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Old 05-15-2017, 12:52 AM   #1
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Old 05-15-2017, 08:44 AM   #2
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Are you buying that? That's a pretty cool bus. I sure hope you're handy with a tool box.
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Old 05-15-2017, 11:12 AM   #3
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Awesome bus, I love it! Take us inside!
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Old 05-15-2017, 02:21 PM   #4
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i bought it over a year ago in a non-running/driving state. i need to get some new tires and wire up my rear lights/turns and i think were good to travel back to victoria. currently outside parksville.
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Old 05-15-2017, 02:28 PM   #5
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Awesome bus, I love it! Take us inside!
ill make some inside videos, but its pretty much gutted right now.
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Old 05-15-2017, 03:03 PM   #6
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Yeah, gutted buses are pretty familiar to most of us. It is a certain level of achievement but doesn't show us your build skills yet. Exterior shots would suffice for now.
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Old 05-15-2017, 03:09 PM   #7
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Yeah, gutted buses are pretty familiar to most of us. It is a certain level of achievement but doesn't show us your build skills yet. Exterior shots would suffice for now.
The only thing that i have achieved so far is getting the motor running, An oil change and getting my air system to maintain 115 psi for 10 minutes after i shut the motor off.

The bus came gutted, just a wooden floor (i dont think there is metal underneath). It was used as a stained glass studio between working for the RCAF and ending up in my hands.

I also managed to track down 7x 22.5 budd steelies, which i will eventually wrap in some 11r22.5s
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Old 05-15-2017, 03:36 PM   #8
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I like that. You're starting with the foundation instead of starting with the lipstick.
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Old 05-15-2017, 03:44 PM   #9
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I like that. You're starting with the foundation instead of starting with the lipstick.
Thank you Robin.

My goal is to have this bus in town as soon as possible, so i can move out of my apartment. That means it needs to survive a 2 hour island, mountain-ey drive. Just hoping i havent overlooked any elements. Being a 59, my oldest - makes me somewhat nervous, however its also the highest quality built vehicle i have ever seen. It has grease zerks on everything.

I dont know if i will do any cosmetic exterior changes anytime soon, just new lights and a good scrub.

I was also dreaming about rolling on a less flashy paintjob for the time being... buuuut i dunno
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Old 05-15-2017, 04:00 PM   #10
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I like the old stuff, but this time I wanted something more modern but without computers.

There's plenty of examples of roller paint jobs on youtube. I'm working on having a $50 paint job if the weather will ever cooperate.

It's true, these things will make a slow driver out of you. I'd still like something with a driver's door, but not going RV.
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Old 05-15-2017, 05:33 PM   #11
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Nice find, looks pretty straight. Still has the Red Diamond engine?

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There's plenty of examples of roller paint jobs on youtube.
It's aluminum body. I've seen some pretty neat polished ones.
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Old 05-15-2017, 05:40 PM   #12
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I prefer not to sparkle.
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Old 05-15-2017, 06:42 PM   #13
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Nice find, looks pretty straight. Still has the Red Diamond engine?



It's aluminum body. I've seen some pretty neat polished ones.
Yes! RED 450 gasser

Now with a datsun 720 ignition coil/wires.

There is so many different options for the exterior, and im sooo far from doing anything to it. I surely see some polished aluminum on the sides, a little blue, a little green. We'll see how i feel when i get around to it
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Old 09-26-2019, 02:40 PM   #14
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Where is the vin number located. I am in Merritt and am buying the same style bus but can't locate the vin. Please help
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Old 12-01-2019, 01:46 AM   #16
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Where is the vin number located. I am in Merritt and am buying the same style bus but can't locate the vin. Please help



mine was missing when i got it. i instead have a BCVIN plate in the main door frame! good luck! sorry or late response.


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