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CMI rebuilds coach after bridge accident

Creative Mobile Interiors (CMI), a custom bus conversion company in Grove City, Ohio, recently rebuilt the interior of a severely damaged Motor Coach Industries (MCI) DL model limousine coach.

Interior of CMI rebuilt MCI coachThe motor coach’s roof, which went under a low clearance bridge, was peeled off from the body of the bus. The repairs involved removing the entire bus interior, reconstructing the frame and roof and then rebuilding the inside. The damage to the coach was repaired in four phases.

First, the inside contents were completely taken out, salvaging as much as possible for the retrofit. Next, the vehicle went to MCI, where the interior and exterior skin and roof bows were replaced. The bus then went to a paint facility for a complete exterior makeover before going back to CMI for a total interior makeover.

Utilizing as much of the existing components as possible, the reconstruction began. First the subfloor and walls were rebuilt and new bulk heads installed. The cabinetry was built from scratch and laminated. Ceiling lights, custom day-night shades, and side windows were all replaced. Custom seating and valances were recreated.

All ceiling components were reconstructed. New laminate flooring was laid throughout, except in the galley, where simulated granite was installed. Other new items installed were stereo receivers, a new satellite and a Fan-Tastic Vent dome-closing rain sensor.

To keep costs down, CMI reused as much from the original coach as possible. Some of the items salvaged were certain fixtures and electrical items; a refrigerator; certain audio-visual components; air-conditioner systems (some repairs needed); one J-lounge; air outlet and return grills; and Corian table tops and counters.

CMI, an FMCA commercial member, opened in 1999 in a 4,500-square-foot shop on Columbus, Ohio’s west side. The company recently moved into its new headquarters, showroom and production facility at 6237 Seeds Road in Groves City.

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