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Old 08-10-2008, 01:19 AM   #1
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My Project - 1968 Bluebird Ford B600 Skoolie

So im starting my own thread. Pictures will be updated at http://www.trolleybus.ca/bus
The bus is a 1968 Bluebird Ford B600. It is classifed as a motorhome so this will be easier in the long run. It was used as a motorhome but very little permanent. it has been gutted out which is great because i can do my own thing now. Bus is actually in very excellent condition and does move as we did move it tonight!

Pics are at the URL above. Below is a couple pics of me with my girl.

Plans: Total living / traveling unit. Interior will be tounge and groove pine on ceilings and walls. I plan to remove the pannelings so i can reinsulate. windows - will be gone. Going to put rv windows in. Exterior, The body area will be sided but the front of the bus will be kept original look with a little fixie upies.

Plans are for Black and grey water tanks along with Fresh. 2 water pumps. one on the fresh water and then theres one on the grey to flush the toilet.

3 way life to most of it, 12 and 120 volt along with propane for the stove and fridge and heat.

I plan shower and toilet. Double to queen bed along with 1 set of bunk beds for my girls.

i hvae 20 feet of room to work with so it will be tight but useable!


Again http://www.trolleybus.ca/bus is where ill keep posted

Here is a couple pics of me with my girl.



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Old 08-10-2008, 01:26 AM   #2
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I have always liked pine T&G and I am doing my bus with it. Pics. at link in my sig. if your interested. Welcome aboard!
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Old 08-10-2008, 01:50 AM   #3
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Thank you Abbot. Many years ago we did a whole 2 floor cottage witha 14' cathedral ceiling with the pine. i love working with it and i plan on using the thinner boards so it's easier to use on the ceiling.

I like you bus. i just quickly viewed a bit of it but nice work. i don't plan to put 2x4 studding in it except for the bedroom area where im thinking of a pocket door for it.
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Old 08-10-2008, 10:34 AM   #4
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I have been thinking about the roof raising but i think im also chicken!! The center from the current floor (Which im taking up and replacing) to the middle of the celing is 6'4" and sides are about 5'2" so it isn't that high.

But it's still going to be a fun project. I'm 5'10" and my wife is a bit shorter so for us, it should'nt be too bad.

Thanks for the welcoming!
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Old 08-13-2008, 02:33 PM   #5
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Ok. Im going crazy. i think i do want to raise the roof now. Ugh its a mind boggler... I want to do it because it would be awesome. However ive never done this before. hell im just going to learn again how to weld and stuff too.... it could be an adventure but could also be a disaster.

How many people around here survive with a lower ceiling?
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Old 08-13-2008, 05:45 PM   #6
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I sure wouldn't ever try & talk anyone out of building what they wanted, but I will also state this. If you aren't "better than average" with your hands, or have friends who are, I'd think long & hard, as well as closely inspect the threads of the guys on here who've done it to see what you're in for. I can't speak for anyone who has, but seriously doubt anyone would have a problem offering you advice in the event you choose to proceed. You won't find a better or more helpful bunch than right here!

If someone is considering a project (as extensive as this) and they're already "iffy" about being able to complete it.....then they may not be able to. I'd just hate to see someone begin an undertaking like this, only to find-out they later regretted doing so. Again, not trying to change your mind.....just suggesting you be realistic about your abilities.

If I were shorter, I probably never would have even considered it. Even at my height I still decided against doing it myself, but if I'm to live in the bus....lol, especially already living with spine problems, constantly stooping is the last thing I want to do. Thankfully I have a fair amount of sheetmetal & welding skills, & bodywork as well as access to tools I no longer own.

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Thanks for the advice.

I am though a Jack of all trades, master of none. I have a lot of maintenance and construction experience in my past... i just wonder if the laziness of me will take over!
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I have posted a step by step of my Roof Raise which can be found at the link in my sig. I would be happy to offer any and all help that I can about what I learned, either posted here or by e-mail.
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except for the bedroom area where im thinking of a pocket door for it.
I thought about using two pocket doors to close off fore and aft of the bathroom in my bus but I thought they would rattle to much when traveling. I went ahead and purchased two of those vinyl sliders instead. If you do use pocket-doors let us know how they sound going down the road.
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One answer to quiet the rattling of pocket doors is to use automotive windlace and/or felted automotive window track. Any surface the door or the door's hardware will come into contact with other hardware (rollers/roller track, guides, etc.) or surfaces will then ride on fabric like your car windows do. This cushions and minimizes vibration and the noises produced.

While I have no pictures to illustrate, I have made and tested mock-ups as I plan on at least one set of pocket doors in my bus, too. In the tests, the above materials performed well, are available at a reasonable price, in decent lengths that can be cut and shaped to fit the application. JC Whitney (and others) offer some different styles, but if you visit some of your local body shops, they may let you have their scraps for free (that's where I get mine).

You might also consider the "brush"-type of exterior house door floor sweep/draft barrier material, particularly on inside framing of the studs the door passes between. It will help prevent lateral vibration of the door.

Obviously, the closer the build tolerance, the less vibration-proofing required.

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Old 08-13-2008, 09:13 PM   #10
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After thinking, I hope you didn't take my post as talking "down" to you regarding your skills....wasn't intended that way. Just didn't want to see you get in over your head & set your bus on the back-burner.

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Nope not at all. all the comments help very much. last thing i want to do is land up with a half a bus!
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