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Old 03-28-2012, 11:22 AM   #71
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We are in this life to suffer, the only difference being the amount of **it you are going to get. From now on, every time you "call it a day" count your fingers. If you end with the same number as when
I have to hide the knives every day in case my wife whacks off one of my body parts....
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Old 03-28-2012, 09:45 PM   #72
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Owie! Hope you didn't get too ripped up, and that you heal quickly. I can see where you can get into trouble pushing a mattock. Don't think they have a PPE for what that thing did to you. Take care, girl!
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Old 03-28-2012, 10:12 PM   #73
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Yee-ow! The bus conversion giveth and taketh away. Which sometimes really sucketh.

Wishing you a speedy and complete recovery!
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Old 03-31-2012, 06:12 PM   #74
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Hoo boyo! Change of plans with the walls. Not only do they have rivets spaced at 1 inch intervals, the rivets are steel, have 1/4" shanks, and they are also gacked down with some kind of black tarry nasty crap! ack!

I discovered this after several hours of experimenting with ways to remove the rivets.
  • I tried the cold chisel and mallet... my arms aren't strong enough - and I'm still a little timid after thwacking myself in the face.[/*:m:1j96iic2]
  • I tried to drill out the rivets... worked 'okay', but the drill never stayed on-center, and I had to go back with the mallet to whack off the heads.[/*:m:1j96iic2]
  • I tried an angle grinder... used both the cutting wheel, and a grinding wheel. The grinding wheel took way too long and sometimes left enough of a lip to make pulling the metal up difficult. The cutting wheel was too precise and I still had to use the mallet to whack off the heads.[/*:m:1j96iic2]

So... I'm just using the angle grinder with a cutting wheel to bypass the rivets completely and will just cut out the panels in sheets.

Well... I'm doing that for the rear of the bus.

On one side.

And only because I started the job and don't want to leave it unfinished.

Sheesh! One would think Virginia was paranoid about the type of people that bus originally transported!
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Old 04-01-2012, 09:48 AM   #75
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for rivits, like on the rub rails I use 7 inch grinder with 7 inch or so cut off wheels with the guard removed... for small stuff i use the small air grinder with 4 inch wheel with no guard.
And since i have done this for years and years, i know someday i might cut some body part off. hasn't happened yet cause i am careful

I dont worry about accidently gouging the metal a bit cause that is what bondo and the d a is for...
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Old 04-01-2012, 10:18 AM   #76
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Bondo, eh? Sounds like I need to pick up some of that because there are a lot of holes on he exterior that need covering. Thanks!
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Old 04-03-2012, 10:07 PM   #77
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So... for the past couple of days after tearing out the small steel panel in the rear of the bus, I decided to start working on making window blanks. The previous owner gave me three sheets of metal to use as blanks - two solid pieces, and one perforated that will be great as a vent. I cut the first two, primed, painted, and glued some 1/4" plywood to the back, and ... ran out of weekend to work.


This afternoon, I went to the junk yard and picked up one last piece of metal for the third window. Got three quarters of it cut before the cutting wheel ran out . Drove back to Lowes, picked up 3 more wheels, some gasket material, and 1? angle brackets to help hold the blank in place.


After finishing the last cut on the steel, I decided I better fit at least one window into place before it got too dark. Unfortunately, the 1? angle brackets were too large . I figured they might be, but Lowes didnít have any of the smaller items in stock. Tomorrow Iíll go to Home Depot and see what they have.

The gasket material was a last-minute addition. There was gasket material behind the original windows, but it was removed while cleaning the window ledges. I decided to add new gaskets because the vertical posts are more of a shallow U shape than flat. Left without a gasket, the metal blank wouldnít fit very well and would probably leak at the first rain. I will end up caulking around the edges outside, but thereís no reason not to err on the side of caution.


I had just enough time to cut a piece of foam and fit everything in place before I ran out of light. Wish I had thought to take a picture from the outside (doh!). Iíll do that tomorrow.


In the mean time, I leave you with a pretty cool reflection of the moon in the door window.
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Old 04-04-2012, 10:01 PM   #78
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Filled in 2 of the window blanks today. I used 3/4" L brackets to hold the plywood and metal in place. Then some 1" foam was stuffed into the remaining opening. The foam will have to be removed, though, since I still have to add caulk to seal the area. Otherwise water will seep in at the edges.


It's not a lot, but as long as I can get SOMETHING accomplished every day I'll be satisfied.
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Old 04-07-2012, 08:45 PM   #79
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Spent the morning pulling all the tools, wood, and crap out of the bus. All the sawdust and metal filings were vacuumed up, then I dragged a hose from the other side of the house and washed the whole interior. "Kaboom" took those nicotine stains right off the side panels! It was amazing how much dirty water was streaming off the sides and roof panels. Damn glad I did it before moving to the next phase.

Thursday I picked up the bundle of 2" foam for the flooring. I'll start installing that tomorrow after I finish the last window blank. I'm excited to finally get a floor back in the bus. There was no hurry while I was still farting around with the windows. But now that the blanks are in the back I'm ready to start some real construction.

One of the things I wasted time doing today was buying a compressor to use to inflate the tires. Unfortunately, it didn't work. I'll keep the compressor because those things are always handy. But I'm getting a little desperate to get air in that tire. None of the tire shops would touch it - said it had too much pressure for them to handle. So Monday after work I'm going to risk driving it to one of the large truck shops with the hopes they will take the time to run a hose out to the tire to inflate it.
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Your bus has air brakes, right? Can't you fill the tires using the bus. That's what most of us with air brakes do. Those little oilless compressors don't seem to do much pumping at higher pressures.
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