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Old 06-04-2018, 06:47 PM   #21
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So with the monsoon rains we had the other day I found a couple other tiny seeps, they have all been marked and will be dealt with in the next couple weeks.
I have been cleaning and prepping the floor for rust treatment, it's been slow, mostly do to my work tempo creeping into my personal life lately. That and we had a couple sunny and warm days, so that spring cleanup up and lawn care you folks probably did 2 months ago or so we did last week/still doing. But I should have it sprayed, and then painted within the week.

In the meanwhile I took the fleet numbers off the bus, I notice people talking about how much of a PITA de-decaling can be. My preferred method for most decals but especially vinyl is boiling water and a 1" putty knife or a razor blade scraper if it's a completely flat surface. I find the putty knife works a bit better in most situations. But you basically boil the kettle or a stock pot, and then;
pour it over the decal and finish on the edge that is going to be your starting point.
Then lift that edge with the putty knife, pic the most logical area (lifted portion, corner, crack, etc) until you can get your fingers on it.
Peel back with 45 deg or better angle, slowly while rocking left to right.
Depending upon the outside air temp and decal size you'll have to pour a little more over again, pour onto the portion still stuck to the vehicle.
Then repeat as required, it took me 15 min to peel 6 large numbers off.
The before



and the after




now just a bit of goo gone or isopropyl and no one will know there was decals there to begin with.

I would have made a video, but I would have needed a 3rd hand
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Old 06-07-2018, 09:54 PM   #22
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Well, 2 quick coats with the corrroseal and looks like I'll be able to test my epoxy paint tomorrow.
During the wire wheel phase


, i thought i took one of the whole bus post wheel and pre treatment but I can't find it....
nice sunset last night too


first coat



my pesticide sprayer couldn't handle the corroseal as well as I had hoped, so spray and roller it was, floor joint got the brush treatment.
2nd coat
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Old 06-09-2018, 10:37 PM   #23
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First coat of paint on the floor, courtesy of a visiting Air Force. The French took some damage to one of their fancy new A400's and it required a panel and some paint. They sent a gallon of grey and of blue, they only needed about 500ml. So since they didn't want to do the paperwork for the open DG on their flight home I "disposed" of it for them.
Excited to see how it looks in the morning, but till then here's the post gun cleaning pic.

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Old 06-11-2018, 10:33 AM   #24
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Paint from the French Air Force? Sounds like this bus will be a legit International by the time you're done, and a conversation piece for sure.

On the note of paint, are you keeping the exterior paint as-is? Looks like it's in great shape.
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Old 06-12-2018, 12:07 PM   #25
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Paint from the French Air Force? Sounds like this bus will be a legit International by the time you're done, and a conversation piece for sure.

On the note of paint, are you keeping the exterior paint as-is? Looks like it's in great shape.
Ya, transport of dangerous goods by air is a PITA once the items have been opened. Most people with have no idea as this super sweet paint is going to be buried under the flooring and insulation.

As for the outside there is some touch up work to do down the road.... mostly on the rub rails and a couple friction points but the bus will stay white.
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Old 06-24-2018, 07:50 PM   #26
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So, been a lil busy lately with other stuff. But the paint is done for now, I did the lower walls/chair rail just to clean up the look and seal the chipped paint areas.


But it hasn't been all work that's keep me out of the bus, some exploring, fishing and camping has been done, we've had some crazy runoff this year so the water levels are high and there is still substantial amounts of snow in some places.




there has also been lots of planning, pondering, and researching done for certain parts of the bus build.
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Old 06-24-2018, 07:59 PM   #27
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Soooooooo, got the bus into the driveway the other day, took some measurements, and initiated the further de-construct.
The plan for now is to get the bus squared away as a low tech, driveable bunk house. We have one year to sort it out, I plan to be as efficient as possible with the expansion/upgrades thought out now, to reduced the overhaul done the road.
long and short is we have a full hockey line up of kids to cart around for a few more years, and we currently live in a remote location, etc etc.
Anyways, I'll try to be as diligent as possible with the posts and any rockstars ideas I come up with. I'm by no means an expert, but I am fairly creative.
You are certainly getting your bus squared away. I googled your location and "currently live is a remote location" is not wrong. I thought I was from the North East (Boston area), but you my man are REALLY from the North East. The ever reliable Wikipedia says the average summer high temps barely hit 70 degrees, with night time average lows of 50. The other nine months of the year look like another story.

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Old 06-24-2018, 09:21 PM   #28
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even boston is wild weather.. I was there for 3 weeks.. late may till mid june.. and even in boston.. one day would be 49(yes the high in june) and misty-rain. then the next would be 72.. 88.. then 51 again... and a few in between.. cant imagine whjat it is further north and east...



this bus is Lookin good though through it all!!
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Old 06-25-2018, 12:29 PM   #29
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Thanks Guys, haha ya we had 30 deg the night we went camping that I took those pics. the next day it was 80 lol.
We had snow 60 miles from us the same weekend we were camping, and I had about 150' of snow that was 2' deep to drive through about 150yds back from our campsite lol.
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Old 07-08-2018, 09:57 PM   #30
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So.....been busy with life and a few other things. But I've washed most of the inside, roof, walls, etc, just have the drivers area and the back wall/door. I also popped all the windows out of the bus and I've cleaned up some of the window holes. Going to touch up the paint in a few spots, completely clean the windows, then put them back in and seal them up solid.


I also put some burlap over the tires, two fold keep the sun off the tires, and more importantly keep the noisey winge'n neighbours at bay about my levelled vehicle......


I also got some work done up on one of our local snowmobile trails, new culverts and grooming.



still pressing, not much visual satisfaction at a distance.
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