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Old 09-05-2012, 10:19 PM   #11
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Yeah, I am pretty sure I am going to keep that rear heater.... Should serve as some good heating for the rear of the bus....
Hydronic heat! That's what ours got used for.
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Old 09-06-2012, 11:40 AM   #12
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Hydronic heat! That's what ours got used for.
Nice. I was considering that, too. I was thinking that it would work well to run lines in the floor of the bus even. I don't think I would use it as a heat source that often, but it would be nice to have it available when needed. Not quite sure exactly what will be done, but it's free and available so no need tossing it all out.
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Old 09-06-2012, 03:14 PM   #13
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Here are some more pics of my work done thus far.





So far this is the extent of the rust on the floorboard of the bus. It looked far worse until I cleaned and swept it up a tad. Seems to be located primarily around the rear wheel well. I still have more plywood to pull up, so I am sure I am in for some more surprises as I go along.

Passenger side


Drivers side


Today I had to stop with the tear down for a while. Pffft… I jumped in my car today to make a drive to my dads to get some tools, and could not go anywhere as my alternator has failed. Yuck. So, I am switching gears and now going to need to spend some time on my Saturn before I can return to the bus. I hope to be back on track tomorrow. As for now… I am going to go spend some time playing with my son. It’ll give me a break from these vehicles.
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Old 09-06-2012, 04:51 PM   #14
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Get hold of some of that phosphoric acid stuff that turns the rust back to iron. Then you can just rustoleum over it and not worry about it again.
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Old 09-06-2012, 10:22 PM   #15
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I agree, the rust you have is NOTHING compared to most and a bit of chipping followed by a product like "Rustmort" will have you done withthe rust. Good luck!
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Old 09-12-2012, 11:19 AM   #16
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Little by little…

Ripped the plywood out yesterday. The metal looks really good, despite needing a decent wash.


We are kinda broke for the time being, so the conversion progress is going slower than desired. I should be able to at least get more holes covered today where I removed the warning lights. Little things are easy enough to find doing it seems. I will probably look around for deals at the local thrift stores and Habitat For Humanity. Never know what may be found around town.

We also have ourselves a fire in the neighborhood, so I stayed inside mostly the last couple days. There was evacuations for a big portion of the area. I’m about 4-5 miles away, which is out of the immediate danger zone but close enough that the smoke was nasty to breath in and harsh on my eyes.



That’s about all for now… hopefully I can get the state to give me better information about getting this title and registration thing cleared up. Montana was supposed to be easy on the Skoolie life me thought… Bleh.

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Old 09-12-2012, 11:30 AM   #17
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Bummer, I heard about that yesterday. Seems you have it all there, we have nothing at all up here. Closest thing we have I think is Plains. Thankful for sure. Stay safe!
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Old 09-19-2012, 02:31 AM   #18
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Update:

Things are going slowly, yet coming along nicely. It's nice to pace myself for the time being to get everything planned out well before I go to town with making this a home for the three of us. To add... the smoke is still lingering pretty bad here in the valley. I haven't seen the mountains for days, let alone anywhere further than a half mile away. It wrecks havoc on my eyes and breathing. So, I try to stay inside more than I really care to, which also keeps me away from working on the bus.

I've been able to some small things when I find time, usually while my son naps away during the early the afternoon. I picked up a small painted, cast-iron bathroom sink (I may or may not use it). I spent some time grinding down the little bit of floor rust to get that ready to be treated with Ospho at a later date. I don't want to grind the entire floor, but there is quite a bit of adhesive remaining that held the plywood down, as well as some paint, too. I assume that if I want to Ospho my entire floor that it needs to be removed as so it can treat all the steel. Bleh! I also cleaned up the rusty driver's seat and some other small spots here and there that I want to use the Ospho on.

Today I managed to clean the ceiling of glue and stains from children playing in the bus, and then primed most of the inside walls and ceiling for painting. I will give it a second coat tomorrow. That will leave me ready for painting come Monday or so. I am still debating on a color. I am thinking of going with a semi-gloss black, although I still have time to sleep on that. I just desire to get rid of the ugly dingy yellow that plagues me every time I enter the bus, and I have access to some cheap (but definitely good) paint. It's a good time to get it done before I build the interior.

Right now we also deciding how soon we want to leave before the snow hits. The wife and I are not at all interested in building the bus at the same time as dealing with winter, so we are looking at heading to southern Arizona for a few months. We also have six weeks left where we are staying... so moving is a necessity. At the moment we are living in a "transition home", as things fell through when we originally moved up here a few months ago. It was one reason for purchasing the bus to begin with. We have family all over Arizona and it seems a better place to work on this project of ours. Montana was a bit of a bust.

Anyhoo.... good day to all. See ya laters with some more of our Skoolie building experience.

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Old 09-19-2012, 08:02 AM   #19
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I am thinking of going with a semi-gloss black
I think that black would make it awfully dark inside, kind of like in a cave, even if you keep all of the windows. Also any finish other than gloss is harder
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Old 09-19-2012, 10:41 AM   #20
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Black shows all kinds of dirt. I have a black refrigerator (not as bad) and a black glass topped range. It is horrible to keep clean, It never looks clean except for the few minutes after I clean it, then it's covered in fine dust. Even water streaks show up and there is lots of hard water out here.
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