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The Lills Vintage GM Bus Conversion - 1961 New Look Fishbowl Bus

VINTAGE GM BUS CONVERSION

After traveling in our 1978 VW Bus for 2+ years, life led us to a vintage 1961 GM New Look / Fishbowl Bus in the New Mexico desert. We’re now converting it into a bigger home on wheels!

We have shipped our vintage bus from New Mexico to Georgia and since then, we have dropped the floor to make more headroom, removed all of the paint, treated rust and begun designing our floor plan. 🚌 Enjoy our GM bus conversion & rescue posts, vintage bus repairs, photos, videos and more!

VINTAGE TRANSIT BUS CONVERSION COST – PART 1

The two of us found so much joy, living on the road in our old VW bus for over 2 years. With only 80 square feet of space, we learned to live in the now and embrace simplicity, but not having a toilet or shower proved to be most difficult. By the time we reached the...

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RESCUING A 1961 GM NEW LOOK BUS – PART 3

When the bus arrived, we had it delivered to a local diesel mechanic shop. They inspected the GM bus from top to bottom and everyone seemed impressed. They recommended that we take it over to another nearby shop that could handle a few small fixes, more affordably. A...

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RESCUING A 1961 GM NEW LOOK BUS – PART 2

After days in the desert, working on getting our 1961 GM “New Look” bus running, the secondary fuel filter kept running dry. We took a closer look at the fuel system and began clearing all the fuel lines with an air compressor. One of the last return lines...

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RESCUING A 1961 GM NEW LOOK BUS – PART 1

While traveling for 2 years in our VW bus, we learned to live on very little. Our needs became basic: food, water, shelter, a place to park, a place to shower/use the bathroom and a place to do our design work. Not having a toilet or shower in our bus proved to be...

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