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Old 02-14-2016, 08:56 AM   #21
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Mate,

you will need a trailer to take along ALL of the beauties!
Can't just depend on the Samurai!! WHAT if you feel the need to really rev it? ...you need the RX-7!! WHAT if you feel the need to some classy cruisin'? ......you need the 6!

Trailer, mate, ....trailer!!

And, yes, you should get a diesel! A take out from some totaled Dodge product, with the whole drive-train and you are set!

Fantastic project!!

Cheers,

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Old 02-14-2016, 09:15 AM   #22
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Mate,

you will need a trailer to take along ALL of the beauties!
Can't just depend on the Samurai!! WHAT if you feel the need to really rev it? ...you need the RX-7!! WHAT if you feel the need to some classy cruisin'? ......you need the 6!

Trailer, mate, ....trailer!!

And, yes, you should get a diesel! A take out from some totaled Dodge product, with the whole drive-train and you are set!

Fantastic project!!

Cheers,

thjakits
I've actually considered a double deck trailer. The Samurai on the bottom and a 15' jet boat I built on the top.

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Old 02-14-2016, 10:37 AM   #23
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I've actually considered a double deck trailer. The Samurai on the bottom and the 15' jet boat I built on the top.

Duuuuh!!!

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Old 02-14-2016, 02:39 PM   #24
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Some more work done on SanFord today. 95% of the carpet is gone.



And what a nasty job that was. Yuck! Old moldy carpet and dust.

I did get some help with this part.





I also started studying the rear windows. One of the side windows is broken. The plan was to pull the glass, have a new piece made, order new gasketing and replace it. The first step is done. I'll drop a template by my glass manufacturer tomorrow. I'm debating on tempered or laminate. I'm leaning toward tempered like modern side windows. There is less of a chance I'll break the tempered while installing it as well.





I was worried about the condition of the body around the windows. This one is in really good shape.

The curved back glasses are going to have to come out as well. The gasketing around them is pretty much rotten. The POs have gooped a ton of RTV around them, trying to stop the leaks. I think I'm going to fix it right and hope I don't break a glass.

Now if I could just find the gasket material, I'd be set. CRL has something close I'll probably have to use. Anyone have a good source for automotive window gaskets?

More to come.
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Old 02-14-2016, 04:34 PM   #25
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Your glass man should be able to steer you in the right direction for gasket material.
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Old 02-14-2016, 05:10 PM   #26
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Your glass man should be able to steer you in the right direction for gasket material.
Unfortunately all they do is make the glass.

I was able to find the seals I needed here. https://www.metrommp.com/index.cfm
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Old 02-17-2016, 06:05 PM   #27
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I finally made it home early enough to do a little more work on the bus.

The glass and gasket for the windows hasn't come in yet, so I figured I'd start geting it ready for paint. I've had a fair amount of advice to not sandblast it because of oil canning, so I figured I'd try a pressure washer and see what happened. My only pressure washer was a cobbled together electric job. Since it's time to do the house as well, I broke down and bought a decent gas version. I'm glad I did.

3000 psi is doing wonders for the finish.

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After:



Before:



After:



It's stripping almost all the paint down to the primer that is on top of the original school bus yellow.

I have found a little filler in the fenders and one new rust spot that I hadn't noticed before, but over all this thing is in pretty good shape.

I worked on it this afternoon until the temperature started to drop. It's supposed to be in the 70s this weekend, I should have the rest of it done by Saturday.
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Old 02-17-2016, 07:23 PM   #28
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I just love the body style of your bus!



Speaking of, I also happened to see these beauties today by one of our construction sites out in "BFE", oklahoma.

Anybody know what they are? I couldn't get up close, didnt want to get shot or something.
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Old 02-18-2016, 08:55 PM   #29
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Mr.Friend, the white bus in the front looks a lot like a Crown. I actually considered one of those, but it was in California.
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Old 02-18-2016, 09:09 PM   #30
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Not much time today to get things done because of a child's chorus recital.

I did manage to pull the outside covers off of the water heater and refrigerator.

I put my youngest to work cleaning the paint out of screw heads.



The refrigerator is either 110v or propane. I had fired the propane off the other day, but wasn't willing to leave it burning long enough to see if the fridge would cool. Pulling the refrigerator covers gave me access to the plug for the 110V line. I plugged it in and for the first time in 12+ years, it started cooling. After a couple of hours, there are ice crystals forming on the cooling plates.



The water heater is actually a instant heat type. It looks complete, and the pilot burns properly. I'll have to get the plumbing straight to test it though.





That's it for today, more to come as it happens.
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