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Old 10-03-2007, 12:46 PM   #1
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I figured I would move my topic to here now that I am home and starting the conversion this week.

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1990 GMC/Chevrolet Thomas 66 Passenger School Bus

8.2L V8 Detroit Turbo Diesel Engine, Allison AT-545 4 Speed Automatic Transmission

Power Steering & Hydraulic Brakes, 80% + Tread Tires














A recap or my trip home in my new bus:

I am home! It was a crazy fun adventure. More so on the Greyhound I rode up to Wisconsin. My cell phone broke on the ride. 22 hrs. up to Kenosha Wisconsin. Then with little sleep I called Jason (Uglymutt as he is known on this board.) And he was cool enough to drive 20 minutes to get me from the bus station.

When I got to the bus I inspected it and liked it enough to pay $1600 to own it. I drove 2 miles up the street and no brakes so I pulled into the Petro Truck Stop and called Jason back. After explaining the issue he came and helped me bleed the system. That worked and I was on my way.

Now it has been awhile since I drove a bus so the new 66passenger skoolie took a few mile to get acquainted. That was nerve wrecking and fun. I was learning this new bus in Chicago Traffic through heavy late night Construction. I had fun gripping the wheel in a lane 6"'s wider than me with concrete tempory walls defining my lane instead of paint. Well I made it and me and My new friend were one leaving Chicago. If you can get to know your friend before Chicago Traffic.

I slept in a truck stop after Chicago. I was Hungry and very tired after my 1st 3 hrs. in my new bus. I had also rode greyhound for 22hrs. before buying the bus & tinkering on the new bus for 2 hrs then 3hrs. in crazy insain constuction and traffic in chicago. So I slept for 5 hrs. then back on the dusty trail.

Now yesterday was really non eventful. In Nashville an hour after dark the dimmer switch for the headlights fried out so I was forced to park at the Nashville TA and sleep till daylight. I woke up and made it home by 2 pm. I am so tired.

I cruised at 65 the whole way. 60 seems to be the sweet spot though. I spent $398 for 843 miles. The 8.2 litter Detroit Diesel purrs with plenty of power. I got her up to 80 for about 10 miles before I decided the gas $ wasn't there to play. All in all Jason sold me an awesome bus and it will make a great home in a few weeks. I will have fun guiding you all through my Skoolie experience. I really love my New Bus Banjo Boo!


This week I will begin the tear down of the floor. Tonight the seat start to come out.
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Old 10-04-2007, 05:58 PM   #2
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Thanks for the story. Looking forward to seeing how it all progresses!

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Old 10-04-2007, 08:41 PM   #3
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so when i see the spacer blocks under those springs i think if you take them out it would lower that bus a good bit so has any one tried this???
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Old 10-04-2007, 08:50 PM   #4
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I think that might lower it such that the bumpstops are now the oil pan and/or those filters. That would be my take on as to why they are there in the first place.
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Old 10-07-2007, 02:54 AM   #5
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Seats

They are a pain. I spent 4 hours pulling just 2 seats. and that was with two of us. They really dont want these things to come out do they? Well had to rant. All is moving along slowly.
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Old 10-07-2007, 10:33 PM   #6
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They are a pain. I spent 4 hours pulling just 2 seats. and that was with two of us. They really dont want these things to come out do they? Well had to rant. All is moving along slowly.
You're not unbolting the seats with one person under the bus and one inside it are you? What you need is an angle grinder. You don't need a huge one. Mine uses the 4.5" cutting wheels, and it will make quick work of all those seat bolts.
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Old 10-07-2007, 10:57 PM   #7
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It must be rust. I took out my seats in less than a day (a 1984 12 window Washington State bus). One man, four vise grips, and a socket wrench.

The seats ain't the hard part. The hard part ain't even begun yet.
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Old 10-12-2007, 12:15 PM   #8
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I don't Know the rest is mainly just like a puzzle. I personally think the Gutting is the hardest. I now have 16 seats out and 9 left. Then it is time to pull up the old plywood and then lay new down then it will be time for the floor.




Now can someone explain what all this is?


I do not know what the interrupt switch does or what pump the the pump switch is.




The engine is in great shape all fluids are still clean after the big drive home. It has a deep steady growl to it.


Before I bought the ol gal she had 3 of the 4 brake lines replaced. I will need to do the last.




Beary approved! My pup has had her dream come true she gets to live in a giant car.


This is what I am dealing with for yanking the seats. I have been cutting the heads off with a cutting wheel. Takes patients a lot of patients. I am expecting to have them all out by tomorrow. Then time to do the floor. Have any of you snad blasted the floor or do you sand it?

After measuring her she has 202.5 square feet to play with. 27' to the line and 30' to the front. Now it is time to draw up my floor plan.
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Old 10-12-2007, 01:45 PM   #9
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Yes, that pump is your booster pump. Do you have a heater in the back of the bus with coolant lines going to it? That's what that pump does. It helps pump the antifreeze back there. It's probably turned on by the switch on your panel labeled "pump". Mine operates even with the engine off.
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Old 10-12-2007, 05:11 PM   #10
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So are all the bottom row switches for heat? Except the interrupt and the one called fan.
So I guess the one called pump goes on first then turn on the under seat switches after it warms.

I also would like to make use of this box. I want to know how to open it without destroying it. Hell it still has a camera in it cause everytime I turn on the ol gal it comes on. I guess I would either have to pick it or drill it out right?
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