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Old 10-12-2014, 09:24 PM   #1
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Dirty Canadian

Earlier this year I bough, and then sold a 69 chev bus already converted into an rv. It was a POS.
Now I bought a 1997 international, 8 window/ 18 seat, 5 speed manual trans., t444E, with only 93000 km's.
It was a bit pricy at $2500 but it is saftied.
So far I have I have removed all the seats I wanted to (12 out of 1 painted over all "school bus" markings and filled the rust around the rear flashers with foam.
And this is was all in the first 4 days I owned the bus.

Next Sunday I am going back to paint it. It will be black, forest green,and blood red.
I did a crappy/spartan interior just so it was "legally" an rv so that I can insure it on Tuesday so that the safty will not expire.
I almost forgot, it has hydraulic breaks!
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Old 10-12-2014, 11:20 PM   #2
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welcome fellow Canadian glad to have you here.
Your bus looks great, post lots of pics
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Old 10-19-2014, 09:35 PM   #3
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I worked on it more today. Started painting it, started installing carpet and a fouton.
Next weekend I hope to finish the dinett/kitchen.
I have a couple questions,
Where would I find the markings on the transmision to see how much weight it is good for?
How do I tell what part of the tachometer is broken, it is not working right.
Why do people remove the rubber flooring? Is it not just more sound proofing?

I also got a spare parts bus, it is almost identical except that it was a wheel chair bus.
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Old 10-20-2014, 10:54 AM   #4
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We thought the same thing about the rubber flooring. Ours seemed to be in perfect shape. However, on the advise of many on this website we did peel up some in the front and found rust under it. I guess the drivers would hose it out or something. Anyway, water was getting in under the rubber and rusting the floor. We were glad we took the time to get the rubber up. we treated the rust and repaired the holes then coated the floor with hurculiner and then added insulation and flooring over top.
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Old 10-20-2014, 01:20 PM   #5
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I guess I'm leaving it then. The whole point of my conversion it that buses are CHEAP and last forever. Its from central Canada, rust if life here.
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Old 10-20-2014, 07:27 PM   #6
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Better get them off their sides-they're going to get dented!
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weird,when you click pictures they are straight

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Hello all! First post for me here, although I've been lurking for a few
I had to click on your thread because of the "Dirty Canadian" title.
Any chance you could work some Terrence and Phillip into the color scheme?
Nice job on your rig so far!
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Old 10-21-2014, 09:21 PM   #9
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I just picked up a non running Generac Impact 36 rv generator.
I bought it "sight un-scene" but now I'm worried that it was supposed do come with an external "inverter" beceause Apparently it's an inverter generator and the manual shows a external box.
Any way, I'll do more investigating this week.
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Did some more work to her, sleeps 3 easy.
Painted her more, and messed up some wiring.
The bed with storage was made entirely for free so if we deceide we need to change the configuration.
Well, it is sort of a big deal there's got to be 75 self taping accrues holding the metal frame together and then another 40 holding the wood down!
I also removed the stop sign.
Un fortunately the snow should have been here already so there will probably not be anymore work this season.
Have medium sized plans for the electrical. Roof will get painted white and some other things like that.
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