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Old 08-16-2011, 11:13 PM   #1
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New Project!

Hi all,
My husband and I have been following several conversions on skoolie for the past few years. We finally bought our own bus and are eager to get started on our project. It will be a conversion for full-time living suitable for Canadian winters which means we plan on lots and lots of insulation.

We just purchased the generator we will be using both for the conversion and in the completed project as a back up power source. It is an Onan commercial 4500 RV generator. We now just have to get a gas tank, a battery and a suitable plug and it will be up and running.


The first order of business will be gutting the interior followed by the roof raise (No big deal right )

We are blogging our conversion at:
http://angieandalex.blogspot.com/
and will keep everyone posted on the project here : ).
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Old 08-17-2011, 07:08 PM   #2
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Re: New Project!

congrats on the bus, your going to have a blast with it, where abouts in are you?

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Old 08-17-2011, 11:22 PM   #3
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Thanks gbstewart!
We are in the Niagara Region of Ontario.
Today was our first day working on the bus and we had a great time!

We started pulling out seats and were able to get some of the stickers pulled off the outside. We started later in the day because we had to get the generator all up and running. Definitely looking forward to putting in a full days work tomorrow and getting the rest of those seats out. What we are not really looking forward to is removing all of those rivets! But no way to get around it : )

Here are some pic's from our day:
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Old 08-18-2011, 07:58 AM   #4
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glad your haveing fun, did you check withyour insurance company? Im in northwesteren ontario, Its hard to find someone to insure a school bus convertion.
you have to have a saftey check, the your propane has to be inspected, then I had to get an apraiseal done, thats what I had to do anyway. the first company gave us a year to do the conversion, and all that stuff had to be done, then they jacked the price to 1800, a year!!! after a dozen phone calls All state in thunder bay insured us, for under $300. but it took them a while to figure it all out.

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Old 08-18-2011, 08:09 AM   #5
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wow talk about jumping through hoops huh!
We figured insurance was going to be one of the big hurtles to jump. We actually talked to a friend of the family who is an insurance agent who said he would have no problem insuring the bus after the conversion.

We had the bus towed from the yard so that we can avoid registering it until it can be claimed as an RV. We are really fortunate to have someone in the insurance business giving us a hand with this : ).

I'm glad you eventually got yours insured at such a good rate! I'm excited to be at that stage in the project and hit the road : )
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Old 08-18-2011, 09:54 AM   #6
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A&A --- Welcome to the Loony Bin! Great looking starter unit there and sweet find on the genset. Best of luck and don't hesitate to post inquiries, questions, whatever. Great bunch of (experienced) folks here. Some newbies, some pros and more than a few mechanically clever wizards.
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Old 08-18-2011, 04:51 PM   #7
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Thanks so much Tango!
I'm so happy to have the forum as a resource, we have followed several of your conversions and will definitely pick your brains on more than one occasion!
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Old 08-18-2011, 09:40 PM   #8
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Today we got the rest of the seats in the bus out and started to remove the interior sheet metal.
Tomorrow is demo day! We will be removing the rear heater, stripping out the floor and possibly begin to tear out the dash.

We put up a new blog post if you want to check out todays progress.
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Old 08-19-2011, 12:52 AM   #9
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Nice job! Do you have any idea for the layout yet?
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Old 08-19-2011, 01:27 AM   #10
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Re: New Project!

Rivet removal? Get a good air chisel and a rivet removal bit for it. It only takes a couple seconds to pop each rivet. I have an old Mac air chisel that is great. Looks like the new ones are $77 from Mac. If you do a lot, the better chisel retainer is worth the money too.

Mac air chisel:
http://www.mactools.com/shoponline/prod ... ammer.aspx

Snap-On rivet removal bit:
http://buy1.snapon.com/catalog/item.asp ... oup_ID=853


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