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Old 05-05-2015, 11:07 PM   #1
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The Magnificent Contradiction '91 Thomas Conversion

Here's my official bus conversion pictorial.



The 5 am rendezvous to pick up the bus







She was a very dirty girl



And was fated to be towed the 90 miles between where I bought her and where I am storing her



Prior to seat removal





Action shots



Seats start coming out



I found an army of carpenter ants under the back seats.

More to come.
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Old 05-06-2015, 06:58 AM   #2
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Very nice, that's gonnae be a hell pf a bus home.

You are nice folks, it was cool to meet you all.
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Old 05-06-2015, 10:30 AM   #3
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Welcome

Great pics.

Good bus platform.

What you got for a transmission?

Those ants like wood too. Don't make the mistake of using wood for anything other than facings for cabinets, ect. No wood in the floor for sure.

Any thoughts of a roof raise?

Keep the pics coming.

My latest build.
http://www.skoolie.net/forums/f11/th...ime-10138.html

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Old 05-06-2015, 10:53 AM   #4
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My only suggestion is for eye protection for anyone operating a grinder. Especially pretty young ladies.

I've had to perform emergency eye surgery on myself with an Exacto knife thanks to a tiny piece of ferrous metal going where I didn't want it to. It is not fun.
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Old 05-06-2015, 10:58 AM   #5
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What you got for a transmission?
AT545

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No wood in the floor for sure.
I plan to use some kind of waterproof vinyl or something similar. Dont you kinda have to use wood for the subfloor? I dunno what else I could easily cut.

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Any thoughts of a roof raise?
Me and my girlfriend are both vertically challenged, so probably not.

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My only suggestion is for eye protection for anyone operating a grinder. Especially pretty young ladies.

I've had to perform emergency eye surgery on myself with an Exacto knife thanks to a tiny piece of ferrous metal going where I didn't want it to. It is not fun.
We wore glasses, they are just clear and thus difficult to see. That's what you get for $3.97. I had the pleasure of drawing first blood with the angle grinder, nicked my finger turning it on.

I also have an unrelated question, I have this lever on my console that says "Ether." What is this about?
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Old 05-06-2015, 11:51 AM   #6
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I also have an unrelated question, I have this lever on my console that says "Ether." What is this about?
Probably starting fluid (aka Ether) for help with hard/cold starts

And eye pro is good. I've been lucky, but then I also wear glasses as well as eye pro.
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Old 05-06-2015, 01:06 PM   #7
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I still can't believe that chick has the SAME VW as me down to the color scheme. Small world I guess.
I've still got plenty of beer leftover... Lightweights! ;)
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Old 05-06-2015, 04:40 PM   #8
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I still can't believe that chick has the SAME VW as me down to the color scheme. Small world I guess.
I've still got plenty of beer leftover... Lightweights! ;)
Next time will be more than a couple hours =p I'm always stuck driving. Gf is lightweight.
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Old 05-08-2015, 12:09 AM   #9
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It was awesome meeting you guys! Can't wait to start working on even more buses, and maybe soon lil bugs as well >;D I sure do miss driving my bug just not the same in a regular ol boring car
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