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Old 05-20-2016, 03:09 PM   #11
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roger that Robin!

Next comes the legal parts of the Bus. insurance ect.
So I have been round and round with these issues for a long time and my 2 cents goes like this.
1. go to DMV with proper paperwork in order
2. be polite & smile
3. don't say "school bus" call it what it is, in my case a Bluebird TC2000
4. call it a custom motorhome, if you call it anything.

Instead of going downtown (my nearest DMV) where customer service is really bad and lines are long, people are trying to pull something over on them to avoid taxes ect... I went out to the burbs, and got turned down for a tag, then instead of leaving, I asked to speak to the mgr, and joked around with her expaining that it was infact an rv, and that I had it insured as such. Which is true. She was able to change some stuff in the computer, and just like that, in the condition shown in the above pictures, I got my tag and title.
WHen the title came in the mail, it read Motorhome!!!!
That was a real high point for me, b/c I was not sure how this whole thing would go..
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Old 05-20-2016, 03:20 PM   #12
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out comes the roof vents
the day I took them out, I cut up some ceiling material to cover from the outside. this got a good bead of silicone and proved to be enough to hold out rain until I got it properly welded shut and framed out from the inside to receive a rooftop A/C unit.
14.5"x14.5" is the standard rough opening for A/C
I think the roof vent holes were 2'x2'
so there is some fabrication to be done inside and outside.



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Old 05-20-2016, 03:38 PM   #13
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here is once I have removed the sub floors and found a pretty good amount of surface rust. ceilings and old insulation also mostly gone.







thats about the worst of the rust....

here is some photos ofter a good scraping and sanding.





Once I washed all the loose stuff it looked much much better.

Oh, did I mention I am doing this whole build at my parking spot, so no local power, water ect.
I am reduced to what tools I have battery powered, or running off one of two ryobi whispering generators 2k watt ea.
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Old 05-20-2016, 03:41 PM   #14
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also, if you are wondering what the white stuff on the ceiling is, its rattle can as seen on tv sealant stuff. you know the one where he turns some screen doors into a boat. I bought it on a whim at home depot and thought I would go ahead and seal the rivets from the inside as well... Don't know that this will actually do anything, but If I never know, thats b/c it isn't leaking....
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Old 05-20-2016, 03:51 PM   #15
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the above photo also shows just how many holes are in the steel floor after removing the sub floors.
a million.
I next get out the grinder and really go nuts. wire brushes, flap disks, naval jelly, rust dissolver, probably spent 4 eight hour days preparing the floors for welding up...

I can still feel the back pain and smell the rust boogers. what a PITA.

here is a close up after all that of seat holes that need to be welded.


just count those holes...
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Old 05-20-2016, 04:51 PM   #16
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Looking good. Your floor looks great. Yeah, I have memories of the backache.

My first bus was worse than that over the whole floor being deeply pitted, but luckily it was a shorty. That's the one I used blackjack roof repair on before putting down new 3/4" ply. It plugs the holes at the same time. Didn't smell either.
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Old 05-21-2016, 09:08 AM   #17
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Lookin good so far!

VW Beetles, 2 buggies 10 bugs....no buses.

Still got hair down to my arm pits, startin to get a beanie at 53 years old.
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Old 05-21-2016, 10:32 AM   #18
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Do you tow your bugs dingy style behind the bus?
I've been doing some light research on finding a cheap tow car to have behind us on long trips, and the Bug just dawned on me! Like, light blub above the head!

I was looking at the smart cars, because prices on those have dropped like crazy. there are several in my town for sale for 4k ish.

But, the vintage Bug! what an idea
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Old 05-21-2016, 10:34 AM   #19
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Smart cars tow very easily.. and because the transmissions are effectively manuals with an actuator, you dont have issues with flat towing like you do with auto transaxle cars..

I love my smart car.. its a blast to drive and has a lot more creature comforts than an old beetle bug..

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Old 05-21-2016, 10:35 AM   #20
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I surely shouldve had my smart car behind me now though.. it wouldve made this now 4 day breakdown in the middle of absolutely nowhere georgia much easier then relying on incompetent mobile service companies..

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