Flxible Bus Fixer Upper: Should We Buy It?

Recently while wandering into a lonely, deserted Eastern Colorado town, we came across this beautiful sight:

1947 Flxible Bus RV Conversion
Vintage Flxible Bus Ready to Fix Up

The first time we ever saw a Flxible bus conversion was last year in Death Valley. This bus was amazing!

1950 Flxible Bus RV Quartzsite, AZ
Successful Flxible Bus RV Conversion

Vintage bus conversions are all the rage right now. Being trendy is not something we aspire to. But man, if we could get this bus and fix it up to what it could be, the possibilities are endless!

I tracked down the owner and want to give him a call. But first I need to make sure that my sanity is intact and really know if this is a step we want to take. Jim’s just as excited about it as I am, but for both of us it’s not a huge priority right now as we deal with major issues our Dodge RAM is experiencing.

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So, I thought I’d just throw it out there… would you buy this bus? Looks like its current owner once made the decision to buy an old Flxible and tried to convert it. Wonder why he stopped? Did it ever move out of its current spot?

Flxible, Bus, Dead, Restore
Is this Flxible bus a money pit?

Meanwhile I don’t think this vintage baby is going anywhere anytime soon.

Should we buy this vintage Flxible bus?

5 thoughts on “Flxible Bus Fixer Upper: Should We Buy It?”

  1. I have a 1956 Southern Coach Manufacturing Co. Bus Conversion and I love it. Fun to work on, but difficult at times to find support, resources and parts. Thats where a persons creativity and problem solving come into play. Storage is another thing to consider. I’m in Southern California so storage is not cheap and can be an issue for a larger vehicle like my 30ft Bus.

  2. I am all for ‘previously owned’ RVs. I think it is usually a much more economical way to do things. However, if they are too old, it may cost more $$ to find spare parts or to have things fabricated for it. Something over 10 years old I would shy away from.

  3. Rene’s post here must clearly be theoretical…she swore we would never do another restoration project after the 3700 sq. ft. Victorian nightmare in our previous life. If we had nothing but time and money to burn, it could be an interesting project, to say the least!

  4. It depends on your collective skills set and the depth of your pockets. You must assume every system will need to be overhauled, renewed and replaced. Do you like body work – I can see weeks of body work ahead of you to deal with corrosion damage. Got four grand kicking around for new tires? That’s just for starters. Ready to be anchored to o e spot for a while? Even assuming mechanical viability, living in an ongoing project is a marriage-killer.

    No question the “cool factor” is way up there. You would be able to maintain and repair everything on the bus from necessity as it will be a while before you have a travel kitty funded after rebuilding the bus.

    It’s up to you. At my age and health, while within my skill set, it isn’t worth it. Your mileage may vary…


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