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Old 06-27-2011, 03:58 PM   #1
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Logical steps of Bus conversion

Hey guys and gals,

I have been lurking on here for a while and this has kind of hit me. I havent seen a sort of road map or blue print as to how one should go about converting. I was wondering if those who have done it would be willing to share sort of a step by step guide as to how they got from start to finish? I am the collecting of pieces stage and will need to be executing before too long.

Reason why I ask this is I have done a few car restorations. The early ones I did things way out of order and ended up doing things over and wasting money in the process. I dont want to make the same mistake here.

This is my loose game plan depending on what you guys say? Granted I bought a bus with the windows already out and the outside skinned as well as the seats removed and the floor plywood is alread down.

1) Remove interior sheet metal panels on the side. Not the over head but just to the windows (or whats left of them in my case)
2) Insulate the sides. Plan on using 1.5 poly iso and doubling it up where I can?
3) Install windows.
4) wire up power runs
5) install plumbing: Shower, toilet, sink, holding tanks
6) paint interior
7)install flooring (laminate)
install seating
9) Paint exterior

I know some of these can happen at the same time but the output is only as ambitious as my wallet. Let me know if there is flaws in my game plans


thanks

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Old 06-27-2011, 05:16 PM   #2
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Re: Logical steps of Bus conversion

Part of the problem with that is not everyone is converting the same or to the same level. We all have different needs and will use our buses in different ways. We will be living in the bus full time. We currently fulltime in a sticks-n-staples (literally) Class C.
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This is my loose game plan depending on what you guys say? Granted I bought a bus with the windows already out and the outside skinned as well as the seats removed and the floor plywood is already down.

1) Remove interior sheet metal panels on the side. Not the over head but just to the windows (or whats left of them in my case)
No way will we remove all those rivets. I firmly believe that BlueBird paid their workers based on the amount of rivets and screws used in the creation of the bus.
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2) Insulate the sides. Plan on using 1.5 poly iso and doubling it up where I can?
We are adding 1" Foamular over the interior skin. Our walls already have 1.5" insulation... and very nice insulation at that.
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3) Install windows.
We kept part of our original windows and skinned/insulated the remainder
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4) wire up power runs
At some point we will shift back inside and run the heavy duty extension cords we are using for AC and DC wiring
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5) install plumbing: Shower, toilet, sink, holding tanks
You forgot the galley...
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6) paint interior
That is one of the last things we will do as we will probably end up moving in before it gets walls skinned with plywood
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7)install flooring (laminate)
Armstrong commercial composition tiles. Heavy, durable stuff. We put it in our pop-up and it held up well over the many years in the public (read DIRT/GRAVEL) campgrounds. If at a later date, we decide to install wood flooring we can go right over it. But probably not. I'm not into cleaning and the wood floors are more upkeep than I am inclined to do.
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install seating
Already installed, mostly to keep the chairs out of our way.
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9) Paint exterior
I'm doing the exterior NOW. we are getting temps 100F and up. It will take a while to paint since I can only paint before the sun gets too high and hot. Also I am getting the exterior painted because we will most likely move in as soon as we get a working galley and bathroom.
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Old 06-27-2011, 08:23 PM   #3
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Re: Logical steps of Bus conversion

What Lorna said.

If you live in Indiana, and some other states as well, you can't have any part of the bus the original chrome yellow. Painting has to be my main priority, but, I am skinning everything and putting in new windows which makes that come before the paint. After that is done, I'll carry on in interior to get it usable in order to do steel tent camping while the amenities progress. Since the computer room means business money it will be the first room to be finished. Unfortunately it's in the front which means I will have to carry supplies through a finished room.
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Old 06-27-2011, 10:24 PM   #4
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I think I would install plumbing, electrical {12vdc, 120VAC,, television and IT} before I insulated.
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Re: Logical steps of Bus conversion

I pondered the wiring before the insualtion but I am not going to have worlds of electrical. This is more of a party/tailgate bus which is why I dont need a huge galley. Sink, cabinets, and a microwave is about all we will do.

I am thinking if I need some of the wire runs I will have the chase for them where the top of the window channel meets the curve of the ceiling?

Again thanks for the input.

Keep them coming.


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Old 06-29-2011, 07:21 PM   #6
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Re: Logical steps of Bus conversion

Wish I had installed all laminate flooring throughout as well. The carpet is holding up ok, but so much easier to just put down some throw rugs that will wash for cleaning.
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Old 06-30-2011, 10:27 AM   #7
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Re: Logical steps of Bus conversion

I know there are scores to be had on ebay. Only thing is how people list them. Are there specific key words your using? I know this is the case on Craigslist?

Case in point if you search "window" you only get some listings.... If you search "windows" you get the prior search and more.


Good info people. Keep it rollin.


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Wish I had installed all laminate flooring throughout as well. The carpet is holding up ok, but so much easier to just put down some throw rugs that will wash for cleaning.
Honey, they are called "throw" rugs for a reason.... when they get really dirty, you "throw" them away!!!!

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Old 06-30-2011, 10:43 PM   #9
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Re: Logical steps of Bus conversion

I guess to throw this back in line with what I am asking....

Is this the logical steps to take on doing this....


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I don't really see any flaws in your plan, I think the more important part is that you have a plan.
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