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Old 08-26-2011, 11:34 AM   #1
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Just getting started on short bus.

Okay, here we go. Another project... another forum

Got this '84 Chevy short bus from my sports car club a few months back. It was used as a timing bus for autocross events. Has a rebuilt 350 and runs fairly well. The front suspension will require some work as there's some shimmy and slack in the steering. The interior really isn't that bad having already been stripped, lined with wood, vinyl floor tiles, storage cabinet, computer cabinet and table. There's some wiring for AC and Cat 5. The exterior was really rough though having been exposed to the elements for many years. At least half of the running lights didn't work either. My intention is to use the bus as a combination tow vehicle and RV. It does already have a receiver hitch and trailer light plug. One of our club members said he used ton use it to tow sports cars and it did okay.

Of course the first item on the list was to get the club's old timing equipment, cones, etc. out and clean the interior up. It had been used the last several race seasons as a Rallycross timing vehicle and there was a lot of dirt left over . Next was starting in on the exterior which had been painted several times (clear/base poly) and was pealing really bad. I decided just to use enamel for low cost and easy touch ups. Aluminum was my color choice and it's going to look pretty cool towing my silver Porsche! Stripping that poly has been a real chore though. I'm attacking it in segments. I did the roof first, rear second and passenger side most recently. Two more segments to go (drivers side and truck cab). I'll strip, prime and finish coat a segment in about 3 days (2 or 3 hours per day). I also pulled the grill and headlight trim to paint them (satin black).

Here's some before photos fellas...
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Old 10-11-2011, 11:55 AM   #2
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Re: Just getting started on short bus.

Bumping this thread. I'll be adding exterior shots in a few
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Old 10-11-2011, 12:27 PM   #3
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Hey Han --- great looking little unit that already has a head start on conversion. Do keep up the pix. Love them Shorties!
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Old 10-13-2011, 02:02 AM   #4
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Keep those picks Coming love to see all the new ideas
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Old 10-13-2011, 07:39 AM   #5
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Alrighty! The paint is simply Rustoleum enamel. I used a short nap roller on the roof and a Wagner power painter on the body. Looks pretty good from 100' away
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Old 10-13-2011, 09:37 AM   #6
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Re: Just getting started on short bus.

I like it!
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Big Change! I'm a long way from the joy that a new paint job can bring...keep the pix coming.
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not bad!!
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Old 10-14-2011, 06:05 PM   #9
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looks vonderbar!
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What kind of mileage do you guys get with these little chevy buses?
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