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Old 09-30-2015, 08:10 AM   #1
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My first bus. A tiny house on wheels...

Hi all.
My name is Nic and I'm from Grand Blanc, MI. I have recently acquired my first bus. It is a 1988 Ford/Carpenter with 133k on the clock. She is equipped with a 370, 5 speed trans, and 2 speed rear. I picked it up on Thursday of last week and couldn't help myself I had to start tinkering.

First thing was to yank all the seats.

I also removed all of the lower wall skin but didn't take a picture.
Currently I am waiting on the an order of steel for the roof raise. The plan is to have the roof raise and the side reskinned before the snow starts flying so that I can still work on it over winter.
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Old 09-30-2015, 02:09 PM   #2
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Old 09-30-2015, 02:20 PM   #3
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Welcome and it looks like a ton of room...until you start figuring out how to fit everything in it ...then you want a bigger one


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Old 09-30-2015, 02:41 PM   #4
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Old 09-30-2015, 07:54 PM   #5
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Awesome stuff! Are you a sound engineer?
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Old 10-01-2015, 07:18 AM   #6
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Thank you all for making me feel welcome.

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Awesome stuff! Are you a sound engineer?
No Charles. Actually the story behind the name is, Audio is my dogs name. It started as a joke because some celebrity named her son Audio Science, and it just stuck.
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Old 10-01-2015, 08:01 AM   #7
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Nice to have you here.
So what are your plans, what's your course of action here?
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Old 10-01-2015, 08:42 AM   #8
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Nice to have you here.
So what are your plans, what's your course of action here?
Well first thing is first I am going to tackle raising the roof 2.5 feet. Beyond that I will be using the old seat rails as my platform base. That will give me an 11" cavity below the floor where all the stuff that goes into making the bus function and need climate control, such as the water tanks. I have also decided that I want to use 12v as much as possible because when I collect solar that's how it will be stored and invertors are only 70% efficient. I also am leaning toward an incinerating toilet for the ease of maintenance for being offgrid for extended periods of time.
I don't have all of the details worked out yet, I'm more of a tackle thing as I get to them rather than planning too far ahead. But I will keep this updated as I go. This is all a bit new to me but I have done my share of building houses and more than my share of building cars. So I feel I have lots of skills that will assist me in this endeavor.

And just because I like to share here is a pic of my car that I am wrapping up right now.

It is one of those it has way too much work that no one will ever see...
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Old 10-01-2015, 09:05 AM   #9
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I agree. I don't plan things out too far ahead either.
You gonna leave the interior paneling or is it coming out?

Sweet Bimmer, too.
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Lookin' good!

The Xantrex Prowatt series invertors are 90% efficient.
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