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Old 07-14-2013, 09:37 AM   #1807
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Da bus ... it take mucho time to reconvert. I'm slow, or possibly just not fast. Purchased the bus in 2001. It had already been converted into a glitz-brothel by Marathon (Coburg, OR). The basic bus shell is as solid as they come, but the interior had to go. Ripped it all out, and I mean ALL. Down to what looked like a bowling alley inside.

Then came the process of mapping out our plan on a CAD program. That included newly designed electrical and plumbing systems. Along the way I even invented a few things. Published a few technical articles in Coach Builders Bulletin. Honestly there is no guide to converting a bus, but many guys like me have published tidbits of information on how we invented unique systems.

There was a lot of pondering and sweat between 2001 and now. The result is a rig that fits our desire to travel and still have a usable home with us.

Big problem ... house + land is still for sale. Boat anchor it is. There is no shortage of developers wanting to buy it. All talk big ... none are bold enough to commit to purchasing without approval from the city for building a shopping center, condo complex, or whatever. Around and around we go, but no joy.

Here we sit with bus tethered to full hook ups in our parking lot. Of course we do escape to the south during the cold months. While nailed to the ground here, we have to be satisfied to live (travel) vicariously through the blogs of full-timers. Watching grass grow in central Ohio has lost its charm.

Maybe for people who thrill to the danger of tornadoes, freak storms, summer humidity, winter slush, and even traffic congestion ... I might have the ideal house and land for you. We should talk, send money.
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Old 07-14-2013, 09:43 AM   #1808
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Moornrover - calling Moonrover - come in Moonrover.

Other than pondering your avatar - I pondered your photo bucket of the 61 pics of your handy work in doing your bus conversion (highly recommended viewing for all mutants)!

Pondering mutants want to know.
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Hey Moonrover, please post a link to your phot bucket so I can also see your bus mutation.
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Old 07-14-2013, 09:50 AM   #1809
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Refinery at it's refineriest down Waynes way.

Btw - Sparky and his girlfriend just headed out on the town. They said to tell the mutants hello. Sparky told me to tell Mort - top that bud!
Sorry Sparky, Mort gets around.

His latest flavor of the week is Annabelle. All he talks about lately! I think he is in LOVE! He says he can't get over how her skin is as smooth as Porcelain.

They have been inseparable lately.

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Thanks for the update Moonrover. It is written in the mutant scrolls that the house will sell and mutation will run it's course for those who seek the open road. We will keep our fingers crossed for you.

Mutants - if you're seeking remodeling inspiration - check Moonrovers thread in Bus Conversions and take a look at the craftsman ship that can be achieved if you start with a bowling alley.

Well done.
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Old 07-14-2013, 10:00 AM   #1811
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Most stores have race-carts now.
Oh great! Add to that the electric scooters and we are talking major aisle gridlock. Here's my shopping method: list in hand (everybody has a list, yes?), enter store, fuss with untangling a cart from the rack (always stuck together), eyeball list while trekking up and down the aisles, peer down the aisle before entering to see if there is a possibility to grab an item without getting snagged in a traffic tie-up, continue aisle hopping until list is completed (it never is because something is always sold out), then do a quick run past the checkout lanes to select one with the shortest line. Sound familiar so far? Uh ... the selected line could turn out to be the longest wait, however. If you are in a hurry, Murphy's Law says you will always select the lane where the customer ahead has managed to stock the cart with problem items. "Price check, lane five" (your lane). Meantime the people who had been in the longer lanes have already checked trough, gone to the parking lot, driven home, and set the meal on the table !!

This is why I like to shop with my wife at the big stores that sell stuff other than food. I go stare at tools, TVs, computers, cameras, tires, while she fills a cart with food.
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Thanks for the update Moonrover. It is written in the mutant scrolls that the house will sell and mutation will run it's course for those who seek the open road. We will keep our fingers crossed for you.

Mutants - if you're seeking remodeling inspiration - check Moonrovers thread in Bus Conversions and take a look at the craftsman ship that can be achieved if you start with a bowling alley.

Well done.
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Moonrover, I had a look at your conversion photos. I am totally impressed!

As a carpenter(by trade), I can really appreciate the woodwork going into your bus. Especially with the fact that a bus has round corners. Your joinery is amazing! The picture that nearly brought tears to my eyes was the arched vanity drawer! Very inventive! Excellent use of space.

It's nice when you can start with a clean canvas and make it what you want. Truly designed to order.

Very Well Done!

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Oh guys, there are more pictures! Just have to enlarge my DropBox account to handle more. Or dump a bunch of stuff from DropBox that is trivia.

Wait until you see my machined Corian vertical axis toilet paper holder. It is on hidden stainless steel bearings. I spun balanced it on a metal lathe.
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Oh guys, there are more pictures! Just have to enlarge my DropBox account to handle more. Or dump a bunch of stuff from DropBox that is trivia.

Wait until you see my machined Corian vertical axis toilet paper holder. It is on hidden stainless steel bearings. I spun balanced it on a metal lathe.
Shut the front door!!! At this point, I'd have expected no less!
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I found the pictures! Very impressive! And how long did this mutation take, Moonrover?
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I found the pictures! Very impressive! And how long did this mutation take, Moonrover?
Oh ... Eight or ten years, but who is counting when it is all so much fun?

If I had any life left in me I'd try to convert a "Flxible Clipper" (that name is not a spelling error). The old Clippers are pure Art Deco classic in form no matter what angle you view them. When I come across one, I can't resist laying hands on it to do a Vulcan mind meld.
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