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Old 04-13-2005, 10:04 AM   #21
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There is a great alternative to masking tape and paper when masking for paint. I found it through making vinyl graphics and painting vehicles. Use vinyl graphics application tape to mask the area. You can write on it with pencil or marker and cut it with a razor to make any design you want. Plus, it's very cheap.

Find it here...

http://www.signcatalog.com/Merchant2...gory_Code=A-RS
NOW you tell me! That stuff is cheaper than masking tape at Wal-Mart, that's for sure. Maybe I can use it in the future when I paint the "Brother Love's Travelling Salvation Show" sign on the side.

I was examining the bus floor last night and discovered something odd. There is no plywood in the floor. None. The floor is sheet metal only, nearly 1/8" inch thick. I don't know what gauge it would be. It rests not on angle iron, but on metal planks that have a C cross section. I'm kind of glad. I have decided to go ahead with a plywood over foam floor, and I'm going to try to recycle the seat bolt holes, where possible, to fasten down firring strips for the flooring, which I had planned to run transversely at one foot intervals. Now I will run them at the intervals at which the seat legs were spaced, and save some drilling effort.

I was thinking about the seat frames, and how to haul them to the dump as I disassemble the seats. Then I realized that they are a great source of metal for constructing under carriage structures! The legs might even work well as for making posts for holding on a roof deck! Hmmm.... The pipe of which they are constructed can be cut to length and hammered flat at the ends to allow for bolting to the frame, or it could be welded to the frame. It could also be joined into different supporting shapes the same ways. I need to look into some kind of bending mandrel. Wonder how hard it is to cut with a hacksaw...

It's definitely cheaper than buying angle iron or tubing.
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Old 04-13-2005, 05:42 PM   #22
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Okay, I found the factory line sheet for my bus located inside the hood behind the right headlight. The rear end is a 6.5:1. Boooo! I did the following calculations, assuming a 1:1 final drive ratio on the Allison AT540 (not 545).

2800 RPM engine speed (set)
35" tires (9"x200mm") with a 110" diameter
6.5:1 rear end ratio

2800/6.5 = 430.77 wheel RPM

430.77 RPM * 110"/Revolution = 47,384.7 inches/minute

There are 63,360 inches per mile (5,280 * 12).

(47,384.7 inches / minute) / (63,360 inches / mile) = .7479 miles per minute

or.....44.874 miles per hour. And that's about as fast as it would go on level ground coming home, so I must be in the ball park.

Cheapest fix would be a rear end clip or differential with a 4.33:1 ratio. That would give me a top speed of 67 MPH, which is way faster than I would want to go, but would give me crusing speed of 60 MPH at a relatively easy on the engine 2,500 RPM. THAT I could live with, especially since it would probably increase the fuel mileage substatially.
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Old 04-13-2005, 10:05 PM   #23
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That stuff comes off really easy without peeling up the paint. It has a lower adhesive than tape since it is made to release before the graphics do. A lot of pro painters use it as mask.

Go to the link below and click on "how-To" on the menu, slide down to "2004 motorcycle paintjob" and scroll through the pictures to see how they use this paper to mask their work. They used fine-line tape but you don't need to, it just gives a super sharp line.

http://www.autoaircolors.com/
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Old 04-19-2005, 09:33 PM   #24
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Whew. Slipping behind schedule



Well, I'm running about 2 days behind schedule.

I started installing the floor -- firring and foam insulation over a vapor barrier.

At the last minute I decided to add a radiant heat system below the floor. It is composed of 120' of CPVC tubing under the floor. What a huge PITA!!! I hope it pays off in comfort in the future. It's going to be solar, and possibly tied in to the engine coolant system. It has slowed me down by 50%, at least. There are pictures at http://www.skoolie.net/gallery2/album13?page=1 . I still have to fir out about 1/2 the front and install insulation there and cover with plywood. WHEW!

And I have an important essay to write for English tonight, which means no sleep for me.

I did get a really cool wooden maple syrup sugaring bucket off of e-Bay for a bathroom sink. I'm going to set it into a corner washstand (with a liner in it), and put the p-trap inside the bucket so that the only drainpipe shows coming out the bottom of it. We'll see!

Ciao!
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Old 04-20-2005, 10:30 AM   #25
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WoW I never thought of doing that to a skoolie floor. Awesome idea! Hope it all works out for you. My GF's parents just put that in their new house, its gonna be sweet, so I know you will love it.
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Old 04-20-2005, 12:49 PM   #26
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Just had a chance to look over yer gallery photo's. LOOKING GREAT! Got a kick out of going to "Bolivia" for yer bus, I'm the envy of my friends because I'm the only one with an "International" address!
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Old 04-22-2005, 12:28 AM   #27
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Progress report 04/22/05

Thanks for the encouragement. It helps a lot! I'm stressing heavily over getting this done by next week. My wife's landlord wants the bus gone by this weekend because "outside parties" don't like it there. Got news for him: outside parties don't pay the lease payment on the house for the right to the exclusive use of the property. Fortunately, he put in an e-mail that he's being influenced, and acting on behalf of, outside parties, which was not a smart thing to do from a contract law standpoint. If they pi$$ me off, I'll paint a bunch of pink and lime green polka-dots on it and park it there for another month...just to prove a point. GRRR!!! As if I didn't have enough to deal with.

Well, I got the very front of the bus firred. Whew! It has taken forever to put the flooring in. I will install the plywood tomorrow. Then I can start on the cabinetry. I'm definitely going to keep it simple. Essentially it will be modular, just plywood boxes of various sizes.

The base will be from the floor up to the seat rail (9" high after installation of 1 1/2" thick floor structure), and it will be recessed 4" closer to the walls from the upper section to allow for toe space. It will be just wide enough and tall enough to cover the wheel wells (that I need to fir, insulate, and cover with some 3/8" ply). Oh no, more firring! Aaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhh!!!! The base area not taken up by the wheel wells will have a simple pull out drawer for storage.

The upper section will be composed of three plywood boxes, side by side, each 1/3 the length of the counter, which is to be 84 3/4" long. All joinery will be simple butt joints, with cleats for added strength. Each 28 1/4" box will have two doors that are 11" wide. I may use 1" x 12" lumber for the doors for simplicity's sake.

The outside ends of the plywood boxes do not need to look good because they will be terminated with partition walls of 3/4" plywood. From the inside of the boxes, I will simply screw through the box into the 3/4" partition wall to mount the cabinet.

The front of the cabinet will be a sheet of 3/4" plywood with door holes cut in it. It will but joint to the boxes and be reinforced with cleats. The counter will be 3/4" plywood with 1/4" cementitious backer board on it for tile. I'm going to tile it in plain white wall tile. The cabinets will be painted white, too.

There will be a 3/4" plywood back on the cabinet extending up to the level of the middle of the window frame. The counter is going to be at 36" high, which is right in the middle of the lower window, and that would look funny, so essentially, there will be a backsplash above the counter to get up to the middle of the window frame. That way I can still open the windows.

I was going to put panels over some of the outside windows on both sides, but instead, I'm just going to do it on the side opposite the counter, where there will be some hanging lockers (i.e. closets). Or maybe I will just paint the windows black. I'm going to put dark window tinting film on the inside of the bus to keep out sunlight (they claim a 70% reduction in heat coming through the window.) The black painted windows would look like film, and would save me constructing an exterior panel (that would need maintenance, eventually).

The bus is white, and it REALLY helps keep the heat down. Even after sitting all day in the sun with the windows closed, the bus is not hot in the afternoon. Warmish, but not hot enough to make you start sweating. The window tinting should help reduce the heat even more.

Well, I spent 13 hours on the flooring today, and I'm still not done. Gotta pick up speed.
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Old 04-24-2005, 10:01 PM   #28
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Progress report 04/24/05

Putting up walls!

Floor's all done! Woo hoo! (Well, there's a section over the transmission access panel that I still need to do something with, but I'm not counting that.)

I got a later start at working than I wanted to today, and only got back from Home Depot with my lumber at about 3PM, but I manged to get 3 wall panels cut and fitted. It took about 3 hours to make a decent set of templates for the wall panels, a time expenditure I had not thought would be so great. After that it took about 3 hours to cut and fit each wall panel. Only 3 left to do, so I should be able to get those done tomorrow after school. Then I can fasten them down and start on the cabinetry that will be attached to them. I have altered my plans slightly: no modular cabinet under the kitchen counter, just a built in one. The stuff (water tank, pump, water heater) that I have to get under there just made the modular design unworkable. This should use less wood, as well (and funds are becoming a greater consideration).

I have the bathroom laid out, more or less. I need to cut away the flooring beneath the tub so that I can recess the tub by 1.5" lower than the floor height. The bottom inside of the tub will still be at floor height, but it won't be at floor height + 1.5" as it would be if I just installed it on top of the floor. I can just stand straight where the tub will be, as it is, so I can't reduce the headroom there by any fraction of an inch. The tub does look pretty cool sitting there in the back of the bus.

I can still see out the rear door, both top and bottom windows, from the driver's seat, so I'm pleased with that aspect of my layout.

Hmmm...that's about it for tonight. I'm going to go back out and paint the grille and reattach the hood gasket and hood rubber hold down straps that I took off for painting. And put the headlight trim rings back on.
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Old 05-06-2005, 09:48 PM   #29
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What a week. Whew, boy, what a week!

Paradigm Shift is now at Parris Mountain State Park, at least for the weekend. My wife couldn't take her landlord harrassing her any more about the bus being in the yard, and finally ran the bus off. It's 85% complete inside, but not quite.

I got arrested and charged with Breach of Peace on Monday, and was in the freaking county jail until Tuesday morning. What a nightmare. Big fight (argument, not fisticuffs) in the front yard on Monday afternoon, and they rolled 7 police cars. Geeze! I had a cop pointing a freaking gun at me, got handcuffed, got locked up, and had to pay $140 bail. All over the bus being parked in the driveway. ARRRRRGGGHHHH. Now I'm going to have a freaking criminal record. What a damned nightmare.

I'll post pics (not mugshots) soon. I have a bunch in the camera. The bus drove well over to the park, not getting above 45mph at any time (since it is incapable of going any faster, that's no surprise.) The ranger was really polite: "You must be my buddy with the 'Internationale'." (I told my wife to call it an "Internationale" when she made the reservations. I was kidding, but apparently that's what she did.

Gotta get some grub and a shower and some clothes and a sleeping bag and airmattress and go back to the park. I didn't manage to get a bed installed yet...

Waiting for some other shoe to drop,

Your's, truly.
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Old 05-06-2005, 10:15 PM   #30
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That sure sucks, people can be such asses. You might be able to get some help from the Property Rights Foundation. I don't know all the details but you can check out their website. Good luck with everything. http://www.prfamerica.org/
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