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Old 01-13-2014, 06:10 AM   #1
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The Peat Moss Bus :)

Here is my new bus, dubbed The Peat Moss Bus.
She was listed here on Skoolie.net and I had to have her.
She will be me and my girlfriends home for the next few years.
I will post more and more pictures as they become available
Currently I am gutting the inside, taking an angle grinder to the rivets on the ceiling, scraping the rubber flooring out, and already have yanked the seats out.


Here is the first place we filled her up with 140 bucks worth of Diesel in good ol' Banks, OR



Man, she is a sweet bus. She made it to her new home in Seattle, WA with no problems whatsoever. We even got about 10.5 miles per gallon



There were a few seats in the back, and there were 8 seats that needed to be removed in the front...




which the trusty angle grinder took care of with the help of a wrench and a local scrap metal dealer.




it sure is coming along, just having the seats removed.



now to get some of the ceiling out of the way to make room for the hardwood.
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Old 01-13-2014, 10:12 AM   #2
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congrates on first road trip, and welcome to the madness, money pit, bloody knuckles etc...
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Old 01-13-2014, 03:30 PM   #3
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Thanks mate. I'm also wondering if anyone would like those heaters I got in there. If someone can direct me on how to remove them,bypass the radiator tubes it would be nifty, or better yet come out and pull them for yourselves
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Old 01-13-2014, 08:43 PM   #4
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Re: The Peat Moss Bus :)

GREAT bus, man! You picked a winner - enjoy!
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Old 01-14-2014, 12:16 AM   #5
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Re: The Peat Moss Bus :)

Welcome to the world of school bus conversion madness. The tasks never seem to end, but neither does the fun!

There are a great conversions on this forum and numerous people who have come before you. Feel free to ask them for ideas and suggestions. They know the minefields to avoid!!!

Enjoy!
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Old 01-14-2014, 02:00 AM   #6
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Great looking bus, i live in Lacey, if you need any information or help let me know

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Old 01-14-2014, 08:49 AM   #7
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Good looking bus
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If someone can direct me on how to remove them,bypass the radiator tubes it would be nifty
The simple answer is take the heater out and connect the hoses together with a short piece of pipe. If you take out the hoses that run down the left side under that metal guard you will no longer have heat or defrost up front. There are probably valves back near the engine that will allow you to isolate the heating system so you won't have to drain the entire cooling system. When you refill there is a bleeder screw somewhere near the front heater. Open the right front access door and look for a small fitting or hose coming off of the top of the piping. That hose should have a bleed screw in it.
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Hmmm...just my input; you might think about removing heaters. Free, abundant heat is a pretty nice commodity.
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Another Welcome! --- Great looking unit. The Birds are built like tanks and make terrific platforms to build on. Looks to be a rear engine rig...and if you're gettin' 10+ mpg, I gotta ask what the engine and tranny are. Very sweet numbers for a "big rig". Have fun and keep the pix'a'comin'.

PS...I also have second re-thinking the heater situation. Those are very efficient units. If you can find a spot, just one of them will make a really big difference over the road.
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Re: The Peat Moss Bus :)

I'm curious: what is the headroom in that bus? What is the measurement from the center of the aisle up to the ceiling? It looks like you have a high ceiling bus but I am curious how high that is in a Bluebird.

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