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Old 05-04-2012, 07:55 AM   #131
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Holy crap it's tricky to embed youtube videos!

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Old 05-05-2012, 09:26 AM   #132
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I have a suggestion for the flooring. If I could go back and do it all over again, I would use either a sticky vinyle floor planks from Home Depot they cost a little more than 1.50 per square foot depending on your selection of "wood" Its called Allure.
I have that stuff installed in my hallway upstairs in the house. It is super easy to install, looks great, is easy to clean, and you don't have to worry about splinters when sliding down it in stocking-feet

HOWEVER... there are several drawbacks:

1) It is only water resistant, not water proof. Don't install it where you expect to have a lot of standing water (by a sink, shower, or tub).

2) It does not take heavy traffic well. If you expect to wear your shoes inside your bus after tromping all over the muddy campground, expect the finish of the floor to wear pretty quickly. This can be easily avoided by just taking your shoes off when you come into the bus. Otherwise, I would suggest putting down a runner rug at the entry points so most of the dirt is trapped in it, and not allowed to scuff up the floor.

3) It's next to impossible to replace just a small section of floor. Unlike regular wood flooring that snaps into place and can be taken apart piece-by-piece, the Allure product literally glues itself into one large piece. That is both its brilliance (it's super easy to install and forms a nearly seamless cover when it's finished) and its downfall (its monolithic structure makes it impossible to spot repair).

4) It must be installed over a very solid foundation. The vinyl panels are a little more than 1/8" thick, so there is no structure to them at all. Every little bump, every screw head and piece of debris left in the underlying flooring will eventually be visible and felt. I installed the Allure over an old hardwood floor that was badly stained and gouged. There were a few nail heads that just refused to be pounded flush (or maybe the wood kept floating down around the head?) and as I type, I can see where one nail is under the new floor. It's not a bad thing, per-say. Just something to be aware of when thinking about using this.

Overall, if you can work around these minor problems, I would consider the Allure as a good choice for the bus. The few drawbacks are well worth the ease of installation.
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Old 05-05-2012, 11:17 PM   #133
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that rope caulk that you call it, my father calls it, pardon my french, bear ****. and yes that 70's donor rig i tore apart still have very good pliable rope caulking. very good stuff!
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Old 05-05-2012, 11:36 PM   #134
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Very nice work on the door...
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Old 05-06-2012, 10:06 PM   #135
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A couple weeks ago I had started painting the steel panels. Friday I finished priming all of them.

The panels had picked up a little rust between painting days. A little steel wool cleaned them right up.


I used a low pressure paint gun. Took some screwing around with the adjustments, but eventually the paint was flowing good.


I was going glare blind after a while. On the second day I thought to bring sunglasses.
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Old 05-06-2012, 10:12 PM   #136
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Now that we have our steel all painted, its time to start the window skinning process!

After some thought / debate, we decided that the top rub rail would have to come all the way off to get the steel behind both the roof edge and the rub rail.


Pulled down the wiring chase, since it covers the tops of the windows.


Windows came out without a fight.
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Old 05-06-2012, 10:17 PM   #137
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Since the windows around the dinette are going to be 5 foot long, we needed to take out a couple supports. We decided it would be a good idea to put a frame around the window since we took out 2 consecutive pillars. Unfortunately, we are short on the square tube steel, so this section is getting tarped for the time being.


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Old 05-06-2012, 10:22 PM   #138
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Not one to be so easily thwarted, I went ahead and skinned the section that comes before the window opening, then stripped the section to the back of the door so I could begin skinning that.

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Old 05-06-2012, 10:36 PM   #139
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Skinning details:
Before we put the steel in, we ran a bead of liquid nails along all of the points where the steel will touch. We then forced the steel up under the roof edge. The air chisel (I am in LOVE with this tool) came in handy to force the panels apart so the steel would fit. After bracing the steel with a board to keep it from dropping back down, I went inside the bus and drilled through the holes left by the factory rivets in the top row.

Once the top row of rivets was in, I had my oldest son brace the steel from the other side while I was drilling. He looks so productive.



I used a larger drill bit to clean up any burrs on the outside, then popped a rivet in. The rivets I am using are steel 3/16" rivets with a wide flange. I chose those because they look the most like the original rivets and are steel (to avoid dissimilar metal corrosion).
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Old 05-06-2012, 10:47 PM   #140
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Once the panels were all in on the section I was working on, we remounted the rub rail. The rub rail was not exactly straight, so it was fun getting the holes to line up again. I had my oldest hold up one end of the rail while I put the screws into the holes furthest back (not sure why they used screws there in the first place ).
Once the back end was supported, we used a board to hold the front end. My son then was tasked with taking a punch, and using it to align the hole next to the one I was riveting. Once the bottom row of rivets was in place, I used some self tapping screws, about every 4th hole, to draw the top of the rail tight against the bus. I drilled and riveted until I exhausted my rivet supply. Oh well, ordered another 10 boxes of them, and will start again.


We are starting to look a little better every day!
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