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Re: 1990 Gillig Phantom Transit Bus Conversion FREE SEATS + Need advice by TomC
Post New Message I converted an AMGeneral transit. While transits are cheaper initially to buy and convert, they are a whole lot harder since you don't have the nice large cargo compartments underneath to mount stuff. I spent the first year with the bus on blocks to remove the exsisting heating unit (big and heavy), mount my tanks, make storage compartment and a generator compartment next to the driver's seat like a front engine. After the under was taken care of, moved to the inside where I gutted it down to the metal, welded up a couple of hair line cracks over each door, wire brushed and Rustoleum primed, screwed 1x2's to the metal crossmembers for anchors for the plywood walls, installed the electrical for the 3-roof airs and 2- Fantastic fans, had 2.25" of hot foam installed, and covered the entire inside with plywood (1/4" walls, 1/8" ceiling). The one mistake I made was to only cover the windows that were to be covered by cabinets. I left the original windows with the idea to have new ones installed in their place. It appears now, that no one (even Peninsula Glass) makes a replacement. So I suggest to completely skin over the sides and re-cut the walls out to the demensions of windows you want and that the window companies make. This gives you a small idea what it takes to start your conversion. It took me 6 years at working an average of 3 months a year (was a truck driver that took the 3 winter months off). So, 18 months working alone. If you have someone that can work with you, you'll do it 3 times faster. Many books on the subject. Try busconversions.com. Good Luck, TomC
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