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Old 08-14-2008, 02:02 AM   #11
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I can help with cutting the roof off. After that you're on your own. Just kidding. Before you tackle a project like raising your roof, look back in your life at other projects you've done. If you are good at taking things all the way through completion and you feel that you have or can acquire the skills that you need to see it through, then go fot it. If not, FOGETABOUTIT! You will just end up with a hunk of crap in your driveway. I have seen pictures of coaches that are stripped to nothing and are for sale. That is why I would never consider doing that kind of work to my bus. Because I would just f*** it up. My first conversion is going to be simple so I can use it, not look at it growing weeds. Please don't take what I've said in a bad way. I just think you should do your conversion without a roof raise unless you have done work like that. Cheers.
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Old 08-14-2008, 08:55 AM   #12
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I can help with cutting the roof off. After that you're on your own. Just kidding. Before you tackle a project like raising your roof, look back in your life at other projects you've done. If you are good at taking things all the way through completion and you feel that you have or can acquire the skills that you need to see it through, then go fot it. If not, FOGETABOUTIT! You will just end up with a hunk of crap in your driveway. I have seen pictures of coaches that are stripped to nothing and are for sale. That is why I would never consider doing that kind of work to my bus. Because I would just f*** it up. My first conversion is going to be simple so I can use it, not look at it growing weeds. Please don't take what I've said in a bad way. I just think you should do your conversion without a roof raise unless you have done work like that. Cheers.
See i say im lazy but also i like this stuff as hobby so it is fun. i have enough experience doing stuff like this with wood in houses (I've actually raised a house roof!) so its doing it different doing this with metal and stuff.

Im still researching but i think the roof may just go up..... may....

Of course this being my first conversion and not my last, it may just stay down in it's current spot. i think im going to have a lot of fun with this as its more MY project as my wife says.

My wife was quite pissed to here i got the bus... after a few moments of her grumbling, i told her at least i have a home now for when she throws me out!
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Old 08-14-2008, 09:31 AM   #13
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if you are going to keep the bus and use it long term and or full time cut the roof and go for the headroom before you invest the energy and material involved in a deluxe conversion. TRX cut the roof off and replaced it with a square roof, check his conversion in the photo section.
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if you are going to keep the bus and use it long term and or full time cut the roof and go for the headroom before you invest the energy and material involved in a deluxe conversion. TRX cut the roof off and replaced it with a square roof, check his conversion in the photo section.
TRX sure did a nice job on that conversion, his and one other conversion I found on the net inspired me to purchase a bus. He also mentioned that if he did it again (square roof) that he would look for something that would make a one-piece roof covering. I do not know for certain but I took that to mean that he may have had trouble with the only roof joint (leak?).


TRX's Conversion

Before I started my conversion I thought about building a square roof for mine but the fact that I already had the material (the stock roof) at hand dissuaded me from doing so. I chose to not buy the extra material and to just stick with the stock roof going straight up.
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Old 08-28-2008, 01:00 AM   #15
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Well i've decided im not going to raise the roof on this bus. not too keen on it, however i may try it on a short bus when i get one so i could use the room for a upper bunk and storage.

Anyways tonight my buddy Bill and I went up to do some odd's and ends. Tonight I hooked the fuel tank back up as it has been using just a short hose from the engine to a jerry can. Also put in the headlights and fixed some of the running lights and replaced some of the marker light covers, but i think the light switch is screwed because i couldnt get life out of the headlights or the running lights which did run before. so somethings f'd up. plus the rear signal wires are not getting any life. i did replace those lights for now. Found out all the gauges do work on the dash including the fuel which i was wondering.

The bus has been emptied out and im hoping to find a site where i can store it and work on it soon as my buddy really does want it out of his yard.

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Old 08-29-2008, 01:42 AM   #16
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Tonight I picked up a load (10 boxes) of flooring that I'm receiving for free. I'm getting about 35 boxes of mix and match. i don't care. I'm sure I can match up enough boxes to do what i want for the walls and floors and then do whatever with the rest. I've decided to stick to the tongue and groove paneling for the ceiling.

Below you'll see a pick of my van at the warehouse with 6 boxes on the roof. there are 4 in the car too. they are 50lbs each box so I didn't want to over do it. I also have a couple pics here showing a bit of one of the packs laid out on the floor.

So besides that tonight i worked on the lighting of the bus. My headlights did not work, the rear signals did not work and the marker lights quit working. Well after much work, i have no clue what's with the marker/clearance lights but most of them work but their wiring is so screwed up so i am going to run a new direct power line for them all and put a switch on my panel for them.

Last night we had replaced one of the headlights but couldn't get them going. tonight i replaced the hi/low beam switch and voila i could see the light!
The tail lights/signal lights on these buses are interesting. the signal light is on a separate circuit then the brake lights and running lights so you must have 2 lights on the back on the left and 2 on the right. So right now i managed to get the running lights working and the signals which it turns out the wires were cut under the dashboard so i had to reconnect those and voila we have running and signals!

To do some of the marker lights, i had to start taking the back ceiling panels out and the rear wall panel. This wasn't so bad. just some drilling of rivets and removal of screws. Looks like the bus had mice at some time living in the walls and to my surprise, it looked like squirrels may have also lived there at some time.

I removed the AM Radio that the last guy had installed under the dashboard. I plan on putting an am/fm/cd player in there instead.
Finally tonight i also removed the standee bars at the entrance and behind the driver. what a difference in space this makes even though it's so small. i had planned to take them out anyways because i want to put captains chair in the drivers seat and the co-pilots that can swivel around so they would have been in the way.

I also secured a storage spot for my bus today. Turns out the company is owned by a co-worker of mine so he has said he will have no problems with me working on the bus while it is parked at his rv yard and i will have come and go access all I want. Good to hear as I didn't want to be stuck with just a storage site.

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Old 08-30-2008, 11:51 PM   #17
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Snuck up for another shot at working on the bus. Today i moved it forward and back a bit just to give it some movement. it has no brakes right now just the parking brake so i didnt want to do too much. Anyways, i ripped out the upper front panel and 2 of the ceiling panels. This gave me a chance to start working on rewiring the marker lights as i want them all on one switch. So now the front ones and two front sides are hooked up.

Making a big mess in the bus with all the insulation crap.

took 12 more bundles of flooring up. Now i have enough oak laminate flooring for the floor and should have enough of a lighter kind for the walls. hell there is 22 bundles in there and i still have to pick up 15 ugh. i guess this is how it goes when you get stuff for free. I can have some but have to take it all. thats the deal! lol.

No pictures today because i forgot to take the camera. Well so i thought only to find it later sitting right there in the van! Next trip ill take a few pics.

I can't wait to get the bus moved to it's new parkign space 12 blocks from my house. It's a lot easier than driving 1 hour each way as i have been doing lately. I had a few days off this week which gave me some time to go up.
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Old 08-31-2008, 10:49 AM   #18
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That'll be a huge help once you get it moved closer to home. The weather will be cooling-off as well, which will help too. Heck, you can always sell some of the left-over flooring or swap it for something you can use on Craigslist.

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My thoughts exactly. I was thinking once i get it organized and figure out what i have, swapping it might just work.
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Old 09-23-2008, 02:51 PM   #19
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Well lately i have been so swamped with election work and 2nd job that i havent made it up to work on the bus, however heres the good news. Im tentatively bringing her home Saturday finally. I have found someone with a flatdeck truck that we can move it on. He has ramps but no winch so ill have to drive it up and down on it but thats ok. Much better than towing it.

If anyone is interested in helping financially, i am always accepting donations. email money transfer in canada is best. or cash. i don't use paypal cause its a pain. anyways email money transfer to james@Trolleybus.ca or deposit to a TD account accepted. I have had some others already donate a few bucks so its great.

I will be posting pics of the move probably sunday or so because i work saturday late afternoon/evenings now.
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Hi, James.

Good luck with your 1968 Bluebird bus project! As you are converting it, I would be interested in buying some of the parts you probably will be discarding. Please e-mail me, either way, at jebenstock@hotmail.com, thanks!

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