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Old 07-04-2016, 10:13 AM   #1
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Short Bus Work Truck Conversion

I have a 2001 GMC Savanna cutaway with a Mid Bus 5 window body. I bought this bus for $4200 and drove it from the middle of PA to the middle of VA. Didn't miss a beat. 82000+ on the clock.
Has anyone else converted a short bus into a carpentry work truck? I'm trying to get some ideas of how to proceed. Save windows? Lose windows? Black out windows? I'd like to save a couple rear ones for the flow through ventilation!
I am going to install an exterior hook up for electrical to run an air compressor and microwave (gotta eat lunch!)
I'll post photos when I figure how how.
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Old 07-04-2016, 10:25 AM   #2
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if I was making a work van i would want to lose or at least but bars over the windows and maybe some type of shades to block the view... seems expensive carpentry tools would be a theft target.. although if yours is a school bus instead of a shuttle the windows are less-easy to get inside of since they are smaller and higher..

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Old 07-04-2016, 10:46 AM   #3
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if I was making a work van i would want to lose or at least but bars over the windows and maybe some type of shades to block the view... seems expensive carpentry tools would be a theft target.. although if yours is a school bus instead of a shuttle the windows are less-easy to get inside of since they are smaller and higher..

-Christopher
Yes, mine is a school bus. I had thought about blacking out the bottom half of the windows. Might be nice to have the light and ability to open the tops for air flow. I need to find a source for window steel safety screen for the big windows on the back door.
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Old 07-04-2016, 11:01 AM   #4
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Old 07-04-2016, 01:06 PM   #5
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Yes, mine is a school bus. I had thought about blacking out the bottom half of the windows. Might be nice to have the light and ability to open the tops for air flow. I need to find a source for window steel safety screen for the big windows on the back door.
I originally had the idea of a mobile wood shop and another as a mobile welding shop.
For the wood shop windows you could use full sheets of expanded metal cut in half 2'x8' and secure to the outside with security screws.
I would also reccomend a dust collection system for the saw benches.
I did most of my finished trim in the timber framing style with a skill saw and router during the winter inside my bus and spent as much time cleaning up as I did finishing.
Great idea.
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Old 07-04-2016, 03:03 PM   #6
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For the wood shop windows you could use full sheets of expanded metal cut in half 2'x8' and secure to the outside with security screws.

Great idea.[/QUOTE]

My thoughts too! I've scoured the internet in search of other buses set up for work and have found none! Looks like they'd be more interest in this style of conversion as a bus will haul a lot of weight.
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Old 07-04-2016, 03:11 PM   #7
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Your ideas are what you want and only you can make them work?
This forum is great for opinions,advice on what there choices are and I like it for ideas on my choice.
You make your own decisions man roll with it!
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It's a little late-but you probably would have been better off with a cube van. The size of the back door is going to be a major hinderance. As a matter of fact, I bought my short bus from a guy that got it for his dry ice blasting company. The size of the door is why he got rid of it.
A cube van and a shortie are the same underneath-but the cube has more headroom + a roll up door.
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Old 07-04-2016, 06:46 PM   #9
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It's a little late-but you probably would have been better off with a cube van. The size of the back door is going to be a major hinderance. As a matter of fact, I bought my short bus from a guy that got it for his dry ice blasting company. The size of the door is why he got rid of it.
A cube van and a shortie are the same underneath-but the cube has more headroom + a roll up door.
Well maybe, but I made sure before I bought it that my stuff would fit. Careful measurements make all the difference. My work van back doors allow 4' of clearance. The bus back door allows 3' of clearance. So I give up a foot of clearance to be able to stand up to get tools, and have lunch in my bus! A microwave is going in too.
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I would build a step bumper and have a fold down set of steps. And pad over the door. And learn to duck! I once jammed my neck so bad jumping out in a hurry I had to go to a chiropractor.
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