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Old 10-19-2005, 05:08 PM   #1
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Schoolbus Homestead

I guess I've never posted my skoolie project here.
So here it is -- only 10 months into it. It's been a great experience.

http://seanf.smugmug.com
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Old 12-24-2005, 09:39 PM   #2
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Adding birch paneling to the interior. Also found some nice looking and high-quality folding steps for accessing the rear door. Good price too. Link is at my website.

Looky here, see Bus Conversion Log, December 24, 2005 update.

We started working on the bus 1 year ago today -- come a long way, but still lots to do!
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Old 12-26-2005, 12:38 PM   #3
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Happy anniversary!

See -- once you get the fundamental stuff down, the other stuff comes together pretty quickly!

Looks good!
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Old 12-26-2005, 09:23 PM   #4
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Thanks Eric. It's been a fun year.
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Old 01-08-2006, 08:04 PM   #5
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We replaced the front folding doors with a door from a 1982 Vogue RV. Dig the round window.



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That looks cool! It reminds me of the Yellow Submarine!
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Old 01-09-2006, 05:31 PM   #7
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Thanks Eric. Yeah, it definitely has a nautical feel to it.

On a related note: For windows, we'll probably go with small RV-style windows...but for a while I was eyeballing (and still am, don't tell the girlfriend!) some boat windows.

They're a bit small (usually maxing out at 7" x 14" glass size for rectangular models, 8"-10" diameter for round ones), but talk about cool! (not to mention waterproof)

Here are some:

http://www.newfoundmetals.com/catalog/pg15.html

http://www.becksonmarine.com/opening.html

Unfortunately they seem to have hull thickness limits around 1.25-2 inches. My "hull" is just under 3".
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Old 01-11-2006, 07:22 AM   #8
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There's a lot of boat stuff that can be translated into the bus environment. You might try some boat salvage yards if you live near any large bodies of water.
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Added 2 windows. These are JC Whitney sliding windows, of which they've recently run out of stock (they only have driver's side models). We installed the 2 we have on hand.



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Old 02-12-2006, 09:08 PM   #10
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Almost a month since our last update.

We installed oak flooring:


Cleaned up a freebie sink/counter unit:


Constructed a sit-down shower enclosure:


The whole story can be found here.
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