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Old 09-24-2016, 07:18 PM   #1
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Out The Gate (OTG)

Bought our 1985 Chevy Handicap Short Bus for $850 at the bus auction in the next county over in June. It wouldnt fit on my car trailer because of the steps so I had to drive it home . One of the rear tires has a bubble in it and one of the plug wires was bad so it felt pretty special hammering down the road at 60 .
The school have been using it as a service vehicle and the interior was already stripped of seats .


We found only a little rust for such an old truck.




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Old 09-24-2016, 07:21 PM   #2
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We worked to get it ready for paint quick because we are an instant gratification family .






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Old 09-24-2016, 07:25 PM   #3
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Mixxed our tractor supply white, ford blue, and safety yellow aiming for a teal or turqoise but settled for aqua blue-ish.

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Old 09-24-2016, 07:29 PM   #4
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Coachwork: Carpenter
Chassis: International S3800
Engine: DT360
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bad ass!! I love the old school van front!! was my fav style..

also love the retro aqua color!! cant wait to see it on the bus
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Old 09-24-2016, 07:29 PM   #5
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We got alot done today. Plywood in. Painted interior. Majes the last few weeks of scraping, sanding, patching, etc. Worth while.

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Old 09-24-2016, 07:30 PM   #6
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p.s. i drive my bus at 55 all the time even though it will run 65-68... just feels better for a bus.. and whe nim on a road trip im not tryin to commute so I can enjoy and see the sights
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Old 09-24-2016, 07:35 PM   #7
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Thanks! The hardener we got for the paint helped alot with the interior paint. Almost to quick.

We're aiming for a family trip with a flat towed jeep next summer. But we're hoping for some test trips this winter. We're in florida so we probably wont worry too much about heat.

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Old 09-24-2016, 08:10 PM   #8
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is your dashboard heat-only? (void of dash vents).. if so I will tell you that the stock dash heater and defroster in those vans without factory air-conditioning was TERRIBLE..

I had a chevy VanDura like that.. it didnt take me long to tear that whole thing apart and outfit it with the air-conditioned version// (then again I wanted factory A/C)//

if you have or had factory A/C originally on the dashboard your heater will be pretty good.

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Old 09-24-2016, 08:11 PM   #9
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your interior color is a lot like the factory interior colors on school busses.. its real close to my carpenter interior ceiling color.
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Old 09-24-2016, 08:20 PM   #10
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Cool. We had dash AC and i want to fix that back up. Need to find a compressor and bracket for the motor. We did score an aftermarket bus AC that mounts inside and condensers with fans that mount underneath. Salvaged off a full size bus BUT theres not enough room underneath to mount the condensers. looks like I'll sell that.
Still not sure if we'll get the dash ac going and figure a mounting option for a 110 AC wall unit. ?

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