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Old 09-04-2009, 12:58 PM   #11
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really great start...keep it up
im digging all the pictures it helps keep my a.d.d attention...
wanna go ride bikes
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Old 09-04-2009, 06:30 PM   #12
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WOW...you weren't kidding when you said you got a great hookup! I could use some of that carpet (hint-hint)... VERY nice score Johnny!
I know man....so nice. If i have enough left over carpet I'll hook you up bro.
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really great start...keep it up
im digging all the pictures it helps keep my a.d.d attention...
wanna go ride bikes
Definitely man. Lets go ride bikes man. I will be going through Amarillo next tour again I think. I ate the big texan 72 oz challenge last year. Love that place. Next time I wanna try the burger from hell. Haha. Glad you like the photos...here comes a bunch more. Today was a big work day. My girlfriend Sarah came out and helped a ton. Got so much done.

Got the drivers seat removed. In this pic you can see the hole on the left side from where the floor heater hose led to the blower. Still wondering what I should do with this. I thought about pulling out the entire unit to the left of the driver. But it looks like there is an entire heater coil under there and I would rather not fool with it unless its necessary. Any suggestions? Would I be happier if I just bit the bullet and pulled it all out?



Sarah sanded the entire ceiling. Getting it ready for some paint to get applied.



Pulled the engine cover off and got all the rubber mats pulled up too. Tomorrow I am gonna prime and paint the engine cover and was thinking of using that hammered rustoleum paint. You guys think that would work well?



After a massive amount of sweeping (kids really leave a bunch of crap in these things) I went through the whole floor and steel brushed the little bit of surface rust I had. Really happy how good this floor was....especially after seeing some of the pics of other floors. I then sprayed down some rustoleum everywhere I had gotten rid of the rust. Then I sealed up all the holes in the floor with silicone. Think its gonna work pretty well and be a great solid base to build on.



So I stole an idea from Kirbystud. Used a deadbolt lock to close up the rear door. I actually was able to find one built for a thinner door, so I didn't have to put in a spacer. Got it installed and it works great. I absolutely love how its flush mounted on the outside.





So at the end of the day I had a ton of trash outside. There is so much crap that you pull out of these things....even after the seats are pulled. I swear I probably pulled 500 lbs of scrap metal, rubber floor, and at least 50 lbs of dirt and trash. Crazy stuff.



So there you have it. I have been working on the bus for about a week now. I feel like a ton has been accomplished. I am hoping to get the ceiling painted and start laying the insulation and vapor barrier down on the floor. Trying to power through this thing. Once again....if anyone has an idea about the heater hole and coils up front, I would appreciate it.
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Old 09-04-2009, 06:55 PM   #13
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I have two ideas for that heater hole, One is more likely and less silly... But you be the judge

1. Duct it to just behind the driver seat. At some point you are going to be driving in the cold, and want the heat that it provides.

2. Duct it out the sidewall right there. If your bus tries to overheat, turn on the heater and blow the hot air out. Maybe use the blower that was on the ducting for better exhausting.

Cause it just occurred to me...

3. Do both 1 and 2. Put in closable vents. When you want heat, open the vent behind your seat. When overheating, open the outside vent and turn on the blower.

I did warn you that my idea was kinda silly... 1 inside the box, 1 outside the box... 1 right in the middle.
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Old 09-04-2009, 09:12 PM   #14
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I have two ideas for that heater hole, One is more likely and less silly... But you be the judge

1. Duct it to just behind the driver seat. At some point you are going to be driving in the cold, and want the heat that it provides.

2. Duct it out the sidewall right there. If your bus tries to overheat, turn on the heater and blow the hot air out. Maybe use the blower that was on the ducting for better exhausting.

Cause it just occurred to me...

3. Do both 1 and 2. Put in closable vents. When you want heat, open the vent behind your seat. When overheating, open the outside vent and turn on the blower.

I did warn you that my idea was kinda silly... 1 inside the box, 1 outside the box... 1 right in the middle.
I actually really like the idea of the behind the seat vent. the outside one is a good idea too, but i dont know if i want to go to all that work. im gonna look near it and see if i could do that stuff without taking away more space from the cabin area.
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Build a metal box large enough for a pizza or sammiches....duct the heater into it, set 'er on bake.....and enjoy some hiway-hogies You're gettin the dirty work done, the fun will come soon & you'll start to see your dream come to life!

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I like this idea too, but i dont like my hogies to smell like a bus engine. maybe its just me. haha.
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Old 09-04-2009, 09:40 PM   #15
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another question....i am gonna be painting the ceiling. do i want an oil based enamel? or would a latex be fine? its already sanded and ready, just want to put the right stuff up there.
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Old 09-05-2009, 09:03 AM   #16
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You are kickin some butt on your bus! Great progress so far & good to see Sarah jumped on the bus! I am not sure but I think I would use a latex on the ceiling, something flat. This way it is so much easier to clean up if you make a mess while painting. Plus no paint smells for days or weeks... And don't they make a latex that you can wipe down to clean after it is dry?
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Old 09-05-2009, 07:09 PM   #17
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You are kickin some butt on your bus! Great progress so far & good to see Sarah jumped on the bus! I am not sure but I think I would use a latex on the ceiling, something flat. This way it is so much easier to clean up if you make a mess while painting. Plus no paint smells for days or weeks... And don't they make a latex that you can wipe down to clean after it is dry?
Thanks man. It is going really well so far. I think I am just gonna go with a higher end exterior latex for the ceiling inside. The outside is gonna get auto paint, but since the ceiling is sanded, I think a quality exterior latex should hold up....at least for a couple years. By then I will probably be redoing a bunch of stuff anyways. Today I spent about two hours staring at the front door trying to figure out what I want to do with it. I want to keep the school bus look to it, so I dont want to pull it and put an rv door in. So I think I am gonna pull it out, and turn it into one solid door immobilizing the center hinge completely. Pull all the rubber gaskets off the door. Build a solid frame and mount it like a pre-hung door. With all new seals and a locking mechanism. Then take the new old bus door that is now operating like a regular door and is pre-hung and mount is. What do you think?
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Old 09-05-2009, 07:46 PM   #18
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I think you are on the right track, keep it simple! Here is a door from the gallery. It simply has a couple brackets that keep the door straight... I had a photo of one with a standard RV door latch installed but can't find the photo.



I agree, a good latex should work well!
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Old 09-05-2009, 08:22 PM   #19
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really? if you find that pic, post it up here. would love to see it. i know i am gonna bracket the door straight, but am trying to figure out the locking mechanism and trying to keep it sealed better than just a straight bus door. thats why i was thinking of doing that, but pulling it off and building a real frame for it. that way i could really seal it good and keep it more insulated, quiet, waterproof, etc.
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Old 09-05-2009, 10:02 PM   #20
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really? if you find that pic, post it up here. would love to see it. i know i am gonna bracket the door straight, but am trying to figure out the locking mechanism and trying to keep it sealed better than just a straight bus door. thats why i was thinking of doing that, but pulling it off and building a real frame for it. that way i could really seal it good and keep it more insulated, quiet, waterproof, etc.
Here is a beautiful bus with a cool idea for a inside door latch that seals the door when latching, but may only work with a door replacement..

viewtopic.php?f=11&t=4416&p=37428&hilit=door+latch +rv#p37428

Here is another option - scroll down the page to Gone Campings white skoolie... I like the all glass door & it would be easy to mount plus the nice glass view - you could just tint it very dark for privacy...

viewtopic.php?f=11&t=4416&p=36477&hilit=+door+latc h#p36477

Here is Millicent, the huge roof raised bus... If you look into their thread you may find what he did to latch it but not sure.

viewtopic.php?f=9&t=2445&p=27017&hilit=+door+latch #p27017


WTD had this posted. This is the simple RV latch that you can find cheap on ebay. This could be mounted on the front door...



Well...thats all I found for now. Hope this helps a little!
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