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Old 05-08-2020, 06:09 PM   #1
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The Brum Bus

Hi everyone!

I'm Ben from Australia, and I have recently moved to Canada on a working holiday and started on my bus build. Perfect timing... arriving about month before the Corona Virus lockdown went down! Currently living in Calgary (although my bus is near Edmonton while I sort out insurance/registration).

2000 GMC B7 Bluebird
Gas 7.4L 8 Cylinder with Eaton Transmission
66 passenger, 36"

So far I've spent about 5 days physically working on it at the sellers yard (hes been kind enough to let me stay in my van and use his electricity and bathroom). Ive managed to give it a full mechanical service + minor repairs, and 80% done stripping it down to a shell.

Now I'm away from the bus working on design, planning and procurement (as well as the shitstorm that is insurance) in preparation for the upcoming build

I'f you want to follow the process I'll be posting pics along the way on: https://www.instagram.com/the.brum.bus/?r=nametag
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Old 05-08-2020, 06:39 PM   #2
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Floor Plan

heres my conceptual floorplan and water system plan. I welcome any constructive criticism and tips from people who have done this before!

My main goals of the build are:
1. Be able to stay in long term including during canadian winter
2. Comfortably sleep up to 6 people.
3. Minimal reliance on shore power/campground facilities.
4. Comfortable living area and large kitchen.

Ive tried to make the sleeping area in the back as compact as possible to maximise the space in the front. The queen mattress will be directly on the floor, and the master bed above it at 90 degrees at approximately window height.

For the water system I am planning on mounting tanks on the available space of the underbody. Planning on doing so with steel flat bar straps bolted onto the joists. Once I'm on the road and winters approaching i plan to enclose the tanks in insulation/sealed covers and add 12v heat mats to get through winter
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Old 05-08-2020, 08:24 PM   #3
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I sure wish I were up there in Canada or in Australia right now!
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Old 05-08-2020, 09:39 PM   #4
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You seem to have made good time while getting it stripped, especially if you're working alone.
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Old 05-09-2020, 12:54 AM   #5
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ha thanks... and all with minimal tools coming from australia too.. Hammer and wood chisel for most of the roof rivets after I spent hours on a grinder/drill
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Old 05-09-2020, 01:47 AM   #6
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ha thanks... and all with minimal tools coming from australia too.. Hammer and wood chisel for most of the roof rivets after I spent hours on a grinder/drill
I sure hope you have acquired at least a cold chisel by now!


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Old 05-12-2020, 11:30 PM   #7
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welcoming any constructive critism, questions or tips for my attached design

Any thoughts on hot water recirculating into insulated fresh tanks on a timer to prevent freezing?

Electrical plan to come.
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