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Old 01-01-2016, 04:04 PM   #1
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Year: 1971
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Tiny Beluga - 1971 Gillig Home

Hello,

We are excited to share our Tiny home conversion with you all. We have a
1971 Gillig School Bus/Coach 743 with a Cummings mid Engine Diesel. We found her at Rivers Edge Kayak co. in Healdsburg CA last May 2015. We fell in love her charm, and had our mechanic talk to the previous mechanic and make sure we were informed about her history. The bus was a school bus in the Bay Area in the 1970's, then sat for 10 years and was recently used by the Kayak company to deliver kayakers to the river bank. She looked pretty clean so we didnt hesitate and now she is our future home!

So far we have:

-Found Parking for conversion!! (that was hard in the Bay Area!)
-Changed Batteries
-Taken out seats
-Taken off interior side paneling
-Brought to professional Big Rig mechanic

Our Plan:

-Find Engine Fan
-Change Belts
-Replace tires
-Roof Raise
-Re-Frame windows and doors
-Replace windows and doors (Locking doors for eateries)
--Double pane windows, Sky lights
-Rain water catch
-Water storage
-Insulate (we want to bring her to the Cold)
-Frame partitions for pocket doors
-Plumbing and electric, heating
--Solar Paneling
--Compost toilet

Build out:
-Bathroom
-Kitchen
-Bed Room

Finish work
-Ceiling (blue beetle kill pine T and G)
-Flooring (hard wood or bamboo)
-Walls hard wood
-Paint interior
-Paint exterior
-Get DMV RV status, and insurance

-Find farm land or open space to park in North Bay
Home free (off grid living)!!


be a Hero!
Help Needed:

We need to locate and buy an Engine Fan.
Do you know any resources or have a Fan and Fan motor for a 1971 Gillig 743D Cummings Diesel Mid Engine???


Thanks for Reading!!!!

Soon to Post more

http://www.tinybeluga.com/#!The-Tiny...Part-1/c1rfl/1
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Old 01-01-2016, 06:55 PM   #2
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Welcome, We're in Vacaville & slowly in the process of converting a 88 Crown, where in the Bay area are you?
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Old 01-01-2016, 06:59 PM   #3
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Nice to see theres another Gillig's being converted. I just picked mine up last Sunday and can't wait to get started. How much of a roof raise are you planning?
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Old 01-02-2016, 12:03 AM   #4
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Im a big fan of your plans! We need pics! Im curious how the roof raise will go on a gillig. Bluebird was simple to add 20" to

You and I will be ceiling twins ;)
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Old 01-02-2016, 12:05 AM   #5
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Oh and there is no such things as a "Cummings" engine. The name of the company is "Cummins". It's a common mistake and who knows where that came from.
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Old 01-02-2016, 12:11 AM   #6
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Pat Young in the Fresno area has/had a lot of parts and pieces to fit Crowns and some Gilligs.

You may want to contact him.

Good Used Crown Bus Parts

If he can't help you I think you are going to have to become a bit resourceful and make something fit and make it work.
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Old 02-10-2016, 07:40 PM   #7
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We are living in Fairfax Ca, but Tiny Beluga lives in Petaluma Ca.
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Old 02-10-2016, 07:43 PM   #8
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Thanks for the lead! We tried calling Pat many times but no answer...we will keep on it. Now time to get resourceful. The previous owner tried a computer fan...we will have to do much better than that

Let us know if you think of anyone else. Thanks again!
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Old 02-10-2016, 07:56 PM   #9
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Yes Cummins, tried to correct it but seems not so easy to edit an already posted post. We will upload some picks this weekend. The roof raise will be a little bit more challenging since the Gillig has that nice curved rear end but we are coming up with designs and will make it work. Its hard to cut into such a beautiful of bus with so much character but the height is a must for us since I am 6'1" and we don't really want to feel like we are living in a bus, but more of a tiny home.

Our current hang up is finding a fan to cool the engine. If you have any ideas of ppl with parts shoot them our way would be a bid help. Keep you posted with some photos soon.

jonah.hopton@gmail.com
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Old 02-10-2016, 08:05 PM   #10
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RyanM

We plan to raise the roof to around 13' max height, since we will have some solar panels and some sky lights on the roof. I will be at the bus this weekend and will take some more measurements to see how much of a raise that will end up being, but around 3'.
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