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Old 02-17-2017, 02:32 AM   #1
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a bus named gypsy bird.... im serious

... thats what happens when you let your 3 year old daughter name the bus. my daughter is named after a bird, nick named bird and her mothers always been called gypsy.... thus the name. I dont have a better idea, but i am still determind to change her mind before this is all over, if it was up to me... it would be bus.. or the bus

1997 bluebird tc2000 8.3l, we have 3 months to get it all done... well i..i have 3 months, as i'll be the one doing the conversion. this will be our new home, a brain condition, a fww surgeries and 2 years out of work have made this a necessity.... lucky for me we are all super stoked about it. plan to go from state to state working seasonal jobs. have a few lined up which is good news but if anyone has any recommendations for a family of 6 ( me, my daughters mama, my devil child, 2 pits and a cat) let me know! ill use this thread to document the conversion. i have no skills, no nun chuck skills... no ninja skills... to help in this, so ill do what i can and hire help for the things i cant figure out. So feel free to give me tips if you think of any. i i think we have a reasonable budget and should be able to have a pretty comfy place in the end.

i picked the bus up from colorado a few days ago, a 79 tc2000 40' ft bluebird.

first pic is me and my uncle in grand junction, i stopped by to see him and my aunt on my way to phx



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Old 02-17-2017, 09:21 AM   #2
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Welcome to the madhouse! --- Looks like a pretty solid rig you found there and CO buses have a rep for being well equipped and maintained. Let us know what engine & tranny and if it has a retarder as many mountain rigs do.

Best of luck on the build and don't hesitate to pick brains here. Some of these folks have some pretty impressive skills.
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Old 02-17-2017, 10:31 AM   #3
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Thanks a lot angle! It's got an Allison Transmission but I can't remember which. It's an 8.3 liter Cummins with 160k miles on it. Drove down like a dream from Colorado accept the oil cap came off and oil went everywhere. Got the engine cleaned up and I'm going in for an oil change soon. Other than that no issues with it, yet anyway
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Old 02-17-2017, 10:31 AM   #4
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Hey guys, also we are in Phoenix. We've got a large space where we are keeping our bus with plenty of room so if anybody wants to come and we can do some work on the buses let me know
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Old 02-17-2017, 10:58 AM   #5
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Mighty fine looking rig, I look forward to following your build. It seems like we are both getting started at about the same time.
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Old 02-17-2017, 03:20 PM   #6
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Mighty fine looking rig, I look forward to following your build. It seems like we are both getting started at about the same time.
Awesome man! If you have a thread doing let me know would love to follow along
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Old 02-17-2017, 05:15 PM   #7
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Welcome to the community, awesome bus you have there.

Moving in in 3 months? Not a day to waste! God speed to you, good sir.
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Old 02-17-2017, 06:49 PM   #8
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Welcome to the community, awesome bus you have there.

Moving in in 3 months? Not a day to waste! God speed to you, good sir.
No Joke! Thanks a lot taolik
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Old 02-17-2017, 10:52 PM   #9
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hey guys, only had about an hour and a half to do stuff today and only got the chairs on the engine cover and 2 additional chairs out.. i wont have another chance until monday, lucky for me i have a lot of time Monday and the chairs were much easier than expected.

having only seen videos on youtube of pairs of folks getting the chairs out i was a little worried about doing it myself and thought i'd have to recruit some help but figured out a way to get them done in less than 10 min per chair.


i went the axle grinder route, chopped off the heads and then grinded them down until i could punch the rest of the bolt out with a punch and hammer



after that all i need was a 12mm wrench to take off the bolts that held the chair to the side of the bus. was expecting this to be much harder but going this route was super simple. most of you have already gone through this but i couldnt find much in regards to youtube (my go to for diy) so ill probably post something later for those needing to take this on themselves.

will get the rest of the chairs out monday then onto floor removal... siding, the roof and old insulation... its all coming out. we'll see how far i get monday.. really hoping to have at least the chairs and floors out.

last thing, i only had these safety items around


seemed to be fine enough but i will be upgrading to a respirator as the little mask seemed somewhat useless... anyway, not much in regards to fumes but there was a ton of debris flying around.
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Old 02-18-2017, 09:18 AM   #10
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I was hoping you'd pick that one up. That was a good buy.

I know you said the engine noise on an FE wouldn't bother you, but now that you own an RE you can admit it... Having the engine that far away from you is pretty damned nice when you're cruising down the road, right?

edit: Oh! I almost forgot to add... Be careful with your windows while using the grinder. Sparks will burn/melt the glass and create a speckled and rough finish on the glass. Hang something in front of them, or open the windows and drape something over them while you're making sparks.
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