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Old 12-05-2018, 09:01 PM   #1
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Rio the Curiosity Bus

My name is Destiny, I'm 20 years old and in my third year of university in Ontario, Canada. Long story short; I've never been the 9-5 kind of girl. I hated school growing up and always had wild, ambitious, and "unrealistic" dreams. I used to fear that I'd grow up never having achieved any of them, but I quickly realized that at the center of all those dreams was one simple desire: to lead a life that was anything but ordinary. Which is why... I bought a bus.

This is Rio. She's a 2004 International 3800 with a 2003 T444e engine, hydraulic brakes, and Bluebird body. (I have not been able to figure out the transmission yet).
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The interior overall is pretty decent. A little rust around the edges, but the seats and ceiling look clean and solid.
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One of the panels is broken but we're replacing it with a custom wood one. Side note, anyone know what that red button is for?
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The metal for the seats along with their bolts are pretty corroded, so I'll have to grind them out, but hey, blood sweat and tears, right?
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The roof and rear of the bus look pretty good, with minimal body rust on the back door. The rest of the body is clean and rust free. Light covers look to be almost new too, but again, anyone know what that blue thing is for?
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And finally, the underneath. This was the part I was most worried about when looking for a bus in Ontario because of all the salt, snow and water that could cause A LOT of rust, but, after looking at a few buses, Rio's rust isn't too bad and she looks pretty decent.
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Overall, I feel pretty confident in the bus I bought. We'll see if I still feel that way after ripping the floors up... but the good thing about Rio is that she's already certified and e-tested so I don't have to worry about her mechanically (at least for now).

I'm really excited to start ripping everything out!!
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Old 12-05-2018, 11:56 PM   #2
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The red button is the ejection seat.

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Old 12-06-2018, 07:12 AM   #3
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Great to see a young person doing something, and jumping into their dream.

I would use rust converter on all the rusty spots. Gemplers is a brand I have had very good luck with. Paint it on with a brush and it turns the rust black. Best to do two coats.

Blue thing may well be a back up beeper.
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Old 12-06-2018, 07:20 AM   #4
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nice bus!! the rust looks mostly superficial.. like ronnie said get rust converter on it and you'll be fine..



+1 on grinding off those seat bolts.. they wont come out of there easily.. grind em off.. beat em down through the floor..




transmission - does your shifter have R-N-D-3-2-1. or R-N-D-4-2-1 ?


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Old 12-06-2018, 07:31 AM   #5
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Old 12-06-2018, 02:02 PM   #6
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More power to you for jumping in. I built a 66 pas. GMC Bluebird in 75 when I was about 22. I drove it from Tennessee to the West Coast two times, New Orleans 4 times and Texas once Florida 2 times and all over the south. I was a steamfitter by trade which allowed me to travel and make pretty good money at the same time. I don't know what you do for cash but you will need something. I lived in it full time for 8 years. I still miss it. When I became wheelchair bound 11 years ago I could still climb into a pickup. When I deteriorated to the point I needed a lift to get in and a decent Handicapped van was 50 grand I bought Mikes Last Ride. A 25 foot ( overall ) Ford b8000 with a Cummins and Allison drive train. I have an adjustable twin bed porta- pottie, Two captains chairs and a swivel drivers seat. I drive it my self and it is my only transportation. Whatever you need to do You can do it to build out what you need! Don't fall into the trap of a two year build and making every thing perfect . Put some tags and Insurance , A bed ,some heat , and a way to cook and go some where. Good luck!
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Old 12-06-2018, 02:39 PM   #7
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Rio the Curiosity Bus

Nice bus! I’ve had my ‘02 IC RE3000 since April, and have been slowly chipping away at it since. Good to see another younger person in the community, gotta keep this going for future generations Hopefully that “little bit of rust around the edges” doesn’t turn out to be too bad in the end. Salty roads really do wonders to busses

The blue thing is a backup warning speaker. Does it beep when you put it in reverse?
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I use this on light rust-


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Old 12-06-2018, 03:14 PM   #9
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The absolute best rust converter I've come across-


I use this on light rust-


Always wear protective clothing etc.


To add to this, after you rust treat your bus (namely your floor, if you decide to rip up the floor?) and fix any rust holes you may have give it a good cost of anti rust paint. I used rustoleum primer and rustoleum protective enamel, but I know there are some other brands that people around here like.
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Old 12-06-2018, 03:23 PM   #10
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Yep. That's what I do too.
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