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Old 02-24-2012, 08:29 PM   #11
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Now you too know what it feels like to look up in that big mirror, smile and think, yup I went ahead and did it. Then drop it in gear and drive away, enjoy it, your going to need to have that moment to go back to.
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Old 02-25-2012, 05:16 PM   #12
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My buddy Marc came out today and helped me with the seats. We removed about 3/4 of them in about 2 hours. So far every bolt and nut is coming out without much of a fight! Here are a couple of crappy cell phone pics of today's progress.



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Old 02-25-2012, 06:14 PM   #13
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My buddy Marc came out today and helped me with the seats. We removed about 3/4 of them in about 2 hours. So far every bolt and nut is coming out without much of a fight! Here are a couple of crappy cell phone pics of today's progress.




In a tc2000 I had I bought the bus at auction in las vegas, drove it home by 3:00pm and had all the seats out by 8:00pm I gutted a whole RV and just layed it out into the bus the next day ..had running water and a full about conversion in 3 days of owning the bus. Lets just say i was very motivated to get it livable! I have the conversion here somewhere.

But the seats came right out . I found once unbolting them from the inner (where they bolt to that over hang) and just poulling the seats left to right and the bolts just snapped on the legs.
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Old 02-25-2012, 06:17 PM   #14
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here id the link...i have a few other porject on this post to



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Old 03-04-2012, 10:56 PM   #15
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Re: New Skoolie - 1996 Bluebird.

We had a great weekend with the bus. My nephew came over and helped me remove the rest of the seats. They are now neatly piled up in the back. Now I just have to figure out what to do with them. I plan on keeping 4 to put back in for temporary dinette seating, and I'll keep some around for spare metal. I guess the rest will be sold for scrap. Is that much metal really worth much?

We also removed the rest of the stop sign mechanism and removed all of the stickers. There is still a lot of "sticky" left, but the goof-off wasn't really working and I was almost out anyway.

I think the best news is that she's 100% legal to drive now. I put on the new private bus plates, slapped up the registration sticker and took her to get inspected. $14.50 and 15 minutes later I had the inspection sticker on the windshield! I'm much more comfortable driving legal now.

My wife came up with the name of the bus this weekend. We think we are going to call her Wanda. My wife has an aunt in Kentucky that is her favorite aunt (mine too) named Wanda that spent most of her life driving a bus for their local school district. I'm not 100% convinced that this is "the" name, but it's currently at the top of the list.

Here are a couple of weekend pictures.


The kids were playing in the bus and laid out all of the cushions across the floor so they could have a wrestling mat and a bed.


We're legal!
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Old 03-05-2012, 12:01 AM   #16
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We had a great weekend with the bus. My nephew came over and helped me remove the rest of the seats. They are now neatly piled up in the back. Now I just have to figure out what to do with them. I plan on keeping 4 to put back in for temporary dinette seating, and I'll keep some around for spare metal. I guess the rest will be sold for scrap. Is that much metal really worth much?

We also removed the rest of the stop sign mechanism and removed all of the stickers. There is still a lot of "sticky" left, but the goof-off wasn't really working and I was almost out anyway.

I think the best news is that she's 100% legal to drive now. I put on the new private bus plates, slapped up the registration sticker and took her to get inspected. $14.50 and 15 minutes later I had the inspection sticker on the windshield! I'm much more comfortable driving legal now.

My wife came up with the name of the bus this weekend. We think we are going to call her Wanda. My wife has an aunt in Kentucky that is her favorite aunt (mine too) named Wanda that spent most of her life driving a bus for their local school district. I'm not 100% convinced that this is "the" name, but it's currently at the top of the list.

Here are a couple of weekend pictures.


The kids were playing in the bus and laid out all of the cushions across the floor so they could have a wrestling mat and a bed.


We're legal!
What sort of place did you take it to to get it inspected? I'm not sure who does inspections on buses.
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Old 03-05-2012, 12:13 AM   #17
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I took it to my local kwik lube. I called them and asked if they could do it before I left. They said no problem. They are on a corner so I was able to park on a side street. They came out and did the inspection right there. Texas does not do emission inspections on diesel engines so it was easy. They just checked that all of the lights worked and that the tires had enough tread. I see you are in Austin so you should have the same experience as me. I would just look around for any inspection place that has a large enough parking lot or access to a side street and then call them. Any licensed inspection place should be able to help you out.
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Old 03-08-2012, 09:45 AM   #18
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Wanda is going into the shop today for a fluid service and overall checkup. New oil and filters, check and possible flush of transmission fluid, new coolant, check and possibly replace rear diff oil, etc. I'm also going to get a quote on fixing the tach. I want to adjust the governor and fuel plate, but without a tachometer I'm hesitant to go down that path. I would prefer to know the rpms as she drives now before I start tinkering.
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Old 04-01-2012, 10:48 PM   #19
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We got a lot done on Wanda today. The rubber floor is out and all of the glue has been scrubbed off. 4 hours with a wire brush on the angle grinder. I'm pretty sure I won't be able to use my hands and arms tomorrow after all of that scrubbing.

I was hoping to get the floors cleaned with the pressure washer, but I ran out of daylight. Hopefully I'll get that done and the primer down next weekend. I'm really looking forward to the long weekend so I can knock some things off the list.

I also added a tiny tach today. I haven't been able to diagnose the issue with the stock tach so I thought I would give this a shot. http://www.tinytach.com/tinytach/diesel.php. I'm not sure how accurate it is yet. I'll have to do some digging into stock idle rpms and average rpms at different speeds. I'm pretty sure I have seen a post around here somewhere on that subject.

Now for the pics...

My nephew Joey helping get the rubber floor out.


Glue everywhere!


Looking better now.
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Old 04-09-2012, 09:48 PM   #20
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The long weekend turned out to be very fruitful for the conversion. I got the last of the rubber around the front wheel wells removed and scrubbed, the last two seat back things that separate the driver and the passenger area removed, all of the panels removed over the wire runs, the ceiling panels removed, and locks installed in the side and read emergency exits.

I've seen people post on here how much they hate rivits so I had an idea of how bad it was going to be, but WOW. That sucked. Luckily I had a couple of friends over Saturday to help out with that task. If it was all left up to me I would have never finished. My arms, shoulders and neck were killing me after the first couple of panels. The trick of taking an angle grinder with a thin cutting wheel and cutting a slice down the middle of each rivit seemed to work the best for us. After that we just had to smack each one with a heavy duty chisel and a 2lb sledge and they would pop right off.

For the door locks I went with the garage door deadbolt locks as many others have done here. The only issue I found was that the side emergency exit is so thin that I almost couldn't use the lock. I ended up shimming the inside and outside enough that I got it to work, but it was tough going. The good news is I can completely lock up the bus now. The main door still only locks at the opening mechanisim so I can lock it from the inside, then go out one of the other doors. Granted, there's nothing in there to steal right now other than scap metal and my tachometer, but I fell better knowing some kids can't get in there and mess with anything.

Next weekend will be filled with work and taxes so I doubt I'll have much to report for a couple of weeks. Up next I plan on ripping out the side panels, priming everything and possibly starting to blank out a couple of windows.
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