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Old 09-24-2016, 06:18 PM   #1
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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, 06:21 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, 06:25 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, 06:29 PM   #4
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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, 06:29 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, 06:30 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, 06:35 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, 07:10 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, 07:11 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, 07:20 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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Old 09-24-2016, 07:20 PM   #11
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I told my wife it ironically looked like a bus color.

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Old 09-24-2016, 07:27 PM   #12
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the dash A/C should be easy to fix up.. ive done a bunch of them... is the compressor actually gone? is that a Chevy 350?

if so we can easily find you a sanden 508 compressor bracket.. likely driver side as thats where the factory GMC compressor wouldve been.. it may have had rear A/C originally and someof it may already be under the bus... Transair used an up-under condensor that didnt face the bus skirt... and there would be multiple line T or Y fittings under the hood..

if it was dash only it would be void of that... building a tie-in system is a bit different than hsving a dedicated rear syste, using a secondary compressor...

if you are going to camp in it you will want aux A/C that doesnt require the engine to run so a camper-top unit on the roof or another type of unit out the back or underneath and of course a generator to run it..

seems a lot from florida on here.. I have homes in both columbus Ohio and st pete florida...
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Old 09-24-2016, 07:44 PM   #13
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Thanks. It does look like they disconnected the factory ac and had some aux ac in the back above the door but theres nothing left but the hoses. I would be okay with Dash AC and a 110 mounted discreetly somewhere. I want to put a small back porch on it where I can hide a quiet 2KW generator to power the AC and some Outlets inside. I think I can run the 110 AC and Generator while going down the road if I needed extra Cooling . Would it work?

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Old 09-24-2016, 09:32 PM   #15
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Thanks. It does look like they disconnected the factory ac and had some aux ac in the back above the door but theres nothing left but the hoses. I would be okay with Dash AC and a 110 mounted discreetly somewhere. I want to put a small back porch on it where I can hide a quiet 2KW generator to power the AC and some Outlets inside. I think I can run the 110 AC and Generator while going down the road if I needed extra Cooling . Would it work?

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people do it all the time.. run the genset and drive. im not sure if a 2K genersator will start up the compressor on a camper or window unit or not..

I have a 2 hose portable I use for when im stopped in my bus. (I have a regular large bus (short but tall).. I installed 2 A/C in it for the road but when im stopped i need air.. my portable unit is called a climax and it is soft-start.. (no surge current) but of course portable units tke up a bit of interior space physically..

the nost part of your dash air might still be there... and that GMC van style was made through 1995 so a lot of the hoses, coils etc up through the 92 model year would work to replace anything that the coach builder set up as a Tor Y under the hood... I yanked a whole system out of a junk yard for the Vandura i did... then i just bought new fan motor, heaster core and accumulator.. the rest was all used and that thing blue ice cold for many years after I sold the van to a friend.

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love the "imstant gratification family" lol

Welcome! Sweet bus and i third the color is awes.
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Old 09-29-2016, 04:07 PM   #17
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Conversion van seats $100. Will we use them? Probably.

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Old 09-29-2016, 04:40 PM   #18
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that back seat looks interesting... almost like a futon.. i could see 2 of those making nice dinette seats and then fold fown into a big bed.
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Old 09-29-2016, 07:13 PM   #20
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thats badass cool!! was that in the van or is that set up in your bus?

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