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Old 11-15-2015, 01:34 AM   #11
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Nice gearing. That thing has potential to rip down the interstate.

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Old 11-15-2015, 12:09 PM   #12
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Nice gearing. That thing has potential to rip down the interstate.

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From what Ive read the trans is actually a 6 speed trans with the 6th gear electronically disabled? So I could actually have two overdrives. I'm not exactly comfortable driving it yet, so ripping down the highway isn't my main concern right now haha.
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Old 11-15-2015, 12:56 PM   #13
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And here are some Jeep pix! She's all loaded down for a trip in this pic, something I'd love to avoid doing in the future if I had a big ole toy hauler!



My (tolerant) sidekick/wife:



This should explain why I need a rig to tow the Jeep to events instead of driving it there and back:

https://youtu.be/nYiyEj38syM
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Old 11-15-2015, 01:16 PM   #14
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We all love pics.

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Old 11-15-2015, 03:29 PM   #15
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Before I even got the bus I started making a wood stove for it. I like the fact that the wood stove actually removes moisture from the air (unlike propane which makes moisture), doesn't use electricity (I'll be doing nothing but boon-docking), and if I'm out camping, what's better than gathering up deadfall and having a little campfire inside the bus?

Started off with some super professional plans drawn by state of the art software:



I made the whole thing out of 1/4" thick steel, and there's a baffle up top to force air around the baffle to get to the chimney. This should, theoretically, make the hot air stay in the stove longer and force it along the top, making more heat and a better cooking surface. We'll see if that theory pans out.

I started out by making the main stove body:



Then made the opening for the door:





Welded in some crude baffles out of scrap I had to help with airflow:



Made the air flow control. Simple, but hopefully effective:




Painted with stove paint and added a nifty handle:



Made some door hinges kinda like a Wrangler. The door can slide up and off the hinges, not sure why I did that, but there ya go:




Welded in a thick 4" chimney adapter, 1/4" everywhere for longevity. Don't want it burning out while on my bus! This will connect to a Duravent pellet stove chimney system with a rating of 1" clearance to combustibles.



As it sits now:




Need to fab up legs and a latch system, and she's ready for cleaning/paint!
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Old 11-15-2015, 05:21 PM   #16
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Nice stove.

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Old 11-15-2015, 06:19 PM   #17
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Nice stove.

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Thanks! Hopefully it works. The bus will be essentially cut in half, so it shouldn't need to be too big/efficient. We're used to camping in a tent or a hammock, so even if the fire dies after a couple of hours, it will still be much more comfortable in our spray-foamed box.
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Old 11-17-2015, 10:14 PM   #18
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I had my brother and 6 other friends at the house tonight helping rip the seats out. The fact that we all work on cars and have really nice tools made the job 100x easier. Three impact guns were ripping up top while two people underneath were keeping the seat nuts from spinning. We were done in around an hour. Must be some kind of skoolie record. Anyone want 24 bus seats? Come and get 'em!

We first gathered necessary supplies, aka pizza and beer.




Then we began the tear down.







First seat out!



Making progress up top and below...





We decided to start at the back and toss them all out as we went along.








Relaying messages as to what bolt to go for next became the name of the game for fast removal.





There's a bunch more room in a bus without seats! One might even attempt to skate inside a bus...







I'm not saying that we then went for a drive in the bus with no seats, but if we did, it would have been a lot of fun. Buses are fun to drive when they work correctly and you've got friends on board. I'd say tonight was a success. Hopefully the other stages of the build go as smoothly.
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Old 11-18-2015, 06:14 AM   #19
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Ahhhh, the ol' pizza and beer trade! Nice!


Its awesome taking a victory cruise in the bus!
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Old 11-18-2015, 11:29 AM   #20
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That looks like the most rust free bus underneath I have ever seen.

Good job, now have them help with the conversion and it will go fast too.

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