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Old 09-20-2008, 04:22 PM   #111
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Okey-dokey...

I saved much of the "pleather" from my bus seats when I disassembled them, and (3 years later) now I'm going to do something with it. I always had vague plans for an upholstered front area and dash, and it looks as if I'm going to get on with construction in the next week.

I found that construction adhesive works well on the sheet metal interior, so I may be using some of that. You have to read the instructions carefully, though, as some of the adhesives will not work with foam insulation.

I have a really good design for a 12' wide x 24' long deck on top of the bus (2' fold-outs on the sides), and if I get all my other projects done, that will be my reward to myself (funding permitting.)

Also on tap...a custom woodstove.

I forgot how much I like fooling with this stuff!
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Old 09-26-2008, 11:21 AM   #112
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Cool, good to see you back & posting again.
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Old 11-06-2008, 03:03 PM   #113
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Coming soon... Interior upholstery panels...finally! I'll be posting how-to pics in the gallery this weekend. I just finished installing padded panels over the dash and the front ceiling. The project's execution went as planned, except that it took a month instead of a weekend (typical of my projects.) If you're looking for a fairly cheap way to cover some sheet metal, this is a good one.

Now I'm working on curtains for the bathroom, which I hadn't needed until I moved out of the park this past weekend. Now I'm back in an RV park, and I REALLY need bathroom curtains.

Also, I'm using the composting toilet again. Woot! Today I have to go home and stir the 5#1+ in the bucket. Gotta get used to doing that again because it has to be done regularly.

Happy Autumn!
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Old 11-13-2008, 11:27 AM   #114
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Okat, some Interior upholstery pics. I have more to upload, and they show more of the actual construction details, particularly for the upper dash, but I don't have them with me right now. SAVE THOSE SEAT COVERS! I hauled my seat covers around for three years before I got to this, but finally I was able to use them. The upholstered panels are made of 3/8" plywood with two layers of carpet padding covered by old school bus seat material. REDUCE REUSE RECYCLE (it's cheaper!) Here are the pics that I have posted so far http://www.skoolie.net/gallery2/v/Sk...tered+Ceiling/
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Old 11-13-2008, 07:48 PM   #115
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Nice work on the panels!
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Old 08-06-2009, 06:18 PM   #116
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Hey, y'all!

Busy, busy, busy, and about to get busier... I got accepted to law school at the Appalachian School of Law! W0oT!



I just this week drove the bus about 320 miles (by mountain road) due north of Greenville, SC to Grundy, VA. What a blast! It took 14 hours or so of driving through the mountains on 2 lane roads (I can't go fast enough for the Interstate.) I averaged about 23 MPH! I didn't keep the best records on diesel consumption, but I think I got about 5 MPG, which is less than the normal 7.5 mpg, but not too bad for a 180 HP engine pulling an 18,000 bus and a 3,000 pound Jeep through the mountains of NC and VA. At times I was going uphill at 10 MPH, and the fastest I got to on a downhill run was between 45 and 50 (the bus WILL NOT go faster than 50.)

I haven't had reliable internet access for the past year, but once school starts up I should be able to post some pics of the bookcases I built.

Watch this space in the next few weeks....

Ciao!

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Old 08-06-2009, 08:12 PM   #117
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Hey Eric!

Great to hear from ya again!

Looking forward to reading all about your adventures.
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Old 08-07-2009, 07:33 AM   #118
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Congrats on gettin' into Law school!
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Old 11-10-2009, 03:08 PM   #119
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WOODSTOVE INSTALLATION PHOTOS IN THE PHOTO GALLERY for Paradigm Shift (last page, Woodstove Installation.)

FINALLY!!!!

This is how I installed a woodstove in my bus. Not counting design time, I have about 40 hours of work involved in this project (which I desperately need with winter coming on!) I fired the stove last night (fresh stove paint STINKS and SMOKES!) and it will run you out of the house pretty quickly when stoked up. I banked it back and let it burn out in about 3 hours, but the stove gave off heat for a good while. The stove is in the middle of the bus, but it heats both ends quite well!

I constructed a hearth made from a plywood base topped with 1/2" cement board (for tile work), and trimmed with 1x2" firring strips (cheap). I need to put rocks down on the hearth yet.

The stovepipe and the fresh air intake were designed to fit within the existing window frame WITH NO MODIFICATION TO THE FRAME. I can take it apart and have a fully functioning window again.

I had to make 4 brackets to hold the legs down to the floor. The brackets are bent from 1 1/4" x 1/8" steel; bolted to the legs with two 1/4" bolts; and bolted to the floor with 3/8" bolts.

I built a heat shield for the wall next to the stove (photos later). It is a 1/2" cementboard 2' x 3' bolted 1.5 inches off the wall, and then there are two layers of cheap roofing steel on top, inverted on each other so as to make air channels (the steel extends past the cement board for a few inches on each end. I need to put a heat shield over the stovepipe and along the bulkhead behind the stovepipe.
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Old 11-10-2009, 05:46 PM   #120
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Here ya go, Smitty!
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