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Old 11-06-2014, 09:25 PM   #1
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Suzie Blue - Our 1990 Blue Bird TC2000

It's time to start the build thread! Our bus is named Suzie Blue. Everyone use to call my mom Suzie Q so we felt like naming the bus after her would be a good way to honor her since she passed away in April. She always supported my crazy projects... and I think this qualifies as crazy!


If you're interested in where I got my bus, check out this thread http://www.skoolie.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=467966 . Long story short... me go auction... me buy bus... bus vroom vroom 75mph... much rejoicing. Our bus is parked at a farm an hour away from us. It's not the best solution, but it's free (with a little bartering). We started our first day of work this past week, so without further ado...

Build Day Zero or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bus

Like most folks, we couldn't wait to get the seats out. I wanted to hear my baby purr first though, so I tried to start her up. Unfortunately the battery was dead. Either I left something on which is likely given there are thousands of knobs and switches on the dash... or it's a bad battery. I have it charging now and it seems to be holding a charge so fingers crossed!

Anyway, we were happy to find that all of the bolts came out easily and were relatively free of rust. My wife worked up in the bus while I scurried underneath (with a bruised coccyx... woohoo). I know crawling under the bus doesn't sound like fun but it was a great opportunity to get the "lay of the land" under there. I know it'll start disappearing when I add tanks and storage but for right now, it's a beautifully clear canvas. Back to the story; we got all the bolts out that went along the aisles through the floor. We were only able to remove a few seats along with the barrier behind the drivers seat. On our next visit we should be able to get more seats out since there will be two of us working inside the bus.

I'm heading out this weekend to test the battery after charging it and then next week it's back to seat removal. The weather is getting really nice here in Florida so we may start camping in the bus Next time, I'll post about the work I'm doing on our composting toilet.
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Old 11-06-2014, 09:48 PM   #2
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Re: Suzie Blue - Our 1990 Blue Bird TC2000

Welcome to the Mayhem! --- Gotta love those Birds. Merkin Muffley would be proud.
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Old 11-07-2014, 12:06 AM   #3
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I can't get over it going 75 mph, thats impressive, man.
You're lucky not to need an angle grinder for seat removal. It took me three hours to grind mine out in my old ford school bus.
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Old 11-10-2014, 11:00 AM   #4
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Build Day One
More of the same on my second day of build work. I had a few hours to kill so I starting removing the remaining bolts holding the seats to the side of the bus. Most came out without a fight and I was able to remove half the seats. I took a break to go get my nephew and we played around a bit as you can see




All the banging and clatter seemed to arouse the suspicion of the chickens. They wandered all the way from their coup to come see what I was doing. It's really comforting having animals around while we do our work. Anyways that's all the news for now. My birthday is on Veteran's day, Nov. 11th, and all I want is a full day to work on the bus

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Old 11-10-2014, 11:39 AM   #5
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Awesome!,.. entertaining thread
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Old 11-10-2014, 11:44 AM   #6
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Thanks Eyedeal! I don't want to hijack my own thread here, but I love your signature. I'm a HUGE Big Lebowski fan
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Old 11-11-2014, 05:04 AM   #7
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I have the same bus as yours a 93 mod. do not know your plan for an entry door, but I plan to mod. mine as per ( one peice door ) in the tutorial sec. of this forum, some speak of reversing the hing but mine opens to 90 degrees without reversing the hing.
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I have the same bus as yours a 93 mod. do not know your plan for an entry door, but I plan to mod. mine as per ( one peice door ) in the tutorial sec. of this forum, some speak of reversing the hing but mine opens to 90 degrees without reversing the hing.

My plan is to do a partition just behind the drivers seat with a screen or glass door.
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Old 11-12-2014, 10:27 AM   #9
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Build Day Two

Today's update comes to you in list form because... the internet LOVES list.
  • Drove the bus around the farm in a circle for fun [/*:m:3fnblaw4]
  • Finished taking out the last of the seats.[/*:m:3fnblaw4]
  • Built a fire and made smores to celebrate my birthday![/*:m:3fnblaw4]

One question for the community if I may. Is it typical for ALL of the emergency exits (hatch, windows, back door) to be wired to an alarm or is it only the back door. After opening up the bus to air out yesterday I had an alarm when I hooked up the battery (it had been disconnected while I charged it). The buzzer that's going off is to the left of the driver.
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Old 11-12-2014, 10:48 PM   #10
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My 93 TC2000 has the same buzzer when the rear door is ajar and the ignition is on, d/k about the windows noticed wires going to roof X's may have alarms to.
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