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Old 08-07-2011, 03:39 PM   #141
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The door opens to reveal five drawers. They are actually boxes made of 1/2 inch plywood that were glued and stapled together. They are 7 inches tall and about two foot square.






First off, drawer glides are expensive.

Instead of the conventional approach to making a set of drawers, I chose to make a face frame with one inch ribs. I then installed shelves made of 1/2 inch plywood in those spaces.

They are supported with screw strips on the sides and back. Because the shelves are 1/2 inch and there are one inch ribs, the drawers can not slide out. That was a cheap and effective way to get a bunch of drawers. Also, you don't have to fuss with them in order to remove them. Just lift the "box" out of there.



Another view of the drawers.







Yeah! I know! Why aren't the insides of the doors and the sides of the drawers stained? I gotta save some stuff for later.
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Old 08-07-2011, 03:44 PM   #142
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Here's a view looking rearward, with the curtain closed. If I wanted to, I could close the front bedroom curtain and the back one and run that roof air on high and make a little refrigerator. I bet that would be useful in Arizona in the summertime.


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More clothes than any one man should own.








So, there was a time that I would run out of clean clothes in a month.

Naturally, I would then go to the laundromat. I like laundromats. I like the atmosphere, and the diverse blend of customers that use those facilities.

What I DON'T like is how long the machines take to do their job AND how many quarters I have to feed them.

I did a little calculation, and realized that it was easier and cheaper for me, and more fun, to go to the local Goodwill store on Sundays where I could buy garments for a dollar a piece.

Well, guess what? After many months of doing that, I now have mountains of clothes. So now every week I get rid of clothes. Soon I will only have enough clothes to fill half of my closet.

You know what that means though? Yes, I will have to go the laundromat even more than I did before. At least I will only need one machine.
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I just realized that I am out of pictures. Is it time for a funny anecdote? Wait! Here's a picture of Shawn and me. I'm the little guy. My dog Emma is in there as well.








Gee, I just got a request for a funny anecdote. So here it is:

When I was in high school, I stole the janitor's large key ring off his desk. Naturally, that gave me access to anywhere in the school.

Once the neighborhood kids figured out that I could open the gym on Saturdays, we all would go play basketball. It worked for a long time.

But that is not the story I want to tell you about.

This is it. Having the ability to go anywhere, I started exploring the whole building. I found a room that had a bunch of big air vents in it. I started crawling around in them and discovered some secret areas.

One of them was a vent to the gym. It was very near to the ceiling. It was probably 25 feet up. It was way above the bleachers.

Well, for two years, I had some of the biggest laughs of my youth. You see, I would crawl up in to that vent during basketball games between our high school and other high schools.

So, I'd watch the game for a while, and then (only once or twice a game) I would wait for the opposing team to throw a basket and I would blow the whistle that I would carry with me, just as the guy was going for the basket.

Naturally, he would turn and look at the referee. The ref. would look at him, then the ref. (knowing that he did not blow the whistle) would look into the bleachers.

Of course, he never found anyone in the bleachers blowing an unauthorized whistle. That's because it was me hidden in the air vent way above.

Yeah, I did this for two years, and laughed heartily every time. How I got away with it is, I NEVER told anyone that I was doing this, and I never gave away my position, because I never blew that whistle more than twice during any game.
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I do indeed have two roof airs, However the 30 year old one in the front has died.

I am going to do the electrical systems soon. I would like to be able to plug in to a 50 amp service as well as a 30 amp service. I really don't know much about that stuff. I guess that I will learn.

Paint? I will paint it, but I want to keep the bus covert. I want to keep the original paint scheme and give the impression that it is still an emergency management vehicle. On the metal that covers the outside of the windows in the middle of the bus, was painted "Johnson City Emergency Response". I want to either paint or stencil "Strong Command Center". Also, the color, white, is the best for a roof on a vehicle.
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I feel pangs of inadequacy from not having any more pics of the build. So, here are a few that you have not seen.

I spent way too much money on this Dodge. It leaked and rotted, from way before I even bought it.

I flew to LA to buy it and drove it back to TN. in the winter. It is surprising how cheaply made, these things are. I have heard it described as "sticks and staples".

After having dismantled it, I see what that means. I can imagine that if this thing were to tip over on it's side while speeding down the highway, it would break up into a million little pieces.

If the same thing happened with my bus, It would probably slide and make sparks. Then, the tow truck would just set it back upright, and I would drive on down the road.





Going to the junkyard soon.
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Here, you see that the engine and transmission have been removed and sold. Notice the curved aluminum roof that I had to build just so I could sleep in the bed area. I have stripped this dog of everything I could use or sell. Leon is coming this week to haul that sorry vehicle away. He is excited to get it. I hope he makes a bit of money out of the scrap metal. There is a lot of aluminum there.






Behind the Dodge is the 1953 trailer that I had. Behind that is a 1972 Yellowstone trailer that I used for the recording studio. It is now, my last storage area. There will be a lot of stuff that I will be giving away, as I do not have room in my bus for too much else.
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All right, here are a few pics of the outside of the bus.








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Wow, there is a lot going on here, with all this work and stuff. I'm gonna take a break and tell you of a funny incident.

To begin with, it was my dad who was always the disciplinarion in the family. The rules were clear, even for my mom. It was very rare that she ever raised her voice, much less, that she actually scolded either my brother or me.

There was this one day, however, that I happened to walk in the kitchen and saw an opportunity to have a little fun (at my brother's expense).

I was amazed to see my mom pointing at my brother, Phil, and actually screaming at him vehemently. It was so uncharacteristic of her.

Well, Phil saw me enter. He had a look of terror on his face. I was to the back of my mom, so she did not know that I had entered the kitchen.

It just so happens that I had been presently eating a bag of Cheetos. So, I got this great idea!

I'll hide behind my mom (who still doesn't see me) and stick two Cheetos in my nostrils, and two of them out of my ears. It wasn't as easy as it sounds to put them things there.

All right, so now I wait for the perfect moment, when my brother is at the height of his terror, and I pop up to look at him, with the adornments in my orifices.

What does he do? He bursts out laughing!!! Boy, that pissed my mother off!!! He points at me and says, it was HIM! Of course, I was very adept at removing the Cheetos, and just stood there eating them with a completely innocent face.
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Yay, I got some pictures today of the Dodge going Bye Bye. Leon and a friend came to pick it up, (literally). Here are the pics.

It had no wheels or tires on the back. I mentioned this to Leon, and he said "don't worry about it".





Lucky there were two little metal wheels on the bottom of the back bumper. That was the only thing that kept the plastic gasoline tanks from getting crushed.






OK, Here are the rest of the pictures. You should have seen this (circus act).

The Dodge stuck out 10 feet behind the end of the truck bed. The back wheels (drums) barely fit on the bed of the truck.

When Leon and his buddy left, Shawn and I watched that Dodge sway from side to side, while it was sitting on that truck bed. He suggested following them guys to make sure that it didn't fall off. I said that there was nothing that we could do, if it did. I never want to see that thing again. Bye Bye! That's Leon in this pic.













There it goes, leaving the parking lot. This event was one of the highlights of my day. I asked Leon what he could make off this metal heap and he said $600. That was so cool. I was really glad for him. To me, it was just something I needed to get rid of.
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