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Yay, I found a place to document my conversion. Converting a 1982 Superior School bus thats propane powered. Its about 26 feet long (7 window) medium sized bus. I bought this bus about 4 years ago for $80!!!! yes $80, I got it from an airman that was getting deployed to Iraq. And then it sat, and sat, and sat, as I had a million other projects to do. I then I sold it!!!!! WHY WHY WHY, but I did, got $800 for it. Then the guy I sold it to let it sit and sit and sit. So about a yeat past and I said, hey you attached to that bus I sold ya, and he said heck no want to buy it back and I said heres the $800... And now its undergoing the process to become my familys home on wheels.

This is where I bought it the first time.

Heres where the windows are being removed and I'm having to cut out that bubbled piece of metal to make enough flat space for the new windows I bought to fit.

after the bubble was removed I had a huge hole to fix, so welded in some metal and grinded it smooth :)

now up goes the 20 guage sheetmetal to fill in the hole, I used a roofing polyureathane goo to make it water tight, and used 3/16 Fatty Rivits to match the OE rivits best I could.

one side completed

now I've removed the top flashers and filled the holes in with a sheetmetal plate, same 20 guage metal and rivited and gooed. I'm in the process of sanding it all down right now and plan on shooting the primer in a week or so. Hop you guys like the conversion, I'll be adding solar panels, kitchen, water heater, computer station, queen bed, led lighting, and a 48 volt battery bank made with electric golf cart deep cycle batterys.

Ok heres the primer on and I also have now cut out the holes for the windows

And now I have the black base on for the color changing effect to lay down on, hope to have the effect and clear coat layed down next weekend, its too windy now to continue this weekend.

Heres the interior color, its a silver metallic

Heres a sneak peak at the dash, its the same silver metallic, with a dark greay metallic for the trim work.



Alrighty guys, heres a the paint on the bus with clear coat. 7 hours of non stop painting and my arm is sore!!!! Looks like the interior is coming up real soon. keep watching!


Windows are in! its really coming together now, Soon I run wiring and piping on the inside.

 

Inside turned out great, heres down the middle underneath the split level in the back for the beds.

 

Driving Area. 

 

Shower area. With hot water!!! :) 

 

More of that wacky shower :) 

 

Kitchen counter and sink and stove. Has 110V lighting and 12V lighting. 

 

Down middle to rear, light wasn't working with me so I'll get more tonight and use a flash. 

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Heres where I am right now, Pheeewww almost done, the front has primer already on it because the I had to grind out a million rust spots where rocks had chipped the paint and rusted, the pre primer is there to protect the metal from rusting again from the local rains, the rear part I dont have to worry about as it is made from a galvanized metal and doesnt rust, I learned alot about school buses after starting this project, the cab was made by chevy and the rest of the body was made by Superior in Canada, they used a different metal, at any rate, I'm almost there and in this pic you can see the wood stove I'm putting in, in the background. Windows holes will be cut after primer then installed after the paint, still thinking of a paint scheme, it'll be rocking :) hee hee...
Ok heres an update, I have paint ordered and its on its way. Its a Chameleon color that goes from orange to red to copper to gold, awesome sunset colors, and for the interior I have ordered a metallic darker smokey grey. In these photos you can see I've already removed all the seats and now I'm getting rid of unwanted wiring, also prepping and sanding the inside now as I have chosen to shoot the inside first before I shoot the outside. In the photos you can see the battery's I'll use for my solar battery bank, they are all 6 volt battery's X 8 giving me a nice big 48 volt system, I'll be able to run a hot water heater if needed, power tools and just about anything you can run in a home. You can also see the windows in the pics I'll be installing here shortly, I have purchased 6 of them but think I only have room for 4 after I build the shower/toilet room and throw in my kitchen cabinets possible only 3, I'll have to re-sell the rest on Ebay...... Cant wait to shoot the paint, but its hotter than hot here right now with temps over 100 and inside the tin can of a buss I bet its hotter I'm only getting a few hours at dusk to get anything done, but its cool.... I get to hang here during the hot part of the day and check out your knotty knots :)

Check out my color here KF-07 ---->http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tdv6m6oXBDI&feature=player_embedded

Really impressed with everything you've done so far. Keep up the good work!
Ok guys its been awhile but I got some new pics up, The Chameleon color goes on next, it just got too windy here for me to spray it today, I hope next weekend it'll be done. I really cant wait, its a red to orange, gold to copper color that I'm just drooling over. 4 hours is all I need here wind! :) Check out my color here KF-07 ---->http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tdv6m6oXBDI&feature=player_embedded
ok its on guys! woo hoo, took 7 hours to spray everything and I wont be painting another bus anytime soon :) let em know what ya think, its a RAINBOW bus now! sweet :)
Windows are in, Looking Sweet!
How did you get away with painting this outside? For one how did nobody stop you, and two how much stuff landed in the paint and clear as it was drying?
Looks like a fun project though...good luck with it.
I started painting at dawn when the winds here are at a minimum. Does it have $20,000 Model A custom paint, no theres a few spots where a bug landed in it. I didnt have a shop to pull it into so I did the best I could with what I had. I think it came out just fine for a 1982 school bus, sure beats the yellow! :) As far as "getting away with it" I live in a town with a population of 1000 in the middle of nowhere, theres no mail man, garbage pick up, police force, or even a wal-mart around ha ha, so ya there was no probs painting outside with my respirator on. Now I got people here wanting me to paint their rigs... I say, only if you sand it!
if your also converting the fuel system to an alternativve fuel like veggie opil can u also post this on www.greentechnologiesforums.com too?
I would love to go straight veggie diesel with this in the future, as of right now I'll keep it under its propane power. I can however use some HHO assist (HHO is Hydrogen Hydrogen Oxygen) Better known as Water!!! If you use an electrical current and split the water molecules you get a 100% clean and effecient fuel a man in Texas named Stanley Myers perfected this and turned down money from the oil companies and was later killed (Food poison my ass) You tube it (HHO) Its awesome stuff and they got stanley myers News clips on there as well. But ya you can use your current alternators left over juice to split water under your hood then feed the gases back into your carb providing less need for more pedal to obtain desired speeds... Cha Ching saving you money and less pollution being sent into the environment as HHO's only emission is water... I am also going to have a 48 volt battery bank thats charged via solar power, and I'm hoping to find the parts I need to make a little windmill too so the night winds will continue charging the battery bank. When I get to this point I will start adding pics to the green energy section as well... Thanks SE, Good idea! :)
Well living in that small of a town definitely helps! The reason I asked was because I used to custom paint motorcycles for a couple years and even in a booth with all the proper stuff you still get dust, etc landing in the paint job. I figured that thing was ten times worse than a motorcycle given the size of it.
I would have nightmares about sanding that down!

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I started painting at dawn when the winds here are at a minimum. Does it have $20,000 Model A custom paint, no theres a few spots where a bug landed in it. I didnt have a shop to pull it into so I did the best I could with what I had. I think it came out just fine for a 1982 school bus, sure beats the yellow! :) As far as "getting away with it" I live in a town with a population of 1000 in the middle of nowhere, theres no mail man, garbage pick up, police force, or even a wal-mart around ha ha, so ya there was no probs painting outside with my respirator on. Now I got people here wanting me to paint their rigs... I say, only if you sand it!
Oh man I can tell you I'll never sand it down again, or I'll save up the funds and have someone else do it! ha ha but ya for the most part the environment worked with me. wheels are next then I'm pretty much done with outside, I'm going to be looking for the interior panels today, insulation as well. But now as cold weather approaches at least I can put a space heater on the inside while I work, the biggie was getting it painted before the rains and cold weather came. Stay tuned! I got more coming up...

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