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Old 01-20-2016, 01:46 PM   #111
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That's been one of my best tools! It's a Schrade SCHF10, about $40, nearly indestructible. She gets used to open packaging to everything else. I believe they've discontinued this model:

The Schrade Extreme Survival F10 has a full tang blade of black 8Cr13MoV High Carbon Stainless Steel with a drop point style blade with jimping, Ergonomic Multi-Directional Textured Micarta Overlay Handle Slabs with Spine and Grip Jimping, Lanyard Hole, and Ballistic Belt Sheath with Storage Pouch

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Overall Length: 10.6"(26.8cm)
Handle Length: 5.3"(13.4cm)
Blade Length: 5.3"(13.4cm)
Weight: 14.6 oz.
Black Micarta Handle Scales (Shades vary between Black to Dark Grey)
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Old 01-21-2016, 03:10 AM   #112
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So there's a zillion little things I figure need doing, and I feel like I have a serious case of "Squirrel!!" when I'm working on the bus.

Filling these water catching empty grooves on either side of each wheel well seemed like a good idea. I cleaned them out thoroughly, ground out any old rust, rust-proofed them, then filled them with expanding foam gap filler.


Yep, there's a use for the knife right there, trimming the excess foam off. Then I took some Dap clear silicone, and sealed the exposed foam up, to insure it doesn't get wet and prolong the foam life.




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Old 03-22-2016, 10:25 AM   #113
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Old 03-22-2016, 10:33 AM   #114
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Nice!

Its a beauty of a bus, for sure, man.
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Old 03-22-2016, 05:27 PM   #115
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Really enjoy re-reading your built. In looking back, I noticed something in the picture of you hanging out the drivers window. Is there also a Delta on our shirt? (just wondering) Hurry up with the build....cant wait 2 c it.
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Old 07-11-2016, 05:00 PM   #116
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Hey all!

Long time no update, but work has been ongoing! Lots done, but a quick question first:

BATTERIES

I want to throw in the best batteries I can get. This is to start the bus, not for a solar bank.

I'd love your input, I searched the forums and was super short on time (heading down to the bus as we speak to put in another 12 hours on her today!)

Short list of things I've completed recently:

[] Finished the sub-floor build, insulated, and put in new floor boards

[] Treated ceiling, insulated, and have majority of ceiling panels put in (stained knotty pine in front 3/5, red cedar in back 2/5)

[] Installed air conditioner (Dometic Brisk Air II)

[] Begun welding 20 gauge skins over window openings, (welding top strip, riveting other 3 sides)

[] If ceiling goes well today, will be cutting & installing two Fantastic Fans (model 1250)

Plus other little bits & pieces that as we all know add up and take time lol

Hope everyone is well, and I've been following many of your builds. You all inspire me. And inspiration is sometimes the only fuel burning at times 😂

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Old 07-11-2016, 10:32 PM   #117
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Hey all!

Long time no update, but work has been ongoing! Lots done, but a quick question first:

BATTERIES

I want to throw in the best batteries I can get. This is to start the bus, not for a solar bank.

I'd love your input, I searched the forums and was super short on time (heading down to the bus as we speak to put in another 12 hours on her today!)

Short list of things I've completed recently:

[] Finished the sub-floor build, insulated, and put in new floor boards

[] Treated ceiling, insulated, and have majority of ceiling panels put in (stained knotty pine in front 3/5, red cedar in back 2/5)

[] Installed air conditioner (Dometic Brisk Air II)

[] Begun welding 20 gauge skins over window openings, (welding top strip, riveting other 3 sides)

[] If ceiling goes well today, will be cutting & installing two Fantastic Fans (model 1250)

Plus other little bits & pieces that as we all know add up and take time lol

Hope everyone is well, and I've been following many of your builds. You all inspire me. And inspiration is sometimes the only fuel burning at times 😂

Blessings,

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Very cool...sounds like you've been busy!
I just purchased those same fans 3 days ago, still waiting on them to arrive.
I'm going to mount in the existing holes where my escape hatches are. I'll have to do some mods to make them fit though I'm sure.
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Old 07-12-2016, 01:07 PM   #118
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The fans are REALLY nice! The quality & looks FANtastic. �� I think you'll really like them. The opening I cut into the roof is only 14x14, so the mod you'd have to make from your existing escape hatches would be pretty serious. I'm envious you have escape hatches...I'd consider keeping those and making a new opening specifically for the fans so that you have as much integrity as possible. The last thing you want is a leak. But check it all out when the arrive...they're seriously nice.
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Old 07-12-2016, 01:16 PM   #119
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One area I'm struggling in is finding replacement windows. I have 9 standard sized windows I'll need to install, and 2 larger sized. I'm not really considering the smokey darker windows because I do want light in the bus. I have contacted two different custom window makers that some of you have encountered as well...$1,000 for s window is asinine lol. Ain't happening. So I'm scouring eBay...I'll find two...but need 7 more lol.
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The fans are REALLY nice! The quality & looks FANtastic. �� I think you'll really like them. The opening I cut into the roof is only 14x14, so the mod you'd have to make from your existing escape hatches would be pretty serious. I'm envious you have escape hatches...I'd consider keeping those and making a new opening specifically for the fans so that you have as much integrity as possible. The last thing you want is a leak. But check it all out when the arrive...they're seriously nice.
Sweet.....My fans came in today! I hooked them up to a battery to test them out, and wow, they really put out a nice breeze. I think one set up in forward and one in reverse will be very nice!! You're right, they are really nice. I may keep on hatch, I haven't decided yet.

Run over to my thread "The Story of Transcendence"....It's way too late for me to be worried about a leak!
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