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Old 10-18-2015, 11:30 PM   #1
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Ol 82 The IHC/Carpenter Shortie in progress

Ok so here is my story! As I have tons of school debt, and only work seasonally as a wild-land firefighter in Oregon (Plus construction jobs on the side here and there) I want to make this my home! Its been a thought in the back of my mind for a while, not necessarily a bus conversion, but a tiny home. So, no ****. My boss was looking up stuff on craigslist and found this gem. "How cool would that be!" he says half jokingly... Me... **** THAT'S AWESOME I WANT IT!!! (Wheels a churning on what I could turn it into!) Three or four days later...my only day off August through September, me and a buddy go check her out, I fall in love and BAM 1600 cash I own a school bus?!?! I couldn't, and still cant stop smiling every time I see it!

So happy I found this website. Been doing a lot of reading on everyone elses projects. Going to make this journey in building up 82 so much better. So thank you in advance for everyones help on all the various topics already talked about on this Forum, and answers/opinions coming down the road.

Cheers!

1978 International Harvester Loadstar 1600
Carpenter Bus Body
SV345 w/ Allison AT545 Auto

Headshot of 82 @ Home!


About to begin demo.


Seats coming out.


Seats Done, Rear heater out. Hosed out. Patched.
Paneling coming off. Need to figure out my windows now...


Roof panels coming down... almost.


Insulation didn't look half bad, I was surprised. I got a tip from Gerald at busparts.com (He worked on the assembly line for the Carpenters when this was built! Very Helpful.) Question, do you think I can successfully install my insulation with this method?? I think I just might, and save me the headache of putting those panels back up... any thoughts or experiences?

Has anyone used busparts.com? Gerald seemed like a stand-up guy.

Anywho that's it for now. Gotta sleep!

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Old 10-19-2015, 07:41 AM   #2
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If you really are going for the all metal look and feel, I'd just leave it as is.
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Old 10-19-2015, 09:55 AM   #3
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Well not going to lie I do like the powder blue look. Haha. But that was a question I had. I was assuming that the interior metal sheeting was structural?? If that's not the case I may just go with a lighter (in weight) sheeting.
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Old 10-19-2015, 10:45 AM   #4
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Its maybe .00001% structural. It totally isn't necessary and is a detriment to heating and cooling the interior with any degree of efficiency or success.
But for weekenders and part timers its probably ok just to leave it as is.

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Old 10-19-2015, 11:08 AM   #5
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I was told just the opposite by a retired Blue Bird engineer. According to his read, the internal sheet metal played a critical role in the overall structural integrity.
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Old 10-19-2015, 02:11 PM   #6
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I sense sarcasm EastCoastCB??? Or do you just like hiding under chairs and eating popcorn??? Haha. I plan on living in it, So ill check further into the subject. Thanks for the input guys.
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Old 10-19-2015, 02:13 PM   #7
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Nah no sarcasm, just a touchy subject that everyone feels strongly about one way or another.
If you want to LIVE in it, there really isn't any reason to leave the metal ceilings in at all.
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Old 10-21-2015, 12:02 AM   #8
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Fair enough. Understandable. I will be living in it, but for how long in one place is the question. In the summers I will be stationary for work, but the winter is my time for travel so I will be moving around a fair amount. Think?? I may just keep them in and go the better safe than sorry route...

I understand that the metal acts as a heatsink, Is the thought of leaving those metal panels up and insulating really a complete waste of time/money in your opinion?

Wont get to work on the bus for a couple weeks... makes me sad... at least it gives me time to look at everyone else's builds!

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Old 10-21-2015, 07:38 PM   #9
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Congrats on finding your new bus! Next time you're in the bus, can you tell me the inside length, say, from behind the driver to the back? This size bus strikes me as the likely length of bus I will look for. I'm looking forward to seeing what you do with it!
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Old 10-21-2015, 08:37 PM   #10
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Crude blueprint of inside measurements. But should work for you.



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