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Old 03-20-2004, 08:46 PM   #1
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BruinGilda Interior pics...

Greetings,
This could be titled: What I did on Friday.....with the bus AC running the WHOLE TIME!
So, you step up to this old ugly primer bus and open the door and see this:

Step up and look back. Lots of crap on the floor.

Looking further back....looking better.

WHAT!!! The Matrix playing in 6.1 surround sound?

Standing in the back of the kitchen looking forward with seats in riding position.

Standing in the back of the kitchen looking forward with seats in "let's watch some TV position.

Still need seat belts and removable tables installed and curtians, but mostly finished on inside.

EDIT: fix links to pictures so they display.....

Enjoy!
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Old 03-20-2004, 11:49 PM   #2
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WOW that really is awsome. Looks like a million bucks. Are you going to stain and varnish the wood or paint it?
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Old 03-21-2004, 08:45 PM   #3
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Greetings,
The paneling is sealed with three coats of satin finish marine grade polyurethene - what you see is what you get.
Showed the interior to some of the team and a few friends today and had dents in the ground by the front door from the dropped jaws!
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Old 03-21-2004, 09:37 PM   #4
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I like the carpeting, what kind of glue did you use in the stairwell to hold it on?
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excellent job ! I'm very impressed.


as a note, for the carpet in the stairwell in MY bus i didn't use glue. I used strategically placed self tapping sheet metal screws. They hide quite well in the carpet, and they hold great.
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Wow! Muy impressive!

Talk about turning a sow's ear into a silk purse!!!
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Old 03-22-2004, 10:52 PM   #7
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Holy Moly Vern thats beautiful !!!!

I love it ...

Although I have to save I'm pretty envious of you for having a place to work on your bus where it isnt pouring down rain for most of the year...where are you ,that you can run your air conditioner ?
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Old 03-23-2004, 07:45 AM   #8
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Greetings,
Thanks for the kind words folks.

On the carpet attachment method, I borrowed a few tricks from the "Custom Van" conversions. The stairs were all sheetmetal and had some air/possible water leaks, so first I took it apart, sealed and reattached the metal. I covered the metal with 3/4" marine plywood for some insulation and sound deadening. Then, I simply stapled the carpet with 3/8" staples, then took the trusty hammer and made sure they were in all the way. I have restored quite a few VWs and the method of choice there is contact cement and thought about doing that, but figured the stairwell would be the most used area and may have to be replaced, so staples would be easier to deal with.
I have tried to use screws, but you have to be careful if you use closed loop carpet as the thread will wrap around the screw and pull a whole string out of your carpet and leave a bare streak! If you have open loop, screws will do well, but I would suggest you try with a piece of scrap first.

On the weather, I am in Central Texas about 30 miles south of Austin. It was 81 degrees here on Friday! Since the insulation, carpet and cool seal on the roof, all it takes is to open the doors and vents for a couple of minutes and it cools off pretty quick, but it was ALMOST AS humid as Alaska - J/K - so the AC was on! All in all, the weather has cooperated pretty well, but I still have to balance my work load a little from time to time: If it's rainy/cold, I work inside, if it's nice, I work outside. Luckily, most of the outside stuff got done in August thru October during good weather.
I just need a good week to prep, prime and paint. I'm really likeing the paint job on "Bessie" and will probably do something similar.

This location helps with the conversion, too. There are lots of different retail outlets around with everything from RV parts, building materials, metal, not counting the internet info and specialty places.
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What happened to the pictures??
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Greetings,
When I revamped the web page a week or two ago, frontpage in it's infinate wisdom changed the directory structure.
I just had to redirect the link to where the files were hiding......
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