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Old 09-26-2016, 11:04 AM   #41
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It will be lit up well with an extra set of signal/brake lights mounted in the bumper. Most places I'll be - soccer mom's won't be
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Old 09-27-2016, 04:11 PM   #42
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Hey there I'm just north of Edmonton in Fort Saskatchewan. I don't have a bus yet but I'm actively looking for one.

Are you still looking for an MT643?

There is a recently rebuilt one in St.Albert with paperwork for $700 bucks.

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Old 09-27-2016, 04:39 PM   #43
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Hey Luc,

I forgot to follow up with you on your post - ended up getting busy..

I'll be looking mine over but it seems great so far. Thanks for the thought!
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Old 09-30-2016, 11:48 PM   #44
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So -cycosis- and I lined up the two buses to get spray foamed - used a small company called Canadian Foam Pro's out of Airdrie. Tate did an absolutely awesome job and was a hell of a good price. Anyone local be sure to call them because he was miles ahead of the competition in price, and listened to what we wanted done intently.


Prep was key as -cycosis- mentioned - the more prep the better it will turn out. I know this bad boy is gonna be cozy with the wood stove on in -30 no problem.
Unfortunately I forgot to take prep pics (again) and pics of the underside foam.

Here is before the prep with bondo hair filling the holes in the floor.


The guy did both buses interiors first, then my underside then his. We helped shave down the excess foam while he was shooting the other areas once it was safe to do so.


This is what it looks like before shaving it down on the ribs


And here is after shaving it a bit - I was 5 hours late for work so we didn't stay to finish it completely. -cycosis- has a great idea of using an orbital sander with a rough grit to sand it right down to the 2" so the roof paneling will fit right back up. I'll try to add in a really thin veneer of wood or even a rubber gasket to stop some of the thermal bridging from the ribs to the roof panels before I put them up. Might help greatly.



Tuck tape worked WAY better than masking tape, but that cheap clear packing tape worked really well also on any ribs so that you can peel it off easily.


Glad we got this done now, next I'll try to get a second coat of paint, then put the windows in and seal it up nicely. Lots of work left to go, but progress is being made.
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Old 10-01-2016, 01:16 PM   #45
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Seems like you could skim coat some kind of material on the foam to encapsulate it, then paint that.

Rolls of burlap adhered to the foam would be cool for a textured man-bus look.

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Old 10-02-2016, 11:55 PM   #46
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I work too damn much.. and end up daydreaming of building Ramrod most of the time. Only got part of today to work on him, but I installed 4 of the 5 windows. The 5th needs the frame modified as it has a 3/4" shorter window which happened to be the only other dual pane that I had.


Looks pretty good but was much darker than the picture shows

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Old 10-06-2016, 12:59 AM   #47
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So I had a "Eureka" moment last night. The trucker style underbody boxes that are ever so expensive would cost me more than my bus did.

I saw an ad with used School Lockers - industrial ones - 6' tall, 20" deep and 16" wide. 5 for $80!

At least two of them will get reinforced on the bottom and sides, sealed up and then mounted on the bus for tire chain storage, snowboards, gear, etc. Then a fresh coat of paint to match the rest of Ramrod.

I got the ones that have fewer vents so that I have less work ahead to seal them up to make them water resistant.

You gotta love creative uses of other products to save yourself time and/or money!
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Old 10-06-2016, 05:29 PM   #48
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Cool idea.
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Old 10-11-2016, 11:24 PM   #49
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Snow.. and Canadian Thanksgiving eh? So no updates. But great food and better visiting was had. My family couldn't wait until Ramrod is done so we can go for a rip.

Out for a RIP!


Listen and learn my American friends!
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Old 10-29-2016, 02:03 PM   #50
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No pics today, I'm back at work but here's the update.

I cut holes into the rear bumper and mounted LED stop/signal combo tail lights in there.

Then when I tested them, the power that I had to jump from the signal light AND the tail light would backfeed whenever I would signal and it would cause 'hazard lights' instead of the signal light.

Went and talked to my cousin frustrated as hell and asked if there was such thing as an electrical check valve. He said Diodes. I asked if they were cheap. He said yes.
That made me happy to know I wasn't going to have to rewire a bunch of crap just to have tail lights at the back of Ramrod for the times when I have bikes or toys on the deck.

Soldered (4) 3A 800V rated diodes in the right locations to prevent backfeeding of power during signal and brake operation, and now she works like a champ!

Around here we have had temps below freezing for quite a while and I found Mosquitoes in the bus yesterday! I wasn't even pissed off because of how impressed I was. That's a nod to how well the spray foam is doing to retain heat in there!
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