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Old 02-07-2010, 10:26 PM   #1
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Freebird

Well after about 3 weeks of owning a bus, I finally got to get started on my new conversion.
The weather has been awful and wouldn't you know it, it rains just about every weekend now.

My bus is a 1989 Bluebird TC2000, 12 window, 72 passenger front engine bus. It has the Cummins 5.9 and Allison AT545 transmission.



With my number one son, we began removing the 24 seats.



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Old 02-07-2010, 10:48 PM   #2
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I have read all the recomendations here about using an angle grinder. But we got lucky. We used an air impact wrench and an air ratchet. We got all 144 bolts out and only had to grind about 5 or 6. I had to attach the obligatory grinder photo though.



Here I am sitting in the first seat we took out. Don't you like my school bus yellow shirt?

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Old 02-07-2010, 11:14 PM   #3
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After about 4 hours, we had all of the seats out and began to clean up the amazing amount of trash that was stuffed between the seats and the walls. Nasty...





Anybody need or want any seats?

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Old 02-07-2010, 11:26 PM   #4
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It's been a great day. But the sun faded and we had to stop. I will continue to post as much as I can to show you guys how my conversion progresses. I look forward to your comments and ideas.

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Old 02-07-2010, 11:32 PM   #5
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Nice bus. I would like to convert a transit style bus, but I already have one bus and it will have to do for now. Keep the pictures coming, it is a lot easier to follow the progress and dream of my own future projects when I can see pictures of other people's projects. What are your plans with this bus? Any floorplans yet?
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Old 02-07-2010, 11:48 PM   #6
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I've been working on a preliminary floorplan. This one needs to be modified. The hall way from the kitchen isn't wide enough. I've been thinking about raising the floor 10 inches and the roof 16 inches or more. If so, I won't have the wheel wells to have to work around.

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Old 02-08-2010, 01:42 AM   #7
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Looks like the tub/shower is what is taking the room. What size are you planning on putting in? Standard RV tub/showers are 24"x40", 24"x36", or 24"x32". My plans are likely going to use either the shorter 32" tub or the 36". Of course, I don't plan to use it as a tub for myself, probably just the smaller kids.
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Old 02-08-2010, 10:42 PM   #8
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I have a bumper pull camper that I plan to gut.
It has a 24X40" tub in it, so that's what I'm working with.
I just wanted a 32" shower, but my wife wants to keep the tub.
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Old 02-09-2010, 12:13 AM   #9
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I love the name of your bus! I hold my lit bic lighter aloft to you! The TC2000 was high on my list of desireable buses, but ultimately I decided to get the dog-nosed style. I've also heard lots of positive comments about the Cummins 5.9 engine. I'm looking forward to seeing your conversion take shape!
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Old 02-09-2010, 04:15 PM   #10
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Have you considered what you plan to do with all that seat foam? Might want to throw a large tarp over it to keep it nice till you decide.
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