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Old 06-29-2012, 10:00 AM   #1
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Re: 1996 Blue Bird TC 2000

first. i removed my front stairwell and replaced it with a generator after i welded in a box. also put a camper door on it so i could see out the top glass for the side view, and raise the bottom glass which is screened so the genset would always run cool if no one was close. it works very well.

second, unless you have some help, it will probably take longer than 6 weeks to do all that...

Third, a school bus is nothing more than a box truck built on a truck chassis.well... it is far stronger body. So raising the roof by 2 feet or so certainly wont hurt the chassis any, and that is what you are driving. You can raise the roof without a external a frame or crane, simply by building a 2x4 or similar support structure inside the empty shell and jacking the roof up. There are many ways to do this, and pictures on this and other bus conversion sites. just be sure to weld uprights back in place on the sides - depending on what window openings you need. You could even build a steel flat or slightly crowned top as you can get the steel in a roll from something like industrial steel.

Fourth, most rv's have the main entrance doors on the passenger side, and most emergency doors are on the drivers side, but i dont know what side you want double doors on, but i havent seen a rv with double doors. electricity and waste tank disposal is on drivers side.

fifth, it will be easy for you to fab up rear barn doors. or you can occasionally find commercial barn doors on old box truck boxes. i have one of those in my yard that i use for storage. But if you have a porch back there, you probably just want a regular door there..
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Old 07-10-2012, 10:38 AM   #2
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first, since it ran, and then wont run after the wiring work on the emergency door, etc stuff,, it is probably that wiring. i hope you have it fixed by now. in my case, this last thomas bus, mine would not start after i unhooked some wiring in the panel that went to the stop sign, next, at the drivers side emergency door - and that required one wire to be grounded, and i think the other two connected together. and then there was the back window, which had 2 switches, one of which had to be open and the other closed. right now all of those wires are disconnected in mine - and it starts.

second, your bus will be kinda top heavy whilst driving around corners, you will certainly notice the difference between a stock height bus and a 13'6" one.

Just my opinion, but if i wanted a bus that was wood on the top half or something like that, i would use metal to frame the ribs and the structure in, and wood bolted to it. it would require thick wood for the exterior, not something like 1/2 in plywood, and when using plywood you need marine or at least exterior grade. Just remember that it will be heavy which means going slow around any corners, esp in wet conditions.

Personally, for a roof raise, i would cut the top off, and build a steel structure with a flat roof and skin it with 18 ga metal.
hope this helps.
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Old 07-10-2012, 11:13 AM   #3
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Pretty sure there is a safety switch at the back door, if it is open the bus won't start. Since you removed the switch my guess is it left the wires in the open position ... kinda like the door is open.
To closed the circuit pigtail the wires together and see if that fixes it, if not nothing loss........
Best of luck with the bus.
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Old 07-10-2012, 11:16 AM   #4
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in my case, the back door has 2 switches, and all the wires have to be unhooked and taped off... one switch for open position, and a second for the closed position..
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Old 07-10-2012, 11:19 AM   #5
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in my case, the back door has 2 switches, and all the wires have to be unhooked and taped off... one switch for open position, and a second for the closed position..
That makes sense, now guessing which is which will he fun, only 2 choices tho, 50% chance he'll get it right the first time....
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Old 07-10-2012, 11:50 AM   #6
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Also a fifty percent chance he will let all the smoke out--and since ther don't make replacement smoke anymore it would be wise to look up a wiring diagram before proceeding.
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Old 07-22-2012, 09:57 AM   #7
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Open a free Photobucket account then PM me and I'll send you directions as to how to post your pics. Welcome aboard. Jack
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If you have the pictures uploaded to photobucket
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4)paste in the reply block here or; I normally open up note pad and past it there so I can do multiple pictures and write

Then I copy and paste whole thing into the reply box here and hit preview to make sure all is kosher...then hit submit...easy as pie
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Old 09-06-2012, 02:33 PM   #9
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I'll help you out fellow schoolie owner.





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I think it's going to look cool
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