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Old 04-03-2012, 02:19 AM   #1
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My New Project!

hello all, i've been lurking for awhile now, trying and trying to register on here to post as i went on my conversion. i had to create a new email address on aol just to register on here. this site is great! TONS of information i have found very useful! i actually was going to make a conversion out of an old box truck (uhaul type), but i came across a deal on a bus that i couldnt pass up. maybe in a few years i will get around to doing that. the bus is from a catholic school. it is a 2000 chevy midbus. diesel, 29 passenger, and they have reciepts for about $3000 worth of upgrades and replacements last august and it only has 500 miles put on it since then. including all new tires! they were asking $3000 for it, but i got them down to $1000! it had been sitting for about 3 months without being started up, and here in wisconsin it was in the middle of the last big snow. it had about a foot or more of snow and ice caked to it. i got in and it started right up! so we drove it home and barely got it into our carport, well halfway under the carport anyway. as you can see from the pictures. i am making it into a camper / bug-out vehicle for our family of 4. i realize it is small but i think with a little creativity it can be done. i will keep posting on here as much as i can to keep you all updated as to the progress. and ideas or suggestions are more than welcome!
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Old 04-03-2012, 07:49 AM   #2
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Re: My New Project!

here are a few more pics...
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Old 04-03-2012, 07:51 AM   #3
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Re: My New Project!

here are a few more pics...
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Old 04-03-2012, 07:56 AM   #4
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Re: My New Project!

here are a few more pics...
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Old 04-03-2012, 08:04 AM   #5
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Re: My New Project!

and still a few more pics... sorry, ive been working awhile now, and can just now upload them
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Old 04-03-2012, 08:16 AM   #6
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Re: My New Project!

ok finally the last of my update pics i have at the moment, i will finish uploading the rest tonight. thank you for bearing with me. also does anyone know of a way besides ebay that i could sell the stop sign from the side? it is brand new, they replaced it last august. the front swing arm i have "other ideas" for
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Old 04-04-2012, 07:33 PM   #7
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Re: My New Project!

Hey! Great to see you figured a way to make it onto the forum! I'm surprised the gmail account didn't work. Very strange.
Anyway... The bus looks like a great find. I'm looking forward to seeing how you fix it up.
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Old 04-04-2012, 08:06 PM   #8
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Re: My New Project!

Nice find,how much room is behind the drivers seat?15ft? It looks great inside

Putting the scooter on the back might be a better option
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Old 04-04-2012, 09:49 PM   #9
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Re: My New Project!

i thought about putting it on the back, went over it again and again, but i am already making room inside next to the scooter for the kids' bikes. as i am sure you all have made layouts and floorplans but only to change them over and over again as you go. i have gone through about 10 different ones myself. as of right now as i start building the bunk and bed areas thats what i am going with. i kind of wanted a self-contained small bus conversion. something i havent seen too much of. behind the drivers seat is 12' to the back wall. i am hopefully painting it tomorrow (fingers crossed) as soon as it is done i will post pics.
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Old 04-05-2012, 10:19 AM   #10
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Re: My New Project!

Welcome to the Madhouse! --- Looks like you found a really solid starter unit. You also found the right place to get answers to many of the issues surrounding a buildout. There's probably several centuries worth of experience here so don't hesitate to ask questions. Best of luck with your project and please do keep the pix flowing.
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