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Old 06-02-2008, 08:07 PM   #31
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Re: 1990 International-14" Roof Lift.

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Yes, yes... NyLock nuts are the cat's whiskers! I pretty much use nothing else on any bolt, if I can help it. I buy them by the POUND at an industrial supply/surplus store.
I like them as well. Many applications on railroad cars (which I spent a few years rebuilding) require them. The nuts I used while at Trailer Train were called Essna Nuts, the ones I purchase from ACE Hardware are called Stop Nuts. Nylock brand is the best description/brand name I have heard yet.
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Old 06-02-2008, 08:59 PM   #32
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Re: 1990 International-14" Roof Lift.


Yes, NyLock is probably a brand name, but a bit like Kleenex and Velcro -- household terms by now.
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Old 06-12-2008, 11:21 PM   #33
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Re: 1990 International-14" Roof Lift.

More progress, walls and flat ceiling framed in. I went with a flat ceiling for several reasons. I wanted more of a motohome look inside, I wanted a well insulated attic with vent space and I like the idea of hanging cabinets from a flat ceiling. I also gave up about 3" in width to frame in the walls with flat studs. This offers me 3" of fiberglass in most of the wall space and lots of flexibility while I finish the interior. Finished height floor to ceiling will be 6'11".



I plan to cover half of the walls and the entire ceiling with 1/4" Luan from Lowe's. The stuff is actually 0.19" instead of 0.25" so it is a bit flimsy. Framing the walls and ceiling on 12" centers with flat studs where the Luan will be installed will offer adequate support. I also ran a row of blocks centerline on the ceiling to back up the only joint and to provide nailing for trim. The front half of the bus's walls will get 1"X6" T&G knotty pine so 16" stud centers were used from the wheel wells to the windshield.





At the back of the photo is the roof vent boxed out. I retained the original 2 speed fan and roof vent.




My wife took the entire assembly apart and cleaned it up, sanded it and primed it with Rustoleum. The fan motor was loud on high speed so while it was out I drilled a small hole in the rear bearing housing. I then inserted the the red plastic tube from a can of WD-40 and gave it a good spray. I also sprayed the front bearing housing under the fan blades. After lube/maintenance I let the fan motor sit for 30 minutes before operating it. This knocked the sound of the running fan motor down by about 70%.



Both sides of the vent were closed off with a 2"X4" flat on edge. The front and back openings were left open. This will allow the vent to evacuate hot air not only from the interior of the bus but from the small attic as well. Having a small 5" attic the length of the bus (which will be insulated with 31/2" of fiberglass) will allow hot air from two ceiling vents in the front of the bus (not installed yet) and from a channel behind the refrigerator (not built yet) to vent hot air from the 2-speed roof vent.
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Old 06-13-2008, 12:29 AM   #34
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Re: 1990 International-14" Roof Lift.

NICE WORK ABBOT you must be a wood tick and a tin basher and yes its great to work on the bus on the wet coast when its dry and sunny just think about your bus on the coast if there is anywhere id take my bus on a longer journey it would be down the oregon coast might be a good place for a skoolie meet timbuk
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Old 06-16-2008, 08:06 PM   #35
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Re: 1990 International-14" Roof Lift.

Wow! Your bus is going to be nice! All that framing looks great! That Lowe's ply is some flimsy stuff, no doubt. And if you just show it to the sun it wants to curl back into tree trunk shape. Works good though. Man your work looks good. Can't wait to see more progress pics.
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Old 06-24-2008, 11:48 PM   #36
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More progress: Long upper cabinet on the driver’s side going in.





The Dormitory refrigerator cabinet on the opposite wall going in. Note: In the photo you can see a piece of 1 1/4" PVC pipe I ran behind the cabinet. This will enable me to pull the wires for my back-up camera (when it arrives) behind the cabinet installation.

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Old 06-24-2008, 11:50 PM   #37
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Drivers side wall including 110-breaker box. The bus is wired for two 15 amp circuits and one 20 amp circuit.



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Old 06-26-2008, 12:13 AM   #38
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Your bus is looking damn nice!
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Old 06-26-2008, 12:58 AM   #39
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Thanks. It's getting there, once it's trimmed out, has some finish and some paint it will look good. I plan to paint the ceiling and all of the cabinetry (face frames and doors) with off-white semi-gloss enamel and finish the knotty pine with clear Polyurethane. That will brighten things up considerably. The R-13 insulation makes a HUGE difference even with the bus only half insulated you can feel the heat differential depending on where you’re standing. I would venture a guess that it's about a 10-15 degree difference without the heat radiating off of the inside sheet metal.
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Old 06-29-2008, 11:36 PM   #40
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Re: 1990 International-14" Roof Lift.

The roof lift itself was pretty easy. It took me about a week (by myself) to get the roof ready to lift. The lift itself was done in 1-day with 2 people helping me. I easily could have raised it more then 14” if desired…once the roof starts going up one can stop lifting at the chosen height. I lifted mine 14” and then framed in a flat ceiling losing about 5” of height. Floor to flat ceiling in my bus with carpet is 6’ 11” (I am 6’). Re-skinning the bus was labor intensive and took me a few weeks (part-time) with some help to get done. I have step-by-step photos and descriptions of the roof lift and re-skinning at the link in my signature.

I got lucky and found some Knotty Pine at Lowe’s that had bad tongue cuts from the factory and was discount priced. They screwed up the T in the T&G After a few days of cutting this and adjusting that I have been able to rip the boards into something useful. The joints aren't the best but once I get it trimmed out, sealed and the cabinets painted I think the bus interior is going to look great! I have enough knotty pine to do the walls in the front room and the galley. I am already pleased with the "Cabin feel" the interior is taking on; just walking into the bus in the driveway feels like camping!
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