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Old 08-31-2009, 07:29 PM   #51
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The frames were all disassembled and anodized black then touched up with paint to cover any rack marks.
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Old 09-01-2009, 09:45 PM   #52
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Had to get it weighed yesterday in order to change the title to an RV before the prices doubled so we took the maiden voyage with no brake lights, no turn signals, no windshield wipers, tape all over the tires and no mirrors. Would have been a field day for the DOT. Seemed to run fine but after taking the dash apart and putting it back together I have an air leak at the pressure gauge that needs some fixing. Pulled it out tonight and got some pictures.


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Old 09-01-2009, 10:24 PM   #53
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Holy SH*T that is looking great!

Haven't been to a Gator Game for many-many years but wow you are gonna draw some serious attention with you sweeet bus! Great work, love the layout & who doesn't think the deck is just too cool...
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Old 09-02-2009, 04:48 PM   #54
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yes nice job on the rear deck and i like the orange lots of hours spent there i can see that for sure.Looks like a giant pumpkin or a big bottle of orange crush! looks like FUN!timbuk
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Old 09-02-2009, 10:09 PM   #55
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Were kicking around some away games. Want to see how the first trip to Gainesville goes, think itll be about 5 hours in this slow thing. Maybe you can get us a spot and tailgate together if we make it to SC? Its great to see the Gators whoopin on Spurrier, almost better than drinkin beer!
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Old 09-07-2009, 08:24 PM   #56
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Went to the game saturday minus the bus. Got a little work done today cupholders in, drivers seatbelt, bathroom door latch etc. Put some chrome lug nut covers on the other day, and they make a pretty big difference. Tried to spray the bedliner on the back but the gun kept clogging so we brushed on the first coat on the rear and the step well. Have a wedding to go to next weekend so no tailgating but have full intetions of being at the TN game.





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Old 09-14-2009, 07:42 PM   #57
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Glenn, from the paint place, figured out my rear lighting problem. I hastily unplugged something trying to rid the clutter in the mess of wires in the control area. I used a trailer wire converter and went from seperate brake / turn to a single stop/tail/turn light and by some great miracle they work! Got the lcd backup lights on and working as well as the license plate light. We will be ready for this weekends game UF vs TN. Dropping the bus off at the machine shop tomorrow before work to get the diamond plate done and tomorrow night will take it to get the graphics done. Converter is dead so I have to get a new one, luckily the guy I bought it from on ebay will warranty it. Been bringing my harbor freight trickle charger but it broke too - will be the last POS I ever buy from HF, it is all crap. Word of advice, the $20 you save at Harbor Freight will cost you in the short run before your job is even done, trust me dont do it, 4th time Ive been burned by their junk on this project in 6 months. Anyways, the last thing remaining is the waste tank to mount and we are off on our 300 mile voyage!!!
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Old 09-14-2009, 07:47 PM   #58
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You bus looks more and more awesome every day! Can't wait to see what the graphics look like.
Great job!
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Old 09-14-2009, 09:19 PM   #59
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Thanks for the compliments. You know vanguy, this is the big weekend. The only Ts on this bus will be stuck in the grill on my drive home!
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Old 09-15-2009, 09:19 PM   #60
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Smitty - My original plan was to do that just without the bars. In hindsight, it was really east to cut the rear section away so if you are set on having a similar porch, remove the windows and cut the pillars out but leave the bottom. If you dont like it, it is easy enough to remove the rest but would be very hard to put it back in place. The nice thing about that is you have a porch and a quasi pickup truck bed to keep items in while you travel. If you did it this way you wouldnt have to fool with the tail and brake lights either and would also have the half emergency door as a tailgate.
BTW, I assume you bought the Carpenter bus, looks like a great platform to work with. Just dont set a deadline to finish it by, you will be frustrated the day you pass it and the bus isnt complete. Take your time and enjoy the build, it is very rewarding.

Here is my original concept with (I think) your porch idea. Really wanted this Freightliner. Had the crappy 3126 with blowby and thought we would pick it up cheap but it went for $4500 at auction with 200k and a ton of smoke out of the slobber tube.
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