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Old 03-05-2018, 08:24 AM   #1
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The weboughtabus Bus Build (Name TBD)

My wife and I have been long-time lurkers, but we've finally gotten ourselves a bus! We managed to get a good deal on a wheelchair accessible bus right before the cold snap here, so the progress has been minimal, but we're looking to really make moves as the weather turns.

Our Bus:
5-Window 2004 Corbeil E350 SuperDuty, 6.0L V8 Bullet-proofed Diesel

Our Plans:
Complete gut (in progress)
Rust treatment/inhibiting
Rigid foam/ply subfloor
Spray foam walls and ceiling
Vinyl plank flooring
Nature's Head Composting Toilet
Custom wet bath
100 gallon fresh water tank
40 gallon grey water tank
Dual Fuel Generator
Pure Sine Inverter
Mini-Split Air Conditioning
New paint
Whatever else comes up!

Pictures and progress will be in subsequent posts!
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Old 03-05-2018, 08:36 AM   #2
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Some pictures of the bus as it was purchased:
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Old 03-05-2018, 08:51 AM   #3
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So far we've been pretty lucky with the work we've done. There were no interlocks on the door alarms, Corbeil mostly used screws securing the interior panels, instead of rivets, we only had to cut three seat bolts to clear them all out. So far we've managed to get all of the seats out and start exposing the plywood subfloor.

Up next will be tackling the chair lift, removing the rad line heater (I plan to run the coolant through some toe kick heaters under our cabinets), dropping the AC skirt condenser and cutting out the Q-Straint track from the floor so we can get a peek underneath and get the new subfloor installed.

Here are some photos of the work so far:
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Old 03-05-2018, 09:35 AM   #4
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Good lookin' rig!! I look forward to seeing your build. We are just about at the same phase in our build - although mine has many more rivets to deal with.
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Old 03-24-2018, 07:40 PM   #5
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The photo doesn't show much, but it's progress! I've fully disassembled the chase behind the driver's seat that contained a bit of electric and the AC lines. Aside from that I've removed the floor heater and the wheelchair lift. The lift was being a pain, until I decided to cut the bolts. After that, it was a breeze. As a bonus, we now have a bus length's pair of welding cables that had previously supplied the lift. Hopefully I'll have more pictures and exciting progress to share soon!
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Old 03-25-2018, 09:11 PM   #6
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Good luck with your build,,,,,
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Old 03-26-2018, 12:17 PM   #7
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Another small development - after reaching out to the folks at Collins Bus Corporation (they bought Corbeil a few years back) I now have most of the electrical schematics for early 2000's Corbeil buses. If this information would be helpful to anyone else, please let me know.
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Old 03-26-2018, 03:28 PM   #8
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I bet those schematics would be helpful to many folks on this forum. You may save yourself time by going ahead and posting them, so that they are here for them to refer too.
BTW I'm enjoying your posts.
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Old 03-26-2018, 03:41 PM   #9
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I bet those schematics would be helpful to many folks on this forum. You may save yourself time by going ahead and posting them, so that they are here for them to refer too.
BTW I'm enjoying your posts.
Thanks! And you're right- no sense making people jump through hoops to get something potentially useful!

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Old 03-26-2018, 07:11 PM   #10
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A little after-work progress! We were able to get up our first piece of plywood and received a beautiful surprise-ALUMINUM! We have an aluminum floor, so we'll just have to clean up the rust from the bolts that had been through for the seats and L-Track. Speaking of which, those bolts are all going to have to be cut off from down below. Hooray! More time on my back with the cut-off wheel! Aside from that, we've also completely removed the skirt A/C Condenser, so I'll be listing that in the Classifieds soon. Hopefully we have more good news and progress to report soon!
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