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Old 02-10-2015, 12:23 AM   #151
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This is a lake of water in our bedroom, pooling due to the tilt of the bus on uneven ground, which entered through the e-door on the opposite side. Time for some new weatherstripping.








Hey this DIDN'T WORK.













THE WILD FIRST RIDE!


Drove it to Heiser for body and paint, made a pit stop at the in-laws and snapped a few pics in the sun







So we finished up what we could in our final days before she was scheduled for paint, and at this point I feel like we're over the hump. We hit rock bottom morale-wise about the time we started laying hardwood. Having her in the paint shop is such a nice break, and we needed it. When she's done being painted, the bathroom happens, and plumbing, and some final trim, and the odds & ends will never be complete. This bus (house) will probably be a work in progress for the rest of its useful life. But I will still do it, and I'll still believe in it, and I'll still love it. It has taken so much from me, and at the same time has given so much back. And we're still just barely scratching the surface. I really can't wait for what lay ahead.
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Old 02-10-2015, 12:30 AM   #152
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Lookin' Great Guys! --- Keep up the good work and keep the pix coming.
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Old 02-10-2015, 12:35 AM   #153
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These are photos from Heiser, emailed to me by our sales rep

"We sand. We sand again. We mask off things that won't be painted, we sand around them. We sand around each seam. We sand around every rivet. We sand some more. Then we do it again."

















We took some pics when we got a sneak peek on Friday. They're cleaning what's left of the botched roof spooge off the windows, doing some detailing, and we're picking her up tomorrow.

In other news, we found a potential place to live:





On some farm property that a sweet lady is renting to a few other like-minded liveaboards... seems too good to be true, but we'll find out tomorrow if Bertha can make the hairpin driveway entrance.
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Old 02-10-2015, 06:46 AM   #154
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Guys, seriously- WOW, I'm very impressed. Please keep up the good work and continue to post those pics!
I'm also going with the "wall" behind the "cab".
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Old 02-10-2015, 08:56 AM   #155
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Amazing! I want the butcher block counter top. Very nice. Love the tin ceiling too!
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That is a nice paint job. Really looks fantastic.
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That is a nice paint job. Really looks fantastic.
I think so too. Clearly a real painter did that
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Old 02-10-2015, 10:44 AM   #158
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There is so much win in this thread.

Well thought out.

Well built

Wife helping build her home

Wife helping even while preggo

Great use of material

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Thank you for taking the time to share it with us.

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I gave heiser a call, and it sounds like they have a pretty reasonable price on painting a bus! I think I'll do the same thing when I can scare up some funds, your bus looks fantastic with the new paint.
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Guys, seriously- WOW, I'm very impressed. Please keep up the good work and continue to post those pics!
I'm also going with the "wall" behind the "cab".
Thanks! I am convinced that it really helps to keep in the warmth. On the coldest nights we had to staple masking film over the doorway to keep out the cold draft. Too much glass up front! And the folding door is very, very far from airtight.

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Amazing! I want the butcher block counter top. Very nice. Love the tin ceiling too!
Thanks, countertops were about $130/ea from Ikea. Cheap compared to corian or acrylic and much prettier than laminate. Just have to make your own backsplash.

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There is so much win in this thread.

Well thought out.

Well built

Wife helping build her home

Wife helping even while preggo

Great use of material

ect.

Thank you for taking the time to share it with us.

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I gave heiser a call, and it sounds like they have a pretty reasonable price on painting a bus! I think I'll do the same thing when I can scare up some funds, your bus looks fantastic with the new paint.
Thanks! They quoted us $4,890 for sand, prep, recaulk EVERY body seam, primer, and solid grey. Custom designs/two tones/anything metallic or requiring a clear-coat would drive up price. Our grey is single stage. Tax came to $500.

Really reasonable if you ask me, even though it's twice as much as we paid for the bus itself, but I mean a quality auto paint job is in the same ballpark, and think about the surface area of the bus, and all those rivets, caulking, my god.

They also re-mounted my battery box, removed the broken latch and replaced the whole assembly, put on some new weatherstripping, painted the wheels, mirrors, bumpers, cleaned and detailed everything that wasn't painted like tires, rubber, hinges etc.

They really took care of us. Simon is great. And from what I hear, they've been around since the 30s and have quite a good rep.

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That is a nice paint job. Really looks fantastic.
Thanks for the kind words guys.











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