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Old 01-10-2012, 12:57 AM   #1
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Before i start uploading pictures ill give you an explanation.

Some of you might ask "WHY?!" when the practical question is "why not?"

im 23 years old and ever since the age of 16 my friends and I have had a passion for taking roadtrips. Washington D.C. and Philly for 4th of July this past year. Panama City Beach in Florida for spring break, we've went 4 years... Times Square in New York City for New Years, we've went 2 years. along with random trips for random reasons to chicago, st. louis, Cincinnati, Louisville, Louisiana to pick up a couch lol, North and South Carolina, Indy for the Colts Superbowl, Michigan, etc. So the main reason for this bus is to ROADTRIP. We really wanted a 5 or 6 window shortbus but settled with a 4 window one.

1995 GMC Vandura 3500 (body by Thomas) automatic gasoline with 130,000 miles for $1600. but we had to go up by wisconsin to pick the s.o.b. up. lol when we go on roadtrips we like to travel cheap. sneakin in to continental breakfasts in the morning at a hotel after tossing and turning in a car all night. We jus hate to fork up the cash for a hotel room we are only gonna be in for 6 hours to sleep. So anyway after driving 350 miles back home close to evansville indiana the bus ran like a champ. There were only 2 of us that drove up there to get it so the ride home was lonesome and verrry boring and very long. The shortbus does not have a radio at the time so we talked to a yard gnome the previous owner had left in the windshield of the bus along with the rest of his trash.Yes. we were pathetic enough to talk to a yard gnome to pass the time. There was also a sticker on the window where he got his oil changed at "Merlins" so the name jus stuck. We shall call him "Merlin".

Its been a couple weeks now and the exhaust could use a little work and it seems to have a very slow oil leak. the emergency exit hatch hole leaks a little also when it rains hard. but after we cleaned er out.. looks pretty descent
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Old 01-10-2012, 02:04 AM   #2
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Old 01-10-2012, 02:33 AM   #3
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After we did a MAJOR cleaning.. We took out all the seats which is a MUCH bigger job than i expected. One guy inside the bus with an air impact and one guy under the bus with a ratchet holding the nut. EACH SEAT had 6 bolts that we had to do the "in and under the bus technique" + 4 bolts mounted on the side of the seat to the inside wall which could be unbolted from the inside (10 bolts each X 7 seats = 70 bolts) . we thought we could sell them but nobody wants a bus seat that has to be mounted to a wall for it to be used. Otherwise all the rednecks around here including my dad would want them for deer stands or jon boat. So with that said we cut the upholstery and foam off and threw it away and took the metal frames from the seats to the scrap yard. For those of you who has always wondered. each seat frame weighed around 45 lbs. With 6 full seats we were close to 300 lbs. which we got $31 bucks for at the local scrap metal yard.

We also took off the big bulky mirrors up front that are standard on most school busses. 9 mirrors was just overkill and another easy way to make me dizzy while driving.

We were going to take the entire floor up and possibly put down insulation but after peeking under the black matting there was only one piece of plywood that had some rotting to it (piece up from by the steps)

And although there is some controversy about "removing the rub rails" we decided to start taking them off. on the bigger busses rivets are the biggest hassle but on this bus about 80% of the fasteners for the rails are screws so we thought we might as well jus take them off for a better canvas for the paint job ill be doing.

Next step is electric which is a lot more complicated and complex than i originally thought. after countless hours of late night websurfing and research i still had no clue. but thanks to icnivad .. he took the time to help me better understand it.

we should be able to start this week on the framing on the inside. believe it or not this bad boy merlin will be able to sleep 6 full size adults. originally i wanted to go with metal framing on the inside but thinking more practically we're gonna go with wood.

Let me know what you guys think!
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Old 01-10-2012, 10:16 AM   #4
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I hope your keeping the gnome in Merlin...I almost always end up keeping something that comes with a vehicle
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Hey Levi --- great start on that shorty. Just get your plan straight and everything else will follow. Do it your way.
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Old 01-15-2012, 09:37 PM   #6
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alright. this week.

hopefully we will get the carpet on the ceiling which i might make a separate forum for a "how to" section. cause i haven't seen one that demonstrates it step by step. i know its kinda common sense, but myself being a visual person, i thought someone else might benefit from it.

i think we are gonna go with a outdoor carpet mostly for the sound deadening.. i hate the "echo-ish" sounds on a bus. probably a light grey or light tan color (no dark colors.. makes the ceiling seem shorter psychologically) and the walls probably a darker color. .. with using a brush on adhesive..

in the meantime i want to start more on the designing of the bus. so as far as color schemes whats you guys' favorite? goin for somethin fun.. but nice. so with that said.

TOP RIGHT
MIDDLE LEFT
BOTTOM RIGHT .... you get the gist. what do ya think? the floors will be a dark wood.

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Old 01-15-2012, 09:55 PM   #7
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Home depot has rolls of indoor/outdoor carpet in nice neutral gray 6'x6'?for like $13. I did our whole interior with it.
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Hard to tell from a screen shot. I would suggest that you go to the paint section of Lowes or Home Depot and get some of those colour samples that show whole rooms and give the colours used. Pick out one you think you like, then get the colour chips used in the sample room. Stick the chips at eye level, so you can't miss seeing it every day.

In long dreary winter, light "beachy" colours are great.
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If you are going for fun and colorful, I would go with the right middle (green, yellow, purple). If you make the yellow closer to orange, you'll have a great tertiary pallet that is both bright and reminiscent of spring time.

Great thing about a small bus is, if you find you really don't like the colors, it won't take much to change them.

Looking forward to seeing your results.
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Old 01-15-2012, 10:50 PM   #10
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dang! thats pretty good for a 6X6. i thought id check at Menards first. i use to work at home depot, unfortunately the city it is in is rather upper class so the prices there are kind of high. lol

and i was leaning more towards the warmer colors too. im really indecisive but the decision will be rather permanant because i plan on doin an upholstered booth and bedding so i better
make it right the first time.. haha. i think the top right or bottom left could really be classy in case later on down the road we ever decide to sell it.
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