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Old 02-06-2018, 01:24 PM   #1
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Bury my short bus project Photos / Vids

i am in the process of converting a 1982 chevy mighty mite shortbus into a underground storm shelter / man cave
youtube.com/patriotsurvival by PatriotSurvival, on Flickr

youtube.com/patriotsurvival by PatriotSurvival, on Flickr
5 inch roofing foam insulation by PatriotSurvival, on Flickr


The bus will be insulated waterproofed and fortified above ground and when
its ready we will berm earth over it , waterproof some more and berm more dirt on top of that
stay tuned to this thread I will be regularly adding pics and videos
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Old 02-06-2018, 01:34 PM   #2
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Old 02-06-2018, 02:49 PM   #3
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I'm pretty sure burying that thing will affect your mileage.

I've heard of buses being buried in my area, but of course it's hearsay because nobody wants to show off their cash of survival stuff. I've also heard that several of the buses have caved in gradually after they were buried. I always thought a conex container would be a better space to bury, but then I have no experience either way.

This sounds like an interesting build with a twist from what we're used to. Welcome.
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Old 02-06-2018, 02:52 PM   #4
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I'm pretty sure burying that thing will affect your mileage.

I've heard of buses being buried in my area, but of course it's hearsay because nobody wants to show off their cash of survival stuff. I've also heard that several of the buses have caved in gradually after they were buried. I always thought a conex container would be a better space to bury, but then I have no experience either way.

This sounds like an interesting build with a twist from what we're used to. Welcome.
Conex shipping containers implode as well as buses when buried.
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Old 02-06-2018, 02:53 PM   #5
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I'm pretty sure burying that thing will affect your mileage.

I've heard of buses being buried in my area, but of course it's hearsay because nobody wants to show off their cash of survival stuff. I've also heard that several of the buses have caved in gradually after they were buried. I always thought a conex container would be a better space to bury, but then I have no experience either way.

This sounds like an interesting build with a twist from what we're used to. Welcome.
Conexs only have structural strength in the corners...this bus is stronger...barely

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Old 02-06-2018, 02:54 PM   #6
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Conex shipping containers implode as well as buses when buried.
Yep...and really quickly too

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Old 02-06-2018, 03:04 PM   #7
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Conex shipping containers implode as well as buses when buried.
I have seen conex boxes buried successfully. Not very deep though. About 12" of soil on top.

Must have been pretty dark inside though. They had to put lots of really big lights inside.......
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Old 02-06-2018, 03:53 PM   #8
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Im not going to just push dirt up on it people lol
it has to be fortified first
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Old 02-06-2018, 03:53 PM   #9
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stay tuned , been working on it some today !
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Old 02-06-2018, 03:55 PM   #10
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Either way, it's going to need a periscope.
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Old 02-06-2018, 03:56 PM   #11
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Either way, it's going to need a periscope.
And a stronger motor

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Old 02-06-2018, 04:06 PM   #12
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Yeah... no go on shipping containers. The roof, walls, etc.. wont support the weight. The bus however will depending on how much dirt you put on top of it.

https://inhabitat.com/man-buries-42-...llout-shelter/

I just finished up a storm shelter build. Hand dug a 14' round by 7' deep pit into the side of a hill. Built the walls with a rubble trench foundation system with french drains.. earth bags for the walls. Its a round structure and is now mostly bermed (ran out of dry weather to haul in the remaining dirt). The roof is 2x12 spanning a maximum distance of 6'.. set 12" on center designed to hold a sustained 100k lb load. I've got less then $800 in materials.. but a LOT of man hours.

I love shelter projects.. so keep at it and keep us updated.
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Old 02-06-2018, 04:31 PM   #13
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I have seen conex boxes buried successfully. Not very deep though. About 12" of soil on top.

Must have been pretty dark inside though. They had to put lots of really big lights inside.......
Lolololololol
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Old 02-06-2018, 05:01 PM   #14
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When the preper thing hit here, a guy close to me buried a shipping container and only covered it with 10 inches of loam. We had a good rain of about an inch. The sides caved in destroying close to $50,000 worth of rashings, clothing, and water. Another guy just up from me in the mountains buried a '76 Blue Bird to use as a deer blind and man cave. He was killed while napping when the roof caved in. It was buried all around with the right side windows and doors left exposed.
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Old 02-06-2018, 05:22 PM   #15
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When the preper thing hit here, a guy close to me buried a shipping container and only covered it with 10 inches of loam. We had a good rain of about an inch. The sides caved in destroying close to $50,000 worth of rashings, clothing, and water. Another guy just up from me in the mountains buried a '76 Blue Bird to use as a deer blind and man cave. He was killed while napping when the roof caved in. It was buried all around with the right side windows and doors left exposed.

cool story
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Old 02-06-2018, 05:25 PM   #16
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sweet man yea lots of time and effort in earthbagging , I love earth bags and have seen their strength firsthand
thats why i will be using them for part of the fortification
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Old 02-06-2018, 05:33 PM   #17
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Yeah... no go on shipping containers. The roof, walls, etc.. wont support the weight. The bus however will depending on how much dirt you put on top of it.

https://inhabitat.com/man-buries-42-...llout-shelter/

I just finished up a storm shelter build. Hand dug a 14' round by 7' deep pit into the side of a hill. Built the walls with a rubble trench foundation system with french drains.. earth bags for the walls. Its a round structure and is now mostly bermed (ran out of dry weather to haul in the remaining dirt). The roof is 2x12 spanning a maximum distance of 6'.. set 12" on center designed to hold a sustained 100k lb load. I've got less then $800 in materials.. but a LOT of man hours.

I love shelter projects.. so keep at it and keep us updated.
I have talked to Mr Beach a time or 2 about this project a couple years back , love that guy
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Old 02-06-2018, 05:36 PM   #18
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Either way, it's going to need a periscope.
Man ! I knew i should of bought that old military periscope i saw at the flea market a couple years ago lol
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Old 02-06-2018, 06:56 PM   #19
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Im not going to just push dirt up on it people lol
it has to be fortified first
Makes sense...btw, it's my understanding that the mount Carmel bus is still buried though flooded

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Old 02-06-2018, 07:10 PM   #20
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Why would you do this? I understand creating a bomb shelter but this is just a bus under some dirt? Wouldn't you rather drive it around?
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