I decided to pick up a short bus to take on trips for when I go do races, the running type. I'll post some pictures of her today. She's just shy of 20 feet, has the Chevy 350 vortec engine, 14 bolt rear end, good tires (2019), and only just north of 75K miles.
Right now plans include solar, a bed, shower maybe?, kitchen, and passenger seat. I plan to insulate the floor as well.
I have no particular timeline but would like it campable by January. These pics are as she was upon purchase.
I haven't done too much lately. Demo is nearly complete. Pretty soon I will wire wheel the flooring and inside wall. Then metal etcher and finally chassis saver on the floor. I have purchased some foamular 250 for the flooring and some advantech tongue and groove plywood for the floor. I will post up some pictures when all that gets done.
I have a leak when it rains just above the windshield that I need to track down. At first I thought it was the windshield but it leaks just above and down onto the windshield and then onto me.
I filled it up recently with fuel. She had 2/3 of a tank or a bit more so I topped it off with nearly ten gallons. Next time I fill up I will see what kind of MPGs she is getting. I believe she sat for 1.5-2 years so I want to run this tank down to 1/4 and fill it up. Then, change out the fuel filter. All fluids will get changed as I catch up on maintenance. I love driving her!
This past weekend I did some work on the bigger white bus. I need to start a build thread for that on soon.
Honestly, campable can be done once you remove the seating, throw a blow up mattress on the floor, and you're good to go. Campable and Livable are two different things though. You can have those seats removed in 1-2 days depending on your skill level.
I was working on my other bus this weekend and has a little leftover metal etcher so cleaned and applied it to this bus. I got about half the floor done. Once I can move the other bus I’ll pull this one in and get the floor painted, insulated and the plywood down. I also have some parts standing by for the engine waiting to go on.
No pics. Just imagine a corrugated floor that now looks a tad bit shinier, ha ha. Here’s one pic of what I used.
the chevy vortec is a good motor.
dependable and simple to work on.
short busses are awesome!
you can take them anywhere and park in lots like its a van LOL.
i did put a small kitchen set-up in it just to get it registered and insured as a RV.
then removed it because we like having more room.
we got a 10'' queen hybrid, small table, toilet and a shuttle bus seat that rotates from facing forward when driving and moves back sideways as a couch.
my 4 window is only 19' bumper to bumper.
if i had a 5 window i prob would have kept the kitchen set up?.
i only insulated the floor and left everything else alone.
my thomas walls and ceiling are already insulted from factory.
just some ideas to ponder on for ya.
enjoy the build!
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Thanks Retiredtoughneck! Yeah, she is registered as a motor home. They didn’t check for anything. Mine is 19.5 feet bumper to bumper. I want a kitchen but may opt for a full size bed. I’m still considering what the layout will be. I could do a camp stove as well which I already have.
I think I’d try to do a one window kitchen with a sink that pulls out from under the stove and a little counter space that folds down or out. You can do a one window bathroom and still have enough room for a full sized bed
Whelp, she wouldn't start after I returned from Vegas with my wife... We flew out and rented a car due to time constraints. The battery was utterly dead and is three years old. It also came with the purchase of the bus so I figured it would need to be replaced. It would only hold 2 volts, haha, even after charging. Replaced with a Walmart battery, three year warranty, for $165. Batteries have gone up the last few years!
Got that all sorted out and checked for any parasitic draws. Thankfully I only have about a 20 miliamps draw which is fine. I used this video to refresh my memory on how to check:
The bus still won't start. I get a loud click from the starter area. I'm guessing this means that nothing is causing the ignition to cut out, such as safeties, etc. I am ordering a new starter for $72 off of Amazon. I have had good luck with DBElectric on other vehicles. More to follow once I get the new starter on. Could it be something else even though I'm hearing the loud click?
Your issue could be solenoid related and the Bendix isn't coming out. To test this, go to O'Reilly's and pick up for $30 a remote start trigger, and clamp the clips onto the starter ground and solenoid trigger, and turn the key to the ON position. Then step back pull the trigger, if the bendix comes out and starts, it's likely a solenoid issue.
if you look at your starter, there's a main power line in red (thick), and a smaller wire going to the solenoid of the starter, jump the two with the remote starter clips, turn the key on and pull the trigger.