Found out how insanely expensive a "moving truck and trailer" are (nearly $4000) for the move I want to make and said screw that. I can buy a truck for that price.
yes. I can but they are sketchy as &$%# most of them or out of my price range then something hit me. a crazy idea. School Bus.
plunked that into craigslist and one of them is a 39ft 2002 bluebird auto 454 chevy v8. $3k
WOW gorgeous conditions. 117k miles nothing if well cared for.
took a long time for harrisburg to convert the title but he finally called me up. my new station wagon was titled. drove 124 miles and drove my new bus home.
not going to make an RV out of it. I am going to make a moving truck out of it. if the universe can see fit to stop dumping on me and I can manage to keep it on the flip side I have an interesting idea for it.
Mobile Maker Space. (I am into 3d printing)
Super excited. Need to find some new tires for the rear (they are retreads) in fantastic condition but in my queries people tell me they are not good for cross country. might gator on such a long trip.
runs fantastically. purrs like a kitten (A big one) and is quite dangerous at speed. it cruised at 70mph like it was nothing but feels like your doing 40mph. I swear the speedo was broken had to take out my phone to confirm speed. 5mph off but WOW. need to watch that. might keep it under 60 if I can for fuel savings (will add up big on a 2100 mile trip)
Going to change all the fluids, it needs it. in general though its in fantastic condition front to back. I was very surprised HOW good a condition its in. even most of the seats are perfectly fine. seems almost sad to scrap them all (just keeping 4)
drove it 124 miles home on the turnpike at 65mph and it did not even hiccup one time. very impressed. 16,000 pounds.
BARELY fits in the driveway covers the sidewalk with its nose.
its going to be an adventure.
is there some good urls to start with?
maintenance? shop manuals? guides? things to do and check lists?
eventually I plan to fully restore all the "bus" lighting. sadly the pop out stop sign and its mechanicals are gone. pity. gonna have to rebuild that. going to replace the stop sign with a "make something" sign. going to put clear covers on the red and yellows and put some programmable RGB panels in their for a really nice effect.
thinking pop up "turret" seat for the escape hatch to mount a telescope on the roof.
this is all blue sky for the future stuff. I have to somehow successfully make it to new mexico with the family and be in a position where I can afford to keep it. fingers crossed.
suggestions on dealing with the insurance company when I call up to insure it tomorrow? any "stay away" words I should avoid? Or just tell it like it is. I am gutting out a bus to move my family titled station wagon by harrisburgh ??
fully loaded. any chance I will get 8mpg out of it? what can I expect? (have to budget fuel etc..)
any issue with me towing 5k behind it? suggestions on hitch to order?
any other suggestions at all?
thanks! more pics to come as I work on it.