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Old 04-23-2020, 12:13 AM   #1
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Old Number 7 Short Bus Build

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Old 04-23-2020, 08:37 AM   #2
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Location: Canton Tx, 100mi east dallas
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Year: 2005
Coachwork: startrans
Chassis: e450
Engine: 7.2 turbo diesel
looks good, what are your plans?
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Old 04-24-2020, 02:00 AM   #3
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Old Number 7

I purchased this 1998 Chevy G series van chassis with a blue bird box for $2500. It has the 6.5 Turbo Diesel. 220K with a new engine at some point. It was in pretty solid shape except for a little rust on the rear door. It was maintained up to the year I bought it. 4/6 tires were in good shape. It started and ran good from the day I bought it. This was from the school I graduated in North Dakota and I drove it Minnesota (240 miles) without any problems.

As some may know, the Chevy 6.5 diesel gets a bad name. It already has a relocated PMD controller (which will save me $300). I plan to put a turbo master on it (to eliminate the vacuum wastegate) and new exhaust for sure. Along with checking over many other mechanical items.

My over all goal with this bus is to make it a western hunting/camping, musical festival type bus with the ability to pull a decent size trailer if needed. I plan to make it comfortable for 2 adults with off grid power, running water, a furnace and kitchenette.

I'm calling this bus the "Old Number 7" because that what is was when I was in high school and plan to go with a Black and White Jack Daniels theme to match.

Follow along...
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Old 04-24-2020, 02:11 AM   #4
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Seat Removal and Floor

I started this winter with the seat removal and floor installation. Pretty standard-

Remove the seats. Wrenches, sockets and a grinder for the rest.

Scrap up the rubber floor.

The floor was a wooden floor and in really good shape. No signs of rust detoration so I wasn't going to mess with it.

I installed 1.5 inch foam with 2x4 and 1x2 with plywood over the top. No special instructions. Just did was seemed right.
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