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Old 02-18-2016, 10:34 PM   #31
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Whoever installed that water heater had a Real Good idea.
Excellent find.
Keep up the good work.
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Old 02-20-2016, 09:50 PM   #32
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Well, the rest of the pressure washing is done.



All the paint didn't come off, but a large majority did.

I sent the lightest member of the family up on the roof to pull that stupid wire out of all the holes I need to patch.



I also did something about these. They are some kind of vent system that has rusted enough to let water inside to run down the windshield and dash. They needed to be plugged up.



I'm not happy with the patch, but without the ability or tools to make a compound curved repair panel, this is the best I can do.

It must be time to buy a English wheel and learn how to use it.



Luckily, from the ground it isn't visible and after I get the elastomeric coating on the roof, it it should blend in and be completely sealed.



More to come...
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Old 02-21-2016, 02:01 AM   #33
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Definitely dig the old fords. my Father traded a snomobile for this f100 back in 95. he got it running after a few years with a 351. figured everyone loves pics so heres a few.

after throwing all the panels back on.
it had been sitting in a barn for a long time in pieces.



after sitting for 10 years in primer


and now being DD'ed by my brother during the warmer months here in PA. he cleaned her up and threw in a 90's F250 manual
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Old 02-21-2016, 03:51 AM   #34
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Y'all are just BEGGING me to drool.....
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Old 02-21-2016, 03:21 PM   #35
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Today I managed to get a coat of primer on most of the roof.



In the next couple of weeks I'd love to get the top coat on, but that's going to depend on the weather. It needs to be above 50 degrees for the top coat to cure. 70 would be even better. In the mean time, I'll be stripping all the vents for replacement and reseal.

When I moved the bus today, I found this.



Yep, that's gear oil out of the transmission. I'm not sure what changed between yesterday and today, but the transmission is puking oil and it lost that much in 24 hours.
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Old 02-21-2016, 04:56 PM   #36
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Probably an old seal that finally cracked, my guess. Considering the age and previous journey, you did an outstanding job getting her home to properly take care of issues like this that will crop up. Ask me how I know............
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Old 02-21-2016, 04:58 PM   #37
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I don't know for sure because I haven't seen it, but I'd bet it is coming out around the drive shaft seal. Let us know what you find. Jack
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Old 02-21-2016, 06:47 PM   #38
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I'm betting drive shaft seal as well. That or it knows I've been looking for a OD transmission and decided to get even.
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Old 02-23-2016, 06:32 PM   #39
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I knocked off at 2 today and played with the bus some more.

To get the roof buttoned up, I need to figure out the air conditioner. I pulled the A/C unit out of the garage and did a little hot wiring. Other than a sticking contactor, it fired up and cooled fine.



There are a couple of problems though.

First off, I think it looks like crap. A big ugly white box on the roof pretty much screws up the lines of the entire bus. It will probably look better on a white roof, but I still don't like it.





The other problem is the inside shroud is huge, designed for a flat surface, and the cabinet doors hit it. It hangs down 2+ inches I can't afford to lose. My son, pictured below is 5'10", I'm 6'2". It's not going to work.





So, my choices are to scrap what I have and find something different, basement air mounted under the bus or a low profile ducted roof mount. Hack up what I have and build something different, mount it under the bus and build ducting to reroute the air. Or modify what I have to work for now, understanding that it is probably a short term (1-2 year) fix.

Funds being a little short for now, I'm going to go with option 3. Even though I don't really like the looks, the unit is going to mount on the roof. I don't have to modify the roof to install it and I can pull it later and install a regular vent. I'll have to build something less obtrusive for the interior. The roof is 2" thick, I think I can fab some vents that will fit up in the roof and then relocate the controls to one of the cabinets.

More to come on that.
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Old 02-28-2016, 09:01 PM   #40
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Managed to make some more progress on SanFord this weekend. All the plumbing vents have been replaced. The refrigerator vent has been cleaned up, painted and resealed. The range hood vent has been cleaned up, paints and resealed. And the bathroom vent pulled, cleaned up and resealed.









Next up is going to be deciding which main vent is getting the A/C and replacing the other. Then it will be time for paint.

More to come.
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