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Old 08-11-2013, 12:37 AM   #11
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Re: My New Short-Bus - Beginning Project - HELP!

That blue lightbar on the exterior roof might cause complications with law enforcement, in my state blue lights are only used by law enforcement.

I have a 1984 Chevy handicap bus on the same chassis and am only doing a "light" conversion on mine. It will have a bed, couch, a couple of cabinets and a place for a porta potty.
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Old 08-11-2013, 01:32 AM   #12
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Re: My New Short-Bus - Beginning Project - HELP!

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That blue lightbar on the exterior roof might cause complications with law enforcement, in my state blue lights are only used by law enforcement.
FYI, in NM almost every vehicle with flashing lights has blue lights! You never know if its a revenuer (only thing the cops here are interested in is writing a ticket) or a wrecker or a road maintenance truck. I 'm from states where it is illegal to have blue lights! And I find it downright creepy too.

In the early 70's (maybe late 60's) there was someone killing women around the NC/TN state lines. Turned out it was a plain vehicle with blue lights in the grill pretending to be an unmarked cop car. The guy would turn his lights on and pull over cars that had a single female in it. After raping and killing several women, they passed the blue light laws in both states. I believe GA and FL passed the same laws around the same time. I have always assumed all states were like that.
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That blue lightbar on the exterior roof might cause complications with law enforcement, in my state blue lights are only used by law enforcement.
FYI, in NM almost every vehicle with flashing lights has blue lights! You never know if its a revenuer (only thing the cops here are interested in is writing a ticket) or a wrecker or a road maintenance truck.
Oh, it gets better. I passed a State Trooper on the road heading home last night and it had no blue flashing lights. All yellow. I don't know if it had blown lights (the pattern suggested otherwise) or what.

Creep-o-meter just shot up to level 8.
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Who else, besides me, just loves the Fatty Whompus sticker on the back? And the "fire putter outter" is just gold.
Good catch Mel. I didn't notice those. "Fire putter outer" IS priceless.

Hey Cy - what does H.E.R.C stand for?
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Hey folks - sorry for the delay, life intervened.

I also love the "Fatty Whompus" sticker. It really gave me a chuckle when I saw it. It might actually survive, despite the name-change of the Bus. (I also like the "Fire Putter Outer" - obviously someone had a sense of humor!)

I have no idea what H.E.R.C. stands for. I did a bunch of research before I picked up the Bus - long story short, the seller had to repair a brake cable before I would even consider buying it, so I gave him $50 and told him to call me when it was really driveable and not just pretty much driveable - so I had time between seeing it and getting the VIN and when I actually "bought" it.

It turns out it started out as a school bus, and then it was converted to an ambulance (which explains the blue light bar) then some dude bought it for a work truck. I think it was the work truck guy who put on the H.E.R.C. labels and spray-painted it - best I can determine from my friend Google is H.E.R.C. could mean Higher Education Recruitment Consortium or Heathcare Environmental Resource Center or heck, it could mean Hello, Everyone! Random Camper!

The presumed-H.E.R.C. guy then traded the Bus to this farmer for some tractor parts. It sat on the farmer's property for seven years or so, before he decided he wanted a minivan and listed it on Craigslist. Which is where I came into the picture.

As for the light bar - oh heck yes, it's highly illegal here. I purchased the bus in Ohio, and had barely gotten five miles into Michigan before I got pulled over by a State Trooper and his partner in a special enforcement SUV. In an amazing stroke of luck it turned out the older, cooler cop had converted a school bus into an RV about fifteen years ago (small Skoolie world!!) and we spent like ten minutes inspecting the bus telling me what I had to change, remove, install or repaint.

I think the light bar is cool as heck (and works!) so I'm having a guy install a "cover" for it that can cover or uncover the light bar with a flip of a switch. I'm also having the guys at http://www.gaugeplates.com make a custom bus switch panel for me. I bought on Ebay a duplicate Blue Bird Mini Bird panel almost identical to mine that just happened to be on Ebay for $20.00, figuring that it might come in handy. So I'm shipping that over to the gauge guys, and they are going to use that as sort of a template - but adding switches for the light bar, the light bar cover, and some audio/video/lighting switches for stuff I haven't even begun to purchase yet, much less install.

I'll have more pictures soon - thanks for the encouragement, and @roach171 - I know I'm doing it wrong. But I love your console! I'm going to have to track down a van conversion place - would save me a ton of effort!

Thanks all!
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