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Old 10-12-2010, 04:21 AM   #131
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Re: Diesel Dan's Skoolie

hey looks like moby dick the land wale

just kidding

it is looking good thou
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Old 10-12-2010, 10:55 AM   #132
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Nice nice nice paint job I'm curious about those top lights. In WI they have to be removed TOTALLY. So is that a problem for people just passing through (non-resident) you think? Sure looks beter with the lights up there.
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Old 10-12-2010, 11:59 AM   #133
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Thanks for the kind words everyone! I must admit I had a moment of doubt when I walked out in the morning and saw that huge white thing in my driveway, shining like a beacon that could be seen from space. I had at one time considered painting it green to blend in better. But I'm still happy with my decision to go white, not only for the sun-reflecting properties but also because I will be adding color to the rub rails and various other places, and I hope that eventually the white will be more of a canvas that is filled in sparingly with color/images/graphics etc... I've been wanting to do some artistic stuff lately, and perhaps this will be my medium. Not a full-on art bus mind you. I do really love those art buses, like the "Willow Bus" in the gallery, and more recently, Lily's "Sunflower" short bus, but I think I've become just a little too conservative to pull that off.
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Old 10-12-2010, 05:24 PM   #134
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Are you really gonna paint burnt orange longhorns on the side?
would look good.....
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Old 10-12-2010, 07:05 PM   #135
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What part of kansas are you coming to that is were I am Kansas city Kansas
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Old 10-18-2010, 01:51 PM   #136
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So I've been finishing up some details from the paint job - Used Gloss Black spray cans to paint the mirrors and bumpers and the little housings for the clearance lights. Just those details made a noticeable difference in the washed-out whiteness of the bus. It really has a nice stark contrast with the black on white. I'm liking the look. So now every time I add any detail to the outside it will be some other color than white. I had bought a white outdoor electrical outlet, and will now trade that in for the other option which is grey. I also found these lights:

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I plan to install one on each side of the bus for outdoor lighting. I kind of like the nautical look they have. I've got two switches to the left of the stairwell that will turn on the lights. I also finally finished the stain and polyurethane on the stairs, front engine hutch and grab rail panel. Sorry no pics, I was too tired last night. I'll get some posted soon.

Current project is getting the couch permanently installed with paneling on the wall behind it, and then get the booth seats installed. Also, I've been working on the bunk bed framing. I'm planning a camping trip on the first weekend of November, so want to have the bus ready to carry people, and have at least the lower bunks finished so people can sleep there.
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Old 10-28-2010, 12:55 AM   #137
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I finally finished staining the stairs, engine cover and grab rail panel. I also installed the couch and booth seats with the wall paneling behind them. I made boxes under the seats that will be enclosed with paneling and likely have a door, or perhaps just an opening. Not sure yet. Right now, I'm trying to stay focused on priority framing and electrical work:





The past few nights I've been working on framing the bunk beds:



I have a wood futon couch in my house that is ready to be downgraded to the bus. So I'm going to take apart the frame and use the bottom and back frames for the lower bunks. I have two futon mattresses which I will cut in half length-wise and use for the 4 bunks in the bus. My immediate goal for the remainder of this week is to get the lower bunks completed along with the paneling, extra insulation, and wiring in the walls behind the bunks.
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Old 10-28-2010, 08:01 AM   #138
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Re: Diesel Dan's Skoolie

Have to agree with Dr LuLu - eveything looking nice!
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Old 10-29-2010, 10:51 AM   #139
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Thanks for the encouragement folks! Progress has been painfully slow throughout this conversion process. This month marks the 1 year anniversary of my ownership of the bus. I typically have only 2 hours per evening to work on it, and in that time I can only accomplish one small task. One night I'll get the inner bunk supports put in, and maybe stain some woodwork; the next night, the outer supports and maybe wire up one outlet. Argh! It's really hard to be patient. But now that I'm building the actual components of the bus, rather than doing the tear-out and rust treatment, subflooring/insulation, etc., I feel like the progress is somehow more tangible and gaining momentum. And it feels good to see a permanent part of the bus created, like seats installed, bus painted, etc.

I am feeling more pressure now though because we have a camping trip coming up in the next week or two, and we are getting some remodeling work done on the house soon, and will have to be out of the house for several days or a week or so. I'm hoping to have the bus ready for us to live in it during that time. So once I get the bunk beds framed, I'll have to shift back to finishing the electrical and also get some basic plumbing installed. And probably curtains and interior doors/room dividers for privacy. Hmmm... this increased time pressure sounds like a good excuse to take a day off of work!
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Old 10-29-2010, 06:55 PM   #140
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Love those stairs!
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