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Old 08-06-2011, 01:11 PM   #111
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I have wanted to get to this point in the"show and tell" story. I will have pictures of the finished bedroom next. I am pretty much caught up right now with what I have got to show you. Here is a picture of me. I'll be back soon. Keep on Bussin'. Rudy


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Old 08-06-2011, 04:02 PM   #112
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do you want to come to Ga and do my inside roof LOL ..... looks good ,, i got a 94 bird


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Old 08-06-2011, 10:53 PM   #113
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wow impressive!
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Very nice work!
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Old 08-07-2011, 01:59 PM   #115
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Thank you all for the kind words.
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Old 08-07-2011, 02:04 PM   #116
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Here is some more bus stuff, although not of the Blue Bird, still of interest.

After these few pictures, we will get to the 1966 Chevy.

When I first got to Tennessee, one of my first jobs was to build a top to my friend Mike's 1963 Chevy bus. It had a six cylinder gas engine and could barely go 45 mph.

It used to have a Volkswagon van in the top, but it was so rusty, we opted to remove it and build a structure that ran the whole length of the bus.






In this picture, we had replaced the bus windows with sliding RV windows.

We framed the floor of the top section and secured the floor joists with L brackets and silicone.

We cut out a section of metal in the rear of the bus to accommodate a rear door and access to the upstairs from the inside of the bus.

Notice the rails that were welded to the rear of the bus. That became a four foot back porch.
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Old 08-07-2011, 02:06 PM   #117
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I only have four photos of this project. Here you can see the finished product.You can climb up that metal ladder on the right and gain entry (or exit) through that window. The upstairs is about four feet tall. Of course, you can also get to the top from the inside via a ladder.


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Here is another view of the rear. We used galvanized metal roofing.


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Tennessee, Alabama, and Georgia have the most caves in the country. Mike is an avid caver and is well known in those circles. Here is the last photo I have of his bus. This was taken at a caver's gathering.


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Old 08-07-2011, 02:14 PM   #120
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I hope you don't mind if we continue the detour from my Best Home Yet. There are pics of more projects on it coming. For now, take a look at these.



Earlier in my postings, I mentioned my friend Bob Halloran. I have known Bob for 25 years. For years, we learned guitar playing from each other. He is really good. Check out his website. http://www.bobhalloran.com/.

We also had an affinity for campers. When I first met him, he had an old Volkswagon camper bus. He now has a 1989 Hawkins Motor Coach. It has a 3208 cat diesel pusher with turbo charger.

I do not have the turbocharger in my bus. I guess that that is one less thing to break down. He and his wife, Rachelle, are at present serving as camp hosts at a state campground in Big Bear Lake in California.

After a few years there in LA, we managed to move up in the world of campers. He found a 1963 Chevy factory made motorhome. It had a 283 gas engine with a two barrel. Even back then, we were using photovoltaic panels and battery banks.

At the time he found his, I was living in a Dodge Bubble top camper van. It was time for me to get a bigger machine as well.

He found this 1966 Chevy truck that somebody welded a frame onto and installed a ten foot truck camper on top of. It had a blown 327 engine in it. I got it for $800 and two banjos in trade.

I then went to see William Loe in Northridge and had him build me a 383 stroker engine. That is a 350 block with a 400 crankshaft, giving the motor LOTS of torque. Man, it was powerful.

One time when I was traveling across country with it, I was climbing the grades up to Vail, Colorado, and passing most everything in sight, even cars.

Bob painted his 63 white, and I painted my 66 turquoise. For a while, mine was known as the big green love machine. I think I had a lot of girlfriends then.

Not so today, as I am an old fart now. Coming up are the pictures.
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