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Old 02-21-2007, 06:51 PM   #11
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Thank you!

Thank you all so much for your replies and answers.
I am taking notes! And I will certainly check for rust when I
start looking for my bus.

I appreciate everyone who posts to my thread.

Right now things are very soggy here in the Pacific Northwest and I do not have any hopes of getting a bus in here until April, most likely May. I am saving up money and collecting building supplies in the mean time!

I have collected three hollow core doors for "pocket doors" in my bus. I am putting one between the driver's area and hanging two somewhere at the back, together (double doors). I have a lot of old hardwood flooring that I have saved for years and also a wood stove (it is actually a trash burner) for my woodstove. I am partial to it because it has a "cook top" with the lids to lift to cook on.

I have also aquired a pallet of concrete blocks (three blocks high) to get my bus off of its tires and level it up, not to mention the blocks I have had before (can't have too many )

I have an old camper that I got for free on Craig's List plus a small trailer that I can scavenge for kitchenette. I am not sure if the frige will work, but I can certainly scrounge a complete kitchen out of what is there and then turn around and sell the siding for scrap.

I also have barn board at my disposal and some rather dark colored panneling. I am not into painted panneling, but when one is frugal they have to make do with what is free. I am asking around for plywood just incase I have to replace the subfloor on the bus.

Whew! When spring comes I will be a busy woman!

Thanks for the support!

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Old 02-21-2007, 07:00 PM   #12
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I hope that helps a little anyway. I know it saved me from buying a bad parts truck when my hammer went through the web of the frame.


I'm glad you looked!

thank you very much for your input!
I will certainly do this

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Old 02-21-2007, 08:51 PM   #13
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Online auctions are a good place to look for buses too. I almost bought a city transit bus instead of the school bus (Gillig Phantom) as it was longer and wider. I didn't win that auction though and wound up with the Thomas Skoole, very happy with what I got. Eaby or publicsurplus.com are good places to look, but you gotta be careful on there, and unless you only bid on local stuff, there is no way to check it out first.
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Old 02-21-2007, 10:21 PM   #14
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It's too bad about that Phantom though. Duluth runs Gillig Phantoms and Low Floors exclusively. Well...that and they do have a Gillig trolley.

Glad to hear you're meeting with some success, Lindy. It will be nice to have some stuff ready to go once you get the bus. That will keep you busy!
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Old 05-21-2007, 08:33 PM   #15
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Got My Bus

It is an 87 international model# 835.

I have a question in regard to the side walls. I have seen conversions on the web where the walls were taken out and others that just built on top of them. What are the pros and cons besides more work ha ha ha. I was thinking that *more* space between me and the elements was better , you know the thicker the walls???? I am really interested in hearing what you guys have to say

I have also seen some conversions lay down black plastic as a vapor barrier and others that have not. I would like to hear from some that chose not to do it and wonder about condensation

Right now I am concentrating on taking out the two seats in the bus, the two thingies that go between the first seats and the front of the bus, and taking up the floor to see what I got under there. That should keep me out of trouble for a while. Oh, if anyone would care to tell me *smile* what those thingies are actually called I would appreciate it! Ha

I love the angle grinder by the way! I just need to get a cutting blade for it tomorrow so I can get the bolts on the seats cut off.

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Old 05-21-2007, 08:53 PM   #16
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Re: Got My Bus

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It is an 87 international model# 835.


I have also seen some conversions lay down black plastic as a vapor barrier and others that have not. I would like to hear from some that chose not to do it and wonder about condensation

Right now I am concentrating on taking out the two seats in the bus, the two thingies that go between the first seats and the front of the bus, and taking up the floor to see what I got under there.

Thanks guys!
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I left my walls as is with the exception of a wire chase that runs along each side where the seat rail on the wall is. For my summer travels I just felt no need to do more with the walls. I think it goes without saying that the more time you plan to spend in the bus, the more time you will generally put into tearing it down and building it back up. The exception, of course, is Elliot who is spending an awful lot of time making one heck of a bus for a few Kinetic Sculpture races per year.

I did fully do my floor including the vapor barrier. My take on it was it was too easy and too cheap not to put the vapor barrier down.

Those front seat crash barriers are something else, eh? I never did figure out how they were installed at the factory on my bus. The bolts were inside the thing. The only way I could see it being done was for the plate to be installed on the floor and then everything welded to it. I just ground as much as I could and then football charged it (I was a lineman). Hopefully you will have better luck!
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Old 05-21-2007, 09:08 PM   #17
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Those crash barriers were the easiest thing in my bus to remove....simple lag bolts down into the floor....not even any nuts on the other side... those things were the ONLY easy thing to come off my bus!!
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Old 05-22-2007, 01:28 AM   #18
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For vapor barrier, I used 30# roofing felt. I figured if it was good enough to use on a roof, its good enough for my skoolie floor.
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Old 09-09-2007, 03:57 AM   #19
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Re: Lindy's Hillside Hide Away

Hi Guys I'm back.
Well, I have all the seats removed and the collision barriers.

Now I am attempting to pull up the plywood sub floor. And I am having an unbelieveable hard time. It seems that the nails are rusted to the floor pan and for the life of me I cannot get them to pull up. I tried using my grinder. That only caused the plywood to turn to charcoal and made me worry about catching the bus on fire

Any ideas?

Can I just leave it as is and start the conversion process?

I am just afraid all the untreated rust "not sleeping" will cause me to not sleep.

I know, some wacky woman buys a bus and wants to convert it, but it is just that I am a single woman and I want to know that I have a secure, safe place to live for the next 20 or so years. Or until I get it together enough to acutualy build a home that does not have wheels (now why would I want to do that!)

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Re: Lindy's Hillside Hide Away

I haven't found much rust on my bus. So for what it's worth, I am not pulling up the plywood on my floor.

(I should be sleeping, I am raising the roof on my bus in a few hours)
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