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Old 03-04-2012, 08:53 PM   #11
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Cut the tree down and moved the cable line farther up on the house. So now, theoretically, the bus can drive into the back yard unobstructed!

Well... it could it the back yard wasn't still a mud pit that would swallow it to the axles!

More details in the blog for anyone interested.
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Old 03-06-2012, 06:32 AM   #12
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I know it was foolish, but I tried to get insurance through my normal company, State Farm. My agent is super nice and with the right amount of coaching could possibly be turned to the skoolie side. But no dice. She said she would continue to work on it for me, but because it was a former school bus, it was considered unsafe and "too top heavy". WTF? We transport our CHILDREN in these things to school on a daily basis because they are one of the SAFEST vehicles to do so! Just a sorry excuse by SF to avoid something different.

So on Friday I called our favorite ... GMAC ... received a quote, then was told at the last minute that, "Oh, wait, we have a new process and your bus will have to be approved by our underwriters before I can finalize this. It shouldn't take long. I'll call you back in an hour." So I waited. And the end of the day turned into the weekend. So yesterday I finally called them back. It appears the bus actually was approved Friday. Yay! After one more little moment of suspense as the other agent tried to get the VIN into the system, we finally prevailed and the bus is officially paid up for 6 months of liability insurance (apparently the only kind they will sell to a non-professionally converted skoolie).

So today is DMV day! All I can say is, I'm bringing a book.
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Old 03-06-2012, 10:12 AM   #13
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Gmac got my vin number wrong three times...Took about three months for them to finally get it right so that the numbers matched up with the state records.
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Old 03-06-2012, 07:22 PM   #14
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thats weird, I have State Farm
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Old 03-06-2012, 07:53 PM   #15
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... and the bus is now officially MINE. Got to the DMV before they closed (by 10 minutes!) and was able to pay for my "title, taxes & tags". Happy Dance ensues.

Tomorrow's chore either picking up insulation, or the beginning of the interior deconstruction. Just depends on if HD will deliver the insulation to my local store, or if I have to go through the bridge-tunnel to get it on the 'south side'.

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That is very strange! Maybe it has to do with location? I don't know. But I would have been happy to have the 2-vehicle discount!
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Old 03-06-2012, 09:06 PM   #16
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And... here are some more photos from the inside of the bus.

Inside by the back door, looking forward.


Standing on the doghouse looking forward.










See... I have Plenty of Space to add insulation to the floor and ceiling!


Some of the RV windows that came with the bus (THANKS KARL!)



and the funny decal that was on one of them


More to come...
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Old 03-06-2012, 09:08 PM   #17
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PAINT... This is the paint that was originally used. Can anyone make out the company name? Is it Falspar?


And THIS is the color I eventually want the beast. A nice deep blue with black and gold accents.
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Old 03-06-2012, 09:38 PM   #18
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I'm guessin' "Valspar" on the paint.

http://www.valsparpaint.com/en/index.html
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Got a little bit deconstructed today. Just the bench and the seat on the far wall. Took longer than I thought. But it's all good because it's progress.


My supervisor, Daphne, was eager to help, but I had to keep reminding her of Union rules against canines using tools.

The padlock also arrived today and i tried to visualize where it would go. There appears to be plenty of room on the door frame to install it, but I'll have to add about a 1/4" of material on the wall to bring the latch flush to the bolts.

What kind of hole saw did you guys use to cut the 1" circle through the metal? I'm afraid to start on it until I am sure I have the right tool.
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What kind of hole saw did you guys use to cut the 1" circle through the metal? I'm afraid to start on it until I am sure I have the right tool.
Heavy bi-metal hole saw from Home Depot. Ours are all white.
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