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Old 05-28-2015, 01:19 PM   #1
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Brighty Bus

Just picked up a 93 Blue Bird All American Pusher last week. Cummins 8.3, MT643, 80k miles. Got her home and I'm getting ready to start the conversion, which i will detail here.

Drive home went well, the front air brakes lost a little pressure at one point and started beeping (strange because i was going uphill) but i pulled off and it normalized. Have to keep an eye on it. Also, the sensor for the emergency door doesn't make a good connection, so the buzzer make for a bit of a noisy ride home. I didn't care, i was too excited. I even saw another skoolie conversion on the way!

I'm going to raise the roof. For heat, i'm pretty sure i want to do radiant floor heat. Electric is still a big question mark for me, but i'd like to run it all off solar and avoid a generator if possible, but we'll see how it shakes out.

Anyway, i've found a place to park it. No electric so i'll be using a small genny to run my tools. I though about upgrading to all battery powered tools, but for the extra money/reduced lifespan, it think its cheaper to run the genny.

Here are some picks. Suggestions, advice, and bullsh#t welcome on this thread.
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Old 05-28-2015, 02:38 PM   #2
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Nice! That's what we're looking for. Where did you find it?
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Old 05-28-2015, 02:52 PM   #3
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I picked it up in Phoenix, AZ from an engine shop that had taken it in on a trade. It was in service here in AZ.

There are two similar busses available on publicsurplus.com at the moment. Only difference being these two are front engine, and they are asking a lot for them. I paid 6000 for mine.

Public Surplus: Auction #1369482
Public Surplus: Auction #1369501
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Old 12-01-2015, 06:30 PM   #4
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A picture's worth a thousand words
Maybe more, who knows?
And so my skoolie chums
I will not bore you with my prose.







a love story


the intake goes through where?






i've broken quit a few of these already.


the steel studs came from a demo job but i've decided against using them. anyone need material, they're galvanized


my only help so far
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Old 12-01-2015, 06:38 PM   #5
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Old 12-01-2015, 10:28 PM   #6
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Nice bus! I am doing the same thing with an MCI coach I purchased two months ago. I am running everything off a generator too. I have ended up using an angle grinder more than any tool... tried a battery powered one against my better judgement and returned two days later. Generator is definitely the way to go.

What size air compressor are you using for air tools?
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Old 12-01-2015, 10:41 PM   #7
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its a 10 gal that i picked up from harbor freight
10 gal 2.5 HP 125 PSI Oil Lube Air Compressor

it was able to keep up with the air chisel no problem and i was using it continuously.


Im running off a genny now as well. Wish I had water here, the underside needs to be power washed.

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Old 12-01-2015, 10:48 PM   #8
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Awesome. I just picked up a little 8 gallon husky generator for $80, they are sale at HD right now... I was thinking of going to harbor freight in case I need something bigger down the line.

Just a thought on the water, have you looked into a 275 gallon tank? They are old food grade tanks that sell for pretty cheap. They have an aluminum cage. Easy way to get a decent amount of water where there isn't any. I wished it fit in the storage bays of my bus or I would use it for a fresh water tank. Just craigslist or ebay 275 gallon tank, it will come up.

I look forward to seeing how the bus comes along. I haven't posted any pictures of mine yet, trying to finish graduate school applications!
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Old 12-01-2015, 10:50 PM   #9
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Also, I found this wedged up above the drivers seat. Someone took those bus rules pretty seriously.





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Old 12-02-2015, 12:29 AM   #10
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