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Old 03-18-2016, 09:00 AM   #1
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The Adventures of BusBus

I've been neglecting the publishing of documentation for my bus conversion so far. I have taken pictures and occasionally updated the blog, but I haven't posted on Skoolie.net yet. Today is the day!

Things I've done so far:

Gutted the bus - removed seats, floor (down to the sheet metal), cut out rusty wheel wells, removed windows, removed driver's seat, removed ceiling panels and insulation, and removed existing electrical wiring.






Raised the roof - built two rectangular, wooden trusses out of 4x4s with cantilevers to attach to the bus (top and bottom), cut through 28 channels, cut through front and end of bus skin, used farm jacks to lift 18", inserted custom channels over existing channels (overlapping 9" on each side), temporarily attached using self-tapping screws, permanently attached using 1/4" bolts (7 on each end, 14 on each channel).






Added some new skin and windows - built 12 wooden windows (6 casements and 6 fixed) with multiwall polycarbonate glazing, cut and temporarily mounted new skin using VHB tape, and fabricated two end caps for the rear of the bus. I still need to make the front end cap, but I'm getting close to the point where I can make it.







Now that the hard stuff is done, I am going to be building out the inside. The wheel wells are still missing though. We trusted a welder friend's advice to cut out the rear wheel wells. He's been working on the replacement frame and floor for 5 months so we are just going to have to build it ourselves. The plan was to learn from him and build it ourselves, but that changed... Any ideas or suggestions are welcomed! Thanks for checking this out and I'll be posting some more pictures and updates soon. I want to be living in BusBus before the summer
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Old 03-18-2016, 09:17 AM   #2
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Wow, you have done a lot,and I might ad it is looking good.
On the wheel wells you took out the whole section not just the wells, I'm impressed did you remove the front also? I would think any place that can roll steel could do the wells with a flange then they could be bolted to a large piece and a lot is sealer.
I worked for a body builder in the 70's for awhile and had to make repairs like that.
Good luck and keep posting when you can
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Old 03-18-2016, 10:03 AM   #3
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WOW , keep the pics coming!!!
Nice job!
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Old 03-18-2016, 10:07 AM   #4
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I'd just get some galvanized panels and cut and rivet them myself. You're going to build right over them anyway. No need to try and match the OEM ones. If you do go that route, make sure you put a type of adhesive between the galvi and the steel. No need for corrosion of non like metal contact.
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If you build the new wheel wells with all right angles (rectangular instead of rounded), it will be a whole lot cheaper AND a whole lot easier to build to and around.

Just a thought.
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If you build the new wheel wells with all right angles (rectangular instead of rounded), it will be a whole lot cheaper AND a whole lot easier to build to and around.

Just a thought.
agreed!!
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Old 03-18-2016, 12:08 PM   #7
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Wow! Impressive for a first post; you've been saving this up. You're doing pretty much exactly what I'm planning to do; I'll be following this with a lot of interest.

Where in OH? I get out that way from time to time.
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Nice progress so far. You've put a lot of thought into this. First time I've seen someone take out the wheel wells.
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Love all of the Ohioans popping up on here! Nice start!
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