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Old 05-04-2016, 10:31 PM   #71
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You won't have any trouble getting help with your bus if you network like that. These people that want to help are folks that would also like to have a bus.

That engine looks clean enough to eat off of. Actually the squirrels do seem to eat on my engine.
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Old 05-04-2016, 10:32 PM   #72
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Oh yeah, your wife did and excellent job stripping out the interior of that bus. Kudos.
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Old 05-05-2016, 05:57 AM   #73
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that project rocks!! have you nailed down the source of the oil leaks you had driving it back home? that engine looks so clean like it never leaked a drop of oil in its life!..

whats really wierd.. is perhaps my attitude and excitement have changed about a bus.. but when I acquired one years ago it seemed like none of my friends , family, etc had any interest.. and told me im crazy.. hence why that bus spent pretty much its whole time in the garage... but yet the new one that im getting everyone is into it..friends, coworkers, baristas at the local coffee shops I write code at, people on my facebook, family members, etc.. all the sudden this time Everyone is totally pumped.. including me..

I think its great!! take pictures, tell everyone about your cool project.. and let it roll!! you are moving along quite nicely!!

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Old 05-05-2016, 10:23 PM   #74
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How did you find your shop space? Looks great. A tight squeeze on the sides but at least you are under cover.
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Old 05-05-2016, 10:47 PM   #75
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How did you find your shop space? Looks great. A tight squeeze on the sides but at least you are under cover.
I got on Google and typed in "rv and boat storage" in my city. 30 minutes later I had a 13x20x60 for $150 a month

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Old 05-05-2016, 11:47 PM   #76
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Was flying solo today. Developed a little system for removing all the damned rivets. I'd say it takes roughly 30 to 40 minutes to remove a roof panel by myself now. Kinda sucks but, it's working. If the rivets wouldn't spin, it would probably take me 10 minutes. So frustrating.

I start off by taking my air hammer with a pointed chisel and knocming the centers out. Then I proceed to drill out the rivets with these Dewalt bits with fancy little tips on the end, they cut VERY well. Pretty much every single rivets spins so I use a metal panel popper and tap it under the metal with a hammer to put tension on the rivet while I drill. Then repeat for the next one, so on and so forth.

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I did however notice that 4 of my posts on the drivers side are different from all the rest. No clue what that's about.

I began to remove side panels as well, got one pulled back and discovered inside the panels are just as clean and rust free, and insulation just as dry as the cieling. So I'm considering not even removing the interior panels. Opinions on that?

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Old 05-06-2016, 05:56 AM   #77
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Remove them to properly insulate.
Try shearing off the rivet head instead of drilling.
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Old 05-06-2016, 09:45 AM   #78
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If it's going to be a winter time bus at all, insulate. If you're going to be in hot summer conditions, insulate. If it's just a weekend bus or trip bus, don't worry about it.
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Old 05-06-2016, 09:49 AM   #79
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No its definitely gonna be a full timer. I graduate in a year and I plan of living in it full time travelling for a year maybe more. I'll just go ahead and take it all off

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Old 05-06-2016, 10:32 AM   #80
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Well you're from a fairly warm location anyway. Lot's of people of the southern persuasion don't insulate, unless they plan on traveling to colder locations. Any Alaska trips planned?
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