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jacobszall 12-12-2016 07:19 PM

Chevy Blue Bird Mini Bird (P30) Conversion
 
Hey, all. I've been thinking about a place to have most of my conversion related things.. and I've been meaning to post on here for awhile now. I have a Chevy Blue Bird Mini Bird, based on the P30 bread truck chassis, from 1990. It's got a 6.2 diesel and a TH400 transmission.

Preface: about one year ago now, I bought my first bus. It was a full length 2003 All American Blue Bird that I bought from my local school district for $425. Beat to **** mechanically and needed so much more work than I knew about.. wouldn't even turn over (wouldn't let us try at the compound, I had to do it when I got it).

https://scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0...f9&oe=58E9057C

As apart of the preface, I feel like a few pictures are needed from my old bus. I loved that thing.. and it broke my heart to sell it. Also, that's my friend on top.

https://scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0...69&oe=58B9C7A6

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Two friends and myself put a lot of sweat (and blood from the guy on the roof) into that bus. Lots of fun, too. I realized, over time, that the project was a dud and I had to sell it and either scrap the idea or buy a new bus..

so, I was pretty sad for a few weeks. I browsed Craigslist aimlessly for awhile and eventually.. I saw it. It just caught my attention and I fell in love with it immediately. The owner wanted $2000 for it, but, hell, I NEEDED that bus so I offered $2200 if I could pay in two payments.. and, holy ****, she agreed. :dance:

https://imgur.com/a/hZ1GU

This is one of the pictures she posted on Craiglist. I saw it and fell in love. Within a few weeks, I had it towed down.

https://scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0...ae&oe=58BD202A

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The pictures above are before I did any work. She was living in the bus part time, I believe. I don't have many, if any, pictures of the actual conversion process.. but I have pictures of here and there, different parts of it. We added a futon and organized the place a bit.

https://scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0...3d&oe=58F4B949

Same guy who was on top of the bus in the first picture!

https://scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t34....c7&oe=58519768

Here's my other friend! My old, original, roof hatch broke off.. so I accidentally bought a 14x14 RV vent hatch. So, we bought a piece of sheet metal and cut a square in the middle of it!

https://scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t35....3f&oe=5851AAA4

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So, we finally got all of that stuff out of the bus and attempted to clean up.. and here is the result..

https://scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t35....ba&oe=58514C23

https://scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t34....34&oe=58518A15

Those pictures with the bus empty are about a month old now! Shortly after that, my dad and I built some furniture to put in. We compacted the dresser to work as a table and cut the futon in half and made it into two benches. I have a few pictures of the new looks.. albeit messy.

https://scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t34....55&oe=58527A98

https://scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t34....eb&oe=58528582

https://scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t34....82&oe=58518120


The wooden benches in those pictures now have the futon cushion on it.. but I only have the one picture of that. The bus is a bit messier now. I haven't slept in it in a few weeks.. I need to organize everything. I'm going to officially move into the bus once I have a shower up and running!

I've put so much work into this bus, not even just the conversion. I've got a new alternator, starter, batteries, fuel injection pump, misc light bulbs/light covers, all new tires (well, the back 4 are used Goodyear and the front 2 are brand new Bridgestone), plus a few other things here and there. I've probably put more money into the bus than I bought it for.. but I love it, it's so worth it.. and I'm really happy with the results so far!

:whistling:


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