OK, I am going to start my Conversion thread!!
We bought this bus last week and I had a pretty intense drive home with i
Our plans are to live in it full time with our four kids once we sell the house (which will go up for sale near when the conversion is done)
Here is our bus:
92 Bluebird Coach, 6 cyl, 8.3 Cummins diesel automatic 298000 km. Air brakes. Single rear axel, tinted side windows, air conditioning, basement storages, #5 towing rig 7 and 4 hook-up wire, trailer brake leaver by steering , air seat suspension.
This here is a repeat from another post that I wrote but it would be best here I guess to start the conversion thread...
"I live in an extreme hot and cold climate so I really want to insulate as much as I can. Now, we are starting this build as two people who do not have much experience. I do learn quickly though.
So first... we have to stock AC units in the bus at the moment. 1 works, 1 doesn't but it might be just a fuse I was told... we don't know though.
Second, there are the stock heaters.
So what would you do? I am thinking though they take up space etc to keep the heaters. I am not sure about the AC units... Could they all be run off shore power instead of just the bus? if so how does that work? or not? I told you I was a beginner!! If not... are they more for only when driving? Are there any other reasons to keep them?
I have read many conversions here that just built on top of the floors and didn't rip anything out and then many more that of course ripped out the ceiling and the walls to redo insulation and ideally that is what we want to do but the rivets scare me... so many!! I guess my question here is about how you do it. I have seen drill the middle then use a dry chisel and hammer. What drill bit works best? What tools are needed? There also seems to be two types of rivets."
For the floors... do you start by un screwing the center isle? Are there any tricks? the floor looks really thick and I a bit miffed by what to do around the engine (we have a front engine inside)
Here is what we are starting with...
A few other Questions that were asked... I don't know if I have an inverter already. I know I have two very big battery banks and I can turn those off to keep power... There was a Webasto heater at one point but it was taken out before the previous owner got the bus.
I do have to say that though we have a 40ft bus, we also have a big family and we want to full-time so we need all of the space we can get to make our own strorage. The overhead bins are great but they take up SO much room and it just doesn't feel like it can fit into our plans. I guess I am looking at this in my driveway,still a bit on edge from my trip home
, and I am wondering how we are going to do this!