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Old 06-24-2016, 01:26 PM   #1
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Join Date: Jun 2016
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Year: 1993
Coachwork: BlueBird
Chassis: Flat Nose - Front Engine
Engine: 5.9 liter Cummins, 6 cylinder
1993 Blue Bird in NW IA

I've been coming to this site since early 2016, we purchased our bus in March and have since been working to turn it into our RV-traveling oasis. Love coming here to see everyone's builds, ideas, and feedback. Looking forward to participating in the community.
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Old 07-24-2016, 11:17 PM   #2
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Congratulations! Post some pics so we can drool over our monitors!
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Old 07-25-2016, 05:32 AM   #3
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Sorry about that! Been trying but kept running into trouble. Usually I'm the guy people ask tech questions but now I'm off to an embarrassing start on the forums . Started uploading them into an album to see if I can post them from there into this thread. Thank you already for the support - why I love this site 👍😀!

Testing image post via link.
http://www.skoolie.net/forums/member...ture13721.html




BANSIL: I right clicked on picture and then pasted into img box, the above I just made it hot
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Old 07-25-2016, 08:04 PM   #4
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3.20.16 - Homecoming pictures

Thanks again for the help, I think I finally figured it out.

Passenger Side Exterior


Captain's Chair


Interior View, rear to front


Interior View, front to rear
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Old 07-25-2016, 10:39 PM   #5
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Location: North of Seattle, WA
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Year: 1994
Chassis: Blue Bird TC2000
Engine: Cummins 5.9 12V
Rated Cap: ??...It's 28' long
Hey! Congratulations!

My bus is just like yours only it 28' and has a wheelchair door.

Hooray for the flatnosed Bluebirds!
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Old 07-25-2016, 10:48 PM   #6
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3.30.16 - Start of Demolition

For removal of the seats I went the route of an impact driver and broke the heads of the bolts by tightening them. Had started out with one person under the bus holding the nut while someone inside the bus loosened the bolt. That was more work and once we got to where the rear inside heater unit was, found a large metal shroud/housing protecting it's components (or something else) that was going to be a lot of work to remove.

For the rubber flooring we used a combination of a wonder bar, rubber mallet, and drill where it worked for removing the screws in the metal strips running along the middle of the floor.

View from the rear, seats in back half removed and first layer of flooring.


View from the front toward the rear.


View of the front half of the bus.
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Old 07-25-2016, 11:37 PM   #7
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Hey! Congratulations!

My bus is just like yours only it 28' and has a wheelchair door.

Hooray for the flatnosed Bluebirds!
Hooray indeed! We fell in love with the flat noses right away!
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Old 07-26-2016, 08:37 PM   #8
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6.29.16 - Rivet, Wall, & Ceiling Removal

Dirty, sweaty, and tiring is what I call this process! However I'm extremely glad we went the whole 9 yards and removed floors, wall panels, and ceiling panels. We are planning on having our Skoolie for a very long time and making tons of amazing memories...starting fresh is well worth the time invested to ensure we don't have mold growing under our feet or around us as we enjoy the world. The insulation in the walls was all fine, same with the ceiling, but the wood layer of flooring was almost all wet and moldy.

Regarding the process, I used both a hammer drill and grinder for removing the rivets to pull the wall and ceiling panels. The hammer drill worked great on the wall panels which had smaller rivets; easier, cleaner, and a bit faster than grinding. However the ceiling rivets didn't work well at all for a drill bit as they were bigger and differently shaped. There was a center portion portruding out that made it extremely challenging to keep the bit steady/straight. Used the grinder to remove all the rivet heads and pull the panels down on the ceiling.

Then swept it all out, used wire brush attachments for the grinder and drill to remove loose rust, and used a scraper to remove any rubber or sealant left over to have all floor surfaces ready to prime.



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Old 09-09-2016, 10:46 PM   #9
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7.17.16 - Priming Floor

This was a very exciting day when we finally got to stop removing and demo'ing and start the very beginning stage of construction prep. We started with priming the floor...rustoleum rust preventative primer. We grinded off any loose rust/metal so we could start fresh.

Started priming the floor after grinding off the loose metal/rust:


Floor is primed!


We used JB Weld cold weld sticks (Steel Stik), mix up 2 putty like substances and pushed into all the holes in the floor. Can be sanded, painted, etc. - rock solid and will be using them in other areas of the bus.
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Old 09-10-2016, 01:20 AM   #10
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That's a good looking skoolie!
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