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Old 05-22-2019, 09:16 PM   #1
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Figured it was time to start a conversion thread for the Supercoach.

The initial adventure surrounding buying the bus on the opposite coast and driving it home can be read here:

http://www.skoolie.net/forums/f9/fin...bus-26616.html

Since I have had her home I have removed all the rest of the seats, with the exception of 2 in the front, which we plan to keep and reupholster and use as a dinette behind the drivers seat.

The neighborhood kids helped get the rest of the seats out, and got her all cleaned up inside.

I removed all the wiring from the old entertainment centers, radio/DVD player, 2 tv's, (pair of nice 38"ish Samsungs, one of which is now hanging in my bedroom ) subwoofers, speakers, 2 amps, a 3000?watt inverter (which I am saving, although I probably will use a different one in the build), I plan to replace the radio with a decent touchscreen Pioneer and use the existing speaker locations and wiring. Also found the wiring for the CB radio that someone took out, antenna is still mounted so I am going to order a nice vintage style CB to put on the dash after it gets painted.

Contacted a local spring shop and ordered new springs, shocks, poly bushings for the front end, springs are being custom built to the tune of about $1800

Started the process of cleaning up all the old wiring on the bus, lots of loose ends, and unused wires. I got the flashers working, I will probably keep the power up there and maybe install some 3" or 4" LED's in their place for general lighting.

I replaced both of the floor hatches with new 1.5" pressure treated plywood, and installed new gaskets on both so they seal up nicely.

I am currently working on removing all the rubber flooring so I can assess the condition of the wood beneath. It is an absolute nightmare.

Laptop battery is dead and its time for bed, I will add some pictures tomorrow.
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Old 05-22-2019, 10:07 PM   #2
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Check to see if the plywood is safe for direct contact with metal - I know some of the older PT was highly corrosive. I'd make sure the surface is painted, or for an old project I did, I had some spare self-sealing roof membrane/wrap that I cut and stuck on the metal to prevent the wood from making direct contact.
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Old 05-22-2019, 10:58 PM   #3
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I scored a bunch of components like that from the TC2000 I bought and flipped. You just gave me an idea I don't know why I didn't think of before. I have a brand new in the box (cornered chewed by mice) Pioneer hideaway CB radio. Everything is controlled from the mic, while the rest is hidden under dash. I bought it new for my 1980 Ford Van, never got around to installing it, found it in a box a few months back.

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Old 05-23-2019, 05:35 AM   #4
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Check to see if the plywood is safe for direct contact with metal - I know some of the older PT was highly corrosive. I'd make sure the surface is painted, or for an old project I did, I had some spare self-sealing roof membrane/wrap that I cut and stuck on the metal to prevent the wood from making direct contact.
I honestly hadnít considered this. The existing plywood in the bus is not pressure-treated, but undercoated on the bottom wherr it would be exposed to the elements. The two hatches I made are with new pressure-treated plywood so I donít think thereís a big corrosion issue, also all the metal underneath both hatches has been scraped, primed, painted, and undercoated and new gasket material was installed so there is almost no actual wood to metal contact, it all rests on the foam rubber gasket.
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Old 05-23-2019, 05:43 AM   #5
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Start your build thread in the Coach Conversion Forum.
Woah! I might call her a Coach, mostly because the model is a Supercoach, but this Crown started her life, and put in over 20 years as a yellow school bus in Washington State before retirement into the ski school bus life. Sheís a skoolie through and through, and with a top speed of 63mph downhill with a tailwind and 3 guys pushing, I doubt she will get confused with a highway coach anytime soon.
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Old 06-11-2019, 10:01 AM   #6
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Another update,

I have removed all of the vinyl rubber flooring in the bus. It was absolute misery. I dont know what kind of adhesive they used but it stood the test of time very well.
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I tried everything from scrapers, heat guns, shingle removal tools, nothing worked well and everything sucked.

I got the best results by heating a scraper with a torch until it glowed red and using that to separate the rubber from the floor. Time consuming and tedious at best.

The plywood flooring is in excellent shape, except where I damaged it slightly removing the rubber so the next step was removing the cove moldings from the floor/walls.

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They were attached to the floor with gulmites so those had to be ground away by my assistants, and they were attached to the seat rail by more gulmites hidden under the stainless wall flange. I elected to just cut the metal away below the flange as it was a much easier option.

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Yesterday I attacked the entry stairs and found the first and hopefully only rust on the bus

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Took me most of the day to get them out and get it all ground down and painted with rust converter. I hope to get a few coats of primer and a top coat on them today.

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Old 06-11-2019, 10:45 AM   #7
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Good progress but sorry to see that fellow grinding with no eye protection. Guess he doesn't his eyesight? The owner should know better than this and enforce it.


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Looks like the person in frame 2 had lab/splash goggles on, at least.
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Good progress but sorry to see that fellow grinding with no eye protection. Guess he doesn't his eyesight? The owner should know better than this and enforce it.


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When you get metal in your eye they literally drill it out. Its gnarly man.
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I've never looked into it, but since nearly everything on a bus, excepting conductors & window frames, are iron, wonder if they couldn't use en electromagnet to suck the sucker out..?
Why find out first hand? Use yer freakin' eye protection, peoples!!!
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