The Bus Conversion Project


It is said that all good things must come to an end, and so it is with the hosting arrangements I have had for my website for the past few years.

On February 7, 2010, was officially moved to a new server. I would like to thank Mike Benedict for the many years of support he provided for this site. I have learned a considerable amount from him, and will always be grateful for his friendship. Without his support, I can safely say that this site would not be in existence today. I would also like to thank Mike Sullivan and Phil Lyons for their kind offer to host this site into the future. I look forward to keeping this site available and hopefully expanding on the information within, for many years to come.

As I moved the site, I found that my local copy did not always match what was on the old server. Also, the new server is case sensitive regarding file and directory names and there were many broken links due to this. I have gone through all of the pages and links, and I believe I have corrected all of the errors. However, you may still come across some links that I missed and are not working for one reason or another. If you should encounter such problems, , to tell me which links you are having trouble with, and I'll do my best to correct them quickly.

Thanks for everyone's support.

Craig (aka Gumpy)

Web Site Update List

I have established a mail distribution list in my email utility program for the sole purpose of sending out notifications whenever I make significant updates or modifications to this site. I maintain this list manually and it is never shared or distributed to anyone. If you would like to be included in this list, and receive these notifications, , or email me at and ask to be added to the web site update distribution list.

In November, 1999, we embarked upon a new chapter in our life, when we took delivery of a 1978 MC8 bus. Our intention was to convert it into our vacation home on wheels. In July, 2000, the plans changed slightly, when we purchased a 1982 MC9 with a newly rebuilt engine and transmission. We sold the MC8, and have been working full bore on the MC9. In the Summer of 2001, we raised the roof, reframed the sides, and covered it all with new siding. Throughout the Summer of 2002, we worked on finishing up the exterior modifications and getting the coach back in road worthy condition. We achieved this in late August, and began using the bus for traveling, once again. While there are still a few things left to do to complete the exterior modifications, we will be finishing those as time and weather permit, and focusing on interior work now. Follow this for all the details on the project.

As the project progresses, pictures and information will be posted here as time permits. If you find any links that don't work properly, please send me a note so I can fix them.

- Articles, tidbits, and general musings which are not directly related to the project, but have some bus related interest.

Here's a . I would appreciate feedback on the plan. Please take some time to study the drawing and email any to me.

This is the 1978 MC8 that started us on this long journey. It was sold in 2001 to a wonderful couple in Iowa who will be giving it the chance to become the dream coach it so deserves to be. It really is a nice coach, and I often wonder if I sold the right bus. We were a little sad to see it go, but I know Mike and Lynn will give it a wonderful home and enjoy it very much. Since that time, I have enjoyed continuing to build the friendship with them, sharing knowledge, ideas, parts and dreams.

I have decided to keep the pages on the MC8 available on the site. There may still be some useful information in there.

Interesting Stuff

040319 - , a fellow Minnesotan busnut sent me some photos of his Eagle cafe style bay door conversion. I thought I'd share them with others.

020301 - WOW!! Today I found my next conversion project. It's an awesome Australian motorhome. You can see details at . Talk about your monster RV!! This thing is cool!

- of Dixon, CA, put this spreadsheet together to help locate 24-volt light bulbs. He has allowed me to post it here so others can benefit from his efforts. Thanks, Chris.

I'd like to extend special thanks to for initially providing the space for this website. Without his generosity, this site would never have grown to where it is today. Jerry lost his ISP service in late 2002, and had to relocate his own website and bulletin board. Unfortunately, he was not able to continue hosting this site. However, it is with great pleasure that I can extend another special thank you to fellow busnut Mike Benedict, whose network skills far exceed mine. Mike came to the rescue and is now hosting my domain, and providing space for the site, as well as providing an incredible amount of support to get me up to speed on some issues I was not familiar with. It's been a very enlightening experience, and I appreciate all the support.

Contact Information

We are located in the small community of St. Michael, MN, which is about 30 miles northwest of Minneapolis. If you're in the area, and would like to drop by and see the project, please contact me via email at or phone me at one of the following numbers:
Home - 763-497-4311 after 3pm CST and weekends
Cell - 763-528-3573 most any other time

Copyright Notice and Disclaimer

All material on this site is the sole property of Craig Shepard and is protected by United States and/or International copyright laws. Under no circumstances may this material be copied, reproduced, distributed, or otherwise represented for commercial purposes without the express written consent of the owner. Access to this material is granted for personal use only and may be freely copied and/or distributed provided such distribution is for non-commercial purposes and proper reference to the owner is provided with all distributed material. Any commercial usage of the material contained within this site is a violation and will be dealt with accordingly.

The information on this site is intended for entertainment purposes only. Users of this site understand that the author is only portraying his personal experiences in converting a bus into a recreational vehicle. Furthermore, the author does not currently claim, nor has he ever claimed, to be an expert of anything, and should therefore not be considered knowledgable in any way, about anything, including the field of bus conversions or the processes required to convert a bus. Any usage of the information contained in this site for any purposes, including, but not limited to, entertainment, is at the sole risk of the user. Users agree that the author shall be held harmless (i.e. not liable), for any property damage, personal injury, illness, death, or any other malady which may result from any usage of the material on this site, including, but not limited to, attempts to duplicate or otherwise reconstruct the methods or techniques portrayed within.

In other words, don't try this at home... and if you do, don't blame me.

If you don't understand and agree to these terms, please don't enter this site. Go someplace else to play.