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Old 10-31-2010, 02:28 PM   #1
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Once more into the breach, dear friends...

Here goes round II. I had to move into my first bus ('82 Thomas Transit Liner) a lot sooner than I had originally expected and took a lot of shortcuts in the process. I was ready to live with them as a tradeoff for having something now and nothing was really that horrible anyway. Then, I got a chance to buy another bus, and even better, a reason. I'm giving my son the first bus as a 'leg up' to get started living on his own and building up my own with lessons learned from the first, as well as a much more relaxed schedule. He can help with building mine, learning enough in the process to customize his own to his tastes and finish some of my better intentions.

I've finally got a month or so of steady work done on the beast and figured it was enough to post something. Pictures are up on the gallery with narrative. Hoping to get to the point to start construction (as opposed to preparation) before Thanksgiving.

Anyway, let me know what you think.
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Old 11-23-2010, 03:35 PM   #2
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Re: Once more into the breach, dear friends...

It's been a few weeks and I've continued to prep the bus for interior painting. The plywood on the floor was shot and hasn't been coming up too nicely. I've also had to do quite a bit of grinding to get the remains of screws out and the flaked up rust off.



After a hard day yesterday, I got all the floor up on the curb side from front to back and about 4' wide. I hung the leaf blower in the window to push a lot of air forward, which kept the rust dust flowing out the front door and out of my face.



I wanted to get all the floor done first, but considering how much water had come in through the window over the years, I thought it might not be a bad idea to pull a few windows and get familiar with how it all went together. I left the windows in my first bus, covering them inside and out, but removing them seems to be a better idea this time around.



I found some $8/sheet plywood to hang in the interim. I've painted the outside and edges with a few coats of latex primer to make it last a little longer, but these aren't meant to be the long term solution... just to stop the water from coming in the crappy bus windows before I start installing floor.



This guy decided to move in early... He's a one eyed stray that's been hanging around the last few weeks, following me in and out of the bus and crawling up on the boxes in the back to sleep at night. I've left him a litter box, food & water inside and set him to work keeping the mice out. The power tools don't seem to bother him at all.




Hours to date:
~80

Approximate expenses for this entry:
$160 HVLP Gun
$40 Rustoleum rusty metal primer
$40 Grinder
$30 Respirator
$20 A **** load of drill bits, screwdriver tips & torx tips
$8 Test panel for temporary windows
$10 Weather seal & carriage bolts for temp windows.

More pics at my Picasa Gallery
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Old 11-25-2010, 02:44 PM   #3
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Re: Once more into the breach, dear friends...

Zim;

I still have the fuel pump contact disk on my key chain !
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Old 11-25-2010, 04:45 PM   #4
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Re: Once more into the breach, dear friends...

You forgot the cat food, kitty litter and vet bills! Don't forget to microchip your kitty cat before you take her on the road.

My vet had us giving our kitten baby doses of childrens motion sickness liquid (body weight dose) until she got used to traveling. After a few months she was great about traveling... except when the dog would lay down on her and squish her.
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Old 11-26-2010, 04:24 PM   #5
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Turkey day progress and wall plans.

I am thankful for the fact on Thanksgiving day, I managed to get out there after the feast and get the rest of the plywood up! EVERYTHING is off the floor now and this weekend, I'll fish the last of the crappy insulation out from between the walls. I also managed to draft up how I want to do the two bulkheads that separate the front bedroom and the back bedroom from the living area in the middle.

Using 1x4's, I want to set out several horizontal 'guides' parallel to the floor, clamped to the 'ribs' of the bus with C clamps.


Next, I plan on setting out my vertical 2x4's, using a screw at each intersection with the guides.


On top of the guides, the 1x4's cut for the opening will be attached to the 2x4's with screws.


As a footer, screw a 2x2 into the floor between the 2x4's to keep the wall from walking around at the base.


Fill in the space between the 2x4's with styrofoam stacked to match the thickness.


Place similar guides on the front, parallel with the rear guides.


Install the 1x4's cut for the door opening as was done on the back side.


Install the header. Similar to the footer, the middle 2x4 layer of the 'sandwich' could bolt to the roof for added strength


Remove the guides...


Fill in the spaces between the 1x4's with foam on the back side


And do the same on the front, cutting out a groove for the wiring to the switch box


This should leave a wall ready for skinning with any sort of thin paneling. I'll let you know how it turns out and would be interested in comments in the mean time.
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Old 11-29-2010, 08:50 AM   #6
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Inside is clean!!!

Sunday, I managed to get the inside completely cleared out. No plywood, no insulation, no rusty sheet metal... just a few spots ready for a touchup with the wire wheel and some red primer. I was happy to get everything out from the instrument cluster, too. I also managed to get (from the front) windows 1-3 & 5-7 skinned over on the street side, leaving the emergency exit for ventilation. The ribs around this exit showed no signs of leakage, but I sealed the frame up with a coat of latex paint that should keep all but the most determined water out of the inside. On the curb side, I still only have windows 1-3 done, but will get 5-7 finished one evening this week.

Also, I want to put black astroturf on the raised flooring area around the driver seat, so tonight will be spent scrubbing that area with scotch-brite pad and some soapy water. I'll dry it with the leaf blower, then wipe down with acetone before priming. I suspect the glue for the astro-turf will stick to the primed metal just fine, but will peek back here before putting down the glue in case someone knows better.

It was a productive weekend.

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$40 plywood
$20 carriage bolts & washers & nuts
$40 self adhesive weather stripping
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Old 11-29-2010, 12:25 PM   #7
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Re: Once more into the breach, dear friends...

So thorough, this thread is going to read like a text book. Well done.
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Old 11-30-2010, 10:11 AM   #8
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Thanks & Progress Report.

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So thorough, this thread is going to read like a text book. Well done.
Thanks! I got a lot of inspiration from Smitty, with his lots of pics and insight. I hope it helps someone else as much as the rest of this site has helped me.

As for progress pictures...

Here's all the flooring up with the loose rust knocked off. The paneling and insulation on the driver's side was taken out the next day and put in the dumpster, but I haven't had an interior pic since...


Driver side window skinning, 5mm luan paneling with exterior latex primer. Should last the 2~3 months that they are needed before making way for the metal or fiberglass. The bus in the background (in sore need of a roof scrubbing) is #32 from the same Texas A&M fleet.


Detail around the corner near the driver window. I'm not really happy with this, but there's a ton of caulk up there and it's already lived through one small shower with no dark spots on the unpainted inside.


Curb side 5mm paneling added to windows 5-7.


That's it for this batch. The materials were accounted for in a prior post, so really all this took was about 4 hours time.
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Old 11-30-2010, 11:43 AM   #9
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Re: Once more into the breach, dear friends...

Oh yeah... I wanted to paint it grey.... or olive



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OMG! Green Trees! I miss green trees.

This is what I look at in my "back yard"
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