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Old 03-10-2009, 02:12 PM   #11
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Progress Report:

We've been working hard on removing the seats, it's difficult though because me and my fiance are both in college still. By the way, we got engaged last week!

I think I'm just going to give up and take an angle grinder out after those seat bolts.

I aquired a lot of foam insulation board, and fibreboard this afternoon. I was reading that fibreboard is used as an insulator, and was thinking about putting it down on the floor. It's rated as being able to withstand 80 psi. I'd put that down and then put 1/2" plywood over it. Any thoughts about this?

Alright, let's get down to business. I'm going to rip those seats out, take all the panels off and dispose of the old insulation, take all the windows out, and then raise the roof. I'm thinking 12-16" but I'll have to think about that a little bit more. Would it be possible to use the steel from the seats to do the roof raising, or is that not advisable?
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Old 03-13-2009, 02:19 PM   #12
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I would avoid marriage like the plague in modern America. Go to http://www.nomarriage.com.
Sad, but when fathers and their children have their constitutional rights restored, Then heck yeah get married. But don't worry, nobody in love listens to the reality. Judges, lawyers, psychologists and the women folk know this.
That's an interesting site. My brother was once into that. He's now paying child support on two kids, has been divorced twice, and has been engaged I don't even know how many times. Perhaps the smart ones are those who understand what they're getting into, and don't put themselves first in the picture.

So, when I picked up the bus I was told that the title was in a vault in the bank, and the service records were neededing to be printed off of a computer. Today I received a title for a 77 passenger 1991 Blue Bird, complete with a lien. My bill of sale simply says "one used school bus." I'm pretty sure I now legally own this blue bird bus, but I'd rather have the Thomas I paid for. To make things even more jank, I received a packet of service records for a Thomas 3600, which isn't the bus the title was for, or the bus that I have... Oh how I love Bernard bus sales!

I'm working on getting those seats out, and will hopefully get the roof raised this week. I got a good deal on the steel, but I don't have any sheet metal yet, and I need to secure a welder. I'm thinking about siding it with plywood for now, and then putting two layers of fibreboard on, and the sandwiching it all with another sheet of plywood. That should help when it comes to constructing the inside of the bus, and then I can always cover the outside with sheetmetal if I get some.

I'm still working out the details for the floor plan, but I think the back access door will open into the ceramic shop. There's a guy here who said he'd help me build the kiln. I think that since there'll be clay on the floor all the time, I'll seal it up and then put linoleum down. For the rest of the bus I plan to seal it, put slates down, foam insulation board between the slates, and then 3/4" plywood over that as a surface.

Well, I'm gonna go work on it some more. Keep on Skoolin it up everyone!
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Old 04-09-2009, 01:20 PM   #13
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I apologize for not having pictures up yet. That's something I need to work on.

I have class in 15 minutes, so I'm just gonna give a quick update.

We have half of the seats removed, but they're all stripped to bare metal. I've been srounging sheet metal to prepare for the roof detachment, but man is that stuff hard to find. Any thoughts as to where I could look besides university dumpsters?

I've gotten a lot of supplies from dumpster diving. Among them is a like-new stainless steel kitchen faucet, and various things of that nature. And of course a lot of lumber. Actually, my dorm is full of lumber right now! Oh, and I found this huge plastic gas tank from a car, and a metal bed frame.

I want to do an 18" roof raise, and was wondering how long my posts should be. I was thinking 24" which left 3 inches on either side to be welded to, but now I'm thinking that's not enough. What would you guys suggest? And does the 1x1 steel actually slip into the old posts, or do I attach it to the outside?

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Old 04-23-2009, 03:05 PM   #14
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Above should be a picture of my bus plans.

I've been debating as to whether I wanted to raise the roof still or weld some old VW vans on top. My fiance has been busy trying to graduate, so we haven't been able to put together any concrete plans yet.

I got all the steel I needed for the roof raise today. I was going to purchase it, but then the theatre department decided to throw it all out, so I got it for free! That's pretty much made me think it would be a good idea to just raise the roof. And now that I've got a welder secured, I'm anxious to get on that.

I got an undercargo storage box today, and all kinds of sheet metal. I've also gotten my hands on 200 pine boards, 8 inches wide by 9 foot 9 inches long. And I think I mentioned before that I got all the insulation foam I needed from a dumpster. Now all I gotta do is get the stove, toilet, holding tanks, sink, and some various little articles.


I've got all kinds of stuff now. I even found pipe sealant tape in some bushes, fancy that. I haven't gotten any pictures in the daytime yet, so I don't have any decent enough to post yet. More to come later
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Old 04-27-2009, 12:27 PM   #15
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i think id be checking out the lein issue before i went much further.....whats up with that bus dealer?wrong records also? i hate crap like that.....hope you get that worked out!
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Old 04-27-2009, 01:25 PM   #16
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i think id be checking out the lein issue before i went much further.....whats up with that bus dealer?wrong records also? i hate crap like that.....hope you get that worked out!

That's the thing I forgot to update about. The vendor said they had the right title, and I had them read the VIN number off of it to verify. They wanted me to send back the title that they sent me in error before sending me the correct one... I do have all the legal documentation saying I own the bus, meaning the EBAY page, and my sales slip. The slip doesn't say anything except "Bernarnd Bus Sales...Sold 'One used school bus, $2150'" but that matches up with the EBAY page, so legally I can do quite a bit with that.

I agree though, that kind of stuff shouldn't happen. As a business major, I always want to go to those companies and improve their systems.

It's supposed to rain this weekend, so I guess there'll be no raising of the roof just yet. That's good since I don't have everything planned out yet, but it'd be nice to of gotten that done. The two things everyone keeps telling me is not to rush it, and to have all my ducks in a row. My fiance said she'd have time to work on it after graduation, but I'm just concerned about our lack of welding experience. I did fins a stove today though, and need to go see if it still works and if I can have it. I'm finding all kinds of things in the dumpsters! And this afternoon I'm going to go talk with some individuals about getting a free camper to strip out, and a woodshop to work in. That's be nice. In case I forgot to mention it, my dorm is so full of bus stuff that I have to sleep in the University lounge!
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Old 05-06-2009, 03:16 AM   #17
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Fellow Bus-Hippies

Actually, I know that all of you are respectable women and men, and I hold all of you in the highest regard. It has been my hope to get some feedback from you guys to help me better plan for and construct this bus that is to be me and my fiance's new home.

So good news and bad news. The good news is, life is hilarious! I've been doing so much dumpster diving that my room is now completely full of lumber and stuff. And then my biulding supervisor said I can't sleep in the lounge anymore. I'm pretty sure that university lounges are there for people to use for whatever they feel like using them for, but I'm not going to fight it. Actually, I'm ust gonna go sleep at the security office instead.

I've been scrounging all kinds of stuff. The other day I got a fridge, and I got a guy who has a couple of campers he's been parting out, and said that I could go strip them if I wanted. Hopefully I can get what I need. And then I'm having a hard time finding a clawfoot bathtub for the misses I had one I found for free, but we didn't get to it fast enough and it was gone

Progress is both slow and fast. We're getting all kinds of supplies, but work hasn't "officially" started yet. We're gonna try to work on it a bunch before we go to Europe on the 25th, and then we'll finish it after we get back on the 22nd of June. THe bad news is, I'm moving onto the bus as my home on May 12th. Hopefully that'll go over well.

I've learned as of late that grocery stores throw out all kinds fo food that's prefectly good... Dumpster diving! Oh yeah, the university students haven't started throwing stuff out, but I'll be busy scrounging in between my finals. Hope all is well with all of y'alls.
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Old 06-08-2009, 12:53 PM   #18
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I've been living quite comfortably in the bus lately. I came home early from Europe and have been trying to work odd jobs and prepare the bus for construction.

My parents are bringing a stove down for me on July 6th, and I'm picking up a clawfoot bathtub either tonight or tomorrow (it's 4 foot long and 2 feet wide. Perfect for a bus). I still gotta get the fridge from the guy who's giving it to me. I've also tracked down a wood burning stove for free, but I'm not sure if I want it or not. I guess I'll see if the electric one works out first (it's a full sized kithen stove).

The batttery bank is looking mighty scary to invest in. I decided that I needed 6 gold cart batteris ($360), a power inverter that is capable of running 29 amps comfortably ($384), a gernator to charge the batteries ($200), and a battery charger to transfer power from the generator to the battery bank (haven't checked on prices yet). Then I should have a good supply of 110v power on the bus.

I'm scheduled for a roof raise (18") after I get back from canoeing the Ozarks on July 10th, and have some plans for the undrcarriage. I'm also gonna put a rack on top, and deck out the cockpit like a space ship.

I'm still tracking down an RV toilet, and holding tanks. That's not working out so well, but Every now and then I find a good toilet on Ebay real cheap.

I'm not sure if I like the muffler sticking out on the side like that, so I've been contemplating rearranging it.
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Old 06-12-2009, 12:47 PM   #19
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Haha, thanks.

I got a visit from the cops last night. They thought it was funny I was living in the bus, but the guy who owns the lot says I need to think of something else. I don't want to move it, because that's the perfect place to work on it, and I have a job within 5 minutes walk. I'm not sure what's gonna happen there, but anyways. I remember people talking about tons of rivets they had to grind out of their buses, but mine is full of screws. I thought I still had to grind them, but I discovered last night that I can remove them quite easily by hand. 'm gonna see about getting a drill and taking off all the wall and ceiling panels this weekend.

Any thoughts on how to get rid of poison ivy? I got paid $45 to pull a whole ton of it off a building, and careful as I was that stuff protested wuite meanly

I'll eventually get pics up, I hope...
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for the poison ivy, a topical benedryl lotion is the best thing for dealing with the itch. For trying to dry out the poisonous oils from the wounds, try soaking in a nice hot bath with lots of starch. The starch will help pull the oils out, and it is quite a relief.

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