Small update took the heaters out by cutting the lines after the drivers heater under the bus and putting in a "u" joint to shorten the loop. kinda took a short cut there but it was cheap and easy. also have about a quarter of the floor up with no serious rust just what i think to be standard surface rust. also ill be optimistic and say I've got about 1/4 of the rivets on the inside drilled out. since i don't have much visible progress on the bus so i thought i'd post some pictures of my first conversion.
it's not a skoolie but i've spent more time in this van then my house for the last three years.
This is my dodge 2002 ext work van. and as i travel all across the northwest promoting my company's product (organic barrel aged balsamic vinegar's and gourmet olive oil blends) i decided to make a portable hotel room to lower my overhead.
like a few other of the more recent thread starters i'm only 21 and have been running this company since the day after high school ended. i made this with the requirements of having to haul about a ton of vinegar while fully insulated with room for clothes, food, a couch that folds into a bed, a portable toilet, sink for food handling, a cigarette light powered fridge, and a stove for under 250 bucks. this conversion was done on a nickel budget not even a dime ha. it's been about a year and a half a year since I've done any work on it so it's in need of an update especially where my counter top broke and caused the sink to fall through under the red stove. and its got some warping from my initial lack of experience when i started but i call it a work van so it doesn't have to be pretty.
Nat my water heater is a stove for no electricity and an on demand system that is leftover from a third project when plugged in. i will definitely keep the heaters if there is no interest just thought they might help someone more then they will help me.