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Old 08-08-2012, 01:51 AM   #1
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Meet Edison - 1979 GMC/Blue Bird shortbus

Hello,

I just joined your group as Skoolie.net keep showing up in my 'BlueBird' Google searches.
seems like alot of good info here.

Last week, I had an 'out of the blue' thought: wouldn't it be cool to make a cabin out of a schoolbus? Hmm.. but before I Googled 'Cabin School Bus', I checked out Craigslist Vancouver and found this:

1979 GMC Blue Bird Schoolbus
36 pax (shortbus)
350 ci /5spd manual
94,000km
rust-free
running excellent
all original condition
every single switch and light functions.
$2500

Hmm..

had a look.. and it started, was totally clean inside and out, cheap enough for a gamble. why not?
picked it up for $1600 and drove it 90km to home. nice.

from whim to ownership in less than a week; or maybe: a Fool and his Money are soon parted.. we'll see.

I intend to strip out the interior and style it as a non-mobile cabin using home furnishings and no custom built-ins.
no-fridge. no-stove. no-comode.

If the board allows, I'll post photo of my progress and let you know how I go.
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Old 08-08-2012, 08:57 AM   #2
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We likes pixz........ and welcome aboard the bus...
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Old 08-08-2012, 09:21 AM   #3
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Old 08-08-2012, 10:51 AM   #4
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Re: Meet Edison - 1979 GMC/Blue Bird shortbus

Hey insouciant --- Great idea! And roger the pix. We all love watching other people work. And there are some great resources online for the approach you are taking. Check out "Vardos"...the Gypsy wagons...and a site called "Carter's Steam Fair"...an English traveling fair with a bunch of fantastic "Living Vans". And, if you can find a copy of "Houses on Wheels" you'll be blown away by the rustic cabins built on everything from old pickups to buses to logging trucks. Great resource. Have a ball and do it your way.

http://www.visit.carters-steamfair.c...ivingvans.html
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Old 08-08-2012, 11:25 AM   #5
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Congrats on the purchase of the nice looking bus. I think I just found my new signature line in your post. LOL.


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Old 08-08-2012, 11:26 AM   #6
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*click on Image to start Video screen*

I have never tried to drive anything bigger than a car, not even a pickup truck.
"I can Drive this" I respond to the GF "You don't even know how to drive it", vote of confidence.

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Old 08-08-2012, 11:33 AM   #7
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You have a good eye for photography. I particularly like the "shoes" shot.
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Old 08-08-2012, 11:35 AM   #8
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Road Testing Obstacle course slalom section:


backed her up a slope through an obstacle course of lawn tractor, garbage wheelie bins and other trucks. Through the narrow gate opening and into the residential roadway.. phew!

Two blocks on, I was satisfied by negotiating a traffic circle.

next block, This!
my Driver side wheel was almost touching the Left hand kerb.. and I was hoping that Hitachi doesn't swing out any further!

I like how the first flag-girl starts bobbing her SLOW sign on my approach, she was unsure as well.

here goes on someone else's insurance tag and one km into test drive.

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Old 08-08-2012, 11:38 AM   #9
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OK, videos seem to work..

click on the Image and a video window will pop-up
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