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Old 02-19-2010, 10:43 AM   #1
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The Great Conversion: Chemelon Color Changing Bus

Hello this is the thread I'll be posting all my conversion pics for a 1982 Propane powered 366 chevy superior 7 window bus! I had originaly bought the bus years ago for $80!!! and it sat, and sat, and sat some more. I was to busy to mess with it and only got the seats removed. Then a family emergency arose and I had to sell it. My bus was gone... Years later, a month ago infact I ran into the feller who bought it and asked him if he was attached to it, he told me heck no and offered to sell it back to me. It had not moved an inch after I sold it to him and now I am the proud owner of my 1982 superior all over again, except this time, I've got time. I plan to raise the top 8-10 inches I have already purchased 6 nice T-slider HEHR windows and am a few pieces of sheet metal away from lifing the top. I will document the conversion in this thread so everyone here can follow along and add suggestions. I plan to make this a slick bus with nice paint and functional interior. I also plan to add solar panels to the top to charge an onboard battery bank and maybe a wind generator or two as well. Bus will feature a wet room bathroom, and queen sized bed. And the list goes on. Follow along fellow skoolies, lets see what we can build!

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*** I never did raise the top, I just cut lower to make room for the windows and I only used 3 of the 6 windows, the other side is for bathroom and kitchen cabinets
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Old 02-19-2010, 10:54 AM   #2
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Let me be the first to say welcome!!

you've found the best possible resource to share ideas and find solutions.
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Old 10-30-2010, 07:32 PM   #3
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Ok guys its been awhile but I got some pics! and some progress done here she is when I bought her.
windows out, bubble has been cut out already here
Heres the bubbled piece getting cut out to make room for the RV windows.
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Old 10-30-2010, 07:35 PM   #4
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Now I had a hole to fill on the ends so I welded in some sheet metal and grinded it smooth
Now goes up the sheetmetal
Now I have taken out the flashers and replaced with a sheetmetal patch, metal has been primered to protect against rain
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Old 10-30-2010, 07:41 PM   #5
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Now goes on the primer after many weeks of sanding, window holes have been cut now as well
Now my black base goes on, I used a chemelon color changing paint that has to go on a black base
heres the paint
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Old 10-30-2010, 07:44 PM   #6
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the color changing effect is pretty cool!!!
WIndows are in and clear coat is on, its one sweet mama!!! now I am doing the inside.
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Old 10-30-2010, 08:49 PM   #7
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heres the color I painted the inside, its a silver metallic from eastwoods. Tunnel ram grey is the color.
Heres the dash guages with the tunnel ram grey on the dash and a darker smokey metallic for the trim pieces.


I''ll be posting more very soon, I already have the flat bar welded up on the inside so I can attach wall panels, I got 1/4 plate welded in with big bolts so I can make the back a split level for the queen bed to go in on top, have cabinets purchased, carpet purchased, just got to throw it all in. Stay tuned!!!!
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Old 10-30-2010, 10:37 PM   #8
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Re: The Great Conversion: Chemelon Color Changing Bus

I bought 2 kits off of ebay for $370.00 each, the paint is from Kemfx and the kit included a gallon of clear, gallon of effect, and a gallon of black with all the hardeners and reducers then the primer was from eastwoods and was $89.00 for 2 sprayable gallons, it only took a gallon and a half to cover the bus with 3-4 coats. Sooo I guess thats about $829.00 total. I still have a half gallon to do my car dolly The inside should go pretty quick I plan to set sail next spring.


*** Inside paint was $99.00
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Old 10-30-2010, 10:56 PM   #9
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Wow looks great, hard to believe it was shot outside. love the style of that bus with the layback windshield.
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That is a beautiful paint job...wow!
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