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Old 10-05-2013, 10:54 AM   #11
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Couple more pics...cleans up nice. And now I have a power steering issue to resolve, but hey...it happens.


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Old 10-05-2013, 11:08 AM   #12
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So after I replaced the power steering pump, high pressure hose, and then the power steering gear, I'm getting no response, so I decided to have the bus towed to the family mechanic down the street. And this happens...

The tow truck guy forgot to close the door as he winched the bus onto the flatbed, and the drivers door, hit the fence post and was cranked all the way back...ouch! Now mind you, the band was to start another leg of their tour the next day...yah not so much. Luckily the first part was a few warm up shows in central Florida...they could take the band Tahoe. On a brighter note, the steering issue was fixed, new Pittman arm, and the tow truck guy said he would take care of the damage, and he did...the very next day...

Introducing Frankenbus.
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Old 10-05-2013, 01:59 PM   #13
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Tow trucks are insured. That fix is the responsibility of the towing company.

I had my fair share of mistakes while driving tow truck. However, the customer was always looked after.

Good luck

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Old 10-05-2013, 04:19 PM   #14
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Tow trucks are insured. That fix is the responsibility of the towing company.

I had my fair share of mistakes while driving tow truck. However, the customer was always looked after.

Good luck

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Yup, stuff happens, and he took care of it...and I got 2 new mirrors out of it.
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Old 10-05-2013, 04:27 PM   #15
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So by the end of that weekend, the bus had been wrecked and fixed, I was planning to repaint the fender and door, so the guys could take it. Then egos prevailed and the band had a major blowout, and disbanded...again...for good. So I pulled my investment, cut my loses, and decided my next step...RV conversion time, for my family.

I started by buying a futon $40, to put in the back...


Then I decided it didn't quite fit right, so I took it apart and made a dinette...


The bases were attached w/ drawer slides to make a chaise...
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Old 10-05-2013, 04:36 PM   #16
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Okay, so after working out sleeping arrangement and engineering a interesting solution, I decided to start over on the inside, found an Ikea sectional that would work better for my layout, and started. I pulled the futons, couch, and platforms. Then built a new platform, to keep everything at the level of the wheel well.



Then built the rolling platform for the trundle part, pretty much extended the height...


Slides right back under...
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Old 10-05-2013, 05:01 PM   #17
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Had to move the table mounts and cork up the holes...oops. Oh and I found an awesome fixture- Avant mini kitchen for only $100...woot woot!

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Old 10-05-2013, 05:08 PM   #18
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Let's see now...still need to plumb and wire mini kitchen...that's later...umm, decided to add the vinyl and fabric to finish to couch, and start wrapping the mini kitchen.


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Oh, I almost forgot, picked up some nice vinyl seats that can swivel...
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Old 10-05-2013, 05:18 PM   #20
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And here are some more pics of the interior, still need to find a dresser or buffet that fits the spot under the tv...


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