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Old 05-09-2008, 08:19 PM   #51
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Re: Bus #2... saved and with a new home

WHEE-E-E-E-E-E! I'm gonna go ride that ride again!

Where on that road do ya stop fer the chilluns!?! (. . .or do ya just snag 'em with a net on the way by. . .)
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Old 05-09-2008, 11:51 PM   #52
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Stop? STOP?

I don't stop... I just kind of snag 'em with the cow catcher!

Seriously... that was on the way out to pick 'em up at Neah Bay. No kids on the bus. Just me.

But it WAS a beautiful morning. I'm glad I taped it when I did. We don't get many like that...
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Old 05-11-2008, 07:59 PM   #53
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Like night and day...

I bought a few pint cans of different colors and makes of paint- grey, silver, black, you name it... and did just a few parts of the bus exterior to compare the results.

Two things became VERY obvious almost immediately.

1) This bus is going to be gloss black, with hammered gray trim. The paint will be XO Rust for the body, Rustoleum for the trim. XO Rust seems to "hold" better on a body application, but Rustoleum seems perfect for trim work. Done deal. The bonus of this is that I don't have to worry about custom colors. It's all off the shelf.

2) There will be NO rolling or brushing. What a pain in the ass! We had our first nice afternoon here in I can't TELL you how many months, and the rolling looks like crap. The good thing is that it makes the brushing look even better, as THAT turned out even worse. And where did all these frickin' bugs come from? Good God, the painting looks worse than my tinting!

No... I'll find a nice day, a quite place, mask, then spray. The little daughter gave me the thumbs up on the color choice, and we have agreed this bus will be called "The Black Skunk." We'll even put a little logo on the side. T-shirts will be available in the lobby.

Heh.
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Old 05-12-2008, 12:50 AM   #54
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There will most CERTAINLY be a white strip. Somewhere.

What? You think I have this planned out or something?
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Old 05-13-2008, 09:30 PM   #55
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PS... for those of you who want to visualize your bus before actually committing yourself to a course of action, Google has a tool out there called "Sketch Up." It's free, it's amazing, and it has a ton of bus templates already there.

http://sketchup.google.com/

I meant to include this earlier, and completely forgot. Sorry about that...
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Old 05-27-2008, 10:16 PM   #56
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Recently I've been forced into inaction due to my schedule and workload. However, things are a changin', and the weather is slowly improving, so it looks like my "paint day" is coming up soon.

I have my plywood floor all set and fixed, and I'm picking up the (free) carpet I was offered, so it looks like full speed ahead in the next couple of weeks!

One question: In Washington state, must you remove the amber/red lenses from the eight-way system, or can you leave them intact, if they are non-functional? This topic seems to generate quite a bit of controversy from those "in the know"...
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Old 06-19-2008, 08:42 PM   #57
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I haven't posted much lately, but have been working on her darn near every day.

Today, I scored some free, old, casino carpeting. After staring at it a while, all my plans changed. The carpet should make everyone dizzy, but I actually like it!

I have an 8 3/4" gap on either side, but will figure something out. In the meantime, my carpenter friend is coming over soon to give me some advice and help out. My daughter and her friends have pretty much taken over... it's become a playroom for them!

This bus WILL be on the road this summer.
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Old 06-19-2008, 08:50 PM   #58
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Wow! I dunno, it is kind of cool. I know what you mean about working on your bus everyday, I am hitting mine about 6 days per week and I still have a long ways to go.
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Old 06-19-2008, 10:56 PM   #59
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When I first read this forum and website, the rule seemed to be: prepare to change your plans.

That's for sure.

I just re-drew my floor plans. It's almost like each bus has its individual personality. You just have to find out what it is and go with the flow.
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Old 07-19-2008, 08:50 PM   #60
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Rolling paint on a bus... on the Washington coast?

Bad idea. I quit. There's nothing like a steady westerly wind to convert the roof into an entomology collection worthy of a shrine. Plus, the humidity is killing the finish. It's a long story. But it sucks.

Time to break out the sprayer.
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