Heres SquatchBus as it sits.
Last year, I had a business partner and we were going to buy a rental yard. I was going to be the man on the ground with the wrenches and my partner had the $$. Well, 3 days before signing he decided the pie wouldn’t be big enough to share and backed out. After coming to terms with the fact that we wouldn’t be owning a business, and therefore also not able to buy the house we were living in at the time, my wife and I did the only logical thing. Buy a school bus. See, we were hit with the realization that, after planning on being tied down to a business the next 20 years for the last year, that since weren’t being tied down we could go camping and stuff with our boys.
So we bought this 1986 Ford E350 Collins Bantam School Bus. Powered by a 351w motor.
My wife spraypainted part of the Interior, and found a dining booth from a restaurant or something at a garage sale for $10. We found the blue bench seat that folds into a bed on CL and we were on our way.
We had dreams of building this out into a schoolie\tiny home bus. But quickly realized that this particular vehicle would best be suited as a mobile tent. There isn’t a whole lot of room.
We took it coming in August a couple times, which was rad. And then we used it as a moving van to move from Silverton, OR to Estacada, OR.
We will be remodeling it this spring, as I found some nice new bus seats that we want to install in place of the current dining table. I hope to construct\find a table that turns to a bed between the 2 seats. This way there will be legal seatbelts for the whole family.
Btw we call it the SquatchBus because we live in Oregon. And whenever we go camping we tell our boys to hop in the SquatchBus to go squatch huntin’(camping). It’s just a bus. ;-)