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Old 08-24-2017, 02:26 PM   #1
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Cool Vintage Blue Bird.. Building the Swag Pad

Well I'm psyched! I Just bought my first home, and drove her to my parents house where I currently reside.. So backstory, I'm 22, used to be a light duty mechanic, have a couple car projects, and several motorcycle projects... But something was missing from my life... A Bus!! As a huge fan of the Tiny house movement, I've explored all options, and think a bus is a fantastic option, specifically coach types.. So I went looking, and found this gem... Its a 1972 Blue Bird Pusher, probably close to 40 feet long, has a Big Block Chevy... And best part... its has a professionally done conversion finished!! Now this conversion was done in the 80's the style will tell you that but, the bones are great, no mold, not musty smell, and no mouses... Yay! I bough the bus for only $5k, and drove it home with no issues besides a gunky carburetor... I plan to throw some money at it to make it into a old school swanky bachelor pad I've always wanted... Follow me as I start a build thread...
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Old 08-24-2017, 02:52 PM   #2
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Cool

Lets Talk General Ideas/Plans...

1. Replace the moisture wicking dumb MDF Walls
2. Possibly Re-wire 110V for my own sanity, add outlets
3. Replace the Carpet with some nice fake Wood
4. Remove Dinette for something more space saving
5. Remove Propane tank, and Propane Appliances, Replace with electric
6. Replace Toilet with Composting Toilet
7. Get a rid of Twin beds, Get queen mattress or something
8. Paint all cabinets, new knobs too
9. Granite/Quartz Counter Top, with sunken sink, flush inductive stove top
10. Try and fit a 55" TV somewhere, possibly in wall speakers too
11. Stripper Pole would be pretty sweet... Would get use by my girlfriend lol
12. This is going to be vintage, classy, and sexy lol Leather, plush, leopard print etc... Its the Swag Pad for a reason!! (Also looking for name suggestions lol)
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Old 08-24-2017, 02:53 PM   #3
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Steel Panther!!
That's my suggestion.
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Old 08-24-2017, 03:31 PM   #4
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I would say to keep the propane. It is easier to fill a propane tank than find an adequate shore power hookup

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Old 08-24-2017, 04:08 PM   #5
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Is that a wanderlodge? Blue bird made rv/busses from the factory that look a lot like that!

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Old 08-24-2017, 05:34 PM   #6
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I suggest also removing the mudflap under the rear bumper. You will get better engine cooling without it - it's now preventing airflow through the engine room and out the bottom. What would help is to reposition it just behind the rear axle to create a low-pressure area below the engine (just like the GM PD410x buses used to have), then it will help airflow there.

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Old 08-28-2017, 09:32 AM   #7
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I totally get that it makes sense for RV'ing but I plan to live in this full time as a house, So only dealing with electrical and water makes sense to me, instead of worrying about re-fueling the tank and up-rooting my house from wherever it resides lol Plus, I might be able to do full solar eventually, which would be great for being completely off the grid
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I suggest also removing the mudflap under the rear bumper. You will get better engine cooling without it - it's now preventing airflow through the engine room and out the bottom. What would help is to reposition it just behind the rear axle to create a low-pressure area below the engine (just like the GM PD410x buses used to have), then it will help airflow there.

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Interesting, I would think it would act as an Air-dam and force the air from under the bus up. Thanks though!
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Is that a wanderlodge? Blue bird made rv/busses from the factory that look a lot like that!

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Very close actually, but Wanderlodges are a little different. Have Center Doors, and Front engines, this is a conversion. Just a nice one!
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So I've been doing alot or research on wall material... And basically more un-sure than ever.. Right now every wall is made out of 1/4" MDF... Most is fine but there is some spots that absorbed water by the windows.. I want to replace ALL of it. Not a fan or the cardboard look... What should I use? I want it to stay thin and flexible, and be cool looking... Preferably stain or paint-able.. I was thinking Luann but it looks weird painted... Maybe tongue and groove? I don't exactly like the look though.. Wallpaper would suck but might look the best... So ideas?
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