School Bus Conversion Sub Flooring Install

I went with 1 x 2 and 1 x 3s for the furring strips.Started with self-tapping screws but eventually transitioned to pre-drilling then using sheet metal screws. The furring strips are set every 24 inches. The 1 x 3 was used at the seams where the plywood would meet.

The 1 x 3 was used at the seams where the plywood would meet.

Here is a picture of all the materials for the subfloor and walls. I insulated and installed one section of the subfloor. Then moved all the materials onto that spot.

School bus conversion sub-flooring

School bus conversion sub-flooring

The Ryobi inverter generator powered the entire tiny house build. #Ryobination

First section of subflooring complete

First section of subflooring complete

Here is the 1″ foam board insulation installed with foil tape used to seal all seams

School bus floor insulation

School bus floor insulation

 

school bus conversion floor insulation

school bus conversion floor insulation

OSB subfloor installed. The same predrilling and sheet metal screws worked here also.

skoolie conversion sub flooring installed

skoolie conversion sub flooring install

I used 3/4″ OSB for the subflooring that I found at home depot. There may have been better options.

School bus to tiny house sub floor installed

School bus to tiny house sub floor installed

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Click here to see the wall framing and insulation.

 


Removing school bus seats and old flooring

The bus was $3200 from an individual on Craigslist. The person I got it from had purchased it from the local school district. The body is in good shape and the 5.9l Cummins diesel engine runs well for having over 200,000 miles.

 

Buying the school bus

Buying the school bus

I experimented with several different methods of removing the seats before committing to grinding the bolt heads off with a grinder. Just make sure to go overboard on the safety gear. Grinder disk can blow up and cause serious injury. Go with a face shield instead of just goggles.

 

School bus seat removal

School bus seat removal

I experimented with different ways of removing the old plywood flooring. The screws were rusted and difficult to remove. The 4-foot Harbor Freight crowbar was labor intensive and I didn’t want to risk an injury early in the conversion project. Lifting the floor with a floor jack ended up being the solution that worked best. Then a Ryobi cordless sawzall worked well to breakdown the plywood into manageable sections. The youtube video below gives you an idea of how it went.

The craigslist Gigs section worked well for finding people to haul away the old seats and floor. It only cost about $80 to get it all hauled away. The seats were picked up by a guy who intended to upcycle them.

 

bus floor and seat removal

bus floor and seat removal

school bus seat removal

school bus seat removal

The next step was to clean the floor and paint the rust spots with Ruststop primer that came from Ace hardware. School bus floor sprayed with Ruststop primer

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Click here for the next post covering the subfloor install

 

Closer to the end than the beginning…

This blog is starting off a decent way into the school bus conversion project. The rush to get the bus to a respectable point kept me from starting the blog sooner. Circumstance funneled me into a “boondocking” lifestyle while doing the schoolie conversion. Including a roll on Rustoleum paint job that was completed on a Portland side street over the labor day weekend(click here to see the paint process) .A Youtube channel called the Nomadic Fanatic was very helpful in preparing me for the boondocking lifestyle.

Only the outer walls and floor were done before me and the dogs moved into the bus. The summer consisted of slowly building humanity back around me while also maintaining the web design business. The psychological impact of turning on the water for the first time and sitting down at the kitchen table for the first time stand out the most.

I did take a lot of pictures while converting the bus and will be posting previous progress pictures as well as current updates. Feel free to ask questions in the comments below.

School bus to tiny house conversion

School bus to tiny house conversion

This is the penny countertop. I’m going to make a post soon about making it.

School bus conversion penny counter top

School bus conversion penny counter top

Folding kitchen table. The support arm swings to the left.

Folding kitchen table

Folding kitchen table

Roll on Rustoleum paint job.

School bus conversion paint

School bus conversion paint

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Click here to start at the beginning of the bus conversion project.

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Tiny House Table

I used this desk as inspiration for the tiny house table.

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Here is an Imgur album of the build process

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Click here to start at the beginning of the school bus conversion project.