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Old 11-13-2012
rjslota rjslota is offline
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Location: Forked River
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Well I thought I was looking at some of my old pictures. I bought a Bird at auction that had a fire inside from an insurance Co. and the Bird came from Kentucky. I bought it via 3 photos they supplyed and when it got to NJ it looked worst then I imagined. Rut Ro!! Well since I had already put a lot of money in it I began a 3 yr project, part time at first so the progress was slow. Then I put it in my in box and finished it by gutting the whole bus and replacing it with up to date looking interior. Since you can't hit Home Depo for parts I made everything out of red oak and my industrial arts teacher would have been proud of the results. I'll try and figure out how to get the pictures on the computer if anyone would like. We used the bird for the next 9 yrs then sold it to a man in Michigan, I loved that old bus and had a tear in my eye when it left. Shure hope the new owner had as much luck with it as I did. It was like an armored truck. Good luck with your project.
Raymond Slota
Forked River, New Jersey
1983 FC35
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Old 11-13-2012
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What an ambitious restore! Plenty of info here about great LED lighting solutions, now is the time to do it. Best of luck with the rest of the project.
Markus Meyer
Phoenixville, PA
1986 PT40 6V92
VB 1570
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Old 11-13-2012
K Ridley K Ridley is offline
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Location: Spokane
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Wolf Creek, Heaven on Earth, huge cinnamon rolls and home made apple butter. It's one of our must stop restaurants when traveling I5.

Welcome to the forum and great job with the bird. I recently finished replumbing my 1979 FC with PEX but I did it with all the cabinatry still in the bus. Bet yours was much easier to reach all the crimps.

Oops! Heaven on Earth is at Quines Creek!
Kevin Ridley
1979 FC35 XV (Sold!)
1986 PT40 Amazing Grace (Full Timing It)
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I'm happy to see that are documenting the restoration in both words and pictures, you will find this to be handy in the future as a reference and as memories. I have used my numerous pictures of the work that I have done on my 'Bird over the years FINN'S INN EXPRESS REMODELING ADVENTURE AND TECH. TIPS and have used them not only to help myself remember things but as an aid in describing things here on WOG, keep up the good work and share what you can with the rest of us here on WOG.

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Welcome, and an echo of everyone else, great job.
Keep up the good work and send more pictures.
Steve Gureasko
90WBWL40 "Jus Chillin"
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Old 11-13-2012
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Since I am late to this thread, I echo all that has been said.
Actually it seem like WOG needs you and this project, we are all interested and impressed.
Bill & Patty
1988 FC, Silver Edition
Commerce, Michigan
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Old 11-13-2012
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WOW!! You guys are doing great!! I loved my 78FC! Raised my kids in it!! Both learned how to navigate and manage money on trips.
Bob & Judy Johannesen
1991 WLWB "Seldom Blue"
1978 FC "Smell The Roses Now" SOLD...Costa Rica
Argyle, Texas

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Old 11-14-2012
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Location: Wolf Creek
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THANK YOU! everyone for such kind and encouraging words!! We were thrilled to read all the positive comments you had for us. This one rang especially true and made us laugh...

Originally Posted by bubblerboy64 View Post
Talk about bringing one back from the dead. I've seen some car restorations starting with less but that's got to be a record for a BB.
I am not sure your entirely all there for having taken it on but that's OK you'll fit in with the rest of us crazy people here on the WOG.
Seriously, there were several times along our journey that we stopped and had to talk ourselves into not parting it out and scrapping the metal. To this day we can only chuckle at how HUGE this undertaking still is... geez, Patrick is just getting into the engine. We would actually have free time and money if we would've scrapped it, but I know there is no price to be put on all the memories we'll create in our super custom BB! Looking back on all the work finally behind us will make the miles much more enjoyable and the road trip back to the MidWest so much easier

I just looked up these photos from one year ago this week (it seems so long ago)...

Under the tarps of a leaky, messy, rainy season of gutting and de-molding.

The inside. Man, I'm so glad we're not here anymore!

Moving forward, when we have updates and general or specific questions, should I add to this thread or create new ones?



P.S. We'll take you all up on any invites
Patrick and Katie Ruppel
Brought a '77 FC35 Bird back from the depths.
Still relocating from Oregon to Wisconsin... currently Eastbound on I-40

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Old 11-14-2012
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Welcome oh brave ones. What a job and you've come a long way.
You will get faster response to questions if you start a new thread for the questions but I would suggest that you do a site search for your question. It may have been asked and answered. We are happy your here.
Rick Shawver
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2000 LX
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Bellefonte, AR
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Your an inspiration to us all
Rich Hogan
1985 FC-35 RB
Central Minnesota
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