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Old 02-14-2018, 05:45 PM   #1
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PNW_Steve's 2002 Bluebird A3RE

Well I have finally managed the time and energy, at the same time, to get started on the interior of my 2002 Bluebird A3RE.

The seats came out when I first bought it. I wanted to title it as a motorhome initially as opposed to registering it as a bus and changing it later so the seats had to go.

Over the past week I have managed to pull the ceiling panels and most of the wall panels.

Plans include a roof raise. I am hoping to find someone who has done a similar Bluebird raise to give me a hand. I would be quite happy to pay a fair fee for qualified help. Volunteers?

After the roof raise we will be spraying the interior with 2 part closed cell foam insulation. I found a (somewhat) local outfit that will do it for about $1200.

Additional plans include 1200-1500 watts of solar and mini-split A/C's.

I just moved the Bluebird to the house last week. No complaints from the neighbors yet....
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Old 02-14-2018, 05:49 PM   #2
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Here are some additional pics.

You can see the oops on the rear cap. I am still trying to settle on a plan for attacking that. I have a buddy that does body work. I am going to have him tale a look when he gets back from vacation and see if he has any suggestions.
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Old 02-14-2018, 06:01 PM   #3
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I suspect the body work may begin with a hydraulic jack, some 4x4's and big hammers....

Or maybe cut the damaged section out and make a (nearly) flat, slightly lower roof section to mount the outdoor portion of my mini splits.
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Old 02-14-2018, 08:07 PM   #4
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How exciting that you are getting started!! Bus looks good, except for the ding in the back... I have one too, but I just left it... not as involved as yours.
I had rust, but ECCB (Charlie) took care of that for me!
Maybe I can stop and see your bus on my trip through the PNW in June/July.
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Old 02-14-2018, 08:13 PM   #5
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Awesome man, glad to finally see your new toy!
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Old 02-14-2018, 08:52 PM   #6
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How exciting that you are getting started!! Bus looks good, except for the ding in the back... I have one too, but I just left it... not as involved as yours.
I had rust, but ECCB (Charlie) took care of that for me!
Maybe I can stop and see your bus on my trip through the PNW in June/July.
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Thank you Sandi,

Give me a few days heads up and I will make room for you to park. We would love to have you visit.
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Awesome man, glad to finally see your new toy!
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Old 02-14-2018, 09:13 PM   #8
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awesome that you are getting started!! cant wait to see the roof go up!!

I thought you had a bus with air-conditioning..
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Old 02-14-2018, 10:04 PM   #9
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I suspect the body work may begin with a hydraulic jack, some 4x4's and big hammers....

Or maybe cut the damaged section out and make a (nearly) flat, slightly lower roof section to mount the outdoor portion of my mini splits.
Iíd screw something to the rear cap that you can hook a come along or strap to and put tension on it pulling rearward while your beating/jacking. Should help the dent want to go back. Just donít over do it just a nice firm pull.
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Old 02-14-2018, 11:28 PM   #10
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A hilift jack works well in those situations.
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