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Old 07-28-2010, 07:49 PM   #11
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I wish I could come up there for a mini vacation- not happening, though.
So the belly bins are pass through- that's cool. That is a nice looking bus.
Are all of those tabs with holes through them, along the windows- are they for a stop cord to pass through, like some city buses use? If not, what are they for?
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Old 07-28-2010, 08:13 PM   #12
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Thanks. That's a nice sounding engine. I'll trade you a Cat 3208NA for it, won't even charge you extra.
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Old 07-29-2010, 08:25 PM   #13
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Are all of those tabs with holes through them, along the windows- are they for a stop cord to pass through, like some city buses use? If not, what are they for?
Those were for the overhead luggage racks that were SUPPOSED to come with it. I'm working on that though. I think I want some of them, not sure.
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Old 07-29-2010, 09:02 PM   #14
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Ugh...I am whipped!
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Old 07-29-2010, 11:17 PM   #15
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I did it by myself. 4 yesterday and the rest today. It took me about 5 hrs today. I Could only get 4 with a wrench, due to the center tank and all the bays. Windows are staying as is, they are tinted, I will 5% most of them. I am toying with pulling the sides off but there are a lot of rivets. I think you could cut them off pretty quick with a cutting disk, one would think.
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Drill them rivets.
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Old 07-30-2010, 09:05 PM   #17
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Air chisel BABY! What a pain that was! Took a sample of the floor, to see what it would be like to remove. [make mental note to self; refrain from cutting through steel floor next time].

I am unsure of what to do with the walls. We've had a good rain or two lately and there is only one or two leaks that I can find. Should I keep this insulation or replace it all with pink board? I am planning on a plywood wall with carpet or material on it. Should I leave it and place a 1/2" pink board over it in between furring strips? I do believe it is wool insulation?
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It all depends on how much work you want to do. There are two predominate thoughts on this: 1) do a quick and simple conversion, then use it, abuse it, then get rid of it.; 2) make it a quality RV, gut it and then build using quality stuff--which costs a small fortune of which you will only recover a small portion of.

I persue the middle path (left the side walls in btw). I use what I got, modify it, or fabricate & take a huge amount of time and effort to make a little progress. By the time I get it ready to go they'll have taxed diesel so much (greenhouse gas thing) that my trips will be very, very short. Like--gotta move bus and mow the weeds under it.
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I dont want to put a "lot of time and effort" into this. Reason being, its a vehicle. It could blow up, get totalled, etc....then I would be totally out. I do want it nice, I do want it clean. But I am not going to make love to the thing. I am thinking I might just seal the couple leaks and put the insulation back in then add 1/2" - 3/4" pink board and put the wood on it and call the walls good. The insulation is in very good shape.

I am glad I got the skins off because the curiosity would have been the end of me....lol.
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You're at the point where you might as well frame for RV windows, and skin the existing widow area. I saw a bus from Idaho (in Anacortes, WA) that did this, and it looked very sharp. It was a bird, so it had the brows.

Don't put the batts back in, use some sort of foam. I left my walls alone because I am: 1) lazy, 2) I figured the factory metal made a good vapor barrier. Your vid proves that.

Birds rule!
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