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Old 01-01-2016, 03:13 PM   #1
Join Date: Nov 2015
Location: Bay Area, California
Posts: 13
Year: 1971
Coachwork: Gillig
Chassis: 743
Engine: Cummins Diesel
Tiny Beluga - 1971 Gillig Home


We are excited to share our Tiny home conversion with you all. We have a
1971 Gillig School Bus/Coach 743 with a Cummins mid Engine Diesel. We found her at Rivers Edge Kayak co. in Healdsburg CA last May 2015. We fell in love with her charm, and had our mechanic talk to the previous mechanic and make sure we were informed about her history. The bus was a school bus in the Bay Area in the 1970's, then sat for 10 years and was recently used by the Kayak company to deliver kayakers to the river bank. She looked pretty clean so we didnt hesitate and now she is our future home!

So far we have:

-Found Parking for conversion!! (that was hard in the Bay Area!)
-Changed Batteries
-Taken out seats
-Taken off interior side paneling
-Brought to professional Big Rig mechanic

Our Plan:

-Find Engine Fan
-Change Belts
-Replace tires
-Roof Raise
-Re-Frame windows and doors
-Replace windows and doors (Locking doors for entry)
--Double pane windows, Sky lights
-Rain water catch
-Water storage
-Insulate (we want to bring her to the Cold)
-Frame partitions for pocket doors
-Plumbing and electric, heating
--Solar Paneling
--Compost toilet

Build out:
-Bed Room

Finish work
-Ceiling (blue beetle kill pine T and G)
-Flooring (hard wood or bamboo)
-Walls hard wood
-Paint interior
-Paint exterior
-Get DMV RV status, and insurance

-Find farm land or open space to park in North Bay
Home free (off grid living)!!

be a Hero!
Help Needed:

We need to locate and buy an Engine Fan.
Do you know any resources or have a Fan and Fan motor for a 1971 Gillig 743D Cummins Diesel Mid Engine???

Thanks for Reading!!!!

Soon to Post more

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Old 01-01-2016, 05:36 PM   #2
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Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Vacaville, Ca
Posts: 1,634
Year: 1988
Coachwork: Crown / Pusher
Engine: 8.3 Cummins
Welcome, we live in Vacaville & slowly are converting a 88 Crown, were in the Bay area are you?
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Old 02-10-2016, 06:39 PM   #3
Join Date: Nov 2015
Location: Bay Area, California
Posts: 13
Year: 1971
Coachwork: Gillig
Chassis: 743
Engine: Cummins Diesel
We are living in Fairfax Ca, but Tiny Beluga lives up in Petaluma CA! Let us know if you have any leads on someone who may have extra parts ect. We are looking for a fan to cool our cummins engine.

Good luck and keep in touch!


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