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Old 05-17-2009, 09:45 PM   #1
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Good News Bus Conversion Project

Hello...I am new to the forum and just wanted to post up what we are doing.



This is our project. A 1995 International Flat Nose Genesis School Bus with an Amtran Body. It is powered by an International 7.6-liter DT466 Turbo Diesel Engine and has a Allison Transmission. It only has 110,000 miles on it so it should have a lot of life left. We will be doing a complete change of the interior and exterior. The bus will also be outfitted with full living quarters, kitchen, bathroom. We may end up using this as a tour bus for our band / ministry.

We are currently in the middle of this project and are doing a detailed blog of each step. Please check it out and let us know what you all think.

http://www.busconversionproject.blogspot.com/
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Old 05-17-2009, 10:59 PM   #2
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Nice, detailed documentation in the blog - keep up the good work!
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Old 05-18-2009, 01:54 AM   #3
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WELCOME to the BEST SKOOLIE site on the WEB. Great job and documentation so far, seems like your eager to finish that thing in a couple months at the rate you're going. Looking forward to more.....
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Old 05-18-2009, 08:47 AM   #4
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Thanks...

I have one question for you guys. Do most of you recommend removing the inside panels on the walls? Or at least remove just one to see how it looks behind it?
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Old 05-19-2009, 10:53 PM   #5
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Did some paint work on the bus today. Take a look at our blog and let us know what you think.

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Old 05-20-2009, 11:08 AM   #6
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Re: Our Bus Conversion Project

I've been following your blog with my rss reader. Y'all are really making some progress fast!

As for removing the interior panels, I plan to do that in my bus and then potentially reinstall them with better insulation. It really is a question of what is best for you though. Think about the potential problems that might show up behind there and whether it is worth the risk of leaving them there vs finding them and fixing them. If you have no reason to believe there's no problems there (and likely, there aren't), and you can live with the crappy stock insulation, then don't expend the effort. But, really, it is your call.

I suspect, since you went to the trouble of removing a bent panel on the exterior and having it redone, that you'd be a person that would want to remove the panels and put decent insulation inside. But, I'm just guessing.

Good luck, and keep up the good work!

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Old 05-20-2009, 04:37 PM   #7
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if your planing on keeping this bus for years to come, i would remove the panels and clean up any rust issues and reinsulate. You will also see that way which windows might be leaking.
if you only plan to have the bus for a couple years to get rid of the travelbug, i wouldnt bother.
But now would be the time to do it.

edit: checked you blog again and after seing how much effort you put in to get the outside looking perfect with bondo and new sheetmetal i would defenetly say go ahead and rip out those inside panels.
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Old 05-21-2009, 04:47 PM   #8
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Thanks for the info. I think I am getting lazy or just sick of drilling out rivets. I (so far) have decided to leave the panels. I was able to take a look behind one without removing it and all looks well. This bus is pretty much rust free for the most part. It was a southern bus so it never saw salted roads.

Also I will be covering and insulation over all the panels with foam.

Good point on the windows. I will be resealing them all with new window sealing foam.
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Old 05-21-2009, 05:20 PM   #9
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Oh...one more question I have been wanting to ask. Do you have to have a Black water and Gray water tank? Or can you have one that does both????

Any advice on this will help.
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Old 05-21-2009, 09:42 PM   #10
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Can you send me a link to that toilet?

Thanks!
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