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Old 11-23-2009, 01:27 AM   #31
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Re: My new 1999 Bluebird P30

I dont mind the size, makes them easier to look at then having to squint or try and enlarge them.
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Old 11-23-2009, 09:28 AM   #32
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Re: My new 1999 Bluebird P30

I have always thought that the P 30s would make an excellent sized unit. I look forward to watching your conversion. I wonder if that foam insulation will give you any squeaks when traveling.

Nice looking work.

Whats the ceiling height?
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Old 11-23-2009, 03:29 PM   #33
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Re: My new 1999 Bluebird P30

how much room do you have behind the drivers seat?
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Old 11-24-2009, 11:02 PM   #34
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Re: My new 1999 Bluebird P30

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I have always thought that the P 30s would make an excellent sized unit. I look forward to watching your conversion. I wonder if that foam insulation will give you any squeaks when traveling.

Nice looking work.

Whats the ceiling height?
Thanks! Ceiling height is right at 75" with the foam and underlayment in place. Once the ceiling is finished, I'll lose about another 1/2 inch. Not a big deal since I'm about 5'10".

I was thinking the same about room when I decided to buy my P30. I can see where people would like the bigger buses, especially if there is more than one person cruising around in it, but it's just me, so room isn't a big deal. I like the fact that it's easy to find a parking spot, even for a bus. One thing I can say that is good is the mileage. I drove the bus from Idaho to Missouri with all my junk in it, plus pulling my mother's car, and got 10 mpg on one tank. I had the bus loaded rather heavy and the rear was squatting quite a bit. I figure I had more weight in the bus than it will weigh when it's finished.

As far as the insulation sqeaking, I haven't had a problem yet. *crossing fingers* I took the bus down to the gas station two days after the floor was installed, and the bus is actually quieter than ever now. No more resonation from the huge steel body. Now I can hear little things I've never heard before, like the dash cover squeaking.

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Looks good! 1.5" in the floor? Someone doesn't like cold feet!
You got that right! :P I've lived in a few RV trailers over the past 10 years, and one thing I hated was the cold floors in them. Thought I'd do it MY way this time, and no more ice-cold linoleum!

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how much room do you have behind the drivers seat?
From the top of the driver's seat to the back wall is about 16 1/2 feet. Actual floor area is a little under 18 feet from the little step under the driver's seat to the back wall. So if whatever item behind the driver's seat is under about 3 feet tall, such as a sofa, there is probably about 17 feet of useable floor.
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Old 12-07-2009, 10:10 PM   #35
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is your bus wider that 8' ? I was just wondering why you didnt put the plywood across the bus to have less seams?
just wondering
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Old 01-02-2010, 12:33 PM   #36
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Great stuff! Loved your write up and can't wait to see more! I will be using your post as a guide as I begin to rip up the rotting plywood from my '86 Chevy G30 and add insulation, new flooring, etc.

I especially loved the pics regarding the windows. I had been thinking long and hard about what I should use to put in place of the few windows I want to cover and your posts make it obvious. See, I'm a tech-geek - not a mechanic. LoL But now I know exactly how I'll do it! Do oyu have any more pics oyu could upload in regards to the galvanized steel you replaced the windows with? I'm trying to see exactly how you fastened the sheets to the window sills and beams.

Thanks again for the post and good luck! I can't wait for a new update!

- Kevin
I'm a bit of a tech geek myself, so you're not alone. :P But I've also been doing mechanic work for about 20 years on the side. The nice thing is that I've worked for a lumberyard for 7 years and have an older brother that does construction work for some pointers on how to build stuff.

The window idea I got from someone else's project here on Skoolie. I almost wish I had taken the little metal outside panels off and pulled a single sheet of metal over the ribs. It would have looked better and ended up being smoother. But leaving them in place and putting the sheet metal in from the inside was SO much easier! I guess it doesn't look bad, just not quite was I was envisioning.

What I did was to carefully measure the dimensions of the windows from the inside and then take those measurements to a metal shop for bending. I had them put on a 1" lip top and bottom with no lip on the sides. I then screwed through the top and bottom to attach them to the lips above and below the windows. Then on the outside, I screwed through that metal finishing plate that separates the windows at measured intervals to make the screw heads fit in with the existing rivets.

I'll try to find a picture that shows how I did it.

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is your bus wider that 8' ? I was just wondering why you didnt put the plywood across the bus to have less seams?
just wondering
I was thinking of that, but with the seat rail on the wall, it's impossible. The plywood actually was laid across, but you can't get it to clear those seat rails and go down against the floor. I had to cut them in half to get them in. The inside width of the bus is about 92 inches.

Sorry for the long delays in updating this thread. So much going on it seems... Working 60 hours a week at odd hours, holidays, getting quite sick a few weeks ago, etc, etc, etc. And the fact that I'm sort of living in the bus, makes getting stuff done kind of a nightmare.

What I'm doing is using the bus as sort of a bedroom right now. I'm staying with my younger sister for the time being, and although her original idea was for me to stay in the house, I can't do that because she has a cat and I'm allergic to them. I have no desire to wake up in the middle of night wheezing and coughing. :P So having all my "bedroom junk" in the bus, it makes getting stuff done quite a task since I have to move everything out to work on it.

Another thing holding me back is that I have a project that I just finished in the way of all my building materials and work area. This Christmas, I built a picnic table for my older sister, and it's still sitting in the garage until we get a chance to take it out to my sister's house. There's no room to work on anything in the garage right now.






What I have been able to do since the last update was to get most of the new linoleum in. I say most because I bought the 12 inch square stuff and got all of it installed except for the little border around the outside where I have to cut every piece. I don't think I have any pictures of it right now, but I'll try to get some soon.
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Old 01-02-2010, 02:03 PM   #37
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what are you going to put on the ceiling?
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Old 07-24-2010, 09:27 AM   #38
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Re: My new 1999 Bluebird P30

Hi guys - Newbie skoolie-wannabe here.

Excellent thread, looking forward to more updates.

Just thought I'd mention that this model of bus is officially known as the Blue Bird Mini Bird (produced from 1977-2002).
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Old 08-23-2010, 06:30 PM   #39
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Thank you for so much detail. This is exactly what i needed when i was working on my Mini Bluebird. Albeit that i spent a total of about $20 in my conversion (the rest of it being recycled/found), i wish i could have seen these great examples. I'm thinking of retrying my conversion with some changes and this has helped fuel the idea tank tremendously. Thanks again. I look forward to seeing your progress.


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Old 12-30-2010, 02:26 PM   #40
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Re: My new 1999 Bluebird P30

It's been a while since I've posted on here. Life has been rather hectic for a while. I was working crazy hours for a while at my job in Missouri. Then my Dad died in late October so I moved back here to Idaho this last month to get his estate taken care of. Things have been a mess.

Now that I'm back in Idaho, I've decided that my short bus isn't going to be big enough to do the things that I want to do with it, so I've decided to sell it. I've already picked up a full-sized bus to replace it. It's a 1996 B700 with a 72 passenger Thomas body, 5.9L Cummins and an Allison auto tranny. When I get started on the new bus, I'll start a new thread for it.



Anyway, I'm putting the P30 Bluebird in the classified section on this site if anyone is interested in it.
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