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Old 09-12-2015, 09:00 PM   #91
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Seems like it has been awhile since the last update but there is progress.

In the first photo here you can see that there is a combination of 3 square tubes with a mixture of angle in towards the front of the wheel well section and 1 square tube with a mixture of angle iron towards the back the wheel well section. The metal patches will sit on top of the angle iron and square tube combinations. You can also see we made some more rubber pucks for each of the square tubes to sit on to match the others. towards the upper right of the picture you where the chair rail section is cut out there was the outer 2" wide section of wheel well from top top bottom that was rusted through that has caused some of the moisture to come up the wall and cause some to rust through a bit, the worst metal was taken out and patched, was tack welded in so that is why sunlight is coming through at the moment.



This picture shows it all painted with a rust-oleum brand metal paint protector. Wheel well coves were finally wire wheeled off, might get the same paint treatment tomorrow.


Here is a couple pictures of the metal patches cut in and fit on top of the square tubes and angle iron. Tomorrow should be getting it all tied together. and making it whole again.

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Old 09-13-2015, 01:17 AM   #92
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Congrats. Looks like a good job.
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Old 09-13-2015, 01:51 AM   #93
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That rust isn't stopping you.

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Old 09-13-2015, 08:24 PM   #94
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Thanks for following along Nat, and Tango.

Last day before the long work week ahead, so we took it rather easy. I started in on the battery bay box and she tack welded the panels down to the floor on the inside. This picture the sliding tray had been removed and the batteries as well. The rust is only a bad on the bottom of the bay, the worst being where the left panel meets the bottom. i will get rid of all of that rust and reinforce the bottom left side with an angle iron. will all get grinded down then painted with a rust inhibitor.



getting the batteries out wasnt too hard as i got an idea from looking at nebuchadnezzers build by using a motorcycle jack, came in really handy so if you're reading this, thank you.



Here is the sliding tray to pull the batteries out while in the bay, was in very rough shape berfore i got to it, went straight to work before i realized i didnt take a before picture. The sliding tray was so corroded and rusted on the left side that it would not slide out at all. The whole left track portion was rusted away so i fabricated my own (the shiny metal on the right) and tested it out and it works like a charm.



Here that is with a quick once over of rust inhibitor paint as well.


And finally, the panels almost completed it feels very, very solid.
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Old 09-14-2015, 09:26 AM   #95
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You seem to be going about your conversion in the way many people could learn from. Get the basics right, eliminate/arrest corrosion and get your foundation solid before jumping on the eye candy stuff. Nice work, please do keep the pix coming.
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Old 09-14-2015, 09:33 AM   #96
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Great work! Glad the jack helped that's why we take pictures and talk about what we do, to help each other
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You seem to be going about your conversion in the way many people could learn from. Get the basics right, eliminate/arrest corrosion and get your foundation solid before jumping on the eye candy stuff. Nice work, please do keep the pix coming.
Yes, this is the logical approach. Many reject this outright.
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Yes, this is the logical approach. Many reject this outright.
Because most people are freeking lazy.

It makes me sick how lazy most people have become.

That's why I love threads like this.

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Old 09-14-2015, 06:23 PM   #99
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Thanks for all the compliments and encouragements it feels great! we do take pride in our work, so its awesome to hear feedback like that. I cant wait to get to the eye candy stuff though, will be really nice one it all starts coming together. Also nice to hear we are not lazy as we are only 25. we hate lazyness as well.
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Old 09-15-2015, 10:16 PM   #100
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So we took a whole bunch of measurements of the bus months ago and i applied it to sketch-up and then made it in layers over a couple of months of free time. It is not complete, such as the stairs and what not, but everything is to exact dimensions. there is over 20 layers(windows, metal ribs of the bus, chair rail, etc...) in this and is very fun to play with now as i can make each layer appear or not so its not in the way.
The first one here are just a bunch of flat 9 1/2" panels instead of C-channel they like actually are, i also built the wheel well in this layer and then built the plywood box over it without changing the layer and was too lazy to take it out.






This is the drivers area console to the left hand side. switches to the right with shelves and a cubby, CD player on top. Most of this is inspired from one of my favorite builds on here "our bus, our home." The drivers heater box is below that.




The wood-stove, chairs, and fridge i did not make, they were imported into the build.


Here is what i really liked, the glass feature on here which i could turn all the windows into which was awesome, will help with planning which to keep and remove. This helps as well for planning my wiring and which ribs to put light fixtures in and what not. There is a corner couch that i made in the model how it would be made in person, the long side of couch slides out to meet the end of the couch turning into a full size bed, it also lifts up to have storage underneath when a couch.

Here is a rear view, the bed being raised for storage underneath with enough room to sit up in.


Making this model really opened up a lot of storage ideas that i would have never thought of otherwise. I know there will more than likely be plenty of changes once i get to this stage. The toilet and bath are also not picture in here because i didn't feel like making them, i know where they're going anyways.
We have found a 12.6 cu. ft. fridge/freezer combo that uses 333KWH per year, averages $36 a year. will we be skipping a stove top oven combo and use a counter-top convection oven for those needs, and a small energy efficient 2-burner electric stove top.
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