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Old 04-05-2005, 11:27 PM   #1
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Big Blue has a new owner!!!!!!

My first bus conversion is just beginning. The bus is a 1979 wayne bodied international. 345, auto. purchased for $500. I am a metal fabricator by trade, so maybe I can provide some good ideas along the way. I have already learned tons from this forum. I'm doing this as cheap as possible, while still aiming for a nicely done, effective conversion. I'm building as I go with a loose plan, so let's see where this road leads.[/img]
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Old 04-06-2005, 04:34 PM   #2
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Metal fab? What an awesome skill to have when taking on a skoolie project.
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Old 04-06-2005, 10:56 PM   #3
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Congratulations

Congratulations! You should be able to come up with some interesting approaches to some of the remodelling projects. Hmmm...a nice stainless steel bar and countertop...some custom bucket seats...the possibilities are endless! I look forward to seeing what you develop.
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Old 04-08-2005, 02:22 PM   #4
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Hell Ya! Being a Metal Faber will help you out a ton. Doing up a skoolie is the perfect project(s) for ya. My family business is a small metal fab shop in OH. I used to work there before and during college. Now I play w/ metal as a hobby. It has already helped out a ton, especially snaking free sheets from inventory

I too am in the middle of construction. We finished replacing all the windows w/ some thick galvanized sheets which will hold new, nicer looking windows. Much like BruinGilda the AeroSwine (thanks for your great read along and photos btw)

Next for me is exterior storage compartments and the party deck up top. I've spent a lot of time measuring and drawing and finally came up w/ the specs i think i need. so both the boxes for the storage and deck platform is in production right now. I get to send them through the shop like real jobs

Once that exterior stuff is installed, i can paint!!!

Anywho - good luck and keep posting. And I will be updating my progress site so that i can share my ideas and photos and how-to's as well.
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Old 04-13-2005, 08:10 AM   #5
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Greetings,
Be sure to keep us posted on progress in pictures and words.

I have a weakness for International/Waynes.....
Glad to see BruinGilda's info is being used to help someone out!
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Old 04-13-2005, 09:16 AM   #6
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Hi Vern1,

BruinGilda's pages have helped most of us at one time or another and I'm sure has inspired dozens...she's right up there at the top as far as good looking conversions go.

Thanks for taking the time to post all that information and take the pictures as you went along; I've said this before but it merits repeating.
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Old 04-13-2005, 11:45 AM   #7
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Greetings Les and all.....
I'm glad it's helping somebody.
Believe me, I feel for each and every one of you folks as you start your Skoolie journey.
I still have some scars on my knuckles from sheet metal work......

I will be glad when it stops raining long enough to move my son's house in so I can have my bus back......He and his wife have been living in it for the last two months and I am going thru Skoolie withdrawl!
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Old 04-13-2005, 07:56 PM   #8
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......He and his wife have been living in it for the last two months and I am going thru Skoolie withdrawl!
I know the feeling...you ought to be ready for summer travel though! 'Specially since you have that nifty air conditioner; sort of miss the survey tape hanging from it though.
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Old 04-14-2005, 11:11 PM   #9
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me again...

well, I just finished my generator box, time to hang it under big blue this weekend. I'm using an old Craftsman 1700 watt gen. that's at least 20 years old until I can upgrade. (use what ya got!) It doesn't have a cage like newer ones, so it needed a complete enclosure. I think when I get a new one, I'll hang the cage and add protective shrouds, should be relatively simple. Then I'll have the old enclosure for something else. Next fab project is propane bottle mounts and supply line for the FREE 20,000btu ventless heater my friend gave me. I'm still cleaning and patching the floor also. I'm just taking care of free stuff (fab work) until I can afford some wood for the floor. Can you believe the price of lumber, what happened to 88 cent 2x4's ? I just figured out that the space between the top of the windows and the lip the seats mount to is 48 inches, perfect for covering with paneling. I want to keep the windows for exterior visual reasons, so I'm going to paint them black from the inside and insulate and panel over. I'll get some pictures up as soon as I figure out the gallery thing.
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Old 04-25-2005, 11:30 PM   #10
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I've posted pictures in the gallery, page 10, Album Big Blue,
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