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Old 03-09-2010, 07:20 AM   #11
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You can never be certain about the miles, you know? But the odo shows about 163K on it.
I haven't checked to be certain, but I would guess it's the AT545.

I bought a load of carpet last night, and the first of the paint. The yellow is really getting on my nerves. I have to find a way to cover the blasted holes left by the lights, and fast, as it is going to rain tomorrow. If I have to, I will just cover them temporarily with some duct tape, but I need to find a better solution. I can't cut a circle well enough to make one worth putting up, let alone eight.

I mounted a new drivers seat, bought a jump seat from a Dodge Ram, it's also a center console. Bought a bunch of interior lights from Chevy Tahoes/Suburbans too.

Perhaps some pictures later, gotta get ready for work.
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Old 03-09-2010, 11:06 AM   #12
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I wonder if you could find some pre-cut circles of sheet metal in that section of Home Depot where they sell sheet metal ducts and other stuff for HVAC applications? Or maybe paint can lids, or some other random metal item that happens to be the right size?
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Old 03-09-2010, 11:30 AM   #13
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Or an excuse to hit Harbor Freight for a hole saw...
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Old 03-09-2010, 07:28 PM   #14
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Mud, like, Bondo? Huh. I hadn't even though of it. Won't it crack though?
I figured to have them made in circles so I could just glue them in place, or rivet and glue them. I was going to place them over the outside.

Another thing I have never done is bodywork, other than welding sheet metal. Got pretty good at that with the old Jeep. Not sure what was more expensive, the spools of wire I used to go through, or the sheetmetal I blew holes in learning how to do it properly. Now, it's been so long I will be relearning again. Looking forward to that.

Today, I glued my fingers together. I reached into a bag and pulled out the can of contact adhesive, only to have the lid fall off partly. Whoops! I guess dropping the bag was a bad idea. I was only gluing little pieces of carpet to the wheelwells. The rest of the carpet is just slopped in, more or less, because it will come back up later when I pull the floor. Mmmm... maybe next year, maybe next month. Going to bang around in the bus for a while before we settle fully on everything. No carpet in the back third, due to dirt bikes.

Settled on a plan to mount the console/seat to the engine lid, using a pipe mount swivel seat. Gotta thank my wife for that plan. I was narrow minded enough that I was just going to bolt it on using a plate. Now it can swivel to face rear, probably put a clevis pin in it to keep it one way or the other though.
Blast, didn't take any pictures.
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Old 03-09-2010, 08:01 PM   #15
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Fiberglass reinforced Bondo works well. I have used the long-strand version with great success. Then I use the regular Bondo for the final surface coat. Smooths out really well and strong enough to hold up. Just don't put it on any thicker than you have to.
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Old 03-09-2010, 08:37 PM   #16
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Quick temporary covers, take one of the light covers, cut a square slightly bigger than the light cover and use the cover to drill holes into the square. Use the gasket and screws from the cover and screw the squares into place on the outside. When you have more time, take the squares and move them to the inside of the bus, rivet in place, and bondo the hole shut like Smitty said.
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Old 03-14-2010, 09:39 AM   #17
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The last few days have been somewhat productive. Pictures today, I swear!
Friday, my friend, my daughter and I went to a surplus RV place in Elkhart, and spent most of the afternoon browsing. Didn't get much, but a few good things, and the prices, as I remember them:
Freshwater tank $65
Waste tank $60
water pump $60
water particle filter $5, I think
propane T/automatic changeover valve jobber for dual tanks, $50
four really nice hatch doors, $50 each
four hatch door flip out retainer things $3 each
trailer hitch with hardware $25!
120-12v converter/fusepanel/breaker box $forgot
Seat swivel base $55 (a little spendy, but saves me a lot of fab time)
A regular ol dometic toilet because we don't want to deal with blackwater on a large scale, or have a fixed toilet, it will be in the shower for now $85

Really wanted one of their couches, but I knew my wife would not like the color, so I skipped it for now. If it was about half of what it was priced at, it would have come home with us for sure, but at that price, I wanted to be certain she was going to like it. It was $250, not terrible, but not quite right. I also really wanted an awning, but theirs were new, and still too much for us. I need a better deal. $600 is way too much for us right now.

Saturday we went to Ikea in Canton, Michigan. The idea was to find a couch there, and get some cabinets. We scored huge in the as-is section, and got most of the cabinets we needed, the counter top, the sink, most of the drawers and faces too. After pulling the bus into a single car space (!) and loading up, we parked once again and went back for more. We got a few more cabinets, some silverware, a pot, a faucet, and an orchid. I really wanted to get more LED lights, and perhaps some halogen lights too, but was met with resistance. Next trip, I am told, so, okay. We had to special order a few items, so we will be back in a few weeks.

Today, I am going to put a few of these things in the bus. And maybe go buy a welder. And a furnace.

It seems to me that the bus is not wide enough for most pull out couches, is this the impression other people have as well?
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Old 03-14-2010, 06:54 PM   #18
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Hi Emma, I went to http://www.rvsurplus.net/, at 1400 W. Bristol Street. It was kind of messy, and they were overwhelmed, but quite nice regardless. There is another place a few blocks away that I didn't get to, and one about twenty minutes from there called Bontragers that I also didn't have time to get to.

Here is a few pictures of today's mess, courtesy of yesterdays trip to Ikea.






A few more cabinets, and the kitchen will be done. The long one on the floor is the pantry, it has to be cut down, you can see my wife working on a template for the top. We are short one base cabinet, and a lot of drawer faces, drawers, and cabinet doors. Looks like at least one more trip to Ikea. Heh!

Still haven't settled on a couch.
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Old 03-14-2010, 06:58 PM   #19
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You can see we have decided not to build out the walls extensively. In fact, no modifications at all yet. Kind of like it the way it is, more or less. Going to cover the panels with carpet soon enough.
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Old 03-15-2010, 07:52 AM   #20
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Oh, right, I forgot the sink. it was also in the as-is section, and at only $10, it included the strainer assembly too. We always go to the as-is section first, then through the rest of the store, but often back to the vehicle first.
The pull out facet was only $60 (full price), the counter $34, the cabinet with drawers was $69, the sink cabinet was $10, the trash pull out drawer was $3, the tall pantry was about $30. The rest was full price, still a bargain to me.
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