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Old 12-29-2007, 11:32 AM   #1
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It's a beauty! Looking forward to watching it morph! Welcome to the asylum!
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Old 12-29-2007, 01:00 PM   #2
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Old 12-29-2007, 07:23 PM   #3
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Re: 1985 Blue Bird 'Micro Bird'

Man, that's a nice bus. You should be able to do a lot with it.

Good Luck with your conversion.

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Old 12-30-2007, 12:22 AM   #4
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Re: 1985 Blue Bird 'Micro Bird'

Maybe somebody tampered with the leaf springs on the right side trying to make the possible factory lean go away.

Oh, and congrats on the new bus
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Old 12-30-2007, 01:37 AM   #5
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Re: 1985 Blue Bird 'Micro Bird'

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Thank you guys for the comments, I appreciate them!

I do have a few questions regarding the conversion of my bus in case anyone could help me:
1. Like I said in my previous thread (before I bought the bus), it has a slight lean on the left rear side to by about 1.5" to 2" when compared to the right side. KC10 thought it might have been a factory defect. The weird thing about this issue is that the leaf springs on the left side seem to be more in-tact than the leaf springs on the right side. Am I missing something? If the leaf springs on the right side need some attention, shouldn't that be the side the bus leans to, not the opposite?

2. The previous owner left two seats in the bus, one of which has a heater below it. Am I correct that if I disconnect it, I'll have a few gallons of fluid all over my floor? I'd like to avoid this and not take the heater out, but it's a short bus and every inch of spare space adds up! I was thinking maybe I could take an angle grinder and just cut off the top part of the seat and leave the heater there? It's in the same place where I want to build my bunks, so maybe I could just grind the top of the seat off and build over the heater. Any thoughts/advice?

Many thanks in advance, I appreciate any and all the help I can get.
IMHO, if you want to leave the heater, I would recommend that you'd take off the seat all together and then build your bunk beds.

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Old 12-30-2007, 02:50 PM   #6
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Re: 1985 Blue Bird 'Micro Bird'

shortbus that heater will be hooked into your cooling system with hoses running down the frame into the heater core remember that is the seat that you would run for when you were a kid and it was cold in the bus that was always the warmest seat if you remove the heater you will have to delete the heater hoses and block off the connections in the heater system looks cold where you live maybe you should keep it in maybe build over it and remove the seat like roasting 8 suggested as for the lean you could cut another leaf and add it to the existing leafs but you may have to change the u bolts that would be the cheapest hey that bus looks great for the money! live it love it!
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Old 12-30-2007, 09:30 PM   #7
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Re: 1985 Blue Bird 'Micro Bird'

I took out my rear heater in my shortbus because it didnt work, but I wish I had replaced it and built around it. It may come in handy if you can work around it. Congrats and good luck.
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Old 12-31-2007, 12:17 AM   #8
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If there are isolation valves for the heater coolant circuit at the engine, close them and drain the coolant at that location (after the valves). When you disconnect a heater, bypass the heater inlet and outlet connections (i.e. connect the hoses). That way your coolant loop can supply any othe heaters in the loop.
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Re: 1985 Blue Bird 'Micro Bird'

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IMHO, if you want to leave the heater, I would recommend that you'd take off the seat all together and then build your bunk beds.
If it wasn't a messy job, I'd probably take it out, but at least it shouldn't be in the way too much if I decide to put the bottom bunk right over the top of it. I'm just curious how those leather seat cushions are attached to the seat frame, it's dark out right now otherwise I'd take a look for myself. I'm thinking if I can somehow get both of the cushions off, then all I'll have to do is take a grinder or hacksaw or something and chop off the frame for the back cushion. Then (I think) I should be left with a flat seat frame with the seat heater below that I will be able to build over without hassle.
If the seats are attached like the big buses, all you have to do is unbolt the seat from the floor. You'll find that the bottom part of the seat is angled towards the back, making it difficult to make a bed out of it (I may be wrong).

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Welcome home. Can't wait to see the progress.
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