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Old 03-20-2017, 09:34 AM   #21
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nice lookin rig!!

its a carpenter, definitely gut it.. their insulation from the factory is JUNK.. at least my carpenter is.

as mentioned, dont rock the bus hard for too long at a time... the transmission heats up very fast if trying to get unstuck..

looks like more rain in the Buckeye state too.. not sure where you are at but looks to be a wet early spring..

good thing is use the rain to your advantage it really helps to find leaks in the bus once you get the interior DEMO'd

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Old 03-20-2017, 10:18 AM   #22
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Thanks guys!

Robin, great info on the sub floor! Thanks!! My boyfriend is pretty tall (we're both sharing this account) so we'd like to avoid too thick of a sub floor, but I know there's no such thing as TOO much insulation! He can stand in the bus as is, which we were so happy about! A roof raise would be difficult (I think) because the way the bus is in the back... it kind of angles in halfway up the emergency exit door! I don't know if our wallets can handle one anyway, but we'll jump off that bridge when we get there!

Cowlitz, we definitely got lucky with the paint! We actually really like it the way it is, but due to rust we will probably have to update it a bit.... but it's low priority and we'll probably keep the same colors! Also, thanks for the advice on NOT rocking it! The guy that owns the land was helping us get in the spot and that is the first thing he had us doing... it was his land we were tearing through, though so we thought he should have a say lol...

Thanks cadillackid! Do we have the exact same bus? I see out engine is different, but either way... And yeah.... weird 'spring' in Ohio, though I find myself saying that every year! We definitely woke up to a storm (maybe even hail if my sleepy brain was correct) and are now considering running a tarp from the side of the barn, over the bus, and then staked down so the ground can dry out....
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Old 03-20-2017, 10:34 AM   #23
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Good Stuff, you two!!! I'm always excited to see other people start a new conversion. It makes me feel less crazy. We live in Florida, but our bus came from Ohio. In addition to salt, we also found candy wrappers between the seat cushions, and various hair bows. Not to mention we found about $5.32 in loose change by the time we finished gutting our bus. I'm fairly sure whatever you found is not battery acid but it won't hurt to wear gloves, goggles, and long sleeves while you demo. Have fun, and be sure to comb through the threads because I'm pretty sure any question you have has already been answered. Still, everyone here is pretty friendly and won't mind helping out.

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Old 03-20-2017, 04:04 PM   #24
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Hey, every penny counts!! I will do my best to find info before I ask lol I know it must be tiring after awhile! Thanks again for all the advice and help, everybody!!
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Old 03-22-2017, 03:32 AM   #25
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Welcome to the club!! I'm pretty new here myself and I ask my fair share of questions besides, your questions help other people out too
When I first came on the scene in October 2016 I thought to myself, I'll have this all done by March 1st and that's when I'll take off....hahaha I couldn't have been more wrong lol. So far I've managed to take rip out the ceiling, walls and right now I'm working on getting the flooring up. It's taken me all winter because I'm doing it alone basically with the help of my son here and they are for a couple of hours. Soon though, I'll be on to all the fun stuff and then I'll be asking loads of questions
I can't wait to see what you do with your skoolie

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Old 03-22-2017, 11:40 AM   #26
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Thanks! Yeah, I'm sure our timeline and budget is going to be WAY off! The generator is being delivered today so we can finally get started!! I can't wait to gut it and really see what we're working with!! Good luck with your conversion, it sounds like you've made a lot of progress!!
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Old 03-22-2017, 12:06 PM   #27
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Is it ever easy to underestimate build time! Especially when working alone. I also thought I'd be cruising the highways and byways this past summer, but 18 months later I'm still working on it. Probably this summer.
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Old 03-22-2017, 12:48 PM   #28
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Congrats! We just bought a bus too. 1997 Blue Bird. Since you are in Ohio, I am wondering what you had to do to drive it home. We bought ours in Michigan and driving back home to Ohio. Planning to drive it home Friday. Our driver has a CDL, but wondering what else we need to do? Insurance, temp tag? Thanks for any info.
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Old 03-22-2017, 01:12 PM   #29
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Usually, and it may be different in your state, new to you vehicle purchases are automatically covered by your current auto policy for 30 days. Certainly you would need temp tags unless you're daring and lucky all at once.

I drove my bus with a temp tag that was not visible through the tinted windows for several weeks before getting the plates on it and never got stopped. It's a yellow and black school bus and people don't look twice.
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Old 03-22-2017, 02:44 PM   #30
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my carpenter is older.. they changed a few things with the front dash and heaters around 1995 i think.. 91 or 92 i think was the last year of my DT-360 engine..

im definitely familiar with your 444E as my other bus is a 2000 Bluebird with that engine..
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