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Old 12-20-2014, 03:15 AM   #1
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Hi Everyone,

I recently started my conversion on a 1994 Chevy Carpenter Short Bus. I posted a story about it on the new posts section. But basically I bought it for $600 and she has just over 50,000 miles and works great. Even starts up in a few cranks in 10 degrees below zero .


So I just recently started with tearing the rubber, plywood and insulation out from the floors, which I found to be very rusty underneath. I cleaned up all of the rust and painted over it and I am currently at the point of adding new insulation and plywood for the floors before adding more to it. Thats where I am at currently. I will add some pictures and add any questions to other forums.

Thanks!!



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Old 12-20-2014, 07:46 AM   #2
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Old 05-26-2015, 11:14 AM   #3
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I got a bit more done on the bus since I last posted on here. Not too much considering the amount of time that has passed, but I'm sure you all know how that goes. I finished the floors a couple months back and most recently took the ceiling panels off and replaced the insulation. I went with a layer of Reflect-X and a little thicker fiberglass insulation. Hopefully that will help keep a little heat out during the summer, so far it seems to be working great!



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Old 05-26-2015, 11:24 AM   #4
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Sweet Deal! --- Welcome & congrats on an excellent find. Best of luck with the build out.
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Old 05-27-2015, 05:37 PM   #5
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beautiful! awesome deal! how do those 350's do gas mileage wise?
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Old 06-13-2015, 03:05 PM   #6
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Nice! I have basically the same bus, 84 Chevy 4 window. I'm also curious how the mpg is for you...
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Old 06-13-2015, 04:03 PM   #7
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Nice! I have basically the same bus, 84 Chevy 4 window. I'm also curious how the mpg is for you...
Prior to my present short bus, I came from a 84 GMC 14 cube van-same size-shape+ 4:10 gear+weight of one of these. If you live in a state with more bumps than Florida, single digits is all you're going to get.
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Old 06-13-2015, 04:21 PM   #8
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Prior to my present short bus, I came from a 84 GMC 14 cube van-same size-shape+ 4:10 gear+weight of one of these. If you live in a state with more bumps than Florida, single digits is all you're going to get.
That is somewhat comforting. I'd say I get about 9 MPG which works out to about 26L/100KM. And of course driving in BC, you're always climbing big hills and driving winding roads.
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That is somewhat comforting. I'd say I get about 9 MPG which works out to about 26L/100KM. And of course driving in BC, you're always climbing big hills and driving winding roads.
I had headers-dual 2 1/2" exhaust with H pipe-Edelbrock intake-edelbrock carb-11k lbs and a nice big airdam on the roof of the cab kicking the air over the box-I'd get 8 in the hills-9's if I went down south.
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Old 06-21-2015, 11:51 PM   #10
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I'm looking forward to seeing the interior take shape. Without reading the story in the new posts...do you have a layout in mind you can share with us? I have a 99 with similar miles (got a 98 and a 99 for $3,900 and sold the 98 for 5k), and can't make up my mind what to do inside. Keep up the good work, good luck and keep the pics coming!
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