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Old 07-20-2009, 08:37 PM   #41
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Congratulations on your engagement! May you both live long, happy lives together!
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Old 07-20-2009, 11:25 PM   #42
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Congratulations on your upcoming marriage...I just got married...it's tons of fun adjusting to married life and whatnot. The best of luck to you both! Good luck with your conversion too!!! I'm thinking of taking a page from your book with having a "Stowaway" bus too...But life keeps getting in the way of that little project. Anyway, best of luck and congratulations to you both!

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Old 07-23-2009, 09:44 PM   #43
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Thanks for the congrats everyone. I appreciate it.

Not much progress on the bus side of things, but finally some progress on the motorhome demolition side of things.

Today, I removed the interior A/C components, the last 2 light fixtures, the interior parts of the skylights, and all the windows and doors except the two windshield sections.

I also got a lot of the extraneous wiring removed. and got all the tools out of the vehicle. It is basically exposed to the elements at this point, so I had to make sure there was nothing left inside that I cared about getting wet.

Some pictures are located at http://gallery.giffords.net/v/cobra/remodel/teardown/.

Here are the pictures:







hopefully I'll have more to post tomorrow.

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Old 07-23-2009, 09:50 PM   #44
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Wow... was that the first stab at an RV? That is a parts goldmine! What does that side door measure...hehehe...
That is great to have access to all those goodies! I am jealous!
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Old 07-23-2009, 09:56 PM   #45
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I measured the hole the side door came out of, and the hole is 26.5" wide by 76" tall. It wouldn't be a good fit for either of my busses, or our summer kitchen, which was a bummer.

When removing the door, I accidentally ripped the bottom of the frame loose from the rest of the frame. I'm going to see if someone that can weld aluminum can weld it back together. Then I can see if I can find a buyer.

Mom and dad plan to use some of the windows, so I don't know yet what will be available.

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Old 07-23-2009, 10:11 PM   #46
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Let me know about the door & will remeasure... that might work for me...
Might need a bigger window tho...
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Old 07-23-2009, 10:34 PM   #47
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that door has a frosted glass window, and would be a poor choice to put in place of a front door in my opinion. However, a midships door location would be fine.

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Old 08-08-2009, 07:27 PM   #48
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Finally, some more progress. Today was entirely a cleanup day, and I still have plenty left to do.

Today I needed to move the 2 busses so that the grass underneath them could get cut. So, while they were out in the large parking area of the yard, I backed The Stowaway up to the side of unleashed, put the ramp between the two emergency exits, and finished moving the last of the extra stuff that was stored in unleashed into The Stowaway. My 12yr old niece helped me with this, which is impressive given the weight of some of the UPS battery backup units.

Once everything that needed to go into The Stowaway was loaded into it, I parked it in its new home behind the pool. I then backed unleashed in between the back of The Stowaway and my apartment, leaving just enough room to pull my pickup truck around to the emergency exit of unleashed.

While I've had the bus, I've been collecting miscellaneous metal, with an eye to perhaps being able to reuse some of it. I figured anything I couldn't use would sell as scrap. Of course, this started when the price of scrap was higher, so really I should've cashed it out back then. In any case, most of the metal was in the form of computers, and I finally decided I wouldn't use any of them at all in this project. Also, things like an old ironing board, part of a vacuum cleaner, and some other misc metal junk.

I kept all the aluminum separate. I'm still hanging onto my aluminum for now.

So, I pitched all the non-aluminum metal junk into the back of the pickup truck:


All ready for a trip to the scrap yard next week.

After that, there was still some misc stuff that needed to be unloaded and put up. I got all that done, then took a few pics of the interior of the bus:









Still left for me to do is to toss the old RV chairs which really aren't worth saving, get all the tools out, remove the sleeping back that is on the driver's seat, and remove the rest of the junk. After that, I can pressure wash the interior to get rid of all the bird poop and sevin dust and the traces of bird mites.

Hopefully tomorrow will be a nice enough day and I can get all of that done.

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Old 08-09-2009, 12:28 PM   #49
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It's been rather hot here too. Not like seattle the other week, but still hard to work in. I live less than 150 miles north of TygerCub, and I'm amazed at how much she's getting done in this horrid heat.

Weather Underground says it is currently 86.1F at 69% humidity, with a heat index of 95F. The thermostat on the wall says it is 97F, and the RH is closer to 75%.

When I moved my bus yesterday, I opened all the windows, and parked under a large sweetgum tree for shade. I also waited until later in the day when it was cooling off for yet another rain shower, and yet I still sweated a few gallons out.

On the negative side, my bus definitely has some leaky windows. Good thing I plan to pitch them all anyway.

Between my trip to Oregon and the weather (extremely hot or extremely stormy), and having to keep the full time day job, I've been very disappointed in my progress on the conversion. I was really hoping to finish the roof raise this summer, and now I'm thinking I'll be lucky to finish it by the end of winter.

Of course, the budget keeps shrinking too, which does not help. And I still haven't bought the steel I'll need for the roof raise.

Oh well, I can't let that get me down. I just have to keep going out there for 5 to 15 minutes at a time, then come cool off in the A/C for 30-45 minutes at a time, and at least make *some* progress where I can.

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Old 08-09-2009, 01:52 PM   #50
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Howdy Jim! Good to see yer still around! Yea, I think most anywhere on the east coast is sweltering... including Florida. Just gotta get yourself out & do it. :lol

We are slowly running out of time to move so I have no choice but to finish up what needs to be done on the bus. I wish I had a large sweetgum tree to park under!
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