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Old 08-25-2017, 01:40 PM   #1
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Vondabus

Hello! Now that we came up with a name for our bus I figured I would go ahead and start a build thread. We are starting with a 1992 Escort RE from Eldorado National. She has a Cummins 5.9, Allison trans(no numbers yet, lazy.), air ride front and rear, air over hydraulic disk brakes and everything but the engine and trans need rebuilding. Unfortunately I traded my fathers hot rod project for her but I had no interest in it and he built it to suit his needs and likings which are totally different than mine. I refused to ever sell it but it was getting rust on it and knew someone would love it.(in the words of my father, " it's just stuff, you can't take it with you." R.I.P. Dad) My family and I love our new bus and have named her Vandabus (like wonderbus with an odd accent lol) the interior will be kinda India/Romanian/bohemian hippyish and the exterior a simple metallic dk.blue with lt.blue stripes and polished Alcoa wheels to match our trucks.



The floor was rusted out on the bottom step so thats where I started stripping the floor. I cleaned the rust out then wire brushed it and used a rust inhibiting sealer for the time being (going to weld in new floor later)



as I worked my way into the bus and up the steps the metal looked good but then I had to tear apart the front of the bus as the ac / heater under the dash rotted out the floor an fell through leaving it to corrode in a hole. So I figured I would just continue on and get it out of the way.



I took the dash apart and pulled everything out, I wasn't about try and save any of it it was all rotted or rusted. I clamped the heater hoses and cut them off the now block of rust, removed the ac lines, and literally ripped it out taking rusty rods wires and ducting with it. Then proceeded to pry up all the wood floor since the bolts were all rusted it came out with ease.



The frame rails and cross members were all starting to rust so after cleaning everything out I sanded everything metal back to bare metal and painted it with rustoleum industrial black. Then I used 3/4" oak ply that was left over from a flatbed we floored a couple years ago and some new floor bolts to replace the pine ply that was there.

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Old 08-25-2017, 02:19 PM   #2
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after this task was completed I put in a block where the walkway goes (I was going to remove the flooring that was raised but its all steel so i'm going to use the space for a/c ducting and have central heat and air.) and laid down some laminate "wood"flooring with baseboards and making oak steps and edge trim around the steps.



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Old 08-25-2017, 02:43 PM   #3
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Just because I had to remove it anyways and I was tired of looking at the grey faded tan cloth, I used some of the material we picked up to do the windshield curtains and drivers seat, to recover the divider.







(Not sure why some of these are sideways, they uploaded that way even after rotating them correctly)
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Old 08-25-2017, 05:53 PM   #4
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So my wife informed me that I was spelling the name of our bus wrong, its Vondabus. o not a ... oops. Can a moderator help me edit the title of this thread please?
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Old 08-28-2017, 10:51 AM   #6
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Done
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Old 09-05-2017, 06:43 PM   #7
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Well I haven't done much to the bus, work picked up tremendously so I had to start driving a truck again to keep up with it all and since the "wonderful" state of Komiefornia wont tag my truck (to old, no DEF, duel stacks, no computer) and I don't like the new fleet trucks I bought (2017 T880's) so I took our oldest "California legal" truck and made it like new! (it was bad, rusted, dirty, aluminum tarnished and chrome had no shine)there is still much to be done but its getting nicer, at least I feel like i'm still driving a truck and not just an oversized prius!

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Old 09-05-2017, 06:53 PM   #8
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on the Bus side of things, I ordered new steer firestone tires, going to replace the airbags, brakes, hub seals and bearings, polish the wheels and put new hubcaps and lug covers on it then hopefully have enough time or money to do the same to the rear axle.
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Old 07-17-2018, 08:12 PM   #9
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Ok so it has been a while but im slowly gathering parts still and now that the company I work for went under, im driving for myself now, and have some time to start back on the bus! I got all the seats out and the floor stripped, with new flooring going in soon, layout is planned and Lord willing, construction can commence this year.
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Vondaful!

Looking forward to more pictures and progress!! Was your entire floor plywood and when removed you can see the ground? Your bus entrance looks similar to mine!_20180719_095915.jpg
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