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Old 01-08-2015, 07:13 AM   #91
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There is some stuff at lowes that supposedly will far outlive BusKote. White elastomeric metal roof coating. They have a few of them. BusKote is only good for what- five years?
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Old 02-03-2015, 01:13 AM   #92
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Keepin' on truckin'...

I've been doing a lot of little things that seem to add up...I can't get to step 'C' without first taking care of little steps 'A' & 'B'...Plus, it seems like the more I dive in the more I see to do!



My focus right now is rust & sealing the outside, then cleaning & degreasing the inside ceilings, walls, and subfloor areas...sealing & prepping the inside after I get that done.



Bought a new drill & impact drill combo. Regular drill has made scraping the paint & rust out of the gutters go smoothly.






Used some Por Patch to fill a couple small holes in the rear. Good stuff. Used it to flesh out & add body to one area that was getting thinned by rust. It seems solid as a rock & really attaches itself to the metal.



There's a couple goats on the property that I'm doing the renovation, and they got into my box of Por15 stuff, chewed on the tube some but thankfully didn't eat any!



I've been mainly focusing on the non-glamorous & time consuming aspects of cleaning 41 years of accumulated dust & dirt from everywhere, finding & grinding out rusted spots inside & out (and have a ways to go just in those areas!) and treating them with Por15.



Otherwise, nothing drastically crazy happening structurally or really visually too much. I feel like I'm in that period where I'm "building the foundation" properly, trying to ensure that I do it right the first time, at least as right as I'm aware.



I've never done anything like this before, haven't even restored a car before, so I'm learning & most definitely open to admitting I don't have all the answers. Thanks to all of you who have been documenting your own conversion journeys, I'll hopefully be able to keep the mistakes to a minimum and the inspiration to a maximum because of you! ;)

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Old 02-03-2015, 01:34 AM   #93
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Skinning....

Thought I'd throw this in the thread as well:

I'm looking at skinning over some of the windows, towards the back of the bus.

On the driver side, the skinned windows would be where clothes closet & cupboard area will be.



On the passenger side, ill skin over where another clothes closet + refrigerator will be.



The very last curved window on each side + the very back windows will be frosted so that the bathroom (located in the rear) will have privacy as well as adequate lighting.

The most forward windows on each side will also be skinned over. That will be where the front wall/bookshelves will be located. Less light shining right on the books will be a good thing.

A friend of mine was contemplating putting a downpayment on a house recently. They love hiking long trails like the PCT & pretty much admitted that their hiking adventures would stop until they paid off the house in 20 years.

This blows my mind...

So I made this little photo message for them:



I know it may not be for everybody, but I'm so super stoked to be diving in to this style of living!
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Old 02-03-2015, 12:45 PM   #94
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Looks to me like you are off to a great start. Can't tell you how many rigs I've seen where folks just started adding things on without taking care of the basics first. A good clean up and taking care of any & all rust is definitely worth the time.

Keep up the good work & keep the pictures coming.
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Old 02-03-2015, 01:22 PM   #95
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Before you start to skin over windows I would suggest you take your bus out for a drive with the windows covered over.

I think you will find that you won't want the first window on the curb side covered.

Having that window covered is going to make sightlines to the right difficult in places like intersections, pulling out of driveways or parking lots, or going around corners. It will also make a future co-pilot's seat with no window to see the view going by.
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Old 02-03-2015, 01:37 PM   #96
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As a former truck driver I concur with Cowlitz. ANY way to increase your blind side vision do it! Putting a blind on that window will really hobble your abilities to make safe decisions in maneuvering your bus. When my wife and I get our bus I have blueprints that keep the first two windows on the passenger side (I will be replacing them with double pane RV windows though).

Just my two cents.......

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Old 02-03-2015, 02:30 PM   #97
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Thanks Tango.
And I appreciate the 2 cents about the sightlines + copilots seat...thankfully I'm building from the back forward so I have lots of time to ponder. I agree, anything that helps see what's around you helps keep you + others safer. I wasn't skinning over those windows for months anyway...the back windows could be anytime.

Speaking of...I'm off to the bus now
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Old 02-03-2015, 04:29 PM   #98
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A buddy of mine put in a solid door to replace the bus entrance door. He also covered the window just after it. He regrets doing these mods when he has to drive it.
He convinced me to keep both mine.
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Old 02-03-2015, 07:16 PM   #99
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Ya...I went to a lot of trouble to make sure the door I built had adequate viewing. Even added a small "curb view" window down low. Really helps when trying to get close to fuel pumps...without knocking them over. The first two windows on each side were also left open.

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Old 02-07-2015, 04:09 PM   #100
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After driving large Dump trucks and box trucks with zero view on that side I really don't think this is a problem that you can't overcome. With proper use of mirrors you will be able to see. Worst case scenario you could install a $16 back up camera off eBay to eliminate the blind spot. I don't remember the thread but someone just mounted one on their bus on the drivers side mirror to eliminate the blind spot.
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