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Old 07-07-2014, 12:53 AM   #31
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These had the same vinyl as the inside, and I peeled that off and pulled up these boards with the wrecking bar.


Haggard


Filling these gaps with great stuff


Before


After. I know, I know. Sloppy.


New paint job! Also painted the lower walls.




Cleaned up and painted the fuel filler cover.


Lunch time!


1" Foamular beneath 5/8" plywood. I regret not going thinner on the subfloor.




1/4" gaps between sheets filled with great stuff and cut/sanded flush.


Self-tapping screws.



Then we had to take a few weeks off to finish planning our wedding, and then we went to vegas for a week and wished we had gone to hawaii for a week.




When we returned, we punched out four windows. The forward-most one will be the shower stall, and the three aft of it will be kids bunks.


Horizontal framing, also with self-tapping screws. These are 2x4s.


Window trim will mount on top of this plane and cover the steel.


Trying to be accurate. Do I know what I'm doing? No.


Again, blundering.




This was at the end of today. Yay! Now we're on the same page.
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Old 07-07-2014, 12:57 AM   #32
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A+ on the job but more so for the ambition. I had ambition once.....
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Old 07-07-2014, 01:05 AM   #33
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A+ on the job but more so for the ambition. I had ambition once.....
Thanks. You know what, I feel that way now. When we decided to do this we were full of ambition and had big dreams for the bus. We wanted every square inch planned to perfection. What is actually happening now is we're putting one foot in front of the other and hoping it works out. It's good experience.
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Old 07-07-2014, 10:23 AM   #34
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Lookin' Good Guys! --- and your basic concept is valid for just about everything in life. Think, do your homework, plan...then be flexible enough to make it work in spite of all the well laid plans.

Thanks for sharing and do keep the pix coming.
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Old 07-16-2014, 08:13 PM   #35
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This weekend we started framing the bedroom.

Construction is a lot harder than demolition. We swallowed the broken pieces of our egos after realizing we had no idea how to actually build things, and then trudged along with a drill and a couple of saws until our heads stopped hurting. Along the way we came up with a few tag lines, such as "whatever" and "almost" and "good enough", and a few too vulgar to print.
















Blue Bird wants $25/ea for these cam locks. No.



Replacing this with a locking handle. I'm sad that the locking version doesn't have the BB lettering.


It was hot!!




























Not attached yet, just mocking them up. More work this weekend!
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Old 07-16-2014, 09:31 PM   #36
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It's awesome having a wife or girlfriend to help out and share the fun of doing this. My wife's in there getting her hands dirty with me and i love it. We can sit back when its done and think hun we built this with our own hands! You guys are moving along nicely! great job and i can't wait to see more!

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Old 07-16-2014, 09:35 PM   #37
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A few months ago we found a decrepit Sub-Zero 245 at a local building materials thrift store for $200. I don't have "before" pics to show you, but it was kind of like this:


We ordered a couple parts for it and gave it a thorough cleaning and now it looks like this:


And it runs great. It's designed to be a built-in undercabinet fridge/freezer, so there is a channel in the door where you can slide in a fascia that matches the rest of your cabinetwork. A stainless steel insert is available, which we'll be using, just need to order it.
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Old 07-16-2014, 11:38 PM   #38
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Tried to add your facebook and it doesn't work... just jumps to my newsfeed... weird... Showed you posted on mine but then it disappeared from from my timeline along the same time... maybe something i did on my end lol...hmmm

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Old 07-17-2014, 03:46 AM   #39
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I think my floors are a bit worse than yours. My purchase price sure was! Totally jealous of your luggage bays and engine. Still I wanted a bit shorter and at 30' I got it. I have never seen a rear engine bus in my size with the 8.3. For that matter I have never seen a rear engine school bus in my size either. They've all been the transit version.

Your wife is not only willing to help but it was her idea to build and live in the bus to start with? As a theoretical concept I find the idea almost plausible. Almost. Pictures of her working on it go a long way to giving this concept validity, but still I wonder if she is some kind of alien from another world, or at least some kind of weird parallel universe.

My wife's idea of help is to not complain about the buses presence. She has kept her promise. As long as I work on it she promised not to crab.
She isn't that bad but has made it crystal clear that this is my project.
Hope she remembers that when she sees all the polished aluminum I have in mind. (I'm going to 5 truck shows in 5 weeks in 4 different states so shiny metal probably won't be a huge shock, she already expects the extra marker lights, my pickup has 67.)

My progress is terribly slow. Especially compared to you. Had the bus since February and still not done taking crap out. Between my event and work schedules I don't expect to work on the bus again until the end of the month.

Of course I don't have the deadline of needing to live in it either. If I did I wouldn't have bought a 30' bus. My usage is more of a long weekend at a time-if that.

You two should be very proud of your bus. You are doing great so far!
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Looks like you're moving right along on the construction and the pictures look great! The new fridge looks like it is going to be really nice as well...and congrats on your wedding

Keep up the good work
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