My Toyota Coaster Bus Conversion

my 2005 toyota coaster school bus

If you want to follow the whole conversion from the beginning

Latest Posts:

The Bus is Registered!

The Bus is Registered!

I am so so happy right now! Today I walked out of the TMR office with a pair of shiny new number plates for my bus. She is now an officially registered motorhome!I almost can't believe that I am finally here, after so many years of dreaming about...

read more
Installing the timber benchtop

Installing the timber benchtop

I got the benchtop done! This was very awkward to install as I didn't have much space underneath because of the stove shelf and had to use my right angle drill to screw it in. But I'm pleased with the final result.

read more
Building cabinet doors

Building cabinet doors

Made my first ever cabinet doors on the weekend.I was really happy with how they turned out and I didn't notice until I took this photo that I put the panels on with the grain running in different directions. oops!And of course I did such a good...

read more
Removable table

Removable table

I made some more good progress this week and built the table. I wanted a big table so I could use the space to work on my books and jewellery etc, and have room for sewing machine, printer and other things. Originally, I was going to have the table...

read more
Entry Step Storage

Entry Step Storage

The next think I want to build in the bus is my tabke, but before I can do that, I needed to build a little wall in the entry that it will attach to, so this week I have been working on the entry stairwell area. I hadn't done anything with the step...

read more
Kitchen cabinet with slide-out stove

Kitchen cabinet with slide-out stove

I now have my first kitchen cabinet in tyhe bus! Well, I still have to put on the doors and the benchtop which will make it look better, but the main structure is finished and I am really happy with how it turned out. I am using plastic storage...

read more
Framing out the pantry and electrical bay

Framing out the pantry and electrical bay

This week I built the framing for the walls that will form my pantry, wardrobe, fridge space and electrical bay. This was by far the most frustrating job in the whole build!Trying to build square walls in a space that is not square was a nightmare!...

read more
Building an extendable bed

Building an extendable bed

I had a very productive weekend and have finished the bed in my bus! I tested it out with the mattresses today and it works really well so I am very happy.Even Pepper liked it. I had her test it out and she immediately went to sleep on it!It is a...

read more
First wall going in!

First wall going in!

I am very happy right now. Have finished the framing for the first wall in my bus 🙂 I have a couple more "noggins" (horizontal pieces) to put in but will wait until I decide what I am doing with the space on the other side, as I will be attaching...

read more
Cab area Part 3 – side wall lining

Cab area Part 3 – side wall lining

I've been finishing off the cab area renovations this week. More carpet laid. New piece of ply cut and painted to line the passenger side wall and seats reinstalled. I had to clean a bunch of interior stuff like the drivers door panel, handbrake...

read more
Cab area Part 2 – carpet install

Cab area Part 2 – carpet install

The next stage to finish off the floor in the cab area was to lay new carpet.  I chose to purchase a moulded carpet from Trufit carpets that was specifically made for my model coaster. However, despite it being supposedly premade to shape, I still...

read more
Cab area Part 1 – Sound deadener

Cab area Part 1 – Sound deadener

The next part of the bus that I want to work on is the driver's cab area at the front.  It needs a good clean, and I need to replace the manky old vinyl that was on the floor orginally. This week, I laid down sound deadening matting over the entire...

read more
Shiplap lining for the ceiling

Shiplap lining for the ceiling

The ceiling is done!Well the boards are up at least. I still have a lot of filling and sanding and painting to do but that will come later.It went up much easier than I was expecting and having two people helped a lot, although I did manage to get...

read more
Lining the walls

Lining the walls

I finished putting up the ply on the side walls this week.It's only a small job but it makes a huge difference to how the bus looks inside. It is starting to look a little more like a house and less like a bus which is exciting.Most of this ply...

read more
Insulating the bus – Part 2

Insulating the bus – Part 2

After weeks of not being able to work in the bus because of constant rain, I was finally get back into it this week! I installed the final stage of my insulation - lining the entire inner surface of the bus with Ametalin Thermalbreak to add extra...

read more
Laying the vinyl flooring

Laying the vinyl flooring

  Another massive job ticked off the list! I just finished laying the sheet vinyl flooring. I decided to go with sheet vinyl because a lot of people have issues with vinyl planks moving and lifting in their buses, and I wanted the added...

read more
Insulating the bus – Part 1

Insulating the bus – Part 1

  Another big job on the bus is now complete - the first layer of insulation is installed! I am using Foilboard (polystyrene sheets with aluminium foil on each side) in the cavities of the walls and the roof for a number of reasons but mostly...

read more
The build has finally begun!

The build has finally begun!

Finally, after all this time spent stripping the bus, and making repairs, the inside build has finally begun!It may not look like much yet, but it felt so good to be starting the next phase of the bus conversion. This week, I built the framing that...

read more
Treating Mould in the Bus Floor

Treating Mould in the Bus Floor

As if the wet weather wasn't causing me enough problems due to leaks, I also discovered that the brand new floor I had installed in the bus last year was growing mould!

read more
Installing my Maxxair fans

Installing my Maxxair fans

This week I installed the two Maxxair fans in the roof of my bus. It was a bit nerve-racking cutting the holes in the roof because you only have one shot to get it right, but it turned out ok.I still have to connect the wiring to the fans but will...

read more
More leaks

More leaks

It has been a frustrating week! I was hoping to be able to install my roof fans this week, but instead, the heavy rain we've been getting exposed quite a few leaks and I spent the week trying to deal with them. I patched up holes, resealed windows,...

read more
Bus has some new shades!

Bus has some new shades!

I was finally able to pick up my bus this afternoon after three weeks being at the repair shop. Windscreen rust looks to be gone. Driver door is fixed and now shuts properly (so hopefully won't leak now)And all the windows have been tinted.I am...

read more
Reinstalling the Windows

Reinstalling the Windows

It has been so long since I've been able to post any updates on the bus project. My elbow tendonitis continued to trouble me and I ended up having to get a cortisone injection and take time off to let it heal. It still isn't 100% but it is...

read more
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...

read more
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...

read more
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...

read more
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...

read more
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...

read more
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...

read more
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,...

read more
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...

read more
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...

read more
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...

read more
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...

read more
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....

read more
Installing the Maxxair fans

Installing the Maxxair fans

It was a bit nerve-racking cutting the holes in the roof because you only have one shot to get it right, but it turned out ok.I still have to connect the wiring to the fans but will do that at a later date when I do all my electrical work. I have...

read more
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...

read more