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Old 11-26-2014, 09:29 AM   #31
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And all this time I thought my '46 Chevy Shorty was the only bus here that was screwed...together, that is. Inside and out, nothing but big, Phillips head sheet metal screws. An old school hand held manual impact driver quickly became my best friend.
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Old 11-26-2014, 10:55 AM   #32
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Ha Ha, mine was only half screwed. Cold rivits outside, philips on the inside--same best friend though
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Old 11-27-2014, 02:29 AM   #33
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Re: Projekt: Freedom Panda begins!

ECCB: Sorry about that rain, man. (Ouch...a little Dustin Hoffman joke there!) I'll send some if this clear California drought weather your way!

Nebudchanezzer: Definitely planning on tearing the floor up. I'm curious to see what the plywood under there right now looks like after 41 years. The plywood I put in, especially after I seal the new plywood up. I'm wanting to check for rust & if there is any, attack it and seal the entire floor length with Rustoleum or some type of sealant, then add insulation, and then laminate wood flooring.

I had mostly flat head screws in mine, with only a handful of Phillips. Had Phillips screws been invented by 1973? ;)
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Old 11-28-2014, 06:05 AM   #34
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Skoolie Update: Layout

So here's a very rough sketch of the layout that I'm thinking of.


Lots still in the thinking through and basic logistics process, but I hope this makes sense. I'll explain along the way, and then if anyone has any thoughts/concerns/warnings/encouragements, please let them fly!

General stuff:

Windows:
Remove all original windows, sheet over all the windows, then cut for specific double-paned windows I'm able to find.

Deck:
Will have a deck on top, with interior access via drop down ladder. Remainder of roof will eventually be home to solar panels. Centerline walking

Working from the back:

Bathroom:
Found a full sized yet compact shower that I really like. Taller than ceiling, and not doing a roof raise, so I thought I'd cut out the section just above the wall side of the shower, and weld a raised box to allow room for the top of the shower. Thoughts?


Composting toilet. Not wanting to deal with black water, extra plumbing, etc, and this saves water and can ultimately be used as fertilizer and/or frozen yogurt toppings.


Deep frost both the rear windows, and two rear side windows for privacy while letting in light. Rooftop vent w/fan for ventilation.


Built on to the back seat shelf & level with back shelf: top access cabinets.

Pine wood ceilings/walls/cabinets. Stained darker than from area of bus.

Next, on either side: closets. Passenger side, full closet for hanging. Driver side, folded clothes, and electrical area. Out of the side of this will be a small thin cupboard door that opens to allow access to computer mounted on a telescoping bendable arm for viewing when seated at table forward of the closet.


That table will be just back of the driver side emergency exit door. Additional leaf can be added to double its size (blocking exit) to accommodate more seating.

Passenger side, counter space, then sink (farmer's sink style). Under counter space will be a 5 sq foot refrigerator and next to it a matching freezer.





Forward of driver side emergency exit, a wood burning stove. (Nectre Baker's Oven)



Forward of passenger side kitchen area will be a couch/bed combo. I have the design in mind. One twist: underneath couch will be a bathtub, framed 1/2 way down into under bus storage area, so it retains normal couch height. Lifting up couch will allow for baths, or storage in tub of whatever. Perfect place to smuggle people wanting to immigrate to Canada. Probably one full sized adult, or two adults that REALLY like each other, 3 small children, or two little people from the circus.


Front door:
Driving area/original steps will be mud room. Wall off area behind drivers seat & install real wooden door. My thinking: when inside the bus, it will a) look less like a bus and more like a home when you look forward and b) insulate better.

That's the basic idea. Going with old-school style copper sinks/tub/faucets since I think it will really play off the rustic knotty pine of the walls/ceiling. Pardon the scribbled back-of-the-napkin style drawing...I took drafting once. 28 years ago.

Hope everyone had a very good, relaxing, food-filled Thanksgiving!
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Old 11-28-2014, 06:28 AM   #35
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Re: Projekt: Freedom Panda begins!

I like your ideas, man. I too plan to put a door in just after the "cab". I'm also going to be paneling in the windows and upgrading to insulated types. You seem to have really good taste in things, so I can't wait to see the bus as you build it. That thing will be a small, heavy palace!
I'm still jealous that yours got screwed!
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Old 11-28-2014, 09:32 AM   #36
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Re: Projekt: Freedom Panda begins!

One of the best investments I made for my bus was a Dewalt heavy duty screw gun if it can't get them out it usually breaks them off. It has
also helped tremendously on screwing down the lattice work for the floor and the walls to support the insulation. Also great in installing the
subflooring. Wouldn't be without one. Its the cord type not battery.
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Old 11-28-2014, 12:45 PM   #37
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good to see progress, I plan to start next weekend myself
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Old 11-28-2014, 04:20 PM   #38
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ECBC: Yes, she'll be heavy, but I think that taking into consideration the weight loss of the cushions, seats, and interior wall & ceiling panels, there will at least be a slight surplus of weight to start out with. I don't anticipate traveling all over the country on extended 5 year trips, she'll be my home first, rig second

Glad you like the ideas! I would go with a fiberglass tub, but I want the few 'extras' I install to be nice. When I lift the bed up and get a bath ready, I'm not wanting to feel like I'm stepping into a motel 6 tub...and I want to feel like the whole bus is tied together, not patchwork. Knotty stained pine, black woodburning stove, dark copper sink & tub just seems like it fits together like peanut butter & chocolate! *Edit: If I don't go with a copper bath tub, I may go with a full barn hillbilly style cheap metal tub.*.

I'm a fan of natural lighting in the daytime, and more subdued lighting at night. So I'll be recessing string LED's along the wall/ceiling line, with a few well placed brighter LED lights that I can use as well.

Dragonpop: I'll go invest in one of those very soon! Thanks for the recommendation.

Bansil: I'm excited to see your bus Bansil. I'm going to be following closely!
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Sounds good!
I didn't really mean anything by heavy... I meant it sounds like a luxurious pad to call "home" Mine will likely be a bit heavy too, although it isn't a GIllig.
I'm almost done with the side panels. Then on to the ceiling. Then the windows and roof vents. Starting to get to the parts that will get expensive soon.
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Old 11-29-2014, 01:08 AM   #40
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Oh! Yeah, it'll be my full-time pad, so I'm wanting it to be nice but simple on the inside. As funds become available, I'll add solar & the tub...niceties but not essentials out if the gate...

You're farther along than I am now, I'm starting the floor tomorrow or the next day, then on to the side panels & ceiling...yes, mindless labor ending soon, pocketbook opening shortly...ugh!
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