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Old 09-26-2019, 05:31 AM   #1
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I have no idea what Iím going to call this project. Iíve been a long time lurker, years you can say, but I finally pulled the trigger yesterday.

2002 Thomas
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Allison 2500

Ignore the puddle. We sprayed down the radiator to cool it off to pop the cap and make sure there was coolant as it keeps throwing a coolant level code. Bad sensor was the agreement. Drove it home 120 miles with zero issues. Traded in over the summer, 102,xxx miles. $2700

And of course when I got home and parked I played with the lights.

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Old 09-26-2019, 09:02 AM   #2
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SWEET!!! Jealous. Going to be first of the year before I can buy one.
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Old 09-26-2019, 05:40 PM   #3
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Screws instead of rivets!!
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Old 09-26-2019, 06:49 PM   #4
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Screws instead of rivets!!
Huge time savor, no matter how fast anyone says they can chisel em out.
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Old 09-26-2019, 07:02 PM   #5
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Doggo approved!

I have to upload pics better and just read instructions but doggo approves.
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Old 09-26-2019, 07:54 PM   #6
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I have to upload pics better and just read instructions but doggo approves.
PNG. Your dog looks particularly weird with the pic rotated like that.
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Old 10-03-2019, 06:21 PM   #7
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Progress made slowly. Some seats are out and I discovered itís just easier to grind the bolt off. Also, zero plywood underneath. Until next week...
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Old 10-08-2019, 08:33 PM   #8
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Progress has been made. First, only six of the 26 seats remain. Decided to use the grinder and just grind the bolt heads off. Quickly. Also discovered that I do not have plywood under the rubber floor, yay! While my friend was grinding away I started to remove the 1000+ screws out of the ceiling. All the panels are out except the one over the driver area. No apparent leaks in the roof so far. Even the emergency hatch is good.

Now I need to try to find the wiring diagrams to figure out a couple of extra wires up there that I have zero idea about. Iím going to repurpose the signal lights into just plain white lights for night park aids or just light around the thing at night for a bit so that should be easy enough. The bus doesnít care if a hatch or window is open, it always starts with the emergency stuff open so Iím not going to remove the buzzer system. It will be nice to know they are all closed.

Also I made a stupid mistake when buying the bus. Itís still perfect basically for what I need but was mid-informed about the transmission. Itís an AT545 and I was told it was a Allison 2500. Should have looked at the damn label. But itís more going to be stationary or local moving for filling fuel/propane. Only the occasional trip, not a full time traveling machine. I already assumed it would be slow, Iíll just plan around big mountains when I travel and it isnít necessarily a bad transmission.

Iíve decided the ďwindowsĒ between the signal lights that currently say ďSchool BusĒ are going to be just windows. Scrape the glass clean and frame them out. Extra light is a wonderful thing. I had no idea they could light up at night until I found the switch. It also had the acoustic ceiling panels all the way back, Iíve never seen a bus like that and made it really hard to hear someone back in the rear.

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Old 10-08-2019, 10:20 PM   #9
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Huge time savor, no matter how fast anyone says they can chisel em out.
I have stripped the interior of Thomas and Bluebird. I finished the Thomas a little bit quicker than the Bluebird. Not by much though.

The big difference I noticed was the condition of my body when I was done.. The Bluebird kicked my butt.

If I didn't want a roof raise then Thomas would be the easier to convert.
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Old 10-09-2019, 09:59 AM   #10
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Yeah. Iím not planning on a roof raise here, Iím okay with a low ceiling, itís just me and a fur kid. It has some rust in the wheel wells, a spot forming in the back by the rear door, and a small spot on one of the front doors. But so far it seems water tight inside from the roof, screws are the best thing ever, and the lack of plywood helps. But I feel Iím trading easy things for some rust repair but thatís okay. I only get 1-2 days a week to work on the bus but I should get the last six seats out and the rubber floor out next Monday.
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Old 10-16-2019, 09:49 PM   #11
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So many screws! Progress has been made. Now to work on the side walls.

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Old 11-05-2019, 07:05 PM   #12
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Iím discovering Iím horrible at updates. I threw away 1.3 tons of school bus today at the dump.
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