Wednesday, December 10, 2008


I am starting another new category under the label of "THE BUS STOP". This label will include all bus conversion related material pertaining to my life as a BUSNUT. In my experiences of living Full Time in our bus my path has crossed topics of new ideas, dreams, other busnuts, & the pros as well as the cons of living in a converted bus also known as a Motorcoach. They come in all shapes and sizes, age, value, and are used for many different purposes. I hope you enjoy all my BUS STOP posts. You will be able to single them all out by clicking on the BUS STOP label in the side bar.

This is a picture of BLUE. BLUE is a 1971 Bluebird that was originally a Arizona State University basketball team bus that 5 guys originally converted into a hunting bus in Phoenix to take them to the White Mountains on their hunting excursions. We bought this faithful companion in 1991, while living in Sedona where I was working as a Pastry Chef. We took the bunks out, redesigned the interior to fit our needs and have been living in Blue since. Blue has been as far east as Indiana, as far north as Jasper in Canada, as far south as Tijuana, and criss crossed mainly the Western United States with semi permanent stops in Whitefish MT., Breckenridge CO., Park City UT., Lakeshore CA., St. George UT., Quartzite AZ., and presently located in Prescott AZ. as I continue my Career as a Chef. BLUE is 30 ft. long, powered by a front gas 391 Ford big block hooked to a 6 speed Allison automatic Transmission. The thing will climb a tree, awesome clearance, but has a limited high end speed. Gets 6 miles per gallon...Ka Ching$$!!

Introducing JIM C. JIM C is our newest endeavor. JIM C is a 1958 GMC PD 4104 (hence JIM C). JIM C is 35 ft in length, powered by a Detroit Diesel inline 6-71 two stroke power house hooked to the old 4 speed spice tranny. JIM C is a work in progress. Rebuilt motor, new brakes, fuel lines, wheel bearings, reskined, painted, insulated & ready for the interior. Time, money, (and more money) and commitment is the key to this project and is possibly a topic for another post in THE BUS STOP. He rides on a air suspension system that can be used to level out the rig on uneven terrain, power steering, a great ride and gets 10 miles per gallon if I take the lead out of my shoes. The 4104 was the 1st Air conditioned bus on the American highways and was developed around the same time as our Freeway Systems. It is constructed of mostly aluminum, put together in the same process as a commercial jet liner with cold rivets, etc. They don't build em like this anymore.

Comment below and I will get back to you...otherwise tune back in
for the next installment of "THE BUS STOP"
Click JIM C's picture in the side bar for a trip to...
Bus Conversion Magazine


  1. That sure looks familiar. Parked in the dells?

    Congrats on the project! :)

  2. Nice Fleet! LOL We put a very low bid on a Blue Bird before the MCI came along. I think the 4104 in the way to go. There are alot of nuts out there to help out and she's a real LOOKER!!! Don't put it off and get to it. She will love you for it. All the Best, M&C