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Old 07-19-2009, 08:48 AM   #31
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Re: First timer Road tripping project!!!

There is nothing like playing with the plasma & welder! Take advantage & learn all you can! My buddy builds 100k all metal street rods & is a metal master & I have learned so much from him. I had a sub-contract job in Sarasota taking old salvaged wrought iron & making anything I wanted with the metal - art, tables, flower boxes, wine racks etc. This company dismantles old buildings & sells the pieces & they hired me to play with their metal, & gave me the Lincoln mig welder, grinder, sawzall & a sweet milwaukee hand held band saw!

And good deal on the generator!
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Old 07-21-2009, 12:19 AM   #32
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Well it is a daily thing now, the inside paint is a very soft blue color lighter than carolina blue which gives it a kind of happy feel inside. ill put up some pictures of that when it is daytime.
then main story is all the shenanigans i have gotten into pre paint. i prepped the step by stripping down to bare metal and using oil exterior primer (stink like DS)
and put a foam and plywood layers so i can hardwood over them and not hear it when i drive over a pebble of cigarette butt. i wanna get rid of lots of road noise and squeaks. next step would be to clean up and re-grease all the grease fittings in the bus suspension and maybe new shocks.
I am already laying out the under body storage and thinking about my genset conversion for my new coleman generator.
so the teaser picture to try tp raise my hits on the gallery is as follows


how do you think this bench will turn out?
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Old 07-21-2009, 11:25 PM   #33
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oh thats right i worked on the bus a little today. schedule goes Surf Sleep again. DD dunkin doughnuts, the bike ride over to the bus and drive around town in my buddies pickup truck all morning.
then i filled in the front steps with plywood, used those wood to metal screws i have seen on this forum to attach the treads and help silence the rest of the floor where it is not quite perfect.
i got so excited after seeing the underlayment and having all the planks laid out i banged in a few rows and i also knocked over my paint thinner cup so now there is all kinds of dissolved paint spread out over my fresh white stairway. guess what ill be doing first thing tomorrow...... repainting

first run of the foam see how it looks on the gallery....
a;so i got three of the kobalt safety razors seen in the foreground and 100 replacement blades for 12.99 i was gonna buy blades anyway but the contractor pack couldn't be beaten. now when something needs cut it already done. i don't even need to reach for a razor knife. come to think of it there is one in my hand as i type this right now. and i will have blades till i have a 401k (i am returning to school in two weeks ) i just mean i wont buy blades for years.heheheheheheh
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Old 07-21-2009, 11:38 PM   #34
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Hey the floors are lookig nice & I like the pattern going width wise instead of length wise... bonus not having to cut the flooring either!
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Old 07-25-2009, 11:55 AM   #35
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All the hardwoods are in and now i just have to buy or make some trip pieces and put thos in place around the steps and the walls once those get built.
once i run the power and water lines and once i install the ac ect ect ect ahhhhh.
but it is nice to walk on a real floor instead of the subfloor, and now i can start putting things where they go instead of back and forth moving crap all day long to make room for flooring activities.
here is my girlfriends little dog on the cushions she recovered for the couch/bed in the front living area.

and here are the new steps!
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Old 07-25-2009, 12:24 PM   #36
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i pay $17.34 a month or so for 30k 50k 30k liability or somthing through USAA i flirted with the girl a little bit now lets see if she sends me a cannecellation form in the mail in two weeks or whatever.

HOW???? Did you get away with USAA Insurance?? I have called several times and been told no, no and a direct quote from them "NO" Because its a BUS. And because of the weight of the thing, and blah blah blah.
You LUCKY DOG YOU!!!!!!I wanted to go with USAA on mine just for the conveince of it to have all my stuff insured through the same company.
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Old 07-25-2009, 12:58 PM   #37
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i dont know but they seem to be letting it go because i saw the 17 dollar charge on my bank account just the other day so i have another month at least. i guess the girl i spoke to on the phone was either really nice or really stupid. i hinted that it was a housecar on the new NC title and that i wanted to avoid any kind of commercial rates or anything like that. so ??? i have been with them for 10 years and like seven or eight rides including two motorcycles. so who knows
ill be sure to post when/if i get the cancelation letter
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Old 07-26-2009, 03:29 PM   #38
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Ive had the two bikes and I think im on my 9th vehicle insured with them as well. Also been with them 9 or 10 years. You just used the right golden words when you talked to them I guess. And then there was some BS I didnt understand about insuring a vehicle with a GVWR over 2000 lbs or something. My F-150 sitting in the driveway is I think 4200 lbs in itself. The only thing I own thats less than 2000 lbs is my Karmann Ghia that weighs in at 1750 full of fuel.
LOL I guess with insurance companies its a roll of the dice and who you talk to whether or not they are stupid or not. But Ive called several times and talked to them about it. Hmm.... maybe when my new title comes abck that says RV on it I wonder if they will have a different story if I call them back????
I almost had my bus NO Wait... I mean my RV tagged with an Antique tag on it because of the age. (1969) But I goofed and told them about the conversion so It cant have an Antique tag. Which here it should be $17 a year to register. But I opened my mouth accidentally and wound up with an RV tag and I believe my title will come back saying RV on it now. But later, I'm going to go back and try it again. Hopefully I can talk to someone who doesnt know any better. And I can keep my mouth shut and get it pushed through.
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Old 07-26-2009, 03:34 PM   #39
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I hope that works out for you (USAA) as we had set it up with them & the day we went to pick up the bus they said nope & transferred us to Progressive saying they now handle the conversion vehicle insurance & then they dropped us after only 2 weeks... Yup, lucky dog!
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Old 07-30-2009, 02:58 PM   #40
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i got some sweet bargains. i picked up everything in this picture plus there are 4 of the double blown glass 12v zenon light fixtures and 3 of those frosted globes. for 18 dollars i think. total.


i put up the cover to box in the front bench so you cant see my paint cans or my fiberglass jug.

I also got the coleman rooftop for free and it totally works. i set it up on the barrel and jammed the cut off romex into a 3 prong plug and BAM ridiculous cold air comes out. froze the barrel and thats an insulated food grade double walled barrel.


that is where the problem comes in. does anyone have reliable and safe method of getting it up onto the roof? i am thinking i need to walk or pull it up a ladder/ramp.? i don't own a two story house but i know where some loading docks are? just maybe someone could tell me that they did it, thus giving me the confidence to jack it up there myself.
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