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Old 05-19-2020, 01:00 PM   #1
Mini-Skoolie
 
Join Date: May 2020
Location: Altus OK
Posts: 29
Year: 1978
Coachwork: Gillig
Chassis: Neoplan
Engine: 8.3, 653
Rated Cap: 36k
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.
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Old 05-19-2020, 10:33 PM   #2
Mini-Skoolie
 
Join Date: May 2020
Location: Altus OK
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Year: 1978
Coachwork: Gillig
Chassis: Neoplan
Engine: 8.3, 653
Rated Cap: 36k
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Old 05-19-2020, 10:40 PM   #3
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Looks pretty damn cool to me. Have fun
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Old 05-19-2020, 11:37 PM   #4
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Location: So Cal
Posts: 2,657
Year: 1935
Coachwork: Superior
Chassis: Chevy
Engine: 317 ci/tid / Isuzu
Great find. Looks to be good quality. Keep the pics coming!
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Old 05-20-2020, 02:06 PM   #5
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Join Date: Jan 2020
Location: Wild Wild West
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Year: 1999
Coachwork: Blue Bird
Chassis: TC RE
Engine: 8.3 Cummins MD3060
Rated Cap: 84
The interior isn't my style, but that's the best part of these Skoolies, not a single one is the same as another. But that exterior, now that is sleek looking! Reminds me of the bus on YouTube being built by the Canadian, can't remember his name, but he added slidouts to both sides, and extended the rear another 4 feet, and skinned the whole thing in stainless.

Looks Awesome!!
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Old 05-20-2020, 05:55 PM   #6
Mini-Skoolie
 
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The interior isn't my style, but that's the best part of these Skoolies, not a single one is the same as another. But that exterior, now that is sleek looking! Reminds me of the bus on YouTube being built by the Canadian, can't remember his name, but he added slidouts to both sides, and extended the rear another 4 feet, and skinned the whole thing in stainless.

Looks Awesome!!

Very true,most people dont like brown and naked wood. I'm sure it also goes against the frugal sensibilities of some builders. Guess it depends on the goal really.
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Old 05-20-2020, 06:15 PM   #7
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Location: Virginia
Posts: 1,500
Year: 1971
Coachwork: Wayne
Chassis: International Loadstar 1700
Engine: 345 international V-8
Nice. 40's Dodge? I have had a few over the years. A one ton mostly original and a 3/4 ton very modified, and a few more for parts or possible projects
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