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Old 08-11-2014, 10:49 PM   #51
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Hello all.

Last weekend we primed our window panels and cleaned up our cargo bay in preparation for a truck bed spray.


I washed our galvanized sheets down with a weak TSP solution. I say weak because it didn't appear to do anything that dawn & warm water wouldn't have, I guess I expected it to dull the surface a bit. I think I had a cup of TSP in two gallons of water. If I ever do this again, I'll probably take a scotch-brite pad and scuff the zinc lightly and THEN give it a good wash with a stronger solution.












This is our cargo bay with nasty rotten plywood removed.


Rusty screws holding plywood in place


Chisel made it easy!


Before wire wheel


After wire wheel








Rust reformer








Okay. That's 4" I.D. So, I need a 4" O.D. to 6" I.D. adapter. And some 6" O.D. pipe.
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Old 08-11-2014, 11:37 PM   #52
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This weekend, we installed our window panels over our open windows, tackled some more interior framing, and laid down truck bed coating in our cargo bay.


Had to clean out the sills, they were full of muddy sealant. Screwdriver and a joint knife did the job.


Rustoleum metal primer, off white, for a good stick and so we didn't miss anything.












After curing for a few hours




3/4" angle iron, 1/8" thick.




I love Fastenal.


3/16 dia steel/steel. I got two boxes of these, one with a longer 1/2" grip length.
























Then it was time for a nap.


I tucked some wires into loom.






These are vertical because we needed something strong for the bunks to tie into.








Started framing out the bedroom. The wall panel here follows the curve of the roof, which means the stud couldn't lay all the way against the wall




Made a small cut with the angle grinder, problem solved






And I got to use my Kreg!











That's all for now. We're tired, filthy, and ready for rest (which is working in a factory all week for me, and dealing with a 1-year-old all week for her.)

Next weekend, partition walls are going up to divide the bus into rooms.
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Old 08-12-2014, 12:37 AM   #53
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WOW! --- You guys are rockin' & rollin' ! Great looking job on the window deletes. Keep the pix a comin'.
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Old 08-12-2014, 03:16 AM   #54
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You guys are making some great progress! I am a lackadaisical sloth in comparison!
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Old 08-12-2014, 08:20 AM   #55
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great job! and quick too
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Old 08-12-2014, 01:42 PM   #56
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You kids are doing a bang up job in record time. Have you decided on bathroom and kitchen and holding tanks yet?
I'm in Bellevue, WA and have some spare holding tanks and toilets available if you are interested. We are building
a 1996 Bluebird All American Rear Engine maybe we can get together and compare notes.
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Old 08-12-2014, 11:03 PM   #57
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Thanks guys for the compliments!

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You kids are doing a bang up job in record time. Have you decided on bathroom and kitchen and holding tanks yet?
I'm in Bellevue, WA and have some spare holding tanks and toilets available if you are interested. We are building
a 1996 Bluebird All American Rear Engine maybe we can get together and compare notes.
Currently the plan is to go with a composting toilet.


We are leaning towards Nature's Head, as they seem to care and have a reputation for great support. Their toilet is compact and the design is simple. We've done a fair amount of research regarding composting vs flush and feel that composting is best, and that this particular toilet is the best for our needs. Here's why:

1. A composting toilet greatly simplifies our plumbing. One less tank, one less drain pipe. Simple is better.

2. Water conservation. Because of space constraints, we can only store a certain amount of fresh water. I'm thinking boondocking and dry-camping here. Any way I can reduce water consumption helps.

3. Maintenance is comparable if not less frequent with a composting toilet. I've emptied black water tanks, and emptying a urine bottle a couple times a week isn't nearly as unpleasant. Maybe this is worse for some people than for others. Right now, when we work on the bus, we pee in an old plastic starbucks cup (in the privacy of the bus) and walk out and toss it in the bushes. So only having to empty every so often will be a nice upgrade.

4. Did I mention there is zero plumbing required? However, it requires a 12v computer fan to run constantly. Not the end of the world, right?
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Old 08-12-2014, 11:13 PM   #58
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I realized I haven't posted any plans or anything.

Here's some early sketchup screenshots. Ignore the dishwasher. We nixed it.




















Ignore the chair. Nixed that too =D













And the plans have changed some since these were drawn.
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Old 08-13-2014, 02:49 AM   #59
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You guys are doing a fabulous job! It is a great thing working alongside your partner who will get to reap all the benefits with you! VERY nice build!
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Old 08-13-2014, 03:01 AM   #60
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It seems like there's a bunch of us in the Seattle area that are building on a bluebird platform (me included). It might be fun to meet somewhere and compare experiences! I'm in the Renton/Issaquah area.

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