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Old 06-14-2013, 05:29 PM   #11
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Nice looking bus. I like the color.
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Old 06-14-2013, 07:35 PM   #12
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Thank you for the sunrise pic!
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Old 06-14-2013, 09:33 PM   #13
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I like it a lot.
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Old 06-15-2013, 05:16 PM   #14
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Thank you for the compliments. Here is the bus at a family get together. The camper to the right is actually a pickup camper in a pickup bed trailer so the bus was not even the oddest looking rig. In fact the bus was very popular the kids liked to come hangout in it because it was a a school bus but wasn't, and it was roomier than the other places to get away from their parents. ;)

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Old 06-15-2013, 05:31 PM   #15
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Over the rear wheel wells I bolted in steel frames with ply wood. One is a platform for the baby's bed the other a plat form for the tub and porta potty. The potty is comfortable and I did not have time to set up a black solution, likewise the drain is not installed in the tub yet.

The little one's room, at camp there are curtains we put up with magnets and set up her pack and play though now she has graduated to her own mattress.



The bathroom, not the best picture. RV style with the potty in the tub for now. Once again there are curtains to magnet up and I sprayed the windows with frosting.

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Old 06-15-2013, 05:41 PM   #16
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I found a flexsteel chair from a conversion van and two seats out of a Winnebago at our local salvage yard. I bolted them in with grade 8 bolts and we had seating for everyone to ride safely. Here is what it looks like with the seats forward.



For the level of this conversion I was not going to be tearing out the interior etc. To get compartments and privacy my wife sewed up some nice canvas dividers. They are velcro edged and there is velcro on the ceiling so we can go from open floor plan to rooms in about a minute. With the dividers up but not the curtains, and the seats pivoted the interior looks like this.

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Old 06-15-2013, 06:11 PM   #17
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At this point time was running out the trip was a week away and my wife who generously allowed me to give the bus a was not going to be riding around in a steel banana with blackout spray paint on it.



In the first post I had allowed as how I was considering the '50$ paint job', while sanding the bus in prep for painting I realized that that was insane. I realized I was going to sand that beast only once for surface prep. I washed the bus with sugar soap. Then I sanded all the flat surfaces with my random orbit and then hit all the rail rails with steel wool then wiped down with spirits.

Because it was to be a summer trip my first step was to get white elastomeric roof paint and do the roof down to a tapes width above the over eyebrow rivets. I ended up doing 5 coats on the seams and three on the roof with the 'cat on a stick' before I ran out. The coverage was good and it really did make a huge difference on the interior temp. With the roof painted and the curtains up the back was bearable in the sun where before it was not.

For the sides I went with Rustoleum Brand and over the last year and has cured into a nice finish. The rub rail and bumper is 'leather' or something and the sides are 'sand' or something, it was at Ace and Home Depot in gallons and colors that they had in spray bombs for small parts and future touch up. When I shot the bus it was done outdoors but I lucked out and I had perhaps the only still days that entire spring. The Rustoleum took a lot of thinning to shoot well but once I got it down it went on nice. The finish is not perfect but it made a huge improvement and people look at you way less cross-eyed when you pull up than when it was yellow.







I considered doing the under window and bottom rubrail and the mirrors in the red, however I simply did not have time to mask for another color I did the grill as an accent because it comes off. In fact on the time front I simply ran out of time to get the rear prepped like the front. The reflective tape had to come off with a putty knife and heat gun the the adhesive left was unreal. The letters and numbers were fine but the tape adhesive repelled adhesive stripper and goof off. I had to use Dads EZ strip and try not to trash the paint around it. So sadly the back needs to be revisited but that is a fine opportunity to touch up the rest of it.

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Old 06-16-2013, 01:08 AM   #18
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Can you tell me about the fresh water tank, i.e. how many gallons, height, and where you found it?

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Old 06-16-2013, 05:00 AM   #19
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What a great looking bus. I love the colors.
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Old 06-16-2013, 02:59 PM   #20
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Thanks Accordian I like it but it does not have sweet stacks like yours.

Chow it is 35 gallons it is about 22 inches high about 21 deep and about 31 long. It is the kind of water tank found at ag supply stores I bought mine at Murdoch's I am sure the Big R or Tractor Supply or whatever your local flavor is has them.

http://www.tractorsupply.com/en/store/l ... ank-35-gal

Had to purge it a few times to get rid of the plastic taste but it is good now. They come in a variety of sizes too, really the only issue is the there is a single fitting in the bottom and the lid is vented. I have never had an issue with the lid leaking but I do not over fill it. If you wanted it to vent elsewhere you would have to drill and tap to install your own bulkhead fitting on top.

I should add that there are some handy things about those tanks also. I built a steel frame for mine but I have not used it I secured the tanks with plumbers strap and 3/8 drive metal screws and the the built in strap grooves keep it very secure.
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