Here are the 13 steps: 1) buy a 1935 Chevy 1 1/2 ton truck.
2) Buy a 1935 Superior school bus body.
Buy a Chevy W3500 turbo diesel truck.
Stretch the frame.
Drop the bus body on the frame.
Cut a hole in the roof.
Cut a hole in the side of the bus.
Build a tilt front end.
Add a bath.
Add a kitchen.
Buy a 1959 Morris Minor Traveller woody wagon.
But a Geo Tracker 4X4.
Drop the Traveller body on the 4X4 frame and there you have it--a skoolie and a toad!
Her name is Honeysuckle Rose after Hoyt Axton's tour bus because she thinks she is a Hound but she is really (a) Superior.
We arrived Sunday morning at 6 AM in order to be among the first 250 entrants who then would be allowed to park on the grass rather than the pavement--we just barely made the cut for a show that didn't start until 10 AM. By 7:30 AM the place was crawling with people and from then until about 5 PM Wiffy, friend Tom and I talked with well wishers and the curious about the bus and skoolies in general. I had planned on taking some pics of other vehicles to post here but it was not to be. The three of us decided we talked to about 500 people and we were toast (but happy) by the end of the show. While there wasn't a judging class the bus fit in we figure Honeysuckle Rose was the big winner based upon the number of people who told us she was their favorite entry. She was without a doubt the most looked at entry in the show--who da thunk.
A brief tour:
left front. Notice how the front bumperettes fold down to allow the front to tilt.
Now wall to wall people.
I just love the perspective of this pic-Ha!
Great looking rig, and we know a bit of what you went through getting some
of that stuff to work.
Do you have any pics of the whole rig,all buttoned up, no people?
Just don't stop posting!
We all want to keep up with the adventure you started here bud, so we fully expect to see photos of you both...at Yosemite, the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Jellystone, Hollywood, Dollywood, Fisherman's Wharf, Key West (celebrating sundown with the Conks), Tijuana...well, maybe not Tijuana...how about Cabo San Lucas?...Camp David...Then you go through Saint Looey, Joplin, Missouri, and Oklahoma City is mighty pretty. You see Amarillo, Gallup, New Mexico, Flagstaff, Arizona. Don't forget Winona, Kingman, Barstow, San Bernandino.
You get get idea, right?
Congratulations and many thanks for sharing so very much here.
After looking at the pics I see they are too big to fit here and not knowing how to correct that I'll just type out the phone #'s you would have seen could you have seen them . As to installation, I used one stainless steel sheet metal screw in each vertical end frame and set the frame perimeter with a bead of Silkaflex 220+ window glazing adhesive--with that stuff you wouldn't even need the screws except that they do assure proper initial alignment Jack
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Here's a copy of HD's order info which you will probably have to share and explain to your local clerk.
This pic shows the 1 3/8 thickness of the frame as it is installed in my bus.
Here you can see how the glass fits in the frame.
A pic of the window closed.
I finally found some old invoices from an earlier project on which I used Peninsula Glass for some custom windows. Went to their site and they even have an instant quote system. Plug in a couple of numbers and Bam...there you are. They came in at $321.00 but they are the clamp-ring type which makes for very easy and weather tight installation.
A more do-able price but I am still heading back to The Depot to check out the Jeld-Wens. Thanks again.
Tango, you've summed up my past experience with RV windows. That's why I made the recent trek to Elkhart. The windows I found were Hehr, double pane. New, but surplus. I paid $35 each for them. Filthy when I got them. Five windows made the trip worthwhile, but I got several other goodies at good prices as well.tango wrote:Seems most of the custom RV window people have gone nuts. One came back with a price of nearly $900.00 each, and Hehr, who has been around since the mid-1940's cannot for the life of them answer anything with a straight answer.
And on the way back, I picked up that fabulous waste water tank.
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