My Toyota Coaster Bus Conversion

my 2005 toyota coaster school bus

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Replacing window seals and preparing to refit windows

Replacing window seals and preparing to refit windows

Before I could reinstall the windows there were a few more things I needed to do to fix up the frames. Firstly, I gave them all a fresh coat of paint since the black was wearing off and quite a few of them were scratched and scuffed.  And I...

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Removing mastic and cleaning the window frames

Removing mastic and cleaning the window frames

After taking out the windows, I pulled them apart and cleaned up the frames. They were covered in caked mud and dirt as well as spider webs. And then there was the remnants of the mastic - the horrible black sticky stuff that was used to create a...

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Removing the bus windows

Removing the bus windows

I spent the weekend taking out most of the bus windows. Man now that was a big job! (LOL I seem to say that with every part of this bus build lately!) A couple of the windows were leaking and all of them had very old, deteriorating rubber seals...

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Fixing my Leaking Tailights

Fixing my Leaking Tailights

The next phase of my build. before I can get to the fun part of building the inside, is to get the bus watertight. This week, I tackled the taillights, which both leak. (Toyota Coasters commonly leak in this area and it is a common source of water...

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My Interior Layout Plan Revealed

My Interior Layout Plan Revealed

FINALLY!  After months and months of spending poretty much every waking moment thinking about different layout ideas for my bus and agonising iver how I was going to fit everything in, I have finally decided on the interior layout plan. I'm sure...

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Removing the Automatic Door Opener

Removing the Automatic Door Opener

 The next big jobs I want to get dome on the bus involve taking out windows and cutting holes in the roof. Because the bus is booked in to have the windscreen rust and driver's door repaired in a couple of weeks, I want to hold off starting those...

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Sealing the floor and what’s next?

Sealing the floor and what’s next?

Just a quick update on the bus. I haven't done a lot of work since installing the floor. Mostly because work has been busy, then I got sick. I did paint a couple of coats of sealer on the floor. I intend to lay vinyl flooring over it at some stage,...

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Installing the New Plywood Floor

Installing the New Plywood Floor

I have had a big week in the bus. Worked solidly most days and am pleased to say that I have finally got the new floor installed. There were a few design challenges due to the fact that I decided to use 18mm marine ply and the original floor was...

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Treating rust and painting the subfloor frame

Treating rust and painting the subfloor frame

Yesterday I treated all the rust patches in the floor frame. There was actually quite a lot and the more of the white paint I ground off, the more rust I discovered underneath it! At least it was all still pretty minor and I didn't stress too much...

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Cleaning the floor frame

Cleaning the floor frame

This week I gave the floor a thorough clean and washed off all the dirt that was caked onto the floor frame. I also pulled the driver seat out temporarily so I could remove the old, very worn vinyl that was covering the floor in the cab area, and...

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Removing the floor heaters and the old floor

Removing the floor heaters and the old floor

This week I tackled one of the biggest jobs so far on my Toyota Coaster bus conversion - removing the floor heaters and pulling up the old plywood floor.The two black things in the photo above are the floor heaters. They are connected by hoses to...

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Stripping the ceiling and removing the old insulation

Stripping the ceiling and removing the old insulation

The next task in stripping the interior of the bus was to remove the ceiling panels and airconditioning ducts. This certainly opened up the space a bit more and once again, I was pleased to find that the underlying frame was in excellent condition....

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Introducing Mia – my Toyota Coaster Bus

Introducing Mia – my Toyota Coaster Bus

I'm so excited to introduce you to my new bus and (hopefully) future home! I started calling her Mia (pronounced mee-yah) because up until the day I purchased her, she was the Mt Mee school bus. And it kinda stuck. Mia is also the Spanish word for...

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