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Old 06-01-2015, 05:43 AM   #21
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What was the verdict on that? Couldn't locate the thread when I looked. We're considering either doing this, or converting the top lights to clear spotlights (only for use when parked) instead of getting rid of them entirely, but we also don't want to run afoul of the regulations.
Its in the Hazard Lights thread. But the consensus is that we're seeing a lot of new OTR coach buses more than just the bare minimum in rear lights. As for turning the them into area floods? Make sure they're covered while on the road.
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Old 06-10-2015, 11:46 AM   #22
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It’s an exciting Demo is Done Update!
All ceiling and wall panels are off! We pressure washed basically all but the driver’s area after these photos.


We pulled out all of the fiberglass batts which were in decent shape, after debating the costs of professional spray foam, we decided to insulate ourselves with rigid foam boards. We put the bigger pieces over our existing attic insulation of our house, ‘cause why not?
The fiberglass mountain

We worked on grinding down the rust, the flap disc we gave a try was total overkill and wore out quickly, the wire wheel ended up being the perfect tool for the job.

The space hogging door mechanism and cab overhead area were the next to go. The door was also removed as we plan to retrofit it to swing out.


So much empty space up here to reclaim as we build!


This little hole housed a tiny fan that was quite decrepit, we ordered a 16x16 polycarbonate skylight to replace it, seeing as there is already a hole in the roof.

This panel was removed…

To fix this hole left by the removal of the stop sign.

Now that we’ve basically removed all we plan to, it’s time to prep for paint and the fixing of things like that hole. ;) We used corroseal and it worked great on the floor, it wasn’t needed anywhere else. Thank you all for your invaluable advice as we figure things out!
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Old 06-10-2015, 10:33 PM   #23
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Great pics.

Thanks for sharing.

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Old 06-15-2015, 06:39 PM   #24
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I have a way different throttle switch than you and we are 1 year apart. seems pretty new-ish, did you replace it? If so can you tell me where you got it?
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Old 06-18-2015, 08:00 PM   #25
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Sorry, we haven't replaced anything - everything up front is as it came from the school district.
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Old 09-02-2015, 10:37 PM   #26
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We've been so engrossed in working on the bus that we haven't updated this in months but the time has come to catch all you wonderful folks up on our progress.

In between other responsibilities including replacing a decrepit fence in our backyard, we have been making steady progress! Painting was a large task that started with the removal of all the lights, reflectors and mirrors, sanding nearly the entire surface then cleaning it with acetone. Masking the entire thing in frog tape and butcher paper was no small task but then finally came paint.

We went with a white and blue color scheme with a simple V design on the hood.




Our very old but still running air compressor came in handy



We also retrofitted the door to swing out in one piece. We put a metal strap (repurposed ceiling metal) across the middle to keep it flat and some foam board insulation in between the two panes for rigidity. Then we put it back on the same way it came off, with some new bolts. The original hinge works fine swinging out, it only swings 90 degrees out but that is enough. We plan to add a thin layer of insulation on the inside, reusing the original rubber seals for the side and bottom with some new weather stripping at the top. We're not sure on the latch yet.


Another big accomplishment was getting it registered as an RV!!! We went to our local DMV and had to sign an affidavit that it was solely for recreation and had eating/sleeping/sewage facilities. After over $500 in taxes and paying the registration and new license plate fees, it is registered as a "International 38MH Motorhome"

We also got a quote for just over $100 a year from our local state farm office for liability only on it, so we'll be getting that before adventuring.

Next is doing the roof coat with Henry's Solarflex then reinstalling the windows and getting it sealed up for working on through the winter.
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Old 09-03-2015, 12:51 AM   #27
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Thx for the pics.

Tyvek suits are great. I use them a fair bit.

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