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Old 03-31-2011, 02:14 PM   #1
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The Window Licker comes home

New short-bus owner here - I got home from work on Tuesday to discover that my SO gave a verbal handshake to a friend on a '93 GMC/Thomas 30 HD Class A-2 short bus. We intend to convert it into a dirtbike hauler/RV and the info here has been really helpful as we gather ideas and look into the technical details. We're both DIY-types (he's a welder, I've built a house, we're both mechanics) so it's going to be a fun project for the two of us.

Our $500 shortie, "The Window Licker", complete with solid floor and impeccably-maintained drivetrain:

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Old 03-31-2011, 07:30 PM   #2
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Old 04-01-2011, 01:36 PM   #3
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Looks like a good size for a couple. Is that a high ceiling? Normally when Thomas bus roofs slope up like that they have 6'6" headroom. That's how mine is and I love it!
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Old 04-01-2011, 10:56 PM   #4
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It's pretty close to 6'6", which is nice because my SO is 6'4" tall - he's thrilled to be able to stand upright inside.

I spent a couple hours after work yesterday removing seat bottoms and seatbelts. We're tackling seat frame removal as soon as I psych myself up for lying underneath it for a few hours with the PB Blaster and an impact wrench...

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fun fun .. i like that the windows are already tinted sweet bus, what are you thinken bout colors??
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Old 04-01-2011, 11:22 PM   #6
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Don't know yet - a light tan desert camo kind of thing could be cool, especially since we spend a lot of time riding and camping in the desert. Short-term will probably be white roof/solid sides of some sort...probably whatever I can find on sale.

A friend of ours is checking out some solar panels this weekend and if he finds a good array, I'll be adding four panels and about 80 watts of charging power for just a couple hundred bucks.
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A friend wanted a couple of seats for his cabin so we told him, "you pull 'em, and they're yours."
Only ten more to go...

Removal is going more smoothly than anticipated - Someone still has to hold the nuts from the bottom but using the air gun up top makes it easy.
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the position of the front axle looks weird for some reason. seems really far back...

other then that looks cool!
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Dude just get a wheel grinder & a metal disc and slice them off. So much easier. You're bus is my size, might be helpful to look at my conversion.
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the position of the front axle looks weird for some reason. seems really far back...

other then that looks cool!
On some Chevys + GMCs for work applications, they had a flip nose rather than the same front sheetmetal as a regular van. I never got used to the look-but was envious of the ease of maintiance it must of provided over the regular body. (of which i had 2)
The axle is in the same place--just the grill + fenders stick out farther forward.
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