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Old 09-24-2015, 08:34 PM   #71
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Old 09-26-2015, 09:00 PM   #72
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Another day for me, started around 10am and called it quits at 5:30ish. Since the bus is across town and I'm typically drinking while I work, I decided to haul ass and clean up so I can sit around the fire with some friends tonight.

First thing I did was go over to the place where I bought my bus, there is a twin there that is being donated to the local FD. I got a call from the chief last week and he told me I could take whatever I wanted from it as long as it was still realistic for when they used it for training.

I started taking windows out but, only got one as all the seats are in the way and the screws are way more difficult than they were on mine. I'm going to go back either tomorrow or next weekend with my angle grinder and just cut them out. I'm sure the chief won't mind.

New today:

Finished metal treatment, then scrubbed the interior with an HD brillo pad and the hardest simple green they make. Then rinsed everything out good and broomed what standing water was left. I'm pretty happy with the results. There's always going to be a little residue, sand, debris, etc. but I decided that I just will never get EVERYTHING out. And there's no point in trying since the windows are out and I'm sure my roof still leaks.



I let that dry overnight and hit it this morning, I got some silicone "construction sealant" that seems to be bonding to the metal pretty well. I went along the interior perimeter of the bus, then went back and filled up every hole I could find. Another evening when it's dark out, I'll take a work light under the bus and look for other holes...but, for today I did my best. I know I should have patched some with metal, but the sealant seemed to fill the gaps really well. If I go back in a few days and see that the sealant has dripped through and opened up a gap, I'll just use the couple pieces of galvanized I have laying around to cover them. I don't want/need to cut out and replace big hunks of sheet metal...I just don't see the point.



Here's a picture of my dog in my buddy's shower. I don't know why he went in there but he seemed really happy, and maybe evil.


After/while the sealant dried, I started painting the ribs on the roof. This to me has been the least satisfying and unproductive part of the entire project. The sad part is, there is still a ton to do. I'm not a big "ask for help" kinda guy....for two reasons: 1. they never do anything to my standards or without needing assistance every 5 minutes. 2. Then you owe them a favor...this might be something I need to get over. But, as long as I can remember I've always tried to just do things myself.


I went ahead and used some of the spilled paint to hit the floor while I was at it.


All in all, pretty productive Saturday, and it marks a milestone in my build: NO MORE DEMO! I can't tell you how excited I am about that.

Photobucket is being a PITA right now, will post photo's after it starts acting right.


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Old 09-27-2015, 01:43 PM   #73
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Old 09-27-2015, 06:43 PM   #74
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Old 09-27-2015, 07:39 PM   #75
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Why are you painting the ribs? Is it just for rust conversion/prevention?
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Old 09-27-2015, 09:07 PM   #76
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Why are you painting the ribs? Is it just for rust conversion/prevention?
I'm not painting just the ribs, I'm painting the entire inside of the bus. For several reasons. Rust conversion/prevention is one of them. But, I also want my insulation to make good contact with a solid clean surface. No better way in my mind than a fresh coat of paint. It also acts like a bit of a seal, keeping SOME moisture out.

Additionally, I like the way it looks. I'm tired of looking at the metal. The only downside with going black, is now the bus is starting to look like an angsty teenagers bedroom.

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Old 09-29-2015, 01:05 AM   #77
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More work tonight, but no pictures of it.

In an effort to get the best seal possible for when I put the windows back, I spent the evening scraping the window sills with a gasket scraper, then going back over it with sand paper by hand. It was pretty tedious and didn't look like a whole lot of progress, but I know this will help in spades when I go to reinstall the new window seals and caulk around them. It was a job I'd been putting off, but the windows need to start going in this weekend so no more procrastinating.

I did receive a few packages today though, so that's exciting:



Also, here's a picture of my dog. He's pissed because he doesn't have a soft spot to lay down and it's way past supper time for him:



Welp, until next time,

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Old 09-30-2015, 10:46 PM   #78
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Today was a good, albeit frustrating day in my bus world.

It's been wet and cold in Estes for the last two days...last night I went drinking.

Today, I started work early so I could leave a little early and not feel bad. That and I was tossing and turning trying to remedy my new battery box problem. After contacting a guy today about some Tuffy slide out drawers for $200 (still a good deal, they're just overkill for my needs), I decided come hell or high water I was going to find a better way.

While I was thinking about this, I carried a small arsenal of tools over to bus #13, my bus's evil twin (mine is #12, but they're identical in every way) to take the good windows out. I ended up getting 7 off of that bus, as most of them were in worse shape than mine.

In doing this, I was walking around the bus thinking of any other piece I could take that would be useful to my build. Low and behold, I walked around and saw #13's battery box, same as mine only a bit rustier. So, I took out the angle grinder and the cold chisel and got to work. This thing was an unbelievable pain in the ass to remove without destroying completely....but I got it.

I'm going to mount it directly next to the factory battery box. By the time I'm done, it should look like it belonged there the entire time...hopefully.

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I've been on a Dave kick recently...

See you around the neighborhood, Mrs. Robinson,

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Old 10-05-2015, 04:54 PM   #79
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no real updates. I've been taking windows apart, picking out the good parts, and giving them a good scrub. I counted everything up and I was short two good plastic tabs for the slide mech on the windows.

Went and got two more broken windows to rob the plastic tabs out of. Should have the mechs installed and will start putting windows back together tonight.

I'll take some pictures tonight, but it's just going to be parts of windows.

you guys like that stuff, right?
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