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Old 10-16-2016, 09:01 PM   #1
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I'll show you mine if you show me yours! Refurbished drivers area

So, I am not totally done yet, but I have the front drivers area of my bus mostly redone. I took everything out and cleaned it up, painted it and put it back. New laminate floors, and I dyed the drivers seat vinyl and painted the frame.
Not too bad for an old 80's bus. I still have some more to do, but at least I can handle driving it now. I have a new stereo for the hole in the side console and will be adding some kind of pad or maybe carpet to the flat area by the driver under the stereo to keep things from sliding around.
Show me what you did to yours, I love to see what others have done, it gives me ideas.


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Old 10-16-2016, 09:04 PM   #2
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That looks great, nice work!
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Old 10-16-2016, 09:05 PM   #3
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Omg, look at that driver's room!!!
My doghouse is so big, my seat has 2 sets of slide rails... 1 fore & aft slide and 1 left & right slide. My right knee rests against the dog house when I drive, so there's no chance of swiveling my seat.
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Old 10-16-2016, 09:07 PM   #4
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looks great!!!! in my old 86 I made dashboard air conditioning into the driver heater console ..i could twist those round vents around and get cold air.. in my carpenter io had to do full custom driver A/C... not sure what I'll do in the 2000.. I reallty miss the older pre-95 setup like your bus has!!! wish i could find someone who had ripped theirs out...

what you have done looks awesome
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Old 10-16-2016, 09:19 PM   #5
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Thanks guys, it has been a lot of work. I would love to add A/C, but here in the Pacific NW the amount of time I would need it, would not justify the cost and time to install it.
I love the older bus, I am sure I rode to school in one just like this in High School back in the 80's.
It just feels nice to have a nice place to sit and drive the bus from.
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Old 10-16-2016, 09:30 PM   #6
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mine in the DEV from a couple months ago... ive done a couple things since...
I completely gutted the driver heater unit and imstalled a combination heatand A/C unit that handles driver heat and dash A/C.. then a dedicated defroster heater.. in the same box... theres a couple vents you cant see..




I was building that box out.. it has standoffs underneath so the heater hoses for the rear units dont get crushed..





and a nice seat was in order.. since I have great A/C the cinyl isnt hot




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Old 10-16-2016, 10:32 PM   #7
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So, I am not totally done yet, but I have the front drivers area of my bus mostly redone.
Totally diggin' that......fantastic job, sir.
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Old 10-16-2016, 11:11 PM   #8
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Beautiful work Oldmopar. Guess i better show off my emerald green glass doorknob shifter

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So, I am not totally done yet, but I have the front drivers area of my bus mostly redone. I took everything out and cleaned it up, painted it and put it back. New laminate floors, and I dyed the drivers seat vinyl and painted the frame.
Not too bad for an old 80's bus. I still have some more to do, but at least I can handle driving it now. I have a new stereo for the hole in the side console and will be adding some kind of pad or maybe carpet to the flat area by the driver under the stereo to keep things from sliding around.
Show me what you did to yours, I love to see what others have done, it gives me ideas.


Looks good man!
A coat of paint, some new vinyl for the seat and some new flooring makes a world of difference.
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Old 10-17-2016, 10:16 AM   #10
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Before...

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After...

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...still have a few things to adjust/fine tune.
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