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Schoolbus Homestead

Postby SeanF » Wed Oct 19, 2005 5:08 pm

I guess I've never posted my skoolie project here.
So here it is -- only 10 months into it. It's been a great experience.

http://seanf.smugmug.com
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Postby SeanF » Sat Dec 24, 2005 10:39 pm

Adding birch paneling to the interior. Also found some nice looking and high-quality folding steps for accessing the rear door. Good price too. Link is at my website.

Looky here, see Bus Conversion Log, December 24, 2005 update.

We started working on the bus 1 year ago today -- come a long way, but still lots to do! :D
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Postby Eric von Kleist » Mon Dec 26, 2005 1:38 pm

Happy anniversary! :-)

See -- once you get the fundamental stuff down, the other stuff comes together pretty quickly!

Looks good!
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Postby SeanF » Mon Dec 26, 2005 10:23 pm

Thanks Eric. It's been a fun year. :D
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Postby SeanF » Sun Jan 08, 2006 9:04 pm

We replaced the front folding doors with a door from a 1982 Vogue RV. Dig the round window. 8)

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Postby Eric von Kleist » Mon Jan 09, 2006 2:50 pm

That looks cool! It reminds me of the Yellow Submarine!
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Postby SeanF » Mon Jan 09, 2006 6:31 pm

Thanks Eric. Yeah, it definitely has a nautical feel to it.

On a related note: For windows, we'll probably go with small RV-style windows...but for a while I was eyeballing (and still am, don't tell the girlfriend!) some boat windows.

They're a bit small (usually maxing out at 7" x 14" glass size for rectangular models, 8"-10" diameter for round ones), but talk about cool! (not to mention waterproof) 8)

Here are some:

http://www.newfoundmetals.com/catalog/pg15.html

http://www.becksonmarine.com/opening.html

Unfortunately they seem to have hull thickness limits around 1.25-2 inches. My "hull" is just under 3".
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Postby Eric von Kleist » Wed Jan 11, 2006 8:22 am

There's a lot of boat stuff that can be translated into the bus environment. You might try some boat salvage yards if you live near any large bodies of water.
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Postby SeanF » Sun Jan 15, 2006 11:23 am

Added 2 windows. These are JC Whitney sliding windows, of which they've recently run out of stock (they only have driver's side models). We installed the 2 we have on hand.

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Postby SeanF » Sun Feb 12, 2006 10:08 pm

Almost a month since our last update.

We installed oak flooring:
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Cleaned up a freebie sink/counter unit:
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Constructed a sit-down shower enclosure:
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The whole story can be found here.
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Postby Eric von Kleist » Mon Feb 13, 2006 9:04 pm

Man, that's looking NICE! I really like your floor!
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Postby SeanF » Tue Feb 14, 2006 10:56 am

Thanks Eric. The floor was quite easy -- probably the easiest thing we've done. :D That was nice.
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Is that a cabin?

Postby trx » Tue Feb 14, 2006 2:37 pm

Your conversion looks more like a small cabin than a bus! Great looking floors.

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Postby Griff » Tue Feb 14, 2006 5:45 pm

That DOES look nice! Hey, have you tried having someone in socks stand at one end while you accel / decel to see if they would slide from one end to the other? :lol:
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Postby SeanF » Wed Feb 15, 2006 10:34 am

Thank you for the comments.

No doubt they would slide like crazy. :lol:
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