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Old 06-28-2017, 01:06 PM   #1
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Dear diary, today I bought a bus......

I'm Valerie. . . my wife Isabel and I saved for a year and a half then quit our jobs and started our build on a 1996 AmTran, RE (Rear Engine), 444e (7.3 Navistar/International), 88 passenger (13+ windows), 1 door on either side.... bus.

This is our timeline so far.

https://goo.gl/photos/pNb9GgLkUSndgAwL6

This will be updated frequently, so feel free to subscribe if interested. I'll also post select pictures here in the thread.

Feel free to ask questions or give helpful tips. Knowledge is power.
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Old 07-02-2017, 02:59 PM   #2
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It begins!

It begins!
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Old 07-02-2017, 03:08 PM   #3
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seats... lots of seats.

Removal was a pain. I ended up grinding off the trouble bolts with an angle grinder. Most we got with wrenches and one person below the bus with one and another in the cab.
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Old 07-02-2017, 03:36 PM   #4
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Nice score! BTW, please let us know where you consider your home 20.
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Old 07-03-2017, 06:32 PM   #5
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I like how you made what you wanted for who you are today. I keep trying to add "bonus sleeping bunk here or there", but it impedes simplicity of design.

That design "napkin" sure looks anguished over. I'm at that phase now- I sit inside the empty shell on a 5 gallon bucket and a tape measure. My floor looks like your master design sheet.

Mechanically, looks to be a very sound craft. Happy Trails !
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Old 07-03-2017, 06:53 PM   #6
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That bus is huuuuuuuuuuuuuuge! Looks like you've made a ton of progress.

I started out with a design and quickly decided that my home building skills weren't so good and I should embrace the shortie lifestyle.

What part of the world are you in?
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Old 07-03-2017, 07:07 PM   #7
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Removal was a pain. I ended up grinding off the trouble bolts with an angle grinder. Most we got with wrenches and one person below the bus with one and another in the cab.
With a title like that.... You make it sound like you shot yourself in the foot!

Great find and great progress!!! You're going to be the envy of several members on here.

And for all that is holy.... Put that hair in a ponytail when using power tools!!!
Seriously!

And when you start welding... Use long sleeved button up shirts... Buttoned to the top! You've never seen a sunburn worse than welding sunburns! Your skin will blister and peel even before you're done welding.

Use gauntlet style welding gloves too.
Some will say it's overkill, but I'll tell you it's painful!
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Old 07-03-2017, 10:38 PM   #8
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That's a big bus!
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Old 07-04-2017, 12:41 AM   #9
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That bus is huuuuuuuuuuuuuuge! Looks like you've made a ton of progress.

I started out with a design and quickly decided that my home building skills weren't so good and I should embrace the shortie lifestyle.

What part of the world are you in?
Currently we're in McMinnville Oregon. Ya, we've been working hard for a bit over a month now.... slower than I'd like, but decent.
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Old 07-04-2017, 12:46 AM   #10
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I like how you made what you wanted for who you are today. I keep trying to add "bonus sleeping bunk here or there", but it impedes simplicity of design.

That design "napkin" sure looks anguished over. I'm at that phase now- I sit inside the empty shell on a 5 gallon bucket and a tape measure. My floor looks like your master design sheet.

Mechanically, looks to be a very sound craft. Happy Trails !
Ya... one nice thing about building it this way is its fairly easy to rearrange things if i change my mind.... we've already redone the bedroom and bath area area twice and the work table 3 times.

The design sheets were just how my brain thinks of things. xD
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