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Old 11-25-2022, 01:54 PM   #1
Join Date: Nov 2022
Location: Indiana
Posts: 20
Year: 1970
Coachwork: Eastern Coach
Chassis: VRT/SL3/2176
Engine: Gardner 6LXB - Detroit Diesel
We know nothing, but we bought a bus

Hey, someone suggested this forum to us. We are very inexperienced and have been using YouTube as our guide. We are just starting out our Skoolie build from a 1970 Easten Body Double Decker Bus. It somehow ended up from Britain > Scotland > North Carolina > and now Indiana. My wife and I have always been interested in building a tiny home and we couldn't let this opportunity pass us up. So we jumped on it. We are a little over our heads, but excited. We will probably come here a lot for help. If you want to follow our progress we started an instagram for it. Double_Decked_Out.

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Old 11-25-2022, 02:48 PM   #2
Join Date: Oct 2021
Location: New England
Posts: 18
Year: 2005
Coachwork: Corbeil
Chassis: GMC Savana 3500 Dually
Engine: 6.0 Gas V8 > GMC/Chevy
Rated Cap: 14 - 12,500 GVWR
Whoa! Looks like a fun build!
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Old 11-25-2022, 07:25 PM   #3
Bus Nut
Join Date: Jul 2019
Location: Suburbs of Winterset, OH
Posts: 802
Year: 2005
Coachwork: Thomas
Chassis: FS65
Engine: Mercedes 6.4L
Rated Cap: just the 2 of us
welcome to a double dose of insanity.
What's the plan? Camper, stationary tiny home, full time traveling?
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Old 11-26-2022, 06:53 AM   #4
Bus Crazy
Join Date: Oct 2020
Location: Near Flagstaff AZ
Posts: 1,951
Year: 1974
Coachwork: Crown
Chassis: "Atomic"
Engine: DD 8V71
That's a big, but very cool, project you're undertaking. Seeing the pics of that tall double-decker behind a tow truck was pretty impressive. Since you can't post photos here until you have 5 posts (or so?), I've taken the liberty of snagging one of your Instagram pics to put here for others to see.

As you mentioned on IG, that Detroit 2-stroke engine will outlast you and all of us. I started up one that sat in a salvage yard for 9+ years and drove it home, from Idaho to AZ. But...and this is very important...if they have sat for a long time, it's very common for one or more injectors to stick open. If you try to start it without correcting that, the engine can run away and destroy itself. The process to check and correct that, before you start it, is pretty simple - but please reach out to one of us who work on those engines. Feel free to call me...nine two eight, 554-5219. Or reach out to Mike, who goes by Crown_Guy here. There are others here, too.

Here's your bus pic - very cool!

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Old 11-27-2022, 09:43 PM   #5
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Join Date: Aug 2022
Location: Oregon
Posts: 133
Year: 2005
Coachwork: Thomas
Chassis: ford E350
Engine: 6.0 power stroke Diesel Navistar EFI
Rated Cap: wife & 2 corgis
Soooo Cool!
now that's a project!
stay out of the McDonalds drive thru LOL
life is short, travel, camp & enjoy!
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