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Old 02-26-2016, 01:36 PM   #1
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Into The Mystic

Ok well, i finally did it, took almost a year of dreaming, 6 months of saving, and 4.5 months of searching, but i finally took the plunge and bought my first bus. She's a 2000 BlueBird Tc1000 with 200k miles. Ladies and Gents, let me introduce you to Mystic...













First off i wanted to thank everyone on this site for all the love and information you guys constantly shell out, sometimes the same info again and again to people like me who just dont seem to "get it," thank you for putting up with us. Its kind of crazy how just over a year ago the notion of building a skoolie never even crossed my mind and how now, thanks to all the knowledge that you guys pass on and the pictures and the articles you guys post and just the all around warmth and love that seems to come through these threads, i can honestly say that I am ready to kick ass in this project.

A little background on me, im 23, moved to Los Anegles last year from CT,Im a waiter in Malibu, I have a bit of experience in constructions and love to design and built stuff out of wood. Thats it. Never riveted before, i think ive changed a tire once, I put new coolant in the bus while getting her home which was a first and very exciting, ive never done much of anything but hey, screw it im excited to kick some but. I plan on traveling with her around the country with my girlfriend a few months out of the year and the rest of the year stealth camp in west Los Angeles and work and save for the next adventure, also contemplating on making it into a mobile sound stage as well so i can travel with dj friends to festivals and have them dj on the deck on the roof or something. who knows well see.

So yea thats me, this is Mystic, we are excited and we're ready, I am curently building her in Lancaster Ca, if anyone is nearby and wants to mingle lmk. Cheers.
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Old 02-26-2016, 03:41 PM   #2
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Good to have you here. The Tc1000 and the shorty Thomas FE flat fronts are what I am looking for.

If your not too familiar with engines, Deisels are a bit easier to troubleshoot than gas jobs. primarily because there is just suck, squeeze, bang, blow with no need for spark.

A good place to start for preventative maintenance is to change ALL fluids and filters, especially the fuel water separator.
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Old 02-26-2016, 04:59 PM   #3
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Hey, nice catch carneiro1292. I just got a TC1000 this past November. You're obviously an independent fast learner, and at a young age. That's going to take you far. I'm sure you'll be riveting and lag bolting things in place soon. Are you doing the full remodel or are you living in the "can" as I call it. I'm living in the can with movable components inside. I didn't have a choice this winter but a month ago I was wondering if living in the can was a good choice. I'm on the Oregon coast and it gets cold for a month or so up here. I opted for the wood stove, while you'll probably have invested in an AC unit.

Yeah, talk about cutting living expenses. I also feel much safer in a bus than I would in a motor home, and I'm pretty sure this is cheaper to operate than a motor home. It's sure cheaper to operate than an apartment, depending on how much you drive.
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Old 02-26-2016, 06:37 PM   #4
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Welcome! Nice size bus. Ct.? I bet I can tell your former hometown.
1 word: tools. Lots of tools. If you don't have any, befriend someone who does-or be ready to spend money. You can't learn to play a violin --without a violin.
Riveting is easy-first get a piece of metal +cut it to size. (Oops-need something to cut it with-got to get some shears-or tin snips. Do I need left hand-right hand or straight? better get them all.)
Then drill your holes. (Drill? I got to get a drill too. And drill bits. Battery or electric? If electric you need an extension--and power. )
You DID buy a rivet gun on your first two trips to Home Depot-didn't you? And you got the rivets?
Now put one end of the rivet in the hole + the other in the gun. Squeeze a few times till you hear 'pop'. Volia! you put in a rivet. And the first one only cost you 300 bucks*.

* Depending on luck and common sense. The 5th trip to HD will be to replace the cheapest riv gun on the shelf you broke on the second rivet with a better one-and more drill bits cuz you broke a couple-and a longer ext. the will reach to the back of the bus...
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Old 02-26-2016, 06:48 PM   #5
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Nice TC!!

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Old 02-27-2016, 02:11 AM   #6
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Keiffith good advice i will take care of those soon, the district i bought it from told me they changed everything for me before i came but its not on the records so i dont know for sure but will make sure and have them checked.

Robin97396 I will be going full crazy on this one. i start the conversion proccess on monday, will be driving an hour and half to the site everyone monday morning, staying till and leaving on wed night, every week from here on out since i only have those days off and need work on weekends to make money so i can work on the bus. Aint tht crazy? I need to work to make money so i can work some more, being an adult is hard.I will be stripping it, pulling out roof and side panels, floor, painting floor and clearing rust, treating any outside issues, painting, spray insulating, putting a deck, plumbing, fresh and grey tanks, compost toilet, wood stove, solar; the works. Will i check all these things off? def, will it hurt and take forever, without a doubt in my mind. oh btw i picked it up in Eugene Oregon, nice country up there from what i could see.

SDdwarf im from Danbury/ Redding Ct, never been tht far east in CT. its funny Ct is so small and yet ive barely left my county, its such a shame but when i head back East with Mystic im gonna go explore.

2kool4skool Iv read ur whole build thread prob 3 times. U actually are the person who inspired me to get a tc1000 so for tht i cant thank you enough.

anyways no more picts for now, i bought a new phone for the trip so i could get pictures but it broke before I even got to the bus but will have a new one tomorow. The build starts this monday so more picts to come. Cheers!
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Old 02-27-2016, 04:50 AM   #7
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Old 02-27-2016, 05:52 AM   #8
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Keiffith good advice i will take care of those soon, the district i bought it from told me they changed everything for me before i came but its not on the records so i dont know for sure but will make sure and have them checked.

Robin97396 I will be going full crazy on this one. i start the conversion proccess on monday, will be driving an hour and half to the site everyone monday morning, staying till and leaving on wed night, every week from here on out since i only have those days off and need work on weekends to make money so i can work on the bus. Aint tht crazy? I need to work to make money so i can work some more, being an adult is hard.I will be stripping it, pulling out roof and side panels, floor, painting floor and clearing rust, treating any outside issues, painting, spray insulating, putting a deck, plumbing, fresh and grey tanks, compost toilet, wood stove, solar; the works. Will i check all these things off? def, will it hurt and take forever, without a doubt in my mind. oh btw i picked it up in Eugene Oregon, nice country up there from what i could see.

SDdwarf im from Danbury/ Redding Ct, never been tht far east in CT. its funny Ct is so small and yet ive barely left my county, its such a shame but when i head back East with Mystic im gonna go explore.

2kool4skool Iv read ur whole build thread prob 3 times. U actually are the person who inspired me to get a tc1000 so for tht i cant thank you enough.

anyways no more picts for now, i bought a new phone for the trip so i could get pictures but it broke before I even got to the bus but will have a new one tomorow. The build starts this monday so more picts to come. Cheers!
Trick we learn living on a sailboat for 2 years was to send in samples of everything to a reputable lab .

You can get the kits fairly cheap Blackstone Labs

its not just to keep an eye on the oils usability it can also warn you of issues inside the engine excess wear on rings bearings coolant leakage fuel getting past the rings .

A decent bypass filter can help prolong the life of oil in a diesel . Unless your doing a lot of driving .
Once a year is all I would test another thing you might look at is getting a electric fuelpump from a junk yard and pumping out the tank there are bacteria and algae that grow in diesel fuel that has water from condensation built up not a big problem everywhere but if it gets a toe hold can sludge up a fuel system in a heart beat . I would rather waste a few hours pumping out filter and then putting it back than stuck somewhere trying to replace clogged filters .

Yeah I know overkill but I made 2 Atlantic crossings without any issues while a buddy limped into port with a dead engine and generator from water in the fuel. And trust me repairs in Cape Verde is worse than B F backroads America .
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Old 02-27-2016, 10:11 AM   #9
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It would appear as if you found a great little bus!

Your plans sound pretty good. But if I may, I would like to make a suggestion as to what project you should attack first.

CA is very anal about the only vehicles that can be painted National School Bus Chrome Yellow are school buses that are actively being used as a school bus. Any vehicle painted NSBCY that isn't being actively used as a school bus is just begging for a visit by a not so very friendly member of the CHP.

It will also help the stealth camping if it doesn't look like a school bus that has gotten lost. And while wild paint schemes like the Partridge Family bus are cool they tend to draw the eye. Buses painted like the Brown Crown might be a bit pedestrian for someone of your age and background, a bus painted like the Brown Crown will tend to fade into the background and not draw any attention to it.

Since you are on a limited budget (who of us on here aren't) I would suggest you frequent swap meets and your local Craigslist to find some of the stuff you will need.

I have a couple of different friends who did low budget conversions that used very cheap donors for a lot of their conversion needs. One purchased a Class 'A' motorhome and one purchased a tandem axle travel trailer. The one who purchased the motorhome got a working stove, fridge, roof top A/C unit, furnace, toilet, tanks, and a good genset for $1000.00 because the transmission was bad. He salvaged all of the working bits he could use, including the kitchen sink, and sold the resulting hulk for scrap for enough to pay for the tow bill. The other one got all the same stuff out of a trailer that had water damage for $500.00 and then had a nice tandem axle trailer frame he turned into a cargo trailer.

Of course that was a few years ago and prices are most probably higher in CA. But you will be spending well in excess of $1000.00 for all of the parts and pieces. It might be a good idea to go shopping for a donor unless you really want brand new everything.

Good luck and happy trails!
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yea def not brand new anything if possible, recycling as many things as possible. will start looking for things soon.
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