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Old 02-15-2010, 02:09 PM   #1
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"DER BUS"

I guess it is time to start a thread on this project. I am finally making progress and since you folks like pictures, and I have gone as far as ask for you to take pictures so here are what I have thus far.

I did a search on this site for "Der Bus" and nothing came up do I'm taking on that name for this thread.
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Old 02-15-2010, 02:19 PM   #2
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....and more
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Old 02-15-2010, 05:26 PM   #3
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There is a 1/2" x 4 1/2" bolt thru the ribs between every other window. For a total of eight bolts per side. The jury is sill out whether or not I will attach the cross members to the two ribs the run the length of the bus.

The ladder will go up across the the back making the rear door unusable(escape type rv windows have been procured). The bottom third or so will be hinged so that it will fold up and away for travelling. I have extended the rear of the bus an additional 36" to support the entire ladder. The base is built off the bus frame and extends(welded) a full 24" under the bus and is cross braced. It is very stout and not terribly heavy...yet. I built the extension twice. I lost too much clearance on the first try.
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Old 02-15-2010, 07:22 PM   #4
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Old 02-16-2010, 09:42 PM   #5
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I believe that bus is parked in Austin somewhere as a full timer. There was a write up about it in The Statesman.

Its funny you say swanky. I got the couches from a supplier who deals to night clubs
The couches actually fold down into beds. The arms fold up too. Got them here. http://www.modernlinefurniture.com/008bs2c.html

The chairs came off of craigslist.

Ive been looking at color samples from valspar and I think two shades of grey is the winner. Haven't decided on the scheme yet
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Old 02-16-2010, 11:01 PM   #6
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The wife asked if I was going to install a pole. I just might. It's gotta be brass though. Not just any pole will do

It is a bummer that the couches have to slide out to fold down. I also wanted the two shorter couches to face each other in the very rear of the bus making a rear lounge while folding down to make a master bed. Guess what? Four inches too long with absolutely no way to shoe horn it in. They will go up front and possibly the long couch will go in the back. It is a little smaller in the bed department than the other two put together but oh well. I want a rear lounge for some events.

I am going to make a weak attempt at finding some car seat adjustments that may work to secure the couches down and allow for slide out to make beds. I haven't given it much thought yet. I will prolly build boxes for storage and remove the rear legs while keeping the front legs.

I look on craigslist everyday for driver seats like you scored. I need two just like the ones you got. So far no luck. Im about to hit the salvage yards. i need those soon
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Old 02-17-2010, 10:28 AM   #7
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I'm also searching for chairs, and am hoping to find a junk yard with a conversion van with a set of swivel captain chairs and a rear bench that folds to a bed.
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Old 02-17-2010, 05:11 PM   #8
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Do you need all four swivel chairs? I only need two. Preferably the same color as the couches. Gonna be a hard find. What color are you looking for? Maybe we can work together on finding the items we prefer to use. Let me know. I'm gonna hit the Salvage yards soon and i may come across what you are looking for.
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Do you need all four swivel chairs? I only need two. Preferably the same color as the couches. Gonna be a hard find. What color are you looking for? Maybe we can work together on finding the items we prefer to use. Let me know. I'm gonna hit the Salvage yards soon and i may come across what you are looking for.
Are you local here in Austin, or at least Central TX? I'm actually looking for one swivel captain chair and one matching rear bench seat that folds to a bed. I'm flexible on the color. I'm going to be looking too, so I'll also let you know if I find something.
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Old 02-18-2010, 10:47 PM   #10
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sorry, I guess my profile is incomplete. I'm in Wimberley.
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