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Jesse Jordan
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So, while scouting out the build site, we got the chance to get a close look at this old relic sitting on the land. All the windows and seals are intact, and while the roof does look rusty, it doesn't look like there's enough to let any water get through. The door is also fully functional.

I'm thinking we could re-purpose it into something, but I've no idea what. Any suggestions?
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Renate Howard
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When I was a kid my dad bought a retired schoolbus and removed all but a few of the seats, put plywood over the windows in most of the back and made it into a trailer/moving van. We drove in that, with all our possessions from California to Arkansas. It stayed in the side yard in AR for some years, until my teenaged sister wanted her own room (the house was 2 bedrooms). So she made it into a bedroom by running out an extension cord for some electricity. It served her well enough - she was pretty happy staying out there until she moved out.

When you think about it, it's just a water-proof space on wheels. What do you need space for? WOOF'ers? Storage? A second kitchen for hot days? Workshop?
 
allen lumley
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Jesse Jordan : Lots of buses that no longer pass inspections for being allowed to haul kids are still structurally sound! A LOT of them get driven or shipped to Mexico
and parts south ! In the '60s and ever after these were very popular Homes/Transportation until vehicle/owner failure caused them to be parked !

This is a favorite vehicle ( with the required diesel ) to do a bio-diesel conversion ! There is a tremendous amount of potential storage room underneath ! The Metal
shell at the back end can be unbolted/unscrewed, a middle section removed and discarded, and the back end reattached, leaving you with a smaller place to heat* and
a Flatbed Truck Rear end ! My Favorite trick is to Unbolt The 1st and second rows of seats directly behind the driver, Save out a left and right side set of seats
And then swap One left side seat for a right side seat, and installing them facing backwards to create a double set of Booths or Banquet seats !

A quick look on-line will show you hundreds of sites, some dating back to the earliest days of the Internet on clever things to do with an old school bus ! Check out the
Emergency Windows along the sides of the bus, they SHOULD all be capable of working again !

For the Good/Future of the Crafts ! Be safe keep warm ! As always, Your questions and comments are solicited and Welcome ! PYRO-MAGICally Big AL !

* Done RIGHT you still have a watertight space - not much room in the walls for insulation Though! A. L.
 
Kdan Horton
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Oh man, the possibilities are endless. I wish I had one.
chicken coop, greenhouse, playhouse for the kids, playhouse for the grownups, tiny disco, follow the Grateful dead, bury it for a storm shelter, hack it up and repurpose all the pieces individually.
I'd live in it until the house was finished and turn it into a barn. Paint it and it'll last forever.
 
Mike Cantrell
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My buddy in high school had one set up as a permanent tent. It was off next to the pond where we swam and had bonfires, so no need to come all the way back across the property to bother his mom by making a mess in the house. We just camped in it.
 
Rick Roman
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I would like to see a "green roof" full of permie polyculture and the whole bus covered with living moss or moss art. - http://www.permies.com/t/13614/art/Moss-art

How to grow Moss Graffiti - http://www.permaculture.co.uk/readers-solutions/how-grow-your-own-moss-graffiti

It would make a cool permaculture class room.
 
Jay Green
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Back in the 80s, in a Mother Earth News mag, I saw a chicken coop made from a school bus. They had buried the bus up to the windows so that it would remain warm in the winter/cool in the summer and used the windows for ventilation as needed and was able to adjust the ventilation as they needed. Only the back door was used for access as the rest of the bus was underground. I thought it was the most creative and pred proof chicken coop I'd seen and I have not forgotten it to this day. Always planned to do the same if the opportunity came my way.

The possibilities are so many... I hope you post plenty of pics if you find a great way to repurpose it.
 
Peter Ellis
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I think I might start by going over the roof with the rust converter "paint" - forgetting the name right now, but rather than just covering rust and letting it keep working away, it reacts with the rust and stops the action.

That step would be a good idea, no matter where you want to go with it from there.

Depending upon where it is on your property, and whether it can be moved, the choices of how to use it could change around a great deal.

It could make a terrific little work area for potting plants and prepping seedlings, especially if it's near a place you're going to do a bunch of planting.

It could make an "outdoor" kitchen with the addition of an appliance or two.

Would be a great cabana near the swimming pond.

Could be a guest room, with a little modification like curtains and a sleeping area.

Got a resident artist/craftperson whose medium is messy? Might make a good studio and get the mess out of the house

It could be a chicken coop, or rabbit hutch - but I would think those uses are lower on the list than those that are directly human utilization.

Again, depending upon where on your property it is, what your overall goals are and whether it can be moved - I think it would make a great Sign for a permaculture farm market. Park it right up at the main road, paint it up to look really great, and use the interior as sheltered market space and a location for your honor box or cashier, depending on how you wanted to operate.

That's about all I've got for now

 
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