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Old 02-25-2016, 07:24 PM   #1
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Shortie Conversion Kodiak Alaska

1998 International Thomas short-wheelchair lift bus with the T444e 7.3 engine and Allison transmission. We purchased the bus from someone who started the conversion process but was unable to finish. As of 2/16/16 she is an officially titled, registered and insured motor home per Alaska DMV.



We're working on the paint, here in Kodiak during the winter we don't have many dry sunny days. The plan is to use Rustoleum flat black and use foam rollers and brushes as opposed to spray cans, which we have been using.



I had the most trouble getting her to start. Check and charged the batteries, put in a new glow plug relay, new starter switch and replaced the wires from solenoid to switch. That worked for about 10 starts, now she is dead again. I'll spend some time this weekend testing more possibilities.







The inside seats were already removed with the exception of one, which is nice to have with seat belts still attached.







My goal in phase 2 or 3 is to install a new floor. But for now we'll make do with the old floor.





In order to get the title as a motor home we needed to permanently install a heater, water supply and sink with plumbing, cooking facilities with ice box, and self-contained toilet. For right now the toilet is a cassette style that for now is under a tote (out of sight) and we have a shower curtain for some privacy when in use.



We're using a hammock secured to the seat belt anchored above the windows for storage and for my son to sleep in.



Our kitchen is an old table with a piece of plywood attached to the top and all secured to the walls and floor. The sink is plumbed into a 5 gallon bucket for grey water and the Coleman stove is secured to the top of the table.



We installed a futon to use for sitting and sleeping.







We decided to paint the walls a brighter color.



The rug helps with the overall look.











We had one day of sun in the past month so my wife bought some spray cans and covered most of the yellow. The rear suspension is air bags which is nice, but the compressor stopped working a few days ago. I figured out the ground was bad and fixed it. Here in Kodiak we have a marine climate and rust is a huge problem!

With the inside painted it is much better. We're still working on a solution for curtains. Here in Kodiak during the summer it is light until about 2am sometimes. We plan on camping here in Kodiak and taking the Bumper on the ferry to Homer Alaska and camping for a couple of weeks and exploring the mainland. We are originally from California and embarked on our Alaska adventure a couple of years ago, but have yet to explore the mainland.



We have attempted to paint the roof but it always starts to rain.





The hammock is also a great swing!









I just figured out how to post pictures and do a thread so I'll add more as we get more done.
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Old 02-26-2016, 12:28 PM   #2
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Old 02-26-2016, 12:49 PM   #3
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Good on you for doing this on Kodiak - I'm from Juneau but am doing Velda's conversion in Wisconsin for easier (and cheaper) access to materials and better weather than I could hope for in coastal Alaska.

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Old 03-06-2016, 11:45 PM   #4
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Yay for Alaska buses!!! We are also in AK and come to Homer often. Bus looks great; you'll love tootling around in it through this state. May I ask who you are insured through? We are having no end of trouble getting ours insured....
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Old 03-07-2016, 02:18 AM   #5
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Great idea about doing the conversion closer to more resources.
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Old 03-07-2016, 02:25 AM   #6
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Hi, thanks for the compliment. Our insurance is through Allstate. Before we did the conversion we couldn't get insurance. Once we got her titled as an RV we gave the insurance company the vin and class as a motor home. We just got basic liability. Let me know if you have more questions.
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Old 03-08-2016, 08:27 PM   #7
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This is an old school bus that is possibly for sale here in Kodiak.

Maybe in a few years I'd like to upgrade to a bigger bus.

https://youtu.be/swbwAzx78Lw
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Nice job on that. I spent a couple years in Ketchikan and those winters are brutal. You've got a lot of insulation or a big wood stove or both?
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This is an old school bus that is possibly for sale here in Kodiak.

Maybe in a few years I'd like to upgrade to a bigger bus.

https://youtu.be/swbwAzx78Lw


When I click the link, I get "This video has been removed by the User"
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Old 03-09-2016, 12:16 PM   #10
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I had trouble with the video so I had to remove it, sorry.

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This is an old school bus that is possibly for sale here in Kodiak.

Maybe in a few years I'd like to upgrade to a bigger bus.

https://youtu.be/swbwAzx78Lw
I'll try to get another video uploaded soon.
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