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Old 06-26-2011, 01:55 PM   #261
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Re: CHANGED AGAIN! THIS WILL BE IT!!

Those are GREAT looking wheels...wow...nice job!
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Old 07-06-2011, 08:44 PM   #262
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Re: CHANGED AGAIN! THIS WILL BE IT!!

Well.. June 26th was my birthday and this is the cake I got. LOVE IT!!


DEEELICIOUS!!!!

Anyway, back to some skoolie progress!


Glued some carpeting down



Stitching all the curtains. This was time consuming. 500 yards of thread and about 50 yards of fabric and I was done! WOW!





Sorry. Color looks different here. But its the same. It was the lighting.


Put some $12 shades in the front windshield




Picked up this scrolling LED programmable sign to fit in the front sign window. Unfortunately, it is not bright enough to see during the day.


This is the back of the sign mounted inside the bulkhead.


These are some spare rims that will soon receive 2 new front tires. (One rim still has an old tire on it that will be dismounted).


Had to put the original "THOMAS" logo from this era back on.


Mattress in. This came from my girl. She bought a new one. Perfect.


This is a comforter I found on ebay I'm getting for the bed.


This is a 2002 FE Thomas with a 5.9 Cummins that is going to the boneyard because the engine threw a rod. Unusual huh? Some good parts here. It will probably be at Jacks Used Auto Parts in Billerica Mass. My buddy had first dibs on it before it got hauled to the scrapyard because he knows the owner of the local Thomas dealer.


We got these front service doors because they were in almost perfect condition. And he needed them for his skoolie. Too bad they didn't fit. Anyone need a set of front doors?


Covered the storage area with leftover carpet.


Comforter arrived. Made the bed.

Just to let everyone know. Most of this progress has been done gradually. I didn't do it all in a few days. Might seem that way because I am posting a lot of pics at once.

Also, at this point I would like to officially announce that my SKOOLIE IS COMPLETE!! I have been tying up a few loose ends and probably will be tinkering here and there. But I want to express my sincere appreciation for all the help from everyone here. If it wasn't for you guys and this web site, I would have never been able to accomplish this type of project.

My target date of completion was the end of June and I basically accomplished that. Its been a long 19 months but its finally done!! Now I need to start camping for the first time in my life. Yup. Thats right. Never been camping. Ha! Ha!

So here are some more pics of the finished product.






















Believe it or not. My first trip with it was the local 4th of July parade! Here are some pics of the exterior before the parade started.












Should have hired her to paint the roof!


Waiting my turn.


Look at this odd looking vehicle. Would love to know what chassis this is sitting on.



Well.. That concludes the conversion of "AMERICAN PRIDE"!! I hope everyone has enjoyed the conversion progress. I think I will have to take some pictures when I go camping.

Feel free to ask any questions. I will be on periodically. THANKS AGAIN EVERYONE!! ENJOY!!!
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Old 07-06-2011, 10:11 PM   #263
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Re: CHANGED AGAIN! THIS WILL BE IT!!

Congrats, very nicely done.I love your paint job, would you yea or nae if someone copied the basic idea?
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Old 07-07-2011, 06:28 AM   #264
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Thank you! Sure! It's a great theme! I would not be opposed to it!!
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Old 07-07-2011, 10:21 AM   #265
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Re: CHANGED AGAIN! THIS WILL BE IT!!

Spectacular!!! Donít have enough words to describe how good it all looks, right down the birthday cake
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Old 07-07-2011, 11:34 AM   #266
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Re: CHANGED AGAIN! THIS WILL BE IT!!

Wow I can echo the others say, Bravo Well done and how cool would it be to see thousands of them parked out at Quartzite Az - You could see it from space.
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Old 09-11-2011, 12:39 AM   #267
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Wow, awesome job!!! For someone who said they had no woodworking or metalworking skills when you started, you did a very professional build! I love the layout, the paint....everything! Drive the heck out of it and enjoy it!
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Old 09-11-2011, 10:31 AM   #268
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So where are you camping at??? Leave reviews on RV Park Reviews and say that you were in a skoolie!!!! If we want more private campgrounds to accept us, then we need to show that we are a presence, not just one or two converted skoolies! Also if we are turned away from a campground because we are in a skoolie, then that needs to be posted as well. RV park owners do read their parks reviews as well as their competition's reviews.
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Old 09-11-2011, 07:39 PM   #269
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what kind of foam did you use for seat cushions, just wondering?
and how wide are your seats, looks like they will hold 2 people ok?
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