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    Hello everyone! My name is Aaron. I am new to the site however I have spent many hours researching the site, so I figured it would only be right to post and share my build.



    My brother and I are in the event planning/ nightlife business; also our business partners just bought a bar/lounge. With that said between ourselves and some friends we were going through 3 bus rentals and probably a couple of limo rentals a month. It only made sense to go ahead and buy our own bus to save $$$. I probably could have already bought a bus with the amount of money we have spent on rentals.
    After searching craigslist, bus companies, websites, ebay etc for months, we finally found a great deal on a bus within our price range a 2002 ford e450 7.3l diesel (Goshen). Mileage about 200,000. 25 passengers



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    I am ahead on the build so I will try to catch the forum up on the build asap.
    We ended up hiring a friend to paint the bus.

    Prep Work & Paint:
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    We received a lot of rain so paint took about 2 weeks.
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    So after paint was done, the high gloss limo look we wanted was non existent. We had no other option but to have the bus painted outside. So the clear coat was coming out a little bit hazy. It was way better then the faded white paint before however this wasn't perfect yet.
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    2 weekends later after many countless hours of wet sanding, the bus looks started to look high gloss black!
    I saved thousands however I quickly discovered i hate wet sanding and buffing!

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    air compressor + electric drill, our best friend for seat removal
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    gutting the bus begins! removing seats, railing, speakers, lights, vinyl siding etc
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    SEATS: already sold the seats for $500 bucks on craigslist. I probably could have gotten a little bit more individually however I was able to get someone to pick them all up at once.

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    Looks fun! It's always fun starting a new project. Problem is after weeks 5, 6 and 7 you start to realize it's not as easy as it seems! I would change out your headlights and grill to make the front end look more modern, as well as buy some chrome hubcaps. These are obviously finishing touches but gives the bus a much more new look. Looks great though, looking forward to seeing the rest!

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    Quote Originally Posted by HeavenOnWheels View Post
    Looks fun! It's always fun starting a new project. Problem is after weeks 5, 6 and 7 you start to realize it's not as easy as it seems! I would change out your headlights and grill to make the front end look more modern, as well as buy some chrome hubcaps. These are obviously finishing touches but gives the bus a much more new look. Looks great though, looking forward to seeing the rest!
    Thank you Josh I appreciate the advice. i was going to give you and digger a big shout out actually at the end! ive come across your builds! you both have inspired us to do this project! your last yellow bus build came out amazing!
    Last edited by lolpartybus; April 9th, 2013 at 10:20 AM.

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    demo:
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    What a mess.
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    solid floor, walls are good.
    will be spending a lot of time on the roof though...caulking

    Tried to use google sketchup to design a floor plan however we didn't want to spend the time learning the program. With Photoshop and micrsoft Word. we planned out the entire bus build (floor, seating, walls, windows, ceiling, eletronics) and are figuring out the rest of the details as we are going along.

    Before the build as well, I priced out everything in excel, estimates on tinting, plexi, wires, lights, wood, foam, vinyl etc. I recommend doing this for your first build we found out quickly as we were pricing out everything that the build would be more than we originally thought.

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    Some led taillights, led stop,let turn, roof mount lights also adds some class.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LIMOJESS View Post
    Some led taillights, led stop,let turn, roof mount lights also adds some class.
    Agreed! thanks limojesss ill def have to take a look into the led lights.

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    You might have to change the signal relay under the stearing column for the led turn signals otherwise it will signal too fast.

    This is what you need http://www.ebay.com/itm/3-Pin-CF14-E...6494a0&vxp=mtr

    Also those lights are cheaper on ebay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LIMOJESS View Post
    You might have to change the signal relay under the stearing column for the led turn signals otherwise it will signal too fast.

    This is what you need http://www.ebay.com/itm/3-Pin-CF14-E...6494a0&vxp=mtr

    Also those lights are cheaper on ebay.
    sweet! you saved me some research time! thank you again

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    HOME DEPOT! my new second home.

    my good friend rj has decided to help us with the build.
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    the beginning
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    started with the ceiling, will be working my way down.

    Look: white plexi glass ceiling sectioins,with rgb led lights
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    ceiling will be covered in foam backed black vinvyl
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    (should have taken the picture more centered opps.) loooks better in person

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    Quote Originally Posted by LIMOJESS View Post
    You might have to change the signal relay under the stearing column for the led turn signals otherwise it will signal too fast.

    This is what you need http://www.ebay.com/itm/3-Pin-CF14-E...6494a0&vxp=mtr

    Also those lights are cheaper on ebay.
    You may can also find what you need at http://www.bigrigchromeshop.com; ask for Jesse.

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