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Old 05-15-2015, 08:20 PM   #1
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'93 International Blue Bird Conversion

On May 14th, we picked up our bus from its home in Port Orford, Oregon. She's a 1993 International Blue Bird dog nose DT466 38 footer with a Spicer 5 Speed manual transmission. We ticked the odometer over 140K on our scenic trip back up the coast and it handled great!




We thought you guys would appreciate the awesome views we had!

She fits like a glove! (Hopefully the renters next door don't despise us too much now)

We're excited to get to work on it, we're practicing patience and waiting at least a few days after settling in to start tearing it up, those seats are coming out soon, Nat style!
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Old 05-15-2015, 08:44 PM   #2
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Awesome. Nice job getting a manual.
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Old 05-15-2015, 08:54 PM   #3
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Port Orford is an interesting place.

Enjoy your very cool bus!

Our neighbors love our bus, I took most of them for a ride...to lunch on me
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Old 05-16-2015, 12:00 AM   #4
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Great pics.

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Those seats are coming out soon, Nat style!
Careful

Removing seats with brute force stretches the bolt holes in the floor steel. It can also cause ripples as it stretches section of the floor.

It will make it harder to build flat upon it after.

That is the second bus I have removed the seats that way.

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Old 05-16-2015, 11:49 AM   #5
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Nice looking bus with 12" windows=78" headroom.

Good luck and happy trails!
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Old 05-16-2015, 10:49 PM   #6
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(Hopefully the renters next door don't despise us too much now)

Live for YOU! not what the renters next door or anyone else may think.

On the other hand they may see what you are doing and decide they need a bus!!

Thanks
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Old 05-17-2015, 07:27 PM   #7
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She fits like a glove! (Hopefully the renters next door don't despise us too much now)

When I brought our bus home my wife was worried about what the niebors might think, I told her when the niebors start paying for our vacations then I'll care about what they think.
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Old 05-20-2015, 12:37 AM   #8
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After impatiently waiting to get started, (our unpacking/trip laundry from picking up Birdie was done in record time) we finally tore one of the seats out with immense glee! We quickly discovered that the ideal method was to remove the floor bolts, then remove the actual seat cushions to access the chair rail bolts and with the help of the impact driver remove them, only using the angle grinder as needed.


As most of you know, removing the floor bolts is easier said than done but luckily we had a most excellent helper in our 7 year old who already knows his way around a drill and who was eager to help.

We have some very excited helpers who enthusiastically greet our bus every time we arrive home and give long, dramatic farewells when we have to go through the torture of leaving it alone to go to the store.

The Boys loosening the very last bolts on the very last chair!

The rear had its own heater. which when removed made quite the coolant mess, so that was a fun surprise. We drained the hoses into a five gallon bucket and had our wet/dry vac handy so crisis averted. There was a booster pump about halfway back to the rear heater, we're hoping to later repurpose that. The front heater had a blower attachment that extended about 6 feet back, its all been removed as of now.

All the seats are out!
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Great pics of the kids and yourself.

Thanks for sharing.

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Old 05-20-2015, 03:16 PM   #10
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Welcome! --- And it looks like you have a great crew to help out. Terrific opportunity for sharing and learning with a great big, fun reward at the end that the kids can really take pride in. Life lessons of the very best kind.

Just record the whole process and please do post lots of pix here.
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