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Old 01-03-2010, 03:37 AM   #51
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Re: Diesel Dan's Skoolie

I admit, I came up with the idea while looking at Murphy beds.

For a bit I was debating a bus with a lift, but dont want to look at the lift. So I figured that a cabinet that goes from floor to ceiling and is just wide enough to hold the lift would keep it out of site. When needed, open the doors and use the lift. I figure that you might have to duck some while using the lift, as the upper portions of the cabinet might be used for storage/cubbys/drawers/etc. But who knows.
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Old 01-24-2010, 09:55 PM   #52
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Small bit of progress...

I finally got the rust on the upper rear flasher light area patched. After grinding the rust with an angle grider, treating with rust converter, and painting with rustoleum rusty metal primer, I took a long piece of sheet metal that came from the inside flooring edges, and hammered out the curve using a 2x4 between the sledge hammer and metal to prevent dents. Then I made cutouts for the 4 lights and cut the length down to span the width of the bus using sheet metal clippers and a nibbler. Then riveted the metal onto the bus and used silicone caulk to seal it. I only riveted the top because on the bottom there is a double layer of metal on the bus that is much harder to drill through. I might have someone spot weld the bottom. The photo was taken before the caulk dried. It dried clear and looks fine to me. We'll see once it's painted...



You can also see that I got some of the glue off from the sticker. I used acetone and 000 steel wool. Not fun. I just read a post about using 3M adhesive remover, and may get some of that.
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Old 02-05-2010, 12:26 AM   #53
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Decided to ditch the wheelchair lift

I've been working on the rusty floor areas lately, and the other night as I pondered how I was going to work around the wheelchair lift, I had a realization: I really don't think I need that thing! The more I think about it, the more I'm convinced that I just won't use it enough to justify the space it takes up. Once I came to this decision, it really opened up new possibilities for the floorplan. Mainly, I'll be able to have bunks beds that are actually long enough for me to sleep in without sacrificing kitchen space, and I'll have more storage space for gear, and I'll be able to have a shower. I put the lift on craigslist for $350. We'll see if I get any bites. That cash would certainly help move things forward as well.
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Old 02-06-2010, 10:26 AM   #54
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Re: Diesel Dan's Skoolie

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Hey DD,
nice pics on the photo album. amazing what crud came out of the rail above the windows... yeck.

quick question: how did you remove the ceiling panels? I'm assuming the last couple of pics were from after you reinstalled the ceiling panels?
keep up the good work!
emcnie, you posted on the wrong thread. That's someone else's bus. I saw that one too, but can't remember who's it was.
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Old 02-13-2010, 08:53 PM   #55
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Hidden Treasure!

So I took off the access panel over the rear door to look at some wiring back there, and as I'm feeling around in there I feel something unusual. I pull out an 8"x11" manilla envelope which contains something substantial. What could it be? I eagerly tear it open, and what do I find...



YES!! That will make for some nice bedtime reading for sure!
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Treating/Painting the Floor

Today I finally put down the first coat of paint on the floor. I had previously treated with rust converter. I etched the galvanized metal with vinager yesterday, and then wiped it down with plain water this morning. Here it is ready for paint:



Then I mixed 1 pint of acetone into the gallon of Rustoleum rusty metal primer, and then I added 2 cups of the paint insulating ceramic micro-beads. Here is the floor with the first coat of primer. I used half of the paint. Tomorrow I'll do a second coat, as is recommended by the insulation product company to get even distribution of the beads. I have not painted the last 5 feet or so of the bus where the lift is in the way. I'll lay down my flooring to that point, move the lift forward, and then do all the steps in the last 5 feet of the bus. Or maybe someone will buy that lift soon! Here is the freshly painted floor. Isn't that a beautiful sight?!



I feel like I'm making the transition from demolition to building. Very exciting! I just wish I had more free time to put into it, and more agreeable weather. As it is, it was 50 degrees when I painted today, and the paint label said it should be above 50. It is only getting colder as it gets dark. Oh well, hopefully it'll be fine. My plan for flooring at this point is to use Red Rosin Paper, 1/4" insulation, 1/2" plywood, and then either 1/4" laminate flooring or 1/4" vinyl tile on the areas that are not covered by furniture or cabinets. That will mean I have just slightly less headroom than when I bought the bus with 3/4" plywood and 1/4" rubber mat. I had just enough headroom to stand up straight in the middle of the bus with 1/2" clearance above my head. I also plan to add 1/4" cork sheeting to the ceiling, so that will bring me to 0" headroom. So, slight head-bowing, but no hunching.
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Re: Diesel Dan's Skoolie

Yeah so if I get the same model and all, how much to have those buggers copied to pdf format? lol Great find!
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Paint scheme ideas

It's a little early yet for this, but I did some brainstorming on exterior paint schemes. These are crude mockups, of course. Any thoughts?







Obviously I like green and white with a sun motif on the front and some sort of other nature themed designs on the skinned windows. I also like the hammered silver enamel on wheels/bumpers etc. I will likely be in hot climates most of the time, so the roof has to be white. I had several other permutations of the same themes, but these basically capture my main ideas.
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I like deeper greens myself, but if you're in hot climates then I'd go as white/light as can to help reflect not absorb. Tree logos are good
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Re: Paint Schemes

I let each of my kids make their own paint scheme.

My 7 year old boy came up with this one:


My 11 year old son came up with this one:


My 5 year old daughter decided this is the way to go:


Hmmmm.... and I thought I was pushing my comfort zone with some of my designs!
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