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Old 05-04-2017, 10:26 AM   #1
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'99 BB to become a tiny home...

I suppose I should start one of these build threads too.

I'm getting on the Tiny House band wagon late. What the hell was I don't 20 or 30 yrs ago?!!? Anywho, ... the bus. It was purchased off of PublicSurplus.com. I don't know how long they keep the listings up but it still works for the moment.

https://publicsurplus.com/sms/auction/view?auc=1695131

1999 (not 1996 as listed)
Make: Bluebird/International
Model: Bluebird 84 Passengers
Engine: 8.3L Cummins ISC
Transmission: Allison MT 643
Rear ratio: 4.44
Mileage: 178388

Photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/bobrog...57681292794941

Thus far the seats and plywood have been removed (mostly). I still have to remove the driver seat belt, hand rail and rear most heater to get the last remnants of plywood and rubber flooring up.

This week's tasks are to repurpose the flashing lights to turn signals in the front and brake lights for the rear. Running the new wires to tie into the existing wires is proving to be a major PITA!!! I need to buy a snake or something. The easy part, swapping the lenses, is done.

Would also be nice to get the floor completely sanded and Corrosealed. Possibly painted as well.

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Old 05-04-2017, 10:29 AM   #2
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'bout time
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Old 05-04-2017, 10:31 AM   #3
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Lol. I'd rather be working on it than posting on it. This employment stuff is getting in the way of productivity.
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Old 05-04-2017, 11:51 AM   #4
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Hmmm, I thought the bus painting thread was your thread.

Bob, you've been holding out on us. Nice stack of photos though. That bus is just about big enough to serve as a biblical ark.

You've kept going on trimming out your paint job. Your efforts have paid off. I like that touch of original yellow remaining. The minty parts got kind of small.

Yes, employment gets in the way, but honestly retirement is just as tiring. Having a never ending weekend is just another way of working yourself to death and not getting paid for it.
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Old 05-04-2017, 12:03 PM   #5
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Hmmm, I thought the bus painting thread was your thread.

Bob, you've been holding out on us. Nice stack of photos though. That bus is just about big enough to serve as a biblical ark.

You've kept going on trimming out your paint job. Your efforts have paid off. I like that touch of original yellow remaining. The minty parts got kind of small.

Yes, employment gets in the way, but honestly retirement is just as tiring. Having a never ending weekend is just another way of working yourself to death and not getting paid for it.
I have a couple of threads I started. Not sure if they are in Conversion Projects tho. I've eaten since then (memory hard reset). I may even get around to copy/pasting the threads together. If/when I do, I'll have to get a Mod to kill the others or change my permissions to delete the old stuffs.

(Some) Animals are acceptable passengers only this time we are going t to have tighter boarding security. Mr. and Mrs. Fuzzy Kitten; check. Mr. and Mrs. Fly ... splat.

Having a never ending weekend sounds awesome. I know the pay sucks but at least I get to do more exciting stuff. If I fire up the MIG in the lab things would get exciting right up until the cops show up.
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Old 05-06-2017, 12:18 AM   #6
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Lol. I'd rather be working on it than posting on it. This employment stuff is getting in the way of productivity.
Nice bus!! good find. Gotta agree with Robin, your bus could serve as a metal non floating substitute for the ark.

Can't wait to see your floor plan.


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It's just not floating yet. Insulation will take care of that.
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Old 05-08-2017, 07:21 AM   #8
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It's just not floating yet. Insulation will take care of that.
At 20,600 lbs it's going to take a lot of insulation. Might not be much room left for critters.
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This week's tasks are to repurpose the flashing lights to turn signals in the front and brake lights for the rear. Running the new wires to tie into the existing wires is proving to be a major PITA!!! I need to buy a snake or something. The easy part, swapping the lenses, is done.
Why are you rerunning wires? You should be able to splice and join the wires right at your dash. Also, to make things easier, I kept my front amber flashers and tied them into my turn signals. I swapped my flashing reds in the front to bright fog lights for wilderness camping. The rear I kept exactly as they are but hooked the reds up with my brakes and amber with my turn signals. It worked great and only took about a half hour.

PS - I had an electrician go over the gauge of wire on the turn signals and with the current it's carrying he was convinced I didn't need to run new wires.

Looks great.
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Old 05-08-2017, 10:27 AM   #10
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most of the wire going around in my bluebird is all 12-14 gauge.. that should be good for any lights you want to install... I know on mine all of that went conventiently into my switch panel to a yellow WELDON flasher box wit hthe outputs labelled as to which is what so it makes it easy to repurpose those wires.
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