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kids transform a school bus into a “cool bus” (45 Photos)
Six Australian friends decided to move to Canada where they started “Project Spruce Moose” together. With no experience on car mechanics or carpentry, they undertook the task of converting a school bus into an RV. They have since spent the last three months exploring the United States together.
The 1986 Chevy Bluebird school bus cost $3,500 CAD.
These photos and the description come via Imgur user ProjectMoose
No one had any real experience with this kind of project, but they were prepared as they could be with layout plans.
Our first shop for supplies. Plywood, lots of 2×4 and insulation just to name a few things. We also had to buy tools since we had pretty much nothing to build with.
At the refuse tip. We dumped around 500kg of chairs and interior paneling we stripped.
We removed the metal paneling above and below the windows to allow us to install the roof and insulation.
We were pleasantly surprised at the insulation already installed but we still added some to the walls- we have to sleep in this after all
A few panels of the roof in. We used full sheets of ply and fixed them to the existing roof. They just happened to be the perfect size.
Positioning the kitchen bench. The bench tops are just a standard size from IKEA and, again, happened to be the perfect size for what we needed.
Positioning the couches. The gaps in between the beams will be sealed and covered with a removable ply lid so we can use the space underneath for storage.
We decided to paint the back wall with chalkboard paint so people could leave messages etc. along the way.
Here’s a view of the windows without shutters. Gerard devised a sliding runner system on the inside of the ply to allow plastic shutters that fixed with magnets at the top.
Installed. They don’t keep the light out 100% but they’re good for privacy.
Installing the floor boards- we used the click-clack system and cut to size.
Testing the bunk beds size- perfect. They’ll sit just either side of the back door.
Shot from the rear of the bus looking forward with two bunks in place and early installation of one of the couches.
Testing out the lights! We fixed a picture rail the length of the bus on both sides and ran an LED light ribbon the whole way down. It comes with an adhesive back so super cheap and super easy to install.
Here we are battling to install the shelving. The lack of room to build in here starts to get to you after a while!
Assessing the outer wall. We had to cut holes in the side to install vents for the fridge.
Just testing out the new mattresses. Ply will later be fitted over the slats to keep the mattress flat but we couldn’t resist a test run. The custom foam for the couches and beds were among the most expensive elements of the build.
Couches looking good.
The sink and walls separating the kitchen and bedrooms are in. We had to build an air-tight baffling system to direct any hot air from the back of the fridge to the outside vents.
Installing the fridge. As I said it has to be completely airtight. This is the single most expensive thing on the bus- $1,500.
The switches are for the water pump, stereo, sub, inverter (converts 12v to 110v so we can run the appliances without hooking up to electricity), lights and the fridge. The other knob is for the sub level so we can crank dat baaaass. As you can see we also made a little bookshelf behind the lid.
Interior all but completed! This is about 90% done view from the front looking back.
View from the kitchen looking forward.
Completed kitchen cabinets and drawers.
The whole bus was hand sanded and cleaned with acetone to prep for painting.
After much “discussion” we settled on white and green. We used tremclad, which is a metal paint with a rust-proofing ingredient. We did two coats of white and three coats of green for the stripes.
All done. She’s a sight for sore eyes
Bus christening! We threw a keg party the night before leaving. Comfortably had around 30 people on board and didn’t feel crowded!
Then, they were off for their 3 month journey!