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Old 04-28-2010, 09:35 PM   #21
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Better than the spare buses we have at work, which is ironic since I drive for the same company I bought this from.
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Old 04-30-2010, 07:14 PM   #22
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And now the inside pics:







Yes, that's an air driver's seat. Nice and quiet up front, you can hear enough of the engine to hear the whistling turbo and the fan kick in, but can carry on a conversation without yelling. The rear shelf by the emergency window looks like a great place to put a bed with storage underneath.

I figure just shy of 30 feet of usable space from the back of the driver's seat to the base of the rear shelf.
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Old 04-30-2010, 08:52 PM   #23
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I look at the shape of the rear shelf, and picture someone in a toga with gold trim reclining on cushions sitting on top, drinking wine and eating from a cluster of grapes!
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Old 04-30-2010, 09:46 PM   #24
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I look at the shape of the rear shelf, and picture someone in a toga with gold trim reclining on cushions sitting on top, drinking wine and eating from a cluster of grapes!
Don't forget the half naked women around him feeding him the grapes. That's the best part of that imagery!!!
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Old 05-01-2010, 04:03 AM   #25
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HEDONISM..........!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
or a Caligula camber....or same thing........
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Old 05-02-2010, 04:59 PM   #26
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Took the bus out for a spin today, probably its last time on the road in yellow. Still runs better than some of the junk First Student pays me to drive with kids aboard. Jason drove it a few miles, he didn't get a chance last weekend when I brought it home.

We got a little work done - cleaned up the dash a bit and took out some of the seat bottoms to expose the hardware. Apparently Fairfield, CT specs lap belts in every seat on their buses. We're saving everything for now - some of the seat frames will be cannibalized for belt-equipped furniture (stealing the idea from Jake Von Slatt), and a local school district mechanic friend has called dibs on a few seats.

The other thing I did was install a slide-bolt latch to lock the front door from the inside. Eventually there will be some type of keyed lock on the outside, but I'm still trying to figure that part out. AmTran used a very thin frame for their doors with a lot of glass, so options are limited. Air pressure is released when the key is off, so for now we can latch it closed and go in and out the side door (which will soon have one of those surface-mounted locks on it). If anyone's trying to figure out how to latch a jacknife (bifold) door from the inside, here you go.

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Old 05-02-2010, 08:01 PM   #27
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Little bits of work here and there. Finals are in a couple weeks, after which we'll have exponentially larger amounts of free time.

I'll get some pics of the removed seat bottoms tomorrow if you really want. They still look the same, they're just in a slightly different place.

The realization of the day: Desperately need roof vents. In keeping with the "still looks like a bus as much as possible" theme, we want roof hatches from an actual bus. Gonna check with the scrappers at the next auction and maybe have a friend in OH look at the big bus junkyards. We probably could have gotten more done if it weren't in the 80s...
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wow phill 900 bucks that same bus is for sale here with 350ks for 4500 YER IN!
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Old 05-04-2010, 07:21 PM   #29
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The project has been officially blessed

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Old 05-08-2010, 07:54 AM   #30
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Got a little more work done yesterday. It was getting dark and I was getting tired, but then I remembered Smitty was bugging me for pics so I snapped a few dark, blurry ones with my phone.


Pulled out some of the wiring and peripherals for the Child Checkmate and Zonar systems First Student uses. Probably a long shot, but since I work for the company I'll ask my boss if I can sell em to the shop for a few bucks.


Took out the front signbox door and frame. It'll make a nice upper window. Eventually there will be some type of storage cabinets on either side.


Signbox doors and the front frame. Mostly came out without any issues, but there were a couple sheet metal screws I had to drill out.


Rear shelf with the seat cushions removed. The black padding was optional upgraded insulation to reduce engine noise, which most drivers felt didn't help much. I'm leaving it for now but I'll probably end up pulling it out and putting something else in.


All of the seat bottoms stacked up until I find somewhere in the shed to put them. I went to Lowe's yesterday and bought a $30 angle grinder and a cutoff wheel. I started to try a seat floor bolt, but I was wearing shorts and the shower of sparks made me think twice.
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