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Old 07-26-2016, 10:47 PM   #1
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Advise and tips for my minibus

Hi there,

I recently purchased a 1986 GMC Minibus and I am in the process of renovating it into a mobile retail store. I would love any and all suggestions/tips/advise on the below:

- Lighting
- Speakers/sound system
- Generator
- Installing flooring (lamivate vs vinyl)
- Painting before interior and exterior
- LOCKS! I need to figure out a way to lock all doors. Really needing help here.

Thanks so much!
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Old 07-27-2016, 07:24 PM   #2
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Hi there,

I recently purchased a 1986 GMC Minibus
WELCOME ABOARD!!!

Got pictures? We LOVE pictures ... and it would help to see the size of it all.

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I would love any and all suggestions/tips/advise ...
May I suggest that you pull up a chair and just start reading threads. Also, using the search function for specifics will help. This place is an entire garden of ideas.

But remember this, apart from the mechanical and the electrical, there really are not a lot of one-size-fits-all kinda answers when it comes to these things ... it's all up to you and your wants/needs. The only limits? The height of your imagination ... and the depth of your pocket.

What kind of store are you planning? Got enough head space ... for heads and lights and fans and stuff? You might want to do a search "headspace" "lights", "fans" and so on.

There's a lot to think about with a project like this.
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Old 07-27-2016, 11:11 PM   #3
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Hello and welcome!
I am steward to a 1985 GMC and... i have been through Oakland lol

OK I've got some great locks on the front and rear doors, i will snap pictures and post tomorrow. A cordless drill, a handful of safety bolts from Home Depot, and a few holes are all it takes.

Looking forward to seeing pictures of le Bus!
(if it fails to upload , you may upload to another site and post the link)
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Old 07-27-2016, 11:27 PM   #4
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Thanks so much for the warm welcome and advise. I have tried uploading photos multiple times but I keep getting an error message. The size of the photos does not exceed the max so I am not sure what is going on. Any suggestions?
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WELCOME ABOARD!!!

Got pictures? We LOVE pictures ... and it would help to see the size of it all.



May I suggest that you pull up a chair and just start reading threads. Also, using the search function for specifics will help. This place is an entire garden of ideas.

But remember this, apart from the mechanical and the electrical, there really are not a lot of one-size-fits-all kinda answers when it comes to these things ... it's all up to you and your wants/needs. The only limits? The height of your imagination ... and the depth of your pocket.

What kind of store are you planning? Got enough head space ... for heads and lights and fans and stuff? You might want to do a search "headspace" "lights", "fans" and so on.

There's a lot to think about with a project like this.
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Old 07-27-2016, 11:28 PM   #5
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I have tried uploading photos multiple times but I keep getting an error message. I will try your suggestion below and see if that works. Thanks!

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Hello and welcome!
I am steward to a 1985 GMC and... i have been through Oakland lol

OK I've got some great locks on the front and rear doors, i will snap pictures and post tomorrow. A cordless drill, a handful of safety bolts from Home Depot, and a few holes are all it takes.

Looking forward to seeing pictures of le Bus!
(if it fails to upload , you may upload to another site and post the link)
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Old 07-27-2016, 11:53 PM   #7
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I too have been unable to upload a single picture without an error, so i just upload to imgur and post a link to the album.

Good luck, we're excited to see!
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Old 07-28-2016, 10:42 AM   #8
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Sorry, I meant to tell you about posting photos. I just went through all that ... for the SECOND time.
http://www.skoolie.net/forums/f12/to...day-14262.html

Don't bother with the attach photos mechanism here ... Photobucket is the hot set-up for me. Just copy the "image" line (it should begin with URL=http then the image number and such) and paste it into your text.
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Old 07-28-2016, 11:30 AM   #9
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Old 07-28-2016, 08:01 PM   #10
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Here's what i used.
These are $30 locks sets from Home Depot, but you'll need the safety bolts with round heads and a square part to keep it from turning. Around 60 cents each or so.

Skoolie locks - Album on Imgur

Good luck!

Thanks for the pics!
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