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Old 03-20-2014, 11:44 AM   #1
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My Baby

Hello everyone, I am new to posting on this form. But I have been reading a lot of the posts and wanted to share with all of you "My Baby". She is a 1960 Chevy/Wayne school bus. As I am on a pension I not only live in her, I also use her as my daily driver. She has a 283 engine with a 4 speed and 2 speed rear end. She can hike up her skirts and run about 70mph. Bur she is best in the mountains. Her MPG is somewhere around 5 to 6. Inside I have a 14ft by 7ft area that is from the back of the driver seat. The man who owned her before me made a motorhome out of her, But he put the dining area on the diver side which I feel is unsafe as well as being hard to talk with people while traveling. It is my plan to rebuild her to what I believe I need to live comfortable. Now some may think I have a closed mind, but I will entertain any and all ideas. So please feel free to say anything you may want. Once again allow me so say HI to every one. By the way I am known as "the old man" or "travelingman"
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Old 03-20-2014, 12:58 PM   #2
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NICE!!! Be nice to score a big block cheap and stick it in there.
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Old 03-20-2014, 01:29 PM   #3
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I love the body lines on that bus...Its sexy...
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Old 03-20-2014, 05:42 PM   #4
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Howdy & Welcome to the Madness! --- What a great looking old Chevy, one of my favorite body styles. And even if you "re-do" the interior, it sounds like you are already way ahead of the game conversion wise. Would be nice to get more MPG's but without going to a diesel, I can't imagine any other gas burner doing a whole lot better.

Do it YOUR way but please...keep the pix a'comin'!
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Old 03-21-2014, 07:11 AM   #5
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I love it! Should be a great project bus.
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Old 03-21-2014, 10:16 AM   #6
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Good morning everyone. Please allow me to thank-you all for your reply's. Today the wind is calm and the sun is shinning, so I get to finish putting up my over-head. Let me explain - I have to cut the insulation out side and if the wind is blowing I can't hold it and cut it at the same time. If you-all don't mind I will post these two pictures and then get to work. Bye for now "the old man"
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Old 03-23-2014, 11:48 AM   #7
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Good morning everyone. It is a good sunny day and I need to finish the overhead in the front half of the bus. With the sun shining like this it will not take very long for my batteries to charge enough to use the power tools. So I have set up my shop and will get the wood cut as soon as I post these two pictures. the old man
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Old 03-25-2014, 01:45 AM   #8
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We had a 1964 Ford Skoolie and we loved it. Wish I still had it, was one of the most dependable and fun vehicles we ever had!
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Old 03-25-2014, 10:52 AM   #9
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Good-morning everyone. Spent yesterday working on the overhead and framing the cabinet over the kitchen. This morning I took out the vanity in front of the bathroom so I can extend the wall. Then I will be able to build the kitchen cabinet. This living in while building is not very easy. The sun is shinning and my batteries are charged so I will get to work. The old man
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Old 03-25-2014, 12:06 PM   #10
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Hi - I got the heater pulled and now I think I need a tad bit of help. When the person converted this bus he did not install a hot water heater. What I was thinking is to install a tank-less where the heater was. Question? what do they need in venting and which one is best for a small bus. Also anyone who has one, could you tell me what you think about them. Thank-you.
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