I recently completed my build on a 2010 BB Handy...It was a solo effort over the past 2-1/2 yrs...Will upload pics that I took along the way and happy to answer any q's about the process, equipment I used, etc - though will defer to other experts here on the hardcore bus mechanicals.
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