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Old 07-24-2016, 03:01 PM   #121
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My cousin thinks that she wants to build a skoolie before heading off to college so she volunteered a couple days to come down and help me to see if she really wants to, to gain skills , and to get me as an asset when and if she does decide to build. Here she is helping me plane down some redwood fence planks which are actually considerably cheaper than a lot of other boards. Fortunately my old scoutmaster has an awesome Woodshop so I was able to use a quality wood planer for free.


Here she is helping me Shou Sugi ban some of the Redwood planks



Scrounged up some fellow veterans from the VFW here they are helping me put in some blocking for the plank wall



Here's what some of the plants look like after Shou Sugi ban and staining





And here is your monsoon season motivation because you people are beautiful and why not



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Old 08-09-2016, 12:09 AM   #122
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Still feels wierd to intentionally pop a hole in the skin of the bus


But now i have hot water


Sealing the sill step one caulk the metal




Had plastic on the back of the planks to keep the foam from squeezing out so at the window we folded it over on to the caulk and added another bead of caulk on top of the plastic



Then emplacing the OEM sheet metal sills that come on the bus and screwing them in with a little caulk on the thread.


And this kids is why you wear ALL your PPE (personal protective equipment) especially when doing an over head blind pour. Could have gone blind

Still felt some pain


And lost some hair
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Old 08-11-2016, 11:32 AM   #123
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One of the walls when finished


Inserting T nuts with an arbor press for the functional wood sculpture wall


Touching up the finish on the Tnut holes

Doing our ceiling instal yoga with some t&g pine

the majority of the ceiling we did with a blind pour but the last 4 or 5 planks we did with direct spray and shaped with the wire wheel on an angle grinder. Made a horible mes of foam snow but the saping whent much faster and easier. Over all i would use wire wheel again for shaping.



I love the lighting with the ceiling and windows in


After the grand untarping once the windows where installed with the sealed sills. Still have to caulk the windows them selves.



They loved it
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Old 11-26-2016, 10:00 AM   #124
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Any pics of the framing above the windshield. I need inspiration
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Old 11-29-2016, 11:04 PM   #125
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Hey Zoomy,

We live just over the mountain in Prescott ridge at the base of Mingus mtn on your way into Prescott valley. We are in the middle of purchasing our bus and plan on raising the roof. What is your overall height with the 3ft raise? Do you ever bring your bus up to the Prescott area? My wife and I would love to see it sometime!


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Old 11-30-2016, 02:15 AM   #126
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isn't all that flat surface is going to kill your top speed and fuel MPG. I wonder if you'll be able to get it over 55mph and still be above 6mpg. I towed a tall trailer like that behind a power stroke ford. 55 full throttle on my first trip. Added a sprint car style roof wing to the truck to get the air up and over the trailer. Back to 75 mph
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Old 12-02-2016, 08:38 PM   #127
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I have a 84pak (39') 1995 Thomas Saf T Line with a 8.3L Cummins and Allison MT643. I'm doing a 3 foot roof raise to it to accommodate 2 large sleeping lofts and leave the entire bottom open for living space.
Is this the same bus? This one has rear engine vents. What did you do about those when you chopped the top?


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Old 12-04-2016, 12:04 AM   #128
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Had to custome make a D chanle with 1x2 rectangle and half a 2"round tube, didnt have a tube bender so i did spine cuts to make my radioused square tubes. There should be more pics of that in previouse posts.

Brick would love to give you tour not sure if pm went through but call or pm me back with phone number

Geo. After all the blood sweat and tears ive put in this im not sure id want to go over 55pmh..... non the less lets hope your wrong, altho i think your right.

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Ill try to get a new pic this week but here is and old one



But yes that looks like my girl befor i went all nip tuck on her
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Old 12-04-2016, 07:36 PM   #129
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Ill try to get a new pic this week but here is and old one



But yes that looks like my girl befor i went all nip tuck on her
so there's nothing structural (heavy duty) above the vents in the RE?

If you get a chance can you measure the back "bench" (the engine cowling) height? Is there a need to be able to access it for engine work? In your application you still can. I would be covering it with a bed and or cabinetry. If the engine isn't 100% accessible from outside of the bus I'd probably just opt for an FE bus. The reason I'm wanting an RE bus is perceived gain in HP to the wheels. I dunno if it exists or not but a 2 foot drive shaft is going to have less loss than a 20 foot drive shaft. Or at least that's my thinking. But if it comes at a loss of space over the engine ...

I would probably do the "standard" roof raise of cutting thru the windows. While yours is cool it might be too cool. I don't want to get chased out of cold climates until I'm just sick and tired of snow and short days. Not because I'm freezing my a$5 at night.
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Old 12-04-2016, 11:03 PM   #130
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Wow!

Also i can relate to the above "Not sure i would want to go over 55" after all the work.
The more this feels like home, the less interest i have in driving around, which puts a kink because i LOVE driving this bus. So i am planning on buying a 80s GMC dump truck (same front and motor) or a second short bus to drive around, hey all tue cool kids are doing it!
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