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Old 12-23-2012, 11:47 AM   #1
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Cargo Space - Blue Bird CSFE conversion

Hi - I'm new to the board, although I've been reading the forums since about July. I thought I'd share my bus conversion project called The Cargo Space. It's a 25' 2002 Blue Bird CSFE. Our plan is to convert it to a living space that will sleep up to six (maximum, and for very short trips). (update: I thought I'd replace the wikipedia image with a picture of the actual bus, taken at the time of purchase)

We have a http://www.thecargospace.com where we log our status as the project develops. At the time of this posting, we've cleared out the interior and are just beginning to prep the interior walls, ceiling and metal subfloor for paint.

We'd love to hear any feedback, and in particular if there's anyone who has a CSFE or has experience with them.

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Old 12-23-2012, 12:27 PM   #2
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Welcome aboard.... Looks like you're off to a good start. lots of help too....
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Old 12-23-2012, 10:13 PM   #3
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Welcome Cargo Spacers (Somehow it's hard not to think of "Clutch" Cargo)--- Sweet looking little Bird and a terrific sounding project. Happy to hear that Rice has gotten behind something as cool as this. Would love to see/hear more about the art side of this project as my studio is very involved in Houston arts. Hardy & Nance Studios in the old, downtown art warehouse district. We put on the biggest show on the ArtCrawl and are one of the largest independent showplaces for FotoFest Houston.

Shoot me a PM sometime. We might be able to do some kind of benefit show for the project.

And BTW...my bus is even smaller!
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Old 12-24-2012, 05:53 PM   #4
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Re: Cargo Space - Blue Bird CSFE conversion

Cargo Space

Nice looking bus.

Anybody who remembers Clutch Cargo and Spinner and Paddlefoot is definitely showing their age, Tango.
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Old 12-24-2012, 10:45 PM   #5
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Clue #2 --- My bus is younger than I am. Scary huh!?
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Old 12-25-2012, 12:03 AM   #6
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Tango, you were born before 1946? WOW!

I thought I was an old guy. My bus is twenty years younger than I.
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Old 12-25-2012, 11:34 AM   #7
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Some people just like to rub it in don't they? Just remember that age and stealth soon overcome youth and beauty! Merry Christmas all. Jack
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Old 12-29-2012, 01:00 PM   #8
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I've got a question. I've done a few searches on the board relating to repairing holes on the interior walls and ceiling, but I've come up empty. There was a PA system installed in the bus, and it looks like whomever installed the speakers took a 'grind it till you find it' approach to cutting holes in the sheet metal ceiling. These mistakes were hidden by the carpeted luan paneling that was installed throughout. We've jettisoned all of that luan crap, but now we're left with six holes ranging from 6" x 6" to 10" x 10". This is turning out to be a long preamble to my question, which is this: How would you patch these holes? Obviously, we could pull out the ceiling panels and weld patches, but it's wildly inconvenient - grinding off all 50 or 60 (or more) rivets, pulling out 3 or 4 ceiling panels, carefully welding patches. Any suggestions anyone might have would be appreciated. Also, if there's already a discussion thread somewhere, feel free to point me to it. Thanks in advance!
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Re: Cargo Space - Blue Bird CSFE conversion

May sound silly.....whatcha covering ceiling with in the end?
Will it cover the holes w/o doing anything to them?
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Old 12-30-2012, 12:14 PM   #10
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Not a silly question. Our plan is to leave the bare metal. We're taking a KISS approach with the project.

I've found an image of the interior that shows some of the round(ish) holes. The wisdom I've gotten around here is square sheet metal patches overtop screwed in, with maybe some JB Weld to make it rock solid. I investigated the idea of patching from the back, and then using bondo to make the areas 'disappear.' The reading that I've done hasn't been too complimentary to bondo, so we've set that idea aside.



Just to explain some of the rest of the picture, the exposed channel that runs the length of the bus will eventually be where our new electrical conduit will go. We'll fabricate some sort of long box or enclosure that runs the length. The rear AC unit will be removed (as will that current piece of electrical conduit that's currently in the channel.
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