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Old 04-22-2010, 11:26 PM   #111
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Today I took a trip to the local pick-a-part. I was looking for a new headlight bezel and some amber signal light lenses. I was passing by some old campers when I tripped over a big thick wire stuck in the ground. I pulled on the wire and found the end had a standard 30 amp RV plug on it. I followed it back to a camper. Inside I found a breaker box. I had no tools with me so I just grabbed it and yanked it out. Now I know why we refer to those things as 'Sticks-and-Staples'. It really was just made of sticks stapled to 1/8" plywood. I ended up getting the breaker box with breakers and about 25 feet of 10/3 cable with the plug for only $10!!! Guess I am going with 30 amp panel in my bus.
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Old 04-23-2010, 12:09 AM   #112
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In an attempt to figure out which holes still need to be filled and which ones are needed, I started remounting some of the lights and stuff. I changed the front roof lights to a different style light. I think it makes the bus look newer....or maybe I am just thinking it does. Anyways, here's the pics...
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Old 04-23-2010, 07:52 AM   #113
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Looks like you did a super job on the paint and the new clearance lights look good too...thanks for all the great picks
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Old 04-23-2010, 09:06 AM   #114
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I'm glad to see you're starting to paint. Judging from your posts it seemed like you were working your ass off sanding. I'll be using your thread and several others as a guideline when we paint our bus in 7-8 weeks.
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Old 04-23-2010, 09:57 AM   #115
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Was over spray at all an issue with things surrounding your project? I knew a guy that sprayed his vehicle out side and got over spray on vehicles 3 blocks down. LOL
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Old 04-23-2010, 10:28 AM   #116
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Was over spray at all an issue with things surrounding your project? I knew a guy that sprayed his vehicle out side and got over spray on vehicles 3 blocks down. LOL
Overspray is one of my greatest fears being that I am in the middle of the city. So far I have only sprayed primer, there is no way I could spray the topcoat in the city. The primer I am using pretty much dries on contact. I am also using a very small spray gun set up for lower pressure. It is very similar to using a large airbrush, I am able to control the airflow and paintflow independantly which works well with the primer. I also added a regulator and gauge right on the end of the spray gun to help control nozzle pressures. I will admit it is not the smoothest surface, I occasionally get some spatter due to the lower pressure, but it is just the primer coat, it needs to be lightly sanded again before topcoat anyways. I actually get less overspray than a regular spray-bomb can and much better control. When it comes time to do the actual topcoat paint, I will have to move the bus out to my sister's acreage and borrow her husband's industrial compresser so that I can use my larger HVLP spray guns. The other main consideration is wind...if there is wind, it is not time to spray anything, you will just waste too much paint and at reduced nozzle pressure you won't even be able to hit the surface you are trying to spray. My average distance from spray gun nozzle to surface is is only about 4 inches while spraying.
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Old 04-23-2010, 10:26 PM   #117
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Well I finally did it! From the ground you cannot see any more yellow! The only thing left to prime is a 3 foot wide section down the middle of the top of the roof. Now that it is all primed I can go back over it and see where I need to touch up some body work. It is amazing how no matter how much you sand the letters they still manage to show through at certain angles. I am just so relieved that I wont have to deal with nasty yellow dust any more! Here's today's pics...

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Old 04-24-2010, 10:42 AM   #118
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Very nice!
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Old 04-27-2010, 11:38 PM   #119
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Not a lot to update on the bus project other than....I have electricity!!! I went to the local RV place (do they know how to bend you over and rip you off or what!!!) and bought a 'mousehole' hatch for my 110V cord. Then I went to the local Pick-A-Part and found an old camper with a breaker box, about 25 feet of 10/3 cable with a 30A plug on the end. I ripped it out and got it for $10. I guess that makes up for the overpriced plastic 'mousehole'. I took a 3" holesaw to the side of the bus under where the fridge sits and installed the 'mousehole'. Then I mounted the breaker box inside one of the cabinets and wired in the main wire. I then added an outlet behind the refridgerator for it to plug into and another to the side of my countertop. So far that is all that I have wired into the 110V system, but at least I can plug in the bus and run my tools without extension cords! I attempted to use a 4 stage battery charger as a converter/charger but found that it was too finicky and took it back. I decided to go with a Progressive Dynamics PD9270C 70A converter/charger with a 4 stage charge. I found that these things are about half the price through online dealers so I am ordering it and hopefully will get it before the end of May. Until then, I just hook up my old manual charger when needed which is easy now that I can just open the fridge panel on the outside and plug it into the outlet that I mounted there, it is close enough to the battery compartment that I don't need extension cords there either. Other than that, I tried to mount my new westcoast mirrors on the factory hoops, but I hate them. They are terrible. I found that they are too narrow and hard to adjust so I took them back and will keep looking for wider mirrors. They were 6"x16" mirrors and I think I may have found some 8"x16" mirrors with built in convex section at the bottoms. That should work much better.
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Old 05-03-2010, 08:26 PM   #120
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ooh, mirrors? Where did you find these mirrors? I went to a semi truck wrecking yard in Grand Rapids, MI, but they still wanted $250 per mirror head for the ones I liked. Craziness. I will keep my fingers crossed to find some another time at a price I can afford.
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