The C5 bus
Well,here I am. Honestly just been lurking for a few years and not giving back. The story is long and complicated but ill try to sum it up best I can.
Twenty years ago I bought a international step van. We called it the titty bus because it was a mobile mammography bus. I bagged and bodydropped it and we camped/sold parts out of it for years. Its a storage building now and thats a story unto itself.
After growing out of that I bought a 88 fleetwood.
Thats when I learned the downfalls of actual rv construction. Thought it might have been a age issue so I bought a fancy fifthwheel. At that point I realized plywood with 1/16 inch of fiberglass was a time bomb,power hog,hardly insulated and uncomfortably plastic. It died a quick death of mold and warped wood.
So that brings me here. I knew I couldnt buy what I wanted so figured it would have to be built.
Looked at busses,old prevost,school transit and came to the conclusion I would probably end up with a greyhound.
Then out of the blue my friend spouts off about a bus he traded for and wanted off his property.
Thats right up my alley so I went to look at it.
I spotted it a quarter mile from his house,the big aluminium blinding bastard.
Turned out to be this old mans twenty year project abandoned in a field. I instantly knew from the outside construction that the guy was a airplane mechanic. Its framed and skinned like a C5.
I guess he flew to sacramento to pick up this 78 gillig city bus and spent the next two decades building it from the floor up. So i bought it and read the five binders he printed detailing the parts he used and why. Super interesting if not leaning on prepper style a good bit. Was also stored inside all but one year and was suprisingly clean.
The interior was terrible in ever way but the guts are astounding. So I've been rebuilding it for about two years now and getting pretty excited about that massive accomplishment. I will post some pictures when I get enough posts.
Anyways, I appreciate the content here.