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Old 03-10-2012, 08:31 PM   #41
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So, after getting home I had some daylight to burn and wanted to jump in and get the deadbolt installed.

Boy did I FUBAR that puppy. After such a good day shopping, I feel really bummed that I ended on such a sour note.

I read the instructions and realized the hole saw I bought was too small. Grrr. So I thought maybe I could just drill the holes for the lock mechanism to fit through.


However, that wouldn't work because of the long support structure at the bottom of the lock. While shopping earlier in the day I found a graduated drill bit in Harbor Freight. Luckily I picked it up and started drilling into the door.

The inside was a little crooked.
The outside wouldn't let me do more than half the size...


Looking inside the hole, I could see why:

That's the solid metal wall of the support tube that the graduated drill is having to scrape away.

<~sigh~>

... more ...
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Old 03-10-2012, 08:41 PM   #42
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Feeling a little frustrated, I had to walk away before I did more damage. So instead I took apart the little bench over the heater in front of the cage.

And took a window out just to prove to myself how easy it was to do so.


Looking down the track, I could see why I need to be aware of possible leaks.

Not much in the way of weather stripping or sealant in there!

I really need to take that inner wall off and make sure there is not damage. But... OMFG, what was the bus manufacturer thinking when they made this puppy?!?!?!?!


Were they hoping to use the inner skin as the foundation of a hurricane proof vehicle? Or since this was a prison bus, were they afraid the prisoners would pry the thing apart from the bottom-up, so had to be extra careful and put these things...

EVERY EVER-LUV'N-INCH!!!

WTF???



I want to take the wall down, but... damn! The more I look at it, the more I'm thinking I'm gonna be lazy and just caulk the hell out of the windows and build over the top of them like everyone else.
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Old 03-10-2012, 09:20 PM   #43
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I looked under the bus this morning before leaving for the RV show and spotted a couple of things that look like filters, but somehow doubt they are the filters I'm looking for...

These don't appear to have any relief valves under them to release water from the filter.

I'll get out and look again tomorrow.
That long filter is (IMO) the lube oil filter, that shorter one would be your spin-on fuel filter, and it's between the fuel pump and your injection pump. You should start at the fuel tank and trace out the fuel line from the tank to the engine. If you have a water seperating filter can, it should be there somewhere before the engines fuel delivery pump. Good luck & YMMV.
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Old 03-10-2012, 09:30 PM   #44
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Since you are going to cover the walls anyway, why not just cut some access holes (panels) in them so you can get a good look. If they are bad, you could just saw cut above the rivots and repair any damage necessary... just a thought, not necessarily the best one.
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Old 03-10-2012, 10:55 PM   #45
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Since you are going to cover the walls anyway, why not just cut some access holes (panels) in them so you can get a good look. If they are bad, you could just saw cut above the rivots and repair any damage necessary... just a thought, not necessarily the best one.
I am seriously considering just taking the whole wall down with the angle grinder. I had to do that on my last bus, but only because the top was the area of difficulty.

I may bitch and complain, but in the end I do enjoy working on this stuff. Once in a while my girlie-girl side shows up and freaks over the craziness of things.

on another note...

One thing I did figure out at the RV show is I will put all my various tanks, electronics (the inverter, wire travel paths, etc), water heater, etc... under all the cabinets and drawers so they sit higher. After bending over to peer into a dozen or so RV cabinets and kitchen drawers, I realized I wouldn't want to do that on a regular basis. So everything that must be reached every day shall be set at a foot or more above the floor.
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Old 03-11-2012, 10:48 PM   #46
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Mine was constructed the same way... it took forever, but really glad I removed them... It's making it a lot nicer to install everything else...
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Old 03-12-2012, 12:34 AM   #47
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Kinda happy I got a 'Bird, because the way they make the window openings they naturally shed the water. Only at the corners of the sill could they leak, and a couple of dabs of chaulk takes care of that. Damn the eyebrows, though. I'm at the stage of construction where I'm doing as little as possible. Over budget, out of time.
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Old 03-12-2012, 12:18 PM   #48
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...Damn the eyebrows...
LOVE THE EYBROWS!!! Since we kept a few of the original windows, I can open them a few inches while raining. I can leave the windows cracked open an inch and not worry about driving rain blowing in the bus. We aren't going to be in NM forever... at some point we will be back someplace where it rains more that a tenth of an inch twice a year.
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Old 03-12-2012, 09:47 PM   #49
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My mother's BF, Dave, and his brother Rich came over tonight and helped me jump-start the bus. Dave also gave me a volt meter and the battery charger/jump-starter for my birthday! Yay!
Thanks guys!!! You both rock.

They then helped me re-park the beast better in the driveway. Now it's actually sitting squarely on the wheel blocks instead of halfway into the mud. This is good since it's supposed to rain again tomorrow!

So... happy thoughts! It's all good.
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Old 03-13-2012, 09:31 PM   #50
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Not sure if they're the same but we used the Lowes equivalent to Rustoleum on the inside of our bus and its holding up really well.
Do you know if it can be tinted? I'll probably do mostly whites with bold jewel tone accents inside to keep it light, yet visually interesting. Outside I want it kinda sedate. If the Lowes faux rustoleum can be tinted, that would be awesome.
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