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Old 01-24-2005, 01:32 AM   #1
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Demon's "The big ugly"

Well thats what I'm calling it..it is the uglyest(sp?) thing I've seen in awhile.

Specs (knowen so far)
1976 B-750
Apx: 35 foot counting the nose
Carpenter body
Trans code is L or 7 (automatic)..oddly I have both 7 and L writen down *frown*
Engine: guessing at 370 though
Tires are Toyo M605 10.00R20's on the back..all six tires are in almost new condition even.


Sooo many more questions..

1. Any reason I couldn't make black/grey water tanks from fiberglass?

2. Just how does one go about removing the rubber flooring? I wish to inspect the wood flooring (just in case)

3. On the 6v batt setup is there a way to hook-up two sets of chargers without one frying the other? (ie: one 120-6v charge and a chargeing line from the alt)

4. Has anyone thought of, or covered the undercarrage with fiberglass/tin?
This strikes me as a fast way to not only streamline the buss, but to protect the water tanks and such.

more to be added as I think of them, photos and schetches coming soon.
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Old 01-25-2005, 08:52 PM   #2
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People use fiberglass all the time for tanks. I cannot remember where I saw an article on how to build them wiht plywood coated with fibergalss. I don't have any first hand experience with it myself but I hear they work great.
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Old 01-25-2005, 08:57 PM   #3
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i like standard plastic 30 gallon drums. They fit neatly up under the bus. They only stick out past the body a few inches. After painting the drums the same color as the bus, they're barely noticable.

the best part is they can be had for $10.00 or less. Perhaps free. You can find food grade plastic for drinking water and such.

I like this method because it's cheap and simple.

fiberglass would be a good adventure however.
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Old 01-25-2005, 10:43 PM   #4
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the main reason I want to use fiberglass is so that I can build a sprayer inside it to help clean it out..think "lawn tractor" and you'll get some idea *S*

that and this way I can fit them to the bus rather than try and find ones that fit it..

(edit) oh and I am getting two 15 gallon barrles form the brewery supply store for free..going to paint them flat black and use them in the summer for a outdoors shower.
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Old 01-27-2005, 10:31 PM   #5
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i like standard plastic 30 gallon drums. They fit neatly up under the bus. They only stick out past the body a few inches. After painting the drums the same color as the bus, they're barely noticable.

the best part is they can be had for $10.00 or less. Perhaps free. You can find food grade plastic for drinking water and such.

I like this method because it's cheap and simple.

fiberglass would be a good adventure however.
So, how did you fit those tanks under the bus?
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Old 01-28-2005, 05:27 PM   #6
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I got really fancy (that's a joke)............I used some heavy duty ratchet straps like the ones used to hold things onto flat bed semi-trailers. They cost about 15-20 dollars each. I used two for each drum. I just had a couple of these laying around, so that's what i used.

There are a lot of other alternatives. Using thin metal straps i think would be a much more permanent alternative. I just didn't have any laying around when I was doing the tanks. One problem i've discovered is that after about a year or so, the straps are very much weakened due to the affects of weather on the nylon material and need to be replaced.

The straps are rated for something crazy like 10,000 pounds breaking strength when new. A 30 gallon drum of water weighs under 300 pounds, so there's a pretty good safety factor!
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Old 01-28-2005, 05:43 PM   #7
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Hmm..the metel things not the best from what I have been told..you don't want rust and plastic together...he didn't explain and I didn't ask *shrug*
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Old 11-18-2006, 05:42 PM   #8
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well that site is about as dead as my working on the bus has been..course the bus IS 1200 miles from me at this time....

Current plans are to bring her out this spring/late winter
As she org came propane fired, and I like that idea...but someone started to convert her to gas since finding someone to work on propane has proven to be hard to impossible. She wasn't running right almost two years ago when we left, so i'm thinking finishing the conversion (needs a fuel pump and carb) would make since and be easier. Only other things that need to be done are wireing of the tail lights (non-working) and trying to remove.reduce the play in the steering wheel...its pretty nasty and if I were to drive that far in her as is it would take me days longer due to my arms killing me *S*

finish stripping out the inside (inner body panels/floor) and add insulation, as Colorado can be both cold as hell and hotter than said place all within a month of each other. So since fat boy here likes the cold better than the heat, AC is high up on the list. (besides I have a small(ish) woodstove so heat will be easy to work into it.

As one of the last oweners had very little in the way of brains and painted the outside with basic latex house paint, and the fact that Washington seems to grow a lot of mold outside..the bus is to say the least..well..ugly...and I have a feeling that if I try to powerwash it a lot (most?) of the paint will just come off. So because this area has some of the most uptight people a real paint job is up there as well....

As I'm considering liveing in her for two years or more while I do the auto tech schooling (spec in diesel tech) getting her able to handle both heat and cold means more than the little things like human confort. I can deal with about any level of liveing do to a mindset more suited to roughing it than most... (just don't take my computers away)..so a simple bed tossed in the back and a couple of chairs would be all I need besides a bathroom..and I have a shower/toilet stall in the buss now..not hooked up but one less thing I have to find later on.... still need a toilet though.... considering makeing things easy for now and doing a straight "trailer park" setup (no black or grey tanks) as I'm not planning on dry camping her any time soon.

more as I think about it..

EDIT: forgot about elect heaters, since I'll be paying for it why not use it?
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Due to family loss, my wifes kid sister passed away in Mount Vernon, Wa...we are now coinsidering moving back to the area...this brings a few problems with it, the basics being a place to live, a job...but the one I have to think about is two fold...anyone know of places one can work on a bus without having people throw a fit? When we lived there before I had the bus at my apt. for a total of a hour before the cops showed up to inquire about it and my plans *grin* needless to say a few days was more than the managers liked, but had to live with.... The storage (2nd part of the problem) can be delt with through several storage yards that I know of, the one its at now isn't real happy that my 6-8 months turned out to be a couple of years...but as long as they get the cash they deal with it. SO, all of those in the upper northwest, where do YOU store/work on your buses?
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Due to family loss, my wifes kid sister passed away in Mount Vernon, Wa...we are now coinsidering moving back to the area...this brings a few problems with it, the basics being a place to live, a job...but the one I have to think about is two fold...anyone know of places one can work on a bus without having people throw a fit? When we lived there before I had the bus at my apt. for a total of a hour before the cops showed up to inquire about it and my plans *grin* needless to say a few days was more than the managers liked, but had to live with.... The storage (2nd part of the problem) can be delt with through several storage yards that I know of, the one its at now isn't real happy that my 6-8 months turned out to be a couple of years...but as long as they get the cash they deal with it. SO, all of those in the upper northwest, where do YOU store/work on your buses?
Well, shoot; that's really bad news. Losses like that are hard on folks; I hope you and your wife are doing ok under the circumstances.

I'm 19 miles west of Mount Vernon, straight out Highway 20. I do know where there are storage yards but I'm not sure where you could also work on it. I think if you go east a bit out past Sedro Wooley (toward Hamilton) you might find some rural property where working on the bus wouldn't be a real hassle. Maybe even north or south on Highway 9 too. A lot of the farms are calling it quits and maybe you can find an old barn to rent pretty inexpensively.

I keep my buses next to my house but it's an usual circumstance since my business is located on the ground floor below me and we're in a mixed use (business and residential) zoning area. Besides, the buses sort of blend in with all the boats!
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