91 Thomas West Coaster 40ft -SOLAR, WOOD STOVE AND MORE (OBO)

by Eileen/Jordan Wheatman
Published: January 8, 2024 (2 months ago)
West Coaster
VIN Number

1991 Thomas West Coaster 40ft with Cummins 6-cylinder engine and an Allison transmission.

“5.9L 24 valve Cummins, newer runnning gear, school district spent $8K+ installing new Cummins engine with AT six speed Allison trans with 150K runs great” – when we purchased and started conversion. Ran great to the place conversion started.

Beautiful partially remodeled Thomas school bus. We have to part with our long, but unfinished work product. Our loss can be your gain!!

Bus includes an installed CUBIC mini wood stove, a propane storage area ready for 2 normal sized tanks, Foam It Green spray insulation throughout, new Cal King memory foam OkiOki bed, sofa, luxury vinyl plank waterproof cork base flooring, and much more.

Included and not yet installed:

Natures Head composting toilet

Renogy Solar – 400 Watts, 12 volts, 3,000-watt inverter. Hookup and alternator charging.

Two solid wood counter tops

Completed kitchen cabinets.

Tankless hot water heater and pump

100-gallon freshwater tank

Kitchen sink with faucet


We started by removing all seats and windows and covering the outside of the bus with custom sheet metal. We left windows for the bedroom in the back and areas in the body of the bus for light. Many windows were covered to increase privacy. The interior was then completely insulated with Foam It Green spray insulation. The insulation covered all the walls and the ceiling. The floor was done with a plywood base and luxury vinyl plank cork base waterproof flooring installed over the plywood.


There is a bedroom area at the rear of the bus with carpeting and a new foam bed and a couch in the front. The kitchen drawers and cabinets are all assembled and ready to be set into a final location. The wood countertop for the kitchen is ready for the drop-in sink. The ceiling is thin plywood cut into strips. Walls are plywood and ready for the color of your choice. There are large storage areas under the bus.


The outside of the bus is painted with white primer. The plan was to spray paint or to layer things on it. For the ceiling we had planned to reinforce the plywood ceiling with metal strips or redo down the line. The structure of the bus is made from metal supports every 25-30 inches which allows for easy install anywhere. The driver’s seat is currently not bolted down, but all hardware is there. You will see a gap area between the walls and ceiling. This is intended to allow a channel to run wires which can then be covered.


Extreme care was taken at every step to ensure that this was done with best practices so that the bus will have a long life. We purchased the bus in 2021 and drove it to the current location in Petaluma, CA for renovation.


The bus has not been started or moved in 2 years. Therefore, it will require new fluids and diesel and may need the tires aired to move it. We will pay for these items or will consider a reduction in purchase price.


We had anticipated traveling in this and built it with great care. Unfortunately, our situation has changed, and we now must part with all our hard work. Please note that this comes with all items listed above including the uninstalled solar and composting toilet. Someone will have a great time adding the finishing touches!


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