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Old 06-29-2010, 10:38 PM   #1
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1991 BlueBird All American

Hello everyone. I figured it would be time to start posting. I have been a member since last October, just never have posted anything. Iím on the site everyday watching everyoneĎs conversion and getting ideas though. Last November I bought my first bus, a 1991 Bluebird All American. Some of you may have seen it before. I bought it off a member on here. I plan to live in the bus full time for a few years while traveling around the country.

Work on the bus has been very very slow. I work 7 days a week and can only work on it about 4 hours over the weekend. I spent the first few months coming up with the right floor plan. Since then I have been working on the body of the bus. I have done a ton of sanding and filling in holes. I have been working on removing the flashing lights up top for a few weeks now.

The interior was partly converted when I purchased the bus. Most of the work done didnít work with the plans I have though. My dad has been helping me some by redoing the electrical work as well as putting up most of the walls. Itís been a slow process but we are about to the point where the work will start going quicker.

I have enjoyed every minute of working on the bus, well except all of the sanding. I never thought I would like driving a bus, but to my surprise I have a blast while driving it. I canít wait to finish it and hit the road with it. Here are some pictures of it. You can also see some of my videos of the bus at the link in my signature. I'm still trying to come up with a good name for it.

The first day I saw the bus after it was transported down to me.


A quick photoshop of what the paint job will look like.


Floor plan. Only thing I have changed is the bed is turned around. The side of the bed will be against the back wall.








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Old 06-30-2010, 03:16 PM   #2
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How wide is your bed? I only ask because it is much easier to make up/change sheets on an "island" bed. A "full" size (54" wide bed) fits in our bluebird with about 15" + to spare. I've been making up/changing sheets on a bed pushed up to the wall on two sides - head & long side and almost inaccessible at the foot. It's a PITA to deal with. That and I have to crawl over David to get up in the middle of the night (so he wakes up). Of course it's not so bad if you only have to deal with it for a few nights at a time. But for full-time or extended use...
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Old 06-30-2010, 06:45 PM   #3
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hi welcome ... who did you get your bus from....looks like a home already
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Old 06-30-2010, 09:10 PM   #4
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Thanks! It's a queen size bed. I too like the bed in the middle but I felt that the extra room would come in handy. In most cases it will just be me in the bus so I don't really have to worry about someone crawling over the other person. I would go with a smaller bed but the one thats in it is basically new, which came with the bus. I really don't want to buy a new one.

I got the bus from a guy that goes by the name Vanguy on here.

I will post some more recent pictures of the bus here soon.
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Old 07-01-2010, 01:23 PM   #5
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And nobody to crawl over to get to the loo!
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In most cases it will just be me in the bus so I don't really have to worry about someone crawling over the other person.
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Old 07-04-2010, 01:43 PM   #6
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I thought I would show my method of covering the holes for the flashing lights. I took a slightly different approach. It came out really nice, but was a lot of work. I cut some metal flashing and some metal gutter guard into squares to cover the inside of the holes. I stuck them together with some steel reinforced epoxy putty. Then stuck the flashing and gutter guard to the inside of the holes. After it dried I used bondo to fill in the hole. Sanded it then used rustoleum to primer it.











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Old 07-04-2010, 09:12 PM   #7
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... lol, Lorna.....some of us prefer living alone.....the roller-coaster is fun....for a while

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For David & I, it's been fun for over 30 years now! I like roller coasters.
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Hey it's Roger from Manitoba, Canada. I checked out your work on the flashing lights, that's fantastic work! I like what you did with the photoshop, before and after. I tried that with the paint program in windows 7, but it's looked like I used a paint brush all over it lol. I also like your luggage compartment under the bus, and those chrome or aluminum buds you've got, it really adds that impressive touch! Looks good, hey talk to you later bud!

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