I'm genuinely interested in this thread. Not because I wish to turn my back on mainstream life, shake off the shackles of regular and good employment and hug trees in tie dye - but because I've been offered a bus myself.
I posted about it a while ago, but as a refresher - it's this.
It's a 1949 Bristol L5G apparently. I don't know. To me, growing up in Ipswich, all buses should both look and sound like a Leyland Olympian. That sound is as synonymous with my childhood as the sound of my brother farting. If it's not an olympian, is it even a bus?
Anyway - the guy who owns this lives 30 seconds from my house. When he found out that my little boy makes us detour past the house just to look at it, and that I'm a serial car botherer, he started sounding out my wife about it. He said that, soon enough, it'll be time to find the bus a new home. It's part converted with a little kitchenette and loo at the back - a few places for beds but it's mainly bus. Mick has had it since 1980, and they used it as a holiday wagon. I'd also do the same (mainly weekends) and use it as over-spill space during the week. I've got the space to park it up at mine, but you all put me off it last time!
Next time I see him, I'll see what the deal is. Maybe he's made another plans.
In a nutshell, yes. Slow as you like and noisy as fuck in the cab but a rather pleasant way to amble away the hours at not very many mph. I'd jump at that. A mate had an ex North Western five speeder L6G and he used to let me borrow it to go to shows as he had an Albion Aberdonian and preferred that to drive. Gearbox was 'fun' but enjoyable all the same. His would do the heady speeds of 50mph too!