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Old 07-15-2019, 04:58 PM   #1
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Tentatively named “Bus Yellow”

My wife and I have not decided a name for sure yet, but our two year old calls it “Bus Yellow”.

We are slowly converting the bus between now and June of 2020. This bus will take us up from Washington to Alaska where we will remain with this bus.

We picked up the bus from the Beaverton school district in Oregon. It is a 2002 Thomas MVP EF 84 passenger school bus. It has a 250 HP Cummins 5.9 paired with an Allison MD3060. The bus is equipped with the Automatic Tire chains (kinda cool I suppose). But it has the CCRT diesel particulate filter installed (which is not so cool) also equipped with a closed crankcase ventilation system (CCV) the bus has 170,000 miles on it.

So here is the beginning phases of the conversion!
We will keep this updated as we go.
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Old 07-15-2019, 05:05 PM   #2
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The note we found wedges between one of the seats we thought it was funny
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Old 07-15-2019, 05:06 PM   #3
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Old 07-15-2019, 05:08 PM   #4
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Old 07-15-2019, 06:12 PM   #5
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The note we found wedges between one of the seats we thought it was funny
It appears literacy not only has taken, but been stuffed into, the back seat...
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Old 07-15-2019, 07:29 PM   #6
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That's a pretty darn clean floor. Makes for a lot less work
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Old 07-15-2019, 10:51 PM   #7
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Yeah AZhippie I was pretty excited when I got the floor boards up to find hardly any rust
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Old 07-15-2019, 10:55 PM   #8
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The particulate filter is aftermarket and can be removed. I saw one gent do that and sell the filter for more than he had paid for the bus.
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Old 07-15-2019, 10:59 PM   #9
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My wife and I spent 3 days brushing and grinding on our floor to prep for rust treatment, wish it would have started out like yours
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Old 07-15-2019, 11:34 PM   #10
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PNW_steve that is a great idea I will have to look into how to do that.
AZhippie that is what I was expecting we would be doing, after looking at a ton of other conversions I thought a large amount of rust was a for sure thing.
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Old 10-05-2019, 03:28 PM   #11
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Haven’t posted for a while things are going pretty slow but I have finally gotten around to capping some windows and got floor insulation and subfloor in
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Old 10-06-2019, 05:22 AM   #12
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Do you think y'all will have it insulated and all sealed up tight before the winter really sets in?
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Old 10-21-2019, 12:32 PM   #13
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No I doubt it but here in western Washington there’s no such thing as to cold to work outside on the bus
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Old 10-21-2019, 01:57 PM   #14
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No I doubt it but here in western Washington there’s no such thing as to cold to work outside on the bus
Just too wet for outside work at times.

I am almost 300 miles East of you and already seen the first snow of the season.
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