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Old 10-06-2011, 02:16 PM   #1
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1988 Bluebird tailgating/nascar conversion

Well this is my 1988 bus I traded for my old boat. It's got 99,992 miles on it right now and runs like a champ. I am planning on doing a lounge setup inside with a bar in the middle and a continuous bench around the entire bus. Its got two dinets in that fold into beds. I am also adding a deck up top along with a deck on the back that will hold a porta john. Let me know if you have any insight on what I should do or what I shouldn't do.
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Old 10-06-2011, 02:17 PM   #2
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This is the paint I will be using.
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Old 10-06-2011, 02:18 PM   #3
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Interior gutted
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Old 10-09-2011, 11:36 PM   #4
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Re: 1988 Bluebird tailgating/nascar conversion

Update on exterior paint!
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Old 10-10-2011, 12:19 PM   #5
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Re: 1988 Bluebird tailgating/nascar conversion

I have an older version of the events grill, it will hold 27-30 steaks in case you are wondering, love the paint job, tiger fan?
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Old 10-10-2011, 04:08 PM   #6
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Re: 1988 Bluebird tailgating/nascar conversion

Very subtle. But only on the Disney Wild Kingdom tour route! Nice job. Keep the pix coming.
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Old 10-10-2011, 09:29 PM   #7
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The paint looks awesome! I like how all the silver accents came out. Now I'm inspired and can't wait to get my wheels painted!
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Old 10-12-2011, 10:35 AM   #8
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Re: 1988 Bluebird tailgating/nascar conversion

Let me know if you have any insight on what I should do or what I shouldn't do.

My bus is built for the same purpose. Things I wish I would have done or have done:
1. More lighting
2. I have a similar grill perhaps a bit smaller,(see pics). I wish I had regular burners as well(simmer and HO) for beans and boiling.
3. You definitly want a chest freezer w/external thermostat running via inverter. We made two bags of ice last for 3 full days and had mucho cases cold beer. If you set it right your ice wont melt and your beer wont freeze.
4. Futons. I have three. They work great but my bus is for things other than tailgates as well.
5. LED's...expensive but battery savers
6. More plugs strategically located. Look at all the cords strewn about...dislike alot.
7. Bigger generator. I got a great deal on a onan marquis 5500 with three hrs. We will max it out with two A/C's running. Hopefully the extra insulation will only require one a/c.
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Old 10-18-2011, 02:48 PM   #9
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Re: 1988 Bluebird tailgating/nascar conversion

Hey guys here is an update of the bus. We got most of the deck on top welded up, we are starting on the interior we will have two benches in the back that convert in to two beds. Any suggestions on how to fabricate the back deck for the ladder access?

I need to buy a 5000watt generator any suggestions under 600? i am only running one AC unit on this thing, and I have five circuits in the bus throughout. We will have a full dj lighting display on the side of the rack facing the passenger side door area with an awning.
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Old 10-18-2011, 04:27 PM   #10
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Nice rack! (I love saying that...)

But seriously, how did you attach the vertical braces? Are those bolts I see sticking out? Are they also welded?
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