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Old 04-04-2017, 09:10 AM   #1
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The Juke Bus

Hey everyone, Jukes here. I finally have myself a bus!! Originally planned on a mid-size bus, but after a lot of thinking about what my needs are and my intended use I went with a short bus. I知 really happy with my bus. Drove it 400miles immediately after signing for it and had no major issues.

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Year:* 2000
Make:* Chevrolet
Model:* G3500
Mileage:* 95,156
Engine:* 5.7L/Gas
Transmission:* Automatic
Tires:* LT225/75R16
Former life: Parks and Recreation vehicle

Things I noticed on the drive:
The alignment needs love. My arms were stiff after six hours of trying to keep it from drifting right. The steering wheel is also not straight while I知 driving straight. The lights turned off twice while night driving. They turned on immediately after cycling off then on. Not sure if buses have a weird timer setting for lights, but once I moved the switch to the third or the most upward setting the lights stayed on for the last two hours of the trip. So will definitely need to give my electrical some love.

Plans:
I intend to use it as a weekender vehicle for the next few years while I知 converting it. In about four years I plan to full time in it and travel around for a bit. It痴 a small space but I intend to utilize every square inch to the max. I知 installing a shower/toilet, kitchen, and bed. I want to be as self-sustaining as possible by adding solar panels and avoiding a black water tank with the use of a dry flush toilet and installing a generously sized grey water tank. Ambitious for a small space, I know. But with proper research it will all happen.




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Old 04-04-2017, 12:40 PM   #2
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Nice find. Being a Parks & rec. bus, I bet the front end DOES need some love. Glad your 1st trip ended well, and look forward to seeing what you do inside. What kind of mpg did you get on the trip? I've thought about that drive train, thinking that the mechanicals are so common, that they would be easy to service.
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Old 04-04-2017, 03:54 PM   #3
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Nice find. Being a Parks & rec. bus, I bet the front end DOES need some love. Glad your 1st trip ended well, and look forward to seeing what you do inside. What kind of mpg did you get on the trip? I've thought about that drive train, thinking that the mechanicals are so common, that they would be easy to service.


MPG was nothing impressive. I used nearly a full tank to travel almost 400 miles. So roughly 12mpg.

I was told there was a governor installed, but I was able to hit 90mph on I-95 with no issue. Once I get my plates and registration I'm going to take it to get a full service and see what kind of issues, if any, that I may have to fix.


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Old 04-06-2017, 10:31 AM   #4
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Mines a bit older but I'm struggling to hit 9 mpg. Is your transmission a overdrive/4speed? Mine a 3 speed with 4.10 geared rear.

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Old 04-06-2017, 12:11 PM   #5
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Year: 1991
Coachwork: Carpenter
Chassis: International S3800
Engine: DT360
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that van should have a 4L80E or 4L60E. which is 4 speed (O/D) lockup.

he also should have the vortec heads with the rail fuel injection on that 5.7

I dont think in that year the Allison was available... that came later and mainly on diesels... though I thought it may have been optional for commercial cutaway chassis.. if so it would be a 1000.
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Old 04-06-2017, 04:08 PM   #6
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Hey yellowxj,

Senor Christopher was spot on. My bus is a 4 speed HD Automatic w/OD. I'm not super vehicle savvy yet so I can't really comment on the other things he mentioned


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Old 06-02-2017, 07:45 AM   #7
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Got some work done on the bus. Removed all the seats. Tossed the cushions and plan to take the metal frames to the scrap yard. It took us three hours to get all the seats out.

Next step inner skin and floor removal.




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Old 06-02-2017, 07:54 AM   #8
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Sweet. Progress feels good. I need to build a screen on my lower back window like you have.

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Old 07-08-2017, 08:04 PM   #9
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Sweet. Progress feels good. I need to build a screen on my lower back window like you have.

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The screen is a great addition. Kind of blocks the view from the outside in and it protects the wondow from damage. I unfortunately broke a window on the passenger door when a lose cooler slide in to it. Lesson learned...secure everything.


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Old 07-08-2017, 08:11 PM   #10
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Been a while since Ive posted an update. I was in the middle of a move to a new state. Worked out having the bus though. I was able to put my belongings into it instead of renting a uhaul.

But Ive been in my new home two weeks now and figured it was time I got some work done on the bus. Today I ripped out the rubber flooring and about 2/3 of the plywood. Was ridiculously hard work but I'm happy with the progress.

I also lucked out with a new home for my bus. The parents of a friend offered to let me store it in their barn. The barn has electricity so it doubles as my workshop with access to their tools. So very grateful for their kindness.





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