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Old 10-15-2017, 04:18 AM   #1
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Heyya. unnamed project

Hey. ive been on and off the forums mostly using them for advice and ideas and id like to thank everyone for that. i figured id drop a line and some pictures from my project. ive spent 4 and a half months on it this summer and am about ready to park it for the winter and get a job again. its a 35 foot long international 3500. shes got a DT 466e engine paired with a spicer 5 speed manual transmission.

if you have any questions ill be glad to share some knowledge. i have a canadian red seal journeyman ticket in carpentry and a 3rd year in the pipefitting steamfitting trade but ive been building things all my life. with a little help from my old man and some advice and ideas from good friends ive come quite far.

we all know what a school bus looks like gutted and even with the new insulation in the walls so ill skip that part.
enjoy!
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Old 10-15-2017, 04:28 AM   #2
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its a 35 foot long international 3500. shes got a DT 466e engine paired with a spicer 5 speed manual transmission.
NICE drivetrain.

Bus is looking good !! It'll be hard for you to put on-hold, I bet. I like the way you offset the valance using closet rod. Very clever.

Also dig the circular opening. Thanks for sharing.

Can't tell, but did you use stand-offs for the Unistrut? Seems like it'd pool water otherwise. Going for epic solar....or roof deck?
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Old 10-15-2017, 04:34 AM   #3
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first set of pics. i used unistrut to create a universal mounting system that spans multiple roof ribs. for future i can attatch solar panels, extra tanks, maybe a rooftop patio, storage racks/bins. drilled 48 holes in the roof but rubber, epoxy, caulking, and other sealants i used leave me with no leaks.

i didnt wanna lose much headroom so i tried using a layer of carpet underlay to help create a small space to prevent as much thermal bridging as i could. turns out its still chilly but i like to think it helps a bit. as a bonus it helped level my floors amazingly when it was squished between the sheets of plywood.

my walls are furred out an extra 2 inches on each side for extra insulation (i did replace the stuff in the walls too). also to help me screwobjects onto and lastly to allow me a small sil which i can apply a nice finished hardwood to later.

bending 3/8 plywood around that roof radius was an absolute nightmare but im persistant. when it comes to inanimate objects...i always win. to anyone else...id recommend 1/4 inch ply.

the electrical is all hidden in my valance framing. you can see the first of 2 led light strips i installed. one does every colour, the other is a cool white.

built a small workshop area into the back with large drawers that slide to under the bed. it will later also include a small shower area.

built a small closet that should suit my needs and then some.

and finally created the portal hole or hobbit hole into the bedroom area aswell as stuck some stick on texture to the bedroom windows. gotta have my privacy. dont wanna scare the neighbors.
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Old 10-15-2017, 04:37 AM   #4
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NICE drivetrain.

Bus is looking good !! It'll be hard for you to put on-hold, I bet. I like the way you offset the valance using closet rod. Very clever.

Also dig the circular opening. Thanks for sharing.

Can't tell, but did you use stand-offs for the Unistrut? Seems like it'd pool water otherwise. Going for epic solar....or roof deck?
theres a 1/4 inch thick piece of industrial rubber underneath epoxied to both the bus and the track. sealant is added underneath to the homemade clamp. its got notches cut in it to allow for water drainage around the bolt holes. and then i layered sealant against the outside of the rubber to make extra sure nothing can sneak underneath it.
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Old 10-15-2017, 04:46 AM   #5
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bending 3/8 plywood around that roof radius was an absolute nightmare but im persistant. when it comes to inanimate objects...i always win. to anyone else...id recommend 1/4 inch ply.
3/8" ply???? No kerf-cuts on the back? Yeah, a lesser man woulda cried and quit. I bet you swore like a trucker.

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Old 10-15-2017, 04:53 AM   #6
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round 2 of pics. you can see the progress. some wirings done. although i dont have my inverter or batteries in at this time i found a way to wire my fuse box up with a 5 amp laptop charge cord. it was a great way to test all the circuits and fuses one by one as i was installing them.

poopin room got a toilet and a barn door, and a bench seat framed in aswell.

bus got tanks mounted on underneath, and painted white.
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Old 10-15-2017, 05:05 AM   #7
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and finally the most recent pics. counter top, sink, cabinets, stained valance, finished front trims, and a little bit of plumbing porn. those drain pipes look seeeexy.


more pics will be coming soon of all the little things i've custom built and completed electrical and plumbing systems.
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Old 10-15-2017, 05:11 AM   #8
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3/8" ply???? No kerf-cuts on the back? Yeah, a lesser man woulda cried and quit. I bet you swore like a trucker.

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a few kerf cuts on the tightest part of the curve but only 1/8 deep. screws helped suck it in...but i also chewed up 25 #2 philips driver bits. if they slipped once they wouldnt put another screw in without stripping it. that was the brutal part. actually bending it was the easy part. leverage and couple big sticks. there were more than a few foul words.

but the result of being able to tightly follow that sexy roofline and then glue my panelling to it with no other work was absolutely fantastic.
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Old 10-15-2017, 07:48 AM   #9
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Looks great!!! Can't wait to see it finished.


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Old 10-15-2017, 06:57 PM   #10
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You got a great bus there! Enjoy!
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