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Old 12-23-2011, 10:28 AM   #1
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Fear Fair Prison Party Bus

We operate a large haunted attraction in Indiana. After renting several buses in recent years to attend conventions and other events, we decided it was time we had our own. We searched fora while and found a good deal on a former prisoner transport bus from a Sheriff's Dept in Ohio. This thread will follow the conversion of this prison bus into the Fear Fair party bus.
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Old 12-24-2011, 04:08 AM   #2
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Re: Fear Fair Prison Party Bus

Day one, December 15, 2011

Today we picked up our new bus. We sat in the lobby at the Butler County Jail for about 30 minutes, the office manager checked my ID, took our check and directed us to the rear of the jail where our new bus was idling. We hopped in and drove her back to Indiana without incident.


Ours is the one on the right. Not sure why one had a nameplate with Genesis spelled with an 'e' and one ours it's Gineses spelled with an 'i'?

It's a 1993 Genesis by Amtran. The DT466 Diesel only has 137000 miles on the clock and has had maintenance every 5000 miles. She's really in great shape. Good bones as they say...




Driver and two guard seats are air ride.
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Old 12-24-2011, 04:10 AM   #3
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Re: Fear Fair Prison Party Bus

The bus is equipped with heavy wire mesh cages in front and rear of passenger compartment and on the roof hatch, rather than remove these, we are going to keep them and design the rest of the interior around the same theme. These old seats are another matter, though. They have to go.

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Old 12-24-2011, 04:17 AM   #4
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Re: Fear Fair Prison Party Bus

Day two - December 17, 2011

Let the teardown begin. The first order of business was to remove the old seats. They just won't work for our plans. We will strip off the covers and foam and haul the metal frames off for scrap.



We also did some general cleaning and checking out the old gal. There is a small leak in the bottom tank on the radiator. We will be pulling the radiator and either having it replaced or hopefully repaired.


One thing we didn't expect was the toilet. It's properly installed with the tank underneath and it seems to work fine, so we will be keeping it. It will save us a lot of rest station stops along the road.
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Old 12-24-2011, 04:23 AM   #5
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Re: Fear Fair Prison Party Bus

Day 3 - December 18, 2011

We were fortunate to find some Church bus seats on Craigslist in Indianapolis. We picked these up for $450 which seemed pretty reasonable at $35 per seat. The plan is to run them lengthwise down the sides of the bus with a bar in the center at the rear. It would have been nice if they were black vinyl, but grey cloth will have to work.



There is not a single tear on any of the seats, they have some dirt, but we think they should clean up just fine.

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Old 12-24-2011, 04:27 AM   #6
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Day Four - December 19, 2011

Now that the seats are out, it's time to get to work on painting. We scuffed the ceiling and cages with Scotchbrite pads and masked off. The ceiling and cage mesh will all be red, the frames and below the windows will all be black.



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Old 12-24-2011, 04:37 AM   #7
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Day Five - December 20, 2011

We have also been planning and ordering in parts for the audio video installation. There will be four 12" subs built into our bar, three sets of Alpine components down the sides of the ceiling in the passenger compartment, two 26" lcd televisions on the front cages facing the passenger compartment and some really cool led lighting. The speaker boxes for the subs have sound active lighting as well. Our seat frames are also going to be pretty cool, we think. They will mimic the design of the cages and have two cupholders (led lit) and a 12 volt outlet between each set of two seats. Seems a common complaint on our bus trips has been wanting to charge phones, so we are going to take care of that.

The audio system will run off two gel cell batteries of it's own in the base of the bar, and we are using a battery isolator to prevent the main bus batteries from being run down. We will be running a small Generac generator with 12 volt out while parked to maintain the gel cells.

These bandpass boxes will be incorporated into the bar. There are two of them, four 12" subs total.


These Seasense led cupholders will look cool between the seats.


I am running one of these 16 foot long sound active led strips down each side of the ceiling and one under the seats on each side, they are amazingly bright. One strip totally lit my family room.
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Old 12-24-2011, 04:41 AM   #8
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Re: Fear Fair Prison Party Bus

Day Six - December 21, 2011

Our seat frames are coming along well. We plan to get them primed and painted this weekend. Did I mention we plan on our first outing in this bus on New Year's Eve? Nothing like a little pressure to keep things interesting.

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Old 12-24-2011, 04:47 AM   #9
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Day Seven - December 22, 2011

The seat frames are done, so we need to get them primed and painted.


We used an etch primer first on the bare metal, then a low gloss black enamel.


Those rivets aren't really rivets. They are welds to mimic the rivets on the cages already in the bus.


The woven wire mesh for the fronts and tops of these frames will be painted red and installed from the back and underneath. That way, it will have the same look as the cages already in the bus.
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Old 12-24-2011, 04:55 AM   #10
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Day Eight - December 23, 2011

While we are waiting on the woven wire for the seat frames to be sheared, we decided to move on to the black painting inside the bus. It took about five hours to mask off for the painting, then we ran out of paint at midnight. Ugh... we will grab paint first thing in the morning and finish up, then it's out for last minute Christmas shopping.



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