One of the problems in school bus conversions is how to lock the rear door.  Bruce on Yahoo Shoolie Group used a dead bolt lock on the rear door of his school bus conversion and I liked the idea so much I kidnapped it and expounded on it.

While I loved Bruce's idea, I have a hard time just doing things simple.  Also, this is my second school bus conversion.  When I did the first one I had a combination/key lock then also.  It was a manual combination lock.  The main reason I opted for that type of lock was if I were camping and wanted to go swimming or just didn't want to have to take keys with me I could just dial in the combination and open the door.  Nothing like losing your keys at the beach or the pool and can't get back into the house/camper.

Step 1: Gather Supplies and Get Started

This project actually took much more time than I had anticipated but in the end I'm well pleased with how it turned out.

Things you'll need:

School bus
Keyless digital lock  (The lock I used.)
Heavy duty slide bolt
Scrap pieces of wood (or plywood)
Extension lock piece

Various power tools:
(and outer stuff depending on what problems you run into)


If you have a door as this you'll need to remove the white safety bar.
Nice job
u might wanna change yr code now? and or put a case on the outside to protect thelock from being hit with a sledge hammer.and put better protection from some 1 beating the window in.
If anybody wants to go through that much trouble, nothing's gonna stop 'em.
umm wat keep the dead bolt from sliding into locked open position?
By taking the pin (handle) out of the slide-bolt it will not lock in any position. It merely slides from side to side. The deadbolt (the lock) is a standard key lock and still works like any keyed lock.
nice stuff :)

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Bio: I am currently converting a 1988 40' Bluebird school bus into a motor-home / workshop that I plan to live, work and travel in. This is ... More »
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