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Old 10-29-2009, 11:19 AM   #71
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Thanks guys. The screws are super easy to take out of the windows though. Just a simple screw up through the frame of the window from the inside. Literally takes about 1 minute to put it in, and would take about ten seconds to pull out. If I had to do something with the window, pulling the screw out would be just as easy as anything else I would think. Maybe I am missing something you guys know of that I dont.

Smitty, I will measure it today for you. Its actually not where mine is gonna go. Just stored there while I am working right now, but I will let you know the dimensions on it.


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I think I misunderstood your talking about the windows. After rereading I think you were talking about the all the windows, not just the ones I am screwing shut. I am able to get to the side screws of most of the windows without messing with the framing. Maybe I am misunderstanding you guys. sorry.
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Old 10-29-2009, 03:01 PM   #72
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On my bus to do anything to the windows you have to pull the window frame. And to do that you have to remove the screws and tilt in the and then up to get it out... Keep up the good work.......That might not be the way all bus windows come out.....Just ask Smitty I see he cut the hole dam roof off to get his windows out.....
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Old 10-29-2009, 09:54 PM   #73
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WOW dude...NICE! I like the simplicity in your framing... Just like you explained a while back & it will work well for you! So I never asked - you never considered skinning the windows not needed?

Great progress!!

Well it dropped to a balmy 17 the last 2 nights & yup our pipes froze & one blew this morning at 5am... scared the sh*t outta us! Sux but should be 62 on sunday - plumber time!

Oh & it is still snowing...2 days! I love that!!!
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Old 10-30-2009, 01:13 AM   #74
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So today was an errand day, so no work was done. Did run by the bus to measure the freezer for Smitty, but other than that I took a day off. My back and legs were killing me from all the floor and frame work I have been doing on her this week anyways, so a day off was welcome for me. Back to it tomorrow.

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Question, can you tell me how tall the box is over the wheelhouse, and how far it will be measuring from the floor to the top of the freezer? I'm doing exactly what you have pictured (just closer to the front) with batteries underneath. I was just curious as to the dimensions in your pic, because they look just about right for what I have planned.
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Measured it today. The box is 10 1/2" tall, and the freezer is 35 1/2" tall, so its got a total height of 46". Since you have the problems bending, it would work great. Your a bit taller than me, but I can still look in and reach the bottom with just a bit of tip toes, so you would be perfect there.

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What KS was meaning is say if you get the interior finished, and someone takes a BB gun or Louisville Slugger to your side windows, how will you remove them for repair?
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Ok, yeah. Well if that happens, I will have to pull that frame truss down. But its not really a huge deal. Just a point of pulling 6 screws. Amazing how 6 screws can really hold the thing in strong. I am just believing that wont be needed. Mind over matter. There is no try, just do or do not my young paddawan.


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WOW dude...NICE! I like the simplicity in your framing... Just like you explained a while back & it will work well for you! So I never asked - you never considered skinning the windows not needed? Well it dropped to a balmy 17 the last 2 nights & yup our pipes froze & one blew this morning at 5am... scared the sh*t outta us! Sux but should be 62 on sunday - plumber time! Oh & it is still snowing...2 days! I love that!!!
Well, I wanted the thing to look like a school bus on the outside. I know that is weird for most people, but I speak to teens across the country in this thing, so looking like a school bus is actually a plus for me. Eventually if and when it turns into a regular rv for me, I will definitely skin the windows. The framing is working great. Really simple....really strong. Sorry bout the pipe man. That sucks hard. As for the snow....its pretty, but you can keep it. I wore shorts all day today. haha.
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Old 10-30-2009, 10:37 AM   #75
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Hello i'm new on here going to pic up my bus Sunday ! It is great to
see what and how you are doing your bus. Man I cant wait and hope
mine turns out half as well as yours. My grandsons want to skip school
to go pick it up ! But daughter say's NO ( School ).Anyway thanks and
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Old 10-30-2009, 10:50 AM   #76
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Hello i'm new on here going to pic up my bus Sunday ! It is great to
see what and how you are doing your bus. Man I cant wait and hope
mine turns out half as well as yours. My grandsons want to skip school
to go pick it up ! But daughter say's NO ( School ).Anyway thanks and
keep up the good work.
Thanks man. I really appreciate it. Make sure to take some pics and start a conversion thread on here. What kind of bus did you get? What kind of conversion are you gonna do?
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Old 10-31-2009, 03:01 AM   #77
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wow great idea smitty dropping the floor in a spot or to to accommodate for certain things...

i have been wondering is there any reason u didnt take out the windows and just put plywood sum insulation and sum skins to cover where the windows were ..
and i was wanting to use 1x2s instead of 2x4s or 2x3s for the weight factor.. any reasons against this
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Old 10-31-2009, 08:44 AM   #78
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i was wanting to use 1x2s instead of 2x4s or 2x3s for the weight factor.. any reasons against this
No problem, since these generally aren't structural. They don't hold up the roof or second floor of a house. I used 1x's cut to the wall shape to insulate and panel a cargo van for work years ago. Just be sure you have a plan to support any hanging cabinets or tables.
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Old 10-31-2009, 11:42 AM   #79
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May have to drop the floor in that area to keep platform at a decent height for the fridge.
I really dont think you'd need to sink it in. My box is 10 1/2. If you raised it 1 1/2 you'd be at 12....should be good, without adding a ton of over all height. You could sink in an area just down through your insulation and subfloor. I would imagine sinking into the actual floor would be a bear of a job.

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is there any reason u didnt take out the windows and just put plywood sum insulation and sum skins to cover where the windows were
Yeah man. I want the look of the school bus. I speak at schools with teens, so the school bus look is exactly what I want. Im the odd ball here trying to keep the look. Im actually adding a stop sign to the side of the thing instead of taking it off. haha.

I agree with redbear too. You can use 1x's for your walls, but dont plan on hanging anything from em. Also, they aren't deep enough for you to run any real electric in. Youll have a harder time insulating too. Honestly, on a bus, the difference between 30 2x3's or 30 1x's is not big enough to make any kind of difference. Think about it....you already got rid of a thousands pounds of seats, and its weighed originally for 60 brats. You aren't gonna get close to that with a few 2x3's.
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Old 11-01-2009, 11:19 PM   #80
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Well no work is gonna happen tomorrow. My girl is have a biopsy....send up prayers/good thoughts if you get a chance. But Tuesday I start running electric down the walls, and hopefully start building the air conditioning duct down the ceiling too. Tons still to do, but I am happy with what has happened. I finished all the main wall framing over the weekend. All the windows sealed that need to be. All the window sashes done on the usable ones. Really happy with how strong the framework is. Feels super solid. I feel great about anchoring stuff to it. Here are a couple photos from the end of the weekend.





I will be running the electric for my outlets and then I can install my insulation. The duct work is gonna be a real ordeal, but I am confident its gonna work well. My tip to anyone starting....have 2 or more drills. Makes life so much easier keeping a drill bit in one and a driver bit in the other. Oh, and a comfy seat to relax in every hour or so. I choose a nice camping sling chair, but a lazyboy would be nicer.
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