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Old 11-24-2015, 06:08 PM   #21
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That is a bloody clean bus... great find!
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Old 12-05-2015, 10:37 PM   #22
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Progress!

Finally got back to work after the Thanksgiving break. Got the waste tank in and the toilet connected up and mounted. We will have a "wet bathroom" so we have the shower liner sized up and ready to go. Started framing the bench that will go over one of the wheel wells and also started framing out the bathroom.

Some pics!

Got the waste tank hung - used 3/8 inch beam clamps and unistrut supports on the bottom.

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Splurged and got the Dometic 320 RV toilet - nice and big and sturdy!

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another shot of the bathroom area
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Framing for the bench around the wheel well. Countersunk sheet metal screws into the floor. Nice and solid.

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bench continued
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Wifey happy with the progress today!
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Here's some other random pics - You'll have to excuse the mess - This is my Mother-in-law's garage and she has lots o'stuff!

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Erica(my wife) got an action shot of me grinding sharp bits off of the threaded rod
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Mother-in-laws's dog, Hannah, photo-bombing the left lower corner!

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Nice thing about being in Texas is not having to deal with frigid weather/snow. I just wish there was more daylight...

Tomorrow we hope to make some more progress on the bench and bathroom and I also want to get started on mounting the fresh water tank.

more to come tomorrow!

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Old 12-06-2015, 01:07 AM   #23
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Lookin' GOOD guys! Keep the pix comin'!
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Old 12-07-2015, 10:17 PM   #24
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More Progress!

Today was productive. Got the fresh water tank hung and secured - still need to plumb it, but I'm glad to have the black and fresh tanks in. Working under the bus is dirty and I've come to realize I can't bend/contort like I used to! We will put in a grey tank later on down the road...

We got the bench/storage box all framed and put together, now we just need to make it pretty. Erica is all excited about that part! She's going to paint it and put a nice cushion on top. The top lifts off for easy access to the storage inside. It will be a great place to sit as you could easily fit 3-4 people on it.

Next up will be to frame and enclose the bathroom - got a start on some measuring and placement today...

Here's some more pics!

Here, I had to use a router and make a channel along the bottom side where the screws are an inch above the seat rail. That way, the board on the back will sit flush with the wall


Here's some more of getting the box all framed up:





Got it all wrapped in plywood - this thing is sturdy!






Here's the box all done - now to make it pretty!



The bathroom starting to take shape! It's nice to be able to have a better idea of space/placement now that some things are up..




Tomorrow should hopefully have some more progress on the bathroom. Then I will plumb everything up!

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Old 12-08-2015, 07:34 PM   #25
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Old 12-14-2015, 01:37 PM   #26
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getting ready for holiday break

Thanks, BC!!

So, this weekend we took the bus up to Austin and hung out with some friends and got to sleep in the bus for the first time - was quite nice! We had a successful "leak check" as we had torrential rains on Saturday night - we stayed nice and dry. Yahoo! We ran an extension cord from our friends house so we had such creature comforts as a fan when it was hot and a heater once the cold front moved in. We used magnetic hooks and hung some blankets on the windows for privacy and a curtain sectioning off the bed area from the rest of the bus, and the heater kept us nice and toasty!

We've made some more progress on the bathroom area and the plumbing, and looks like we will be taking a little break from the bus as we head to Mexico for the holidays to spend some time with my parents who live in Sayulita on the Pacific coast. Hope everyone has a great holiday season and a safe New Year and we will continue the build as soon as we get back to the States!

I leave y'all with some more pics!

mounted the water pump on the underside of the bus near the tank, and its nice and protected and out of the way. Still need to wire it up, but that will wait until after the holidays...


fresh water tank fit nicely in the back middle section between the frame. Got it all plumbed up and ready to go...


Drilled more holes in the side of the bus (eeeeek!!) to get the city water and gravity fill in and connected. Did the city water leak check and it worked great - did not have a waterfall in or around the bus!


Here's a closer look...


Started to enclose the bathroom walls - did it in pieces as we did not have nice big pieces of plywood - decided to make do with what we had instead of buying more wood. Worked out great.


decided to use angle bracket with sheet metal screws into the ribs - came out nice and sturdy on that side and was great for dealing with all the uneven bits. We're going to cover the inside walls on the bathroom with FRP or some other waterproof material (vinyl, etc..)


we will make a jig (thanks to Vonslatt.com) to cut the curvy bits for the upper part of the wall. That will have to wait until after the holidays...


"action shot" of me screwing the wall into place - don't I just looked thrilled!


used double-sided foam tape on the bracket that was up against the metal so it would cushion it and not have metal-on-metal. Figured it can't hurt...


Hope everyone has a great holiday and we'll see 'ya after the New Year!

John & Erica
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Old 12-14-2015, 03:08 PM   #27
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Really enjoying your build, have a fun and safe trip.
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Old 12-14-2015, 03:54 PM   #28
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Thanks, Flyboy!!
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Old 12-14-2015, 04:46 PM   #29
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Hey "FlyBoyHPD"...being another Houstonian, pilot and bus nut myself...I just have to ask...based on your handle, any chance you fly for the local PD? Fixed or whirlybirds?
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Old 12-14-2015, 06:38 PM   #30
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Hey Tango, good to hear from you. I've seen your other posts from time to time. I've been a member now for about a year and just waiting for summer to get here so I can hopefully find a good bus in one of the HISD, CyFair, or surrounding school auctions.

Yes, I flew helicopters for Houston PD for 10 years. I retired after 20 years back in 2001. Do you have your fixed wing or rotorcraft license?

I'd love to come and see your bus sometime, and also pick your brain a little .
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