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Old 10-04-2010
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Howdy, David.
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I am picturing a very nice, but simple design and layout. Bed room in back, then in front of the bed room, bunk beds along one side, across from the bath room, then the kitchen, across from the dinette, then a leather couch behind the driver’s seat matched with a nice pair of captain’s chairs with a nice dark hardwood floor and dark wood cabinetry. This could all change however, but that is what I am picturing right now.

Those "dark" items might give you a nice "dark" tunnel. In my opinion as a fulltimer, laminates are a lot easier to keep clean than wood. However, there are lighter wood cabinets available. Maple cabinets these days are a lot less orangey than they used to be.

Thanks for writing about this project and keep those pictures coming.


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Maple cabinets these days are a lot less orangey than they used to be.
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Orangey??? I prefer to think of it as Honey Glazed.

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That honey glazed is awesome.
But,for dirt bike riding kids i have to go with the laminates.
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dirt bike = outside shower
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Personally, with 8 kids and 12 grandkids, I'd go with Teflon!!!
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I am going to focus on finishing the exterior first, finish all the missing panels, window install, roof airs, vents, headlights, bumpers, etc...
Then I will move to the Holding tanks, and water lines, and the electrical system with the Gen/inverter/breaker panel/batteries.
Then start on the interior cabinets etc..

Right now I need the front bumper.... if anyone has one, let me know.
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David I wonder if you can make a 90s bumper work. It would probably require some fiberglass modification but it might save you a bunch of time. This is assuming no one has an OEM bumper for your bus. I think Randy might have the moulds for a 90ish BB.
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How about a 8' piece of oak 4" thick sanded smooth varnished With "Blue Bird" or your favorite phrase or the name of the bus...engraved with a router.


I did that with a scout II then I burned the letters dark with a cutting torch....

It was really cool looking... and inexpensive...

you can even bend the wood to match the body contour with a wood steamer and some 1 ton jacks.
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David I wonder if you can make a 90s bumper work. It would probably require some fiberglass modification but it might save you a bunch of time. This is assuming no one has an OEM bumper for your bus. I think Randy might have the moulds for a 90ish BB.
If that doesn't work out how about the bumpers used on (I think) 90's era MCI tour buses? The reason I mention these is that they look like "real" bumpers, they don't so much "mold to the body form", the width should be correct and to me they look pretty good.
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I am really hoping to have all the original parts for the exterior. I love the looks of these 09 coaches, and since they are very rare, I hope to have all the OEM parts and have one of the only 09's around

Stephen Birtles told me who the manufacturer for the plastic parts is. (Arrowhead) So I contacted them...they put me on to a different branch/facility in Alabama, And I spoke with a very pleasant lady (Marie) who asked me to email her the list of parts that I want, and she said she would check, she might have them, OR she can MAKE THEM
I also emailed her the pictures asking if she sees anything that is missing, that they make. I am waiting to hear back from her for parts availability and pricing......

I'll let you know what happens.
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