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Old 04-08-2014, 06:02 PM   #1
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La Casita Bus Conversion

Hi everyone!!
We are Mike & Lala!!
"Houseless By Choice... Never Homeless!"
We bought a school bus, and we are in the process of converting it into our home!

Here is our progress!


This is the first glimpse we got from her:

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Old 04-08-2014, 06:32 PM   #2
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Cruise Control!!!!







That paper...





That paper states that we are the new owners of a skoolie!!!!

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Old 04-08-2014, 07:33 PM   #3
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Hey! My boyfriend and I are also in the process of converting! We have builders and designers helping up design our floor plan and will be driving down to Texas on the 18th of this month to pick up the bus! They removed our seats for us thankfully! What're the first steps you're making?! Removing flooring and ceiling and walls?
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Old 04-08-2014, 07:38 PM   #4
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welcome, theres lots to see and learn here, ask lots, and show us pictures
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Old 04-08-2014, 11:49 PM   #5
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What engine and transmission are in your bus?
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Old 04-08-2014, 11:52 PM   #6
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Gotta love those old Irrationals! --- More pix!
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Old 04-09-2014, 06:39 PM   #7
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your going to love that cruise control, I have the same set as yours, the cruise is also a fast idle used for when its cold out, just push it once when the bus is running and parked and the engine will rec to approx. 1250 rpm which is recomended in cold weather start up which I don't think you have to worry about
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Old 04-09-2014, 11:22 PM   #8
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Hey! I'm "reverendfatheruncleruckus" on Instagram. Welcome!
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Old 04-11-2014, 10:31 PM   #9
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...What're the first steps you're making?! Removing flooring and ceiling and walls?
Hi Alex & Lorraine!! We are glad to get to know other busnuts, and more so if, like you, are in the first steps of the process!!

We had time to only post a very few of the photos... we will add more in every opportunity we have!

Even though is in our interest to post all the conversion (and more!) in Skoolie.net, we do have a Facebook page where we have logged a lot!
http://www.facebook.com/LaCasitaBus

And if any of you want to connect with us in a personal level, here is our Facebook profile page: http://www.facebook.com/Mike.Lala.798

Here are today's round of photos:

Answering Alex & Lorraine's question, our first move was to secure La Casita, so we bought a lock used regularly by cargo van owners:



















And, for the rear door, we chose a towing receiver lock









And, after measuring her all over, we developed a series of floor plan versions that would meet our needs & likes, within our limitations & capabilities







After designing our floor plan, we decided to start our demo:

Removing the seats:




From beneath the skoolie:



Too much work, so we decided to call reinforcements!

Angle grinder (We strongly recommend an electric grinder, instead of a cordless... Batteries will not last long)






After all seats were removed, we used this tool to help us with removing the rubber floor and wooden subfloor:



And, the metal floor was revealed! We are happy to find that all the rust was just surface rust!



And this is the chemical we will use to treat the rusty floor. It is a rust converter.



Here is Mike, fixing one of the wiper blades... very cold, and snowy day!



This is a topic that has caused a lot of controversy in the skoolie community, and the rocket stove community!
Both basically has said that it cannot be done successfully. However, as we stated earlier, we are doing this project based in what we feel is the best for us.
This is a rocket stove design. It will be made out of fireclay, perlite and furnace cement. It will be poured in a wooden cast, and the cast will burn from within when we start the rocket stove for the first time:




We will no longer use the quick set rapid cement, because finally, we found a shop that sells fireclay!



Here is Mike building the cast for the rocket stove:



This is the inner core cast



Inner core cast "inside" the outer cast:



This is a mockup of the base for the rocket stove:



This is how the cast is looking... not finished yet!



Here is Mike cutting an empty fire extinguisher to be use as the riser tube for the cast



That's all for now

Next to come: Insulation!!!
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Old 04-11-2014, 11:55 PM   #10
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Keep the pics coming.

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