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Old 05-09-2013, 08:54 AM   #21
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Old 05-12-2013, 10:59 PM   #22
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Sick of grinding.... Wisconsin bus... cancerous as heck, many grinding wheels, all floor primed 4 sheets left 2 lay, then clean it up and take a pic or 2, then comes laying out the floorplan with some tape, n then the walls.... yay!!!
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Old 05-14-2013, 12:41 PM   #23
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A word of caution that should be a sticky some where for all to see.

Good to see the pic of you all played out after a good hard day of work. I can't help but notice that you were wearing safety goggles by the dirt signature on your face. What I also see by the dirt is, that you were not wearing a breathing mask to filter out all that mold, rust, abrasive wheel particles, chunks of galvanized metal, ect.

Renovating the steel work inside a bus is one of the most toxic steel working I've ever done. Lack of ventilation combined with the galvanized steel makes a mix that will take it's toll on your body in a short time.

I just want to pass on a message about proper Personal Protective Equipment. Lets all do our renovations safely so we can enjoy them with a least the level of health we started them with.

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Old 05-29-2013, 07:08 AM   #24
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Why didn't you just by an RV? ha!
As you are a bus owner, I find it almost blasphemous that you would suggest to buy an RV.

If I had had a Sticks and staples RV when I went into a ditch the other day, it would have been ruined.

Check out page 30 on my thread.
I know I know...when im asked "why a bus?" i just tell em well... theres 2 words, a f and a U .... gotta behave on here... I love our bus, and my signature was just askin ya'll are you sick of that question.... since we bought it, we're asked it constantly... and yes I know, I tore up a 73 Winnie... not meant for that... camping out in the sticks, never made it out... the bus is the best man... wouldn't trade it in for the world.... so please don't take my signature wrong... i'll change it... cuz I LOVE OUR BUS....
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Old 05-29-2013, 10:17 AM   #25
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your sig is fine now....And I plan on getting a Tshirt with a school bus on it and have it say something like "yes,I actually bought a bus"
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Old 05-29-2013, 02:02 PM   #26
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After we got the bus out here to NM, I was laying up under it admiring the bottom side. David asked what I was doing. I told him "You gotta see this. You won't believe it." So he crawls up under the bus and laid there staring at the bottom side. Our kids think were a little off. One kid more so than the other.

The 1986 BlueBird had virtually no rust ANYWHERE. If you want rust... look at our old 1974 Eagle coach. And it was in good shape "for an Eagle".

To be honest, the Bluebird is easier to work on, in better shape and we have completed more of the conversion in less time than it took to strip the Eagle down to the point to where we could start (we finally gave up as we were due to leave the state). David says the BlueBird rides just as well as the Eagle. And the engine doesn't "slobber" like the DD 8V71N65 did.

I do miss the basement. But the BlueBird gives us more ground clearance than the coach did. Coach was made for flat paved interstate highways. The BlueBird was made for in town, tight turns, paved and graveled/dirt rural roads. I just need to have less stuff.

So for us "Why a Schoolbus?" Other than the fact we are "recycling" our moving van, we don't stay in "RV Resorts". We prefer a more rustic campground (with full hookups) off the beaten path for "camping".
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Old 07-05-2013, 04:01 PM   #27
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floor done, solid, painted, insulated, sheeted and solid...... that's been done for quite a while. We just can't figure out exactly how we want it laid out. have found our holding tank.... a 30 gallon barrel from work... it'll get us to the park anyway..... maybe score another for grey water and keep 'em separate like a good boy should.... and most importantly a generator.... a champion 3500W 4000W peak..... with the 30 amp rv plug and 12V dc battery charger..... for only 200 bucks.... air conditioner is pretty much all u need 2 run... maybe the fridge... when underway, we would like to limit the use of LP to cooking and hot water. next step is walls and wiring....
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Old 07-16-2013, 06:47 PM   #28
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So onto the walls.... leaving the inner tin.... seems to hold the bus together so I wont f*** it up... I will trim the 2x2 to fit over the ridge under the window... leaving the bottom section under the C channel at the floor for the utility runner. wiring in the boxes then insulate and panel the walls...
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You know the drill...picks or it didn't happen
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Old 08-12-2013, 09:49 PM   #30
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sheet the fricken drivers side wall DONE..... now move my cluster f word to the other side of the bus and get that wall wired and sheeted...I need to take some pics... figure out the ac unit in the bedroom and living room... lay some carpet in the bedroom. Frankenstein up some cabinets on the hump..... its getting there, having to gut it out really set us back on the project.... but it needed it... lesson learned, were young we'll set on a newer unit with no rust... Thomas dognose maybe, I like the big back window.... no aft emergency door.. storage box.... underbody storage.... mmmm a.d.d one ata time.... hooking up the 50 amp service box, need an idea on how to do that, well pics comin soon if I can remember how
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