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Old 07-17-2014, 11:55 AM   #41
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Guys, you are an inspiration to me, I have the same type of bus, but is older(1984BB) and with a Cat 3208T engine(jealous for the 8.3 you have), my point is since my bus is a California bus the wood on the floor is in good condition, but after seeing what you are doing(no cutting corners) I will lift it up no matter what, thank you for posting detail pics, I will follow closely to use your ideas. Keep up the flame on your relationship.
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Old 07-17-2014, 01:33 PM   #42
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First, CONGRATS on the wedding!

Second, this is an AWESOME relationship builder (ignoring the hammered fingers and such ;) ). Looks like y'all are well under way! Don't forget to look under the bus for any nasty rust surprises. After getting my first bus I found 3 broken U bolts and promptly replaced them. That got rid of the "floatie" feeling I had when I first got my bus. I also replaced several "J" bolts that were looking kinda sickly. Just passing along some of my experiences so y'all have a safe bus to enjoy.

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Old 07-17-2014, 07:35 PM   #43
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Thanks all for the kind words and encouragement.

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Just passing along some of my experiences so y'all have a safe bus to enjoy.

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Great tip, thanks. I haven't looked at every nut and bolt down there yet, but I will.
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Old 07-20-2014, 10:53 PM   #44
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More progress this weekend! We finished framing the bed area. We now have a platform where slats and a mattress will go. Underneath the platform will be three standard 27" drawers, and below the step will be storage, although we haven't figured out exactly what to do with the awkward dimensions down there. I'm happy with how the area turned out, it feels really solid and sturdy. One thing that really bothers me about RVs is how flimsy the construction is. Walls bend and bow under pressure, latches and doors feel light and cheap, everything has some "give". School buses aren't like that, and I want the construction on the inside to feel as strong as the chassis and the body. Nothing should bend or give. At least, that's the plan.



Steel for the windows we punched out

Not attached yet, just sitting in the openings.






Bus was looking like a disaster!




We organized a little bit, man it's nice to be able to walk around without stepping on everything!















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Old 07-21-2014, 06:14 AM   #45
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Very nice detailed conversion log so far!
I will be keeping an eye on your build while I work on my bus.
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Old 07-28-2014, 12:31 PM   #46
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I'm just wondering if you still hear the engine after adding all that insulation over the engine compartment?
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Old 07-28-2014, 01:40 PM   #47
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Welcome aboard and great build log!!!!

Plenty of pictures
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Old 07-28-2014, 03:29 PM   #48
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Awesome looking build! Great work..
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Old 07-28-2014, 10:54 PM   #49
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I'm pretty excited. My wife and I (and our 11 month old) just moved in with my in-laws until December to save money and push the build into overdrive. Before, I had a relatively expensive 1br apartment 40 miles from where I work, an hour commute each way. That was $450/mo in gas. I'm now a comfortable 10 minutes from work. With the time I save during the week I'm working extra overtime. AND paying less rent. Thank god for their generosity. This is a boon we desperately needed. There will be progress!

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I'm just wondering if you still hear the engine after adding all that insulation over the engine compartment?
To be honest, I don't know yet. I haven't started her since we completed that bed platform. My heater loop has a slow leak so I'm going to get that buttoned up first. I will let you know though. It was pretty loud with just the bare steel, you could really hear the whine from the p/s pump. Plus the whole bus vibrated like mad at idle. All those seats, vinyl, plywood, wall insulation and panels help to deaden the vibrations, and without them it's loud. We noticed it get a bit quieter with the subfloor in, but a lot of the vibration still comes through the walls and roof.

We are going to spray foam the walls and roof. After that, I'm expecting it to get much, much quieter.

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Old 08-04-2014, 07:30 PM   #50
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Great progress for such a short time.. May til End of July.. I'm hungry for MOAR pictures please...
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