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Old 09-16-2016, 08:13 AM   #1
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New Guy Based in Vermont

I've been researching converting a van for quite some time, and I'm picking up my bus today!

It's a 1990 Chevy G30 6.2 Diesel 4-window. It was previously used as a temporary living space, but it is in poor repair. I plan to gut it and start from scratch. And it comes with a steel-frame rooftop deck for storage and stargazing.

I can't wait for the next adventure!
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Old 09-16-2016, 03:42 PM   #2
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Sounds like fun. Don't forget to share pictures.

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Old 09-16-2016, 06:21 PM   #3
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Welcome!

Oh wow a rooftop deck will be nice! Looking forward to seeing pictures. May your trip go smoothly.
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Old 09-17-2016, 10:51 AM   #4
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It's not in great shape, but it runs and it was $50! Starting work on it today.

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Old 09-17-2016, 04:32 PM   #5
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50 dollars? You can't go wrong with that price !

I like that roof rack

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Old 09-17-2016, 05:12 PM   #6
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I'd double his money right now!
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Old 09-17-2016, 05:18 PM   #7
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I'd double his money right now!
It's actually a good story. It was a "camper", and she had it listed at $150- you haul. She dropped it to $50 because I want it to be livable, and she wanted it to have life again. I'm working on a floor plan right now.

I'll re-insulate everything (Vermont Winters), and completely reconfigure for tiny home life. So excited. I'll post a thread with the reconfiguration.

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Old 09-17-2016, 05:20 PM   #8
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The roof rack/porch is prime. The ladder and frame are solid- I just need to figure out how to make it solar-friendly.

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Old 10-30-2016, 02:44 AM   #9
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So the engine wouldn't turn over after over a decade of sitting. $50 wasn't wasted though- I scrapped the beast for $120.

I bought another bus though. It is going to happen. It's a 1994 Thomas Vista International 3600 with a 7.3 IDI. The floor is rusted, but the price was right.

And it's bigger. It'll be more suited for full-time living and travel.



The previous owner painted him, and took out all of the seats. That is some rust in the body, but nothing unmanageable. The frame is solid.

I'll do a repaint, bedroom, kitchen/living space, and a wet bath. A build thread is coming!





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Nice, that's a tough lookin bus. Same style as the prison transport bus i bought last year.

Good luck!
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