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Old 08-16-2014, 10:23 PM   #1
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New Oregon Trail Bus - 1984 Bluebird

Hey everyone, we just wanted to share our bus project! We bought this in April and built a quick conversion to take on a summer long road trip from Florida to the PNW. Once we find a place to land in Oregon we have big plans to do some remodeling to make it a more permanent living space. We are excited to be a part of this forum, I am sure we will have a million questions once we start doing a more complete conversion.
For a ton of pictures and stories from our summer travels check out our blog here: http://www.theneworegontrail.com



Our bus is a 1984 Blue Bird All American, with the dreaded Cummins VT555 9.1L V8 diesel. Even though it is turbocharged it is loud and slow, but it has hauled us and all our stuff all over the US so I can't complain too much! It has some great storage compartments in the back, and came equipped with a factory ScottAir AC setup, powered by a Yanmar 3 cyl 17HP diesel and an interesting compressor setup. We love the large sliding windows and all the space the 40 footer gives us, and we can't wait to live in it full time. Purchase price was $2000









What we started with. Bought it in rural Georgia and drove it home 6+ hours to Central Florida where we were living at the time











Started tearing out the seats and interior right away





















Covered the seat holes and painted the floor. Then added insulation and flooring







Started building up the simple interior. Boxing in the wheel wells, building a kitchen and bedroom area























Cut up an old table and built some benches to create a nice seating area, which is very comfy with a great view









Painted the stripe copper/brown





And a few photos of the completed project and our trip around the country

























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Old 08-17-2014, 11:35 AM   #2
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Re: New Oregon Trail Bus - 1984 Bluebird

Welcome to the Asylum --- You guys are way ahead of the pack and already enjoying the good life. Keep us up to date with as many pix as you can load. Best of luck in the Great Northwest.
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Old 08-17-2014, 01:12 PM   #3
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Great work!!! Were in Tacoma, welcome to the PNW!!!
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Old 08-17-2014, 02:54 PM   #4
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Re: New Oregon Trail Bus - 1984 Bluebird

Welcome to the West Coast!! Your conversion is wonderful. I love the "industrial" look of the walls for the toilet area. The floor looks great. Keep us all up-to-date as you work on your baby!!
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Old 08-17-2014, 03:05 PM   #5
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Re: New Oregon Trail Bus - 1984 Bluebird

welcome, I love all the textures, industrial and natures wood!!! what are you using for "mixing" valves on the sink faucet?
or is it just cold water?

Again...welcome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 08-17-2014, 07:30 PM   #6
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Re: New Oregon Trail Bus - 1984 Bluebird

That's a really interesting bus, especially with the pre-existing a/c run by a pony engine. Tell me your thoughts about the dry flush toilet. I don't know if there is more than one manufacturer or not. I read up on one of them this past week. Very interesting concept, but I had some concern about the cost of the refills. Quick math in my head seemed like about $1.00 per flush. I hope you keep us updated as you re-invent the interior. Welcome!
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Old 08-17-2014, 08:12 PM   #7
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Nice work. Love the tin walls around the john!
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Old 08-18-2014, 01:35 AM   #8
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Thanks everyone! We are actually from Oregon, we just spent the last year living in Florida. We miss our mountains so we are moving back home! I will try I get more photos uploaded soon
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Old 08-18-2014, 07:19 AM   #9
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love the tin and old wood also! yall kepp on keepin on!
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Old 08-19-2014, 12:01 AM   #10
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Dug up some more photos from the project
























































Most of the lumber used for this project was stuff we got for free from my work, I disassembled an old horse corral and scavenged quite a bit of wood from there. When we do round 2 of the bus build I would like to use some different sized boards, since we don't need such heavy duty lumber for an interior. Fortunately the company I was working for in Florida let me park on one of their properties, so we had a great place to do the conversion. We could make as much noise and as much mess as we want, plus use some of the equipment for heavy lifting and I could raid the service truck if I needed. This is the first time either Lindsey or myself have built anything even remotely similar to a home, so it was a big learning experience for both of us. We had a great time, and can't wait to redo some of the interior now that we have a little more knowledge. We will also have a longer timeline, as we were scrambling to get it done before the lease on our rental house was up.
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