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Old 05-17-2016, 10:35 AM   #141
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It's amazing how much newer buses look with a coat of paint, any color. That's a nice neutral color.

With that paint job you've left the door open for lots of short jokes. Would you like to borrow a step stool?
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Old 05-17-2016, 10:52 AM   #142
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Short? Really? Lay it on me!
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Old 05-17-2016, 11:02 AM   #143
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Well, I like how you evenly painted to the bottom of the windows. You could have said that's how high the kids could reach.

That does look good, and it's something I need to do myself although it is interesting to have all the actual school bus drivers waving at me.
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Old 05-17-2016, 11:12 AM   #144
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Ha! That is actually about how high they could reach. I had to keep going over what they did on their tippy-toes.

Around here, as I understand it, we can't drive yellow school busses around. I haven't seen it written in a statute or anything but understand it's best not to, which makes sense, I guess.
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Yes, driving a yellow school bus is discouraged everywhere. Imagine if there was a flood that somehow your bus got swept up into. If it's yellow lots of people are going to try to pull that bus out of the water. If you have it painted they'll say "What was that guy thinking?" as they watch it float away.

A yellow paint job is just about sure to get you in trouble at some point if you're planning on traveling very much. Also, if it doesn't say SCHOOL BUS, a yellow bus might as well say HIPPIE BUS.

You've been making some nice progress on your rig. You passed me by about your second week.
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Old 05-17-2016, 12:19 PM   #146
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Progress, really? I feel like I'm wasting time. I do travel 60%-80%, nearly 100% these days so I guess it's expected to feel like I'm not making progress.

Once I get it registered and insured I'll do the roof raise, which I'm prepping for now. I'm dying to get into that already!

Oh, and another reason for the two-tone is because it will be, well, two-toned! Once the windows come out and I raise the roof everything between the widow sills and the drip edge will be gone and replaced with those new windows or sheet metal. Then above that will be the white elastomeric paint on the roof with the nice curved detail fore and aft.

Which brings up another question: Does anybody know if reusing the interior metal panels on the outside to skin parts over is an issue? It's good steel, is sealed and painted and would work great, right? Any reason why I shouldn't use it that way?
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Old 05-17-2016, 12:25 PM   #147
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No reason I'm aware of, other than rust issues. I noticed that the edges of my interior panels shows a small amount of rust after using propane to heat this past winter.

My panels are the perforated type and I was thinking of trying to see what that would look like over the exterior of a window.
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Old 05-17-2016, 01:52 PM   #148
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Strapping is attaching either 1x4 or 2x4's, depending on your climate and insulation requirements, the full length of the bus from front to back every 12" or so from one chair rail, around the ceiling, to the other chair rail. Then you spray the foam into that deeper cavity.

Make sure you moisture proof your wood before installation and foam application. Wood is organic, holds bacteria and can mold, plus you don't want termites or ants finding that one spot and eating out your support system for your cabinets and walls.....

Your elastomeric paint would be pretty good for this, unless you use pressure treated, then you just need plain old thompson's.
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Good point. I wouldn't use treated lumber but sealing what I do install is a good idea, and I hadn't thought of using the elastomeric for it, thanks!
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Old 05-17-2016, 03:07 PM   #150
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You're not using a marine grade plywood?
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