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Old 10-19-2015, 12:30 AM   #1
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Ol 82 The IHC/Carpenter Shortie in progress

Ok so here is my story! As I have tons of school debt, and only work seasonally as a wild-land firefighter in Oregon (Plus construction jobs on the side here and there) I want to make this my home! Its been a thought in the back of my mind for a while, not necessarily a bus conversion, but a tiny home. So, no ****. My boss was looking up stuff on craigslist and found this gem. "How cool would that be!" he says half jokingly... Me... **** THAT'S AWESOME I WANT IT!!! (Wheels a churning on what I could turn it into!) Three or four days later...my only day off August through September, me and a buddy go check her out, I fall in love and BAM 1600 cash I own a school bus?!?! I couldn't, and still cant stop smiling every time I see it!

So happy I found this website. Been doing a lot of reading on everyone elses projects. Going to make this journey in building up 82 so much better. So thank you in advance for everyones help on all the various topics already talked about on this Forum, and answers/opinions coming down the road.

Cheers!

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SV345 w/ Allison AT545 Auto

Headshot of 82 @ Home!


About to begin demo.


Seats coming out.


Seats Done, Rear heater out. Hosed out. Patched.
Paneling coming off. Need to figure out my windows now...


Roof panels coming down... almost.


Insulation didn't look half bad, I was surprised. I got a tip from Gerald at busparts.com (He worked on the assembly line for the Carpenters when this was built! Very Helpful.) Question, do you think I can successfully install my insulation with this method?? I think I just might, and save me the headache of putting those panels back up... any thoughts or experiences?

Has anyone used busparts.com? Gerald seemed like a stand-up guy.

Anywho that's it for now. Gotta sleep!

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Old 10-19-2015, 08:41 AM   #2
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If you really are going for the all metal look and feel, I'd just leave it as is.
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Old 10-19-2015, 10:55 AM   #3
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Well not going to lie I do like the powder blue look. Haha. But that was a question I had. I was assuming that the interior metal sheeting was structural?? If that's not the case I may just go with a lighter (in weight) sheeting.
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Old 10-19-2015, 11:45 AM   #4
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Its maybe .00001% structural. It totally isn't necessary and is a detriment to heating and cooling the interior with any degree of efficiency or success.
But for weekenders and part timers its probably ok just to leave it as is.

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Old 10-19-2015, 12:08 PM   #5
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I was told just the opposite by a retired Blue Bird engineer. According to his read, the internal sheet metal played a critical role in the overall structural integrity.
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Old 10-19-2015, 03:11 PM   #6
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I sense sarcasm EastCoastCB??? Or do you just like hiding under chairs and eating popcorn??? Haha. I plan on living in it, So ill check further into the subject. Thanks for the input guys.
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Old 10-19-2015, 03:13 PM   #7
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Nah no sarcasm, just a touchy subject that everyone feels strongly about one way or another.
If you want to LIVE in it, there really isn't any reason to leave the metal ceilings in at all.
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Old 10-21-2015, 01:02 AM   #8
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Fair enough. Understandable. I will be living in it, but for how long in one place is the question. In the summers I will be stationary for work, but the winter is my time for travel so I will be moving around a fair amount. Think?? I may just keep them in and go the better safe than sorry route...

I understand that the metal acts as a heatsink, Is the thought of leaving those metal panels up and insulating really a complete waste of time/money in your opinion?

Wont get to work on the bus for a couple weeks... makes me sad... at least it gives me time to look at everyone else's builds!

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Old 10-21-2015, 08:38 PM   #9
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Congrats on finding your new bus! Next time you're in the bus, can you tell me the inside length, say, from behind the driver to the back? This size bus strikes me as the likely length of bus I will look for. I'm looking forward to seeing what you do with it!
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Old 10-21-2015, 09:37 PM   #10
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Crude blueprint of inside measurements. But should work for you.



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Old 10-21-2015, 10:08 PM   #11
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What Tango said, and I'll add it's all about boxes and triangles. On the other hand, if you don't plan to drive it, then no problem--scrap the inside steel and simplify your build out.
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Old 10-23-2015, 02:40 PM   #12
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I'll be keeping the inside steel to be safe. Going to try and insulate/buffer to reduce heat transfer. Thanks for the input. Greatly appreciated. Now I just need some free time.

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Old 10-24-2015, 10:22 AM   #13
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The biggest advantage to removing the steel is that you can replace the fiberglass with more effective insulation and save 1.5 or so inches of headroom.

Ive pulled the inside skins of many buses and never worried about losing strength. Skoolies are overbuilt, and loosing the inner steel shouldn't ever be a problem. Ive replaced the steel with wood strapping for my ceiling frame and spray foamed over that. My roof is without a doubt more stout and rigid than stock now.

Lots of opinions on here. If you want to be warm, id ditch the ceiling.
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Old 10-24-2015, 11:04 AM   #14
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Crude blueprint of inside measurements. But should work for you.



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Thanks, that's perfect!
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Old 10-25-2015, 01:15 AM   #15
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Awesome, glad it helped Ham.

No physical changes to the bus, nooooooo time. but I did get this beauty in the mail... officially registered with the state of Oregon as a motor home now!

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Old 02-24-2016, 08:15 PM   #16
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I'm dying to see an update on your bus. I have almost the same bus. Mine is a 1978 IH Loadstar 1700 with Carpenter body.
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Old 03-16-2016, 07:34 PM   #17
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That's awesome schoolbusbliss! Are you in the process of converting?? Long shot, but have you found any sort of manual/blue prints/wiring diagram for the Carpenter body?

Very little progress. My winter plans of build the bus... became a road trip through Nevada/Utah and some scuba diving in Nicaragua... (I cant complain!)

I did get a free set of new 22.5" Rims/Tires for the front end, replacing my old 20" tube style. Ive also gathered up new marker, signal, and brake lights of the original variety. I couldn't stray from the classic look... I like it to much. Next 2-3 weeks I plan to remove windows, black out back three on both sides with 16g cold rolled steel. Order up windows for the remaining five and hopefully get them installed so I can take the bus on its first road-trip up into BC/Alberta with a friend!

Ill get some picks up when I get to working. Weather here in Oregon has been terrible...

Cheers!

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Old 03-18-2016, 04:35 PM   #18
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This bus is a tank. I love it.
I don't think you need to worry about your interior. Heating won't be as efficient if you keep it, but it's a tiny bus, it won't take much heat anyway. The structure might not be as strong if you get rid of it, but with the short wheelbase this bus is super stout anyway.
Do whatever you want.

I will say, if you don't like it with the metal, you can always change it later. Putting the metal back in is not so easy.
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Old 03-22-2016, 09:31 PM   #19
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Thanks! I love it as well

Im actually going to use the interior roof sheeting for my exterior window covering. At least two sheets of it. They are just long enough to cover the back three windows on both sides. My plan is to eventually closed cell spray foam the interior. That will add any lost structural integrity. And like you said its a lil brick **** house anyways.

Thanks for the input!
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Old 05-14-2016, 12:26 PM   #20
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Hey, I just noticed that you asked me a question.

All I have done so far is get the seats and rubber flooring out. I am going to convert mine into a weekend camper. It will be super basic to start with. I'll put in new flooring and just camp in it like that for a while before I decide what else to do with it. But the interior metal will probably all stay.

It is about to be used as a moving truck and then put into storage while I stay with my in-laws and look for a house to buy. So I won't get to work on it for a while . Also hoping to get some new wheels and tires for it eventually. Anything new going on with your bus, Trask?
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