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New Gator Bus

So I sold the master gator a year and a half ago and put the proceeds towards building a new tailgating bus. Its taken me a little longer than anticipated but thought Id post a few pictures of the progress.  Hope to have it done to make a few games this season but will see.

This one will have color changing LED lighting, lots of custom fiberglass, custom dash, polished diretctional alum wheels, outside compartment with TV, mirrored ceiling, full bath, all RV amentities, coach air (no generator going up the turnpike) and alot of other upgrades

Ive been slackin a little on the pictures but here is a quick summary.  It was an RTS bus

eventually Ill post more pictures up on my site www.re-bus.net

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Wow! She is looking great. Rebuilding your bus is a tremendous undertaking and is providing many Gator fans with fire for the upcoming 2012 season.

Good luck and looking forward to seeing her in person.

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Great Job! And I love that it was an RTS bus, meaning, it has ALWAYS been a Gator bus!

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Thats awesome! I hope to see it in Gainesville this season.

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Damn it;s looking awesome. The Master Gator (Re-Bus' first Gator bus) is actually now a business and they sell tailgate tickets to join them. Cant wait to see this thing!

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Can we see some bigger pics? This thing is looking sweet!

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That's amazing.  Do you mind telling how much it costs to do something like that?

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Ill post some more pics soon. I have a few on my site that are a little bigger but havent had a ton of time to really update much.

Not real sure on the cost, its kind of a sideline that I mess with during the day but my main job is managing and selling for my business. Paint materials alone were pushing on $4000, with no labor, bus was about $5k, wheels $2k, Id guess to have 40-50 in it when done not including time.  I have hundreds of hours in the fiberglass work, we spent probably 300 man hours on body prep too before paint and then 3 guys 2 16 hour days just laying paint and masking the stripes. We shot the white, taped/masked, shot the blue then tape/masked shot the orange in 1 day. Didnt like the first orange, it looked pink so we remasked the second day and reshot with the only other orange I had (was a sunday) even so, we had used all of the toner from the local supply house so didnt have much choice after that.  After the orange we shot the clear, has to be done within 24 hours of the basecoat or you can have adhesion issues.  It was a real chore, we freehanded all of the striping and wanted to put drop shadows in but just couldnt get it consistant enough. Since we messed up a little in trying this we also had to mask and repaint some of the white base too before clear.

For the prep, we framed and skinned the windows, had to redo some old bodywork, removed the front marquee (that I spent about 20 hours on), removed and skinned the rear exit door, removed the front driver air inlet (welded in stainless and filled). Then shot it with high build 2k primer, sanded, shot again with 2k primer and sanded, wiped it all, removed all old silicon that the bus depot splattered on everything chasing down a leak. It was tedious and we still have to wet sand and buff it out.  The fiberglass was a real pain, it was constant fill, sand, fill sand, fill sand, guide coat sand, fill more, sand. Since it was all hand made on a whim there was alot of cutting out and reworking certain areas of the dash and speaker pods.  I shot those one night after I got tired of messing with it anymore and finally said its good enough.

Anyways, thats the outside, inside is a work in progress but getting there.  We had another project going on at the start of this (along with our regular work) building a mobile catering bus which has a full commercial kitchen plus we built a good size walk in cooler in the back of the bus.  Plans didnt work out for the buyer so its for sale now.... in case anyone wants to buy it?

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Wow... thanks for filling us all in on the details. Makes me appreciate the work you customizers put into your projects. X100.

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