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Old 03-02-2016, 01:19 AM   #11
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Alright first day working on the bus, also the forth day sick with fever and strep throat, but a good day none the less. I got a little less done then i had expected, first time using a angle grinder, but it wasn't rocket science. took the majority of the day, it wasnt untl the afternoon when i came back from homedepot with the right tools tht things really took off. turns out i was using the wrong grinder wheels... ooppss.




and now with the seats all out...







Had a little mishaps early on, those sparks get pretty hot. dont mix new power tools and beer, cause when you do u end up not smelling your shoe melting. How I made it all day without hurting myself IDK.

Anyhow had a great first day with the new girl, easier to figure the spacing of everything when all the seats are out. What you cant see is tht most of the side rivets are out, lots of the ceiling rivets and most of the fixtures are out.


Here she is taking in tht Southern California sunset... till tomrow i guess. CHEERS!!!!
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Old 03-02-2016, 10:43 AM   #12
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Good progress. And yes...grinder sparks are hot. REALLY hot. Whatever else you do, do NOT let that spray of white hot metal hit any glass you hope to keep. It will pit it very badly. Flaming work clothes are easy enough to put out. Window glass and windshields get expensive really fast.

Nice setting BTW. Rock on.
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Old 03-02-2016, 12:41 PM   #13
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I like the recycling idea. For me it's a process of change as I find better things to put in the bus, or maxi-van in my case. I've done the stripping and reflooring process previously. Never painted one though, but then this is the first time I've lived in a bus. I would like to be less visible while in the mountains.

Maybe Maxivan should be the name of my "van". I was going to name it "Nobody", because my X always said "nobody wants that". Heavy Utility Vehicle is always an option too.

For the purposes of anonymity I like the yellow bus because in the city nobody sees you. On my back woods logging roads people really take notice of a big yellow bus cruising through the woods. Oregon doesn't have any requirements concerning old school buses remaining yellow, but it's true that I may very well cross over into California or other places where it is illegal to have a yellow bus so I think I'm going with a forest green. Yeah, unimaginative. You're all lucky I don't go camo.

I've noticed that many people have painted their buses leaving varying amounts of the original yellow paint showing. Is that kind of like thumbing your nose at CHP or other law enforcement? So It's basically illegal to look like a school bus, and I can understand that. Can you imagine if a pedophile got hold of a school bus?
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Old 03-04-2016, 01:49 AM   #14
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day 1.5

Worked my second day on the bus, unfortunately not much got done. The people whos house we are working at were really sick so we decided to quit making noise and leave early and let them rest(mom works graveyard shift and comes home at 8:30 a.m. an hour or so after i normally start). Did get a few things done though. took out the side panels and insulation leaving them bare. took out some more fixtures and kind of just cleaned up the inside of the bus and rounded up all the trash and left it in a pile.

The Misses brought me a beer which also comes with a well deserved break


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Protecting both eyes and lungs... momma raised a smart cookie


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Old 03-04-2016, 01:54 AM   #15
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Anyone know how to get rid of these?

This is the wheel chair floor thingie, not sure what its called. took out the belt aparatus thing but cant seem to figure out how these go. do they just come out when i pull up the floor.
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Old 03-04-2016, 01:45 PM   #16
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carneiro1292, those wheel chair tie down rails are called L-track and they are very expensive. Check on buying some L-track rail. They should have resale value well beyond scrap.
This is interesting for me because I have the same bus with the same L-track all over the floors and above windows. For now the L-track and cargo straps are stopping my fridge and other things from scooting across the floor while I'm traveling. But then this is my fishing bus, I mean van. Eventually it will take better form as an RV, but this time of year in Oregon is not a time to remodel.
I'm thinking SoCal is a much nicer location to be in a bus. Looks good, keep up the good work.
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Old 03-04-2016, 02:19 PM   #17
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That image right there is what it is all about for me. I hope you slept on the bus?
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Here she is taking in tht Southern California sunset... till tomrow i guess. CHEERS!!!!
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Old 03-04-2016, 03:48 PM   #18
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100MPG unfortunately i havent been able to sleep in her yet. the first night of work we left all the seats and panels in the bus as to not make a mess for the home owners, and the second day we cleaned everything and put everything outside so we could sleep in but were politely told to go home... ackward but whatever, such is life.

so does any one know how to take out the L tracks?

Also i popped out the side emergency windows so i could take out the side panels, the wires tht alert the driver tht its open are still connected but the bus wont start? should i be worried? i was very carefull not to damage the wires so i thought i would be ok but unforntualey not.
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Old 03-06-2016, 07:09 PM   #19
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Apparently you damaged the safety circuit on the window. You don't need it unless you plan on using it for a door.

L-track seems to either have large screws or bolts varying by location. It's bolted to the wall but the floor has screws holding it down. I'm sure there's a thin walled socket that could reach in to the bolt heads, and an impact screwdriver should loosen up the floor screws. It might cost you a socket if you have to grind the sidewalls to fit.
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Old 03-08-2016, 11:14 AM   #20
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Just a random curiosity... but, how tall are you carneiro1292?
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