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Old 03-01-2013, 06:00 AM   #21
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Very nice engineering. A clean looking job.

I have two (non functioning) roof airs on my bus.They are old. Someday, I will replace them when I win the lottery. For now, I use a window (10,000 BTU) AC. I am semi-permanently parked, so I can get away with it.

When I bought this bus, it had been an Emergency Management Vehicle. A lot of cool things had been done to it. There is a big propane tank underneath, and great looking exhaust stacks.

The two holes where the ACs are were there, but the ACs were not. Somehow, the wires were already run to the holes. I don't quite know how they did that. Also, the generator was missing, but all the wiring was still there. I now have the Onan generator that came out of my Dodge class C in that compartment.

There are lots of pics on my thread called Best Home Yet.
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Old 03-03-2013, 08:12 PM   #22
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It Wasn't All Pretty


Like I said, it wasn't all pretty. I had soft spots behind the wheel wells that had to be cut out and replaced.







And then, to my shook, I took off the trim arount the drivers compartment. Holy smoke! I couldn't believe my eyes. The sheet metal around the surround was almost gone. This bus had almost no rust on it anywhere underneath, so when I saw this it was truely shocking. I went underneath the bus to figure out what the damages were. It turns out the seat is mounted on really think plate steel. It was fine. The part that had rusted was just sheet metal over it. The factory had covered the drivers seat mount with sheet metal and then the vinyl flooring. Everywhere around the edges, the sheet metal had rusted out. Turns out this was due to mop water seeping in and under the vinyl flooring. After thinking about it a long time I decided to just treat it with POR-15 (to stop the rust) and cover over it. To take it off and replace it would involve a ton of work since the wheel chair lift is still under that area. Since the problem was only cosmetic, I had a sheet metal pan made to fit the area and covered over it. Worked out fine and saved days of labor.









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Old 03-04-2013, 10:21 AM   #23
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Excellent call on that one --- Looks like new from here...(and we promise not to tell what's under there!)

BTW...I'm very likely going to use the same technique to correct some "issues" on my exterior metal. I figure if it's not actually holding anything important together and just needs to look better...what the hey?...cover it up.
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Old 03-04-2013, 12:12 PM   #24
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Excellent call on that one --- Looks like new from here...(and we promise not to tell what's under there!)

BTW...I'm very likely going to use the same technique to correct some "issues" on my exterior metal. I figure if it's not actually holding anything important together and just needs to look better...what the hey?...cover it up.

Yep, sometimes it's the best option.
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Old 03-06-2013, 12:14 AM   #25
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Windows

Since this is a transit, and not a million dollar Prevost conversion, I decided to try something different this time for my windows. On my previous conversions I removed unwanted windows and skinned over with aluminum on the outside. As many of you know, this is a lot of work. Back in the 70's, it was fairly common for bus conversions to keep the windows and panel over them inside. There are issues with this, including unwanted heat gain, windows that leak, seeing the paneling from outside through the windows, etc. But, it is less expensive. Some people want to keep the bus look on the outside as well. My reasoning for keeping them was purely expense and time. Not sure if I saved much time, but it sure was easier. I applied a blackout window tint to them, spaced out with an inch of sheet insulation, and then put laminate on 1/4 luan. I trimmed out the luan so that it just fit inside the large outer window frame and glued them to the inside window trim with Sikaflex 252.



On the window in the bedroom, I only covered half of it with the paneling, leaving the emergency escape release handle workable in case I ever needed it. A window curtain/blind will be used at the top.









Long term, I don't know how this is going to work out, but I'm going to give it a try.

The bedroom is finished now. My fresh water tank is located across the bus, under the beds. That is why the rear appears so deep.











Here's the detail on the headboard. It is made of plywood (with laminate over it) and extruded aluminum on the corner.



Here's a closeup of the aluminum trim. The boarding fits into grooves on both ends of the angle. Makes a nice 90 degree corner.



Here's a different view of how it goes together.



Finding this trim locally (at least here) is impossible. I always have to order it. There's a company on the internet you can order it from by just using their shopping cart on the website. I usually try to order slighly more than I need at one time to minimize shipping cost. You never know when you're going to have a duh moment and cut something wrong.
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Old 03-06-2013, 01:27 AM   #26
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LuckyChow,
Your bus is coming along beautifully! You are quite a craftsman!! How big is the interior of your bus? (Height/width?) If it's already been posted here I apologize!
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Old 03-06-2013, 03:19 AM   #27
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You sure know how to do a bus conversion. Some of us here are still in the trial and error phase. It's good to see your pictures. You've figured it out!
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Old 03-06-2013, 06:35 AM   #28
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what size are the mattresses?We are playing hell trying to get anything locally, I need 30 x 80
They are everywhere on the internet but $200 shipping is steep...or I'm cheap
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Old 03-06-2013, 09:21 AM   #29
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Hey Lucky --- Great looking work and excellent progress. Really like the clean look of the paneling and laminate. I'm planning on skipping using 2 x 4's myself and going with just ply and some kind of thin finishing material. Mine is so short that a few extra inches will make a world of difference. Keep the pix coming!
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Old 03-06-2013, 01:19 PM   #30
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Inkblots, thanks for the comment, but I'm just a weekend wanna-be craftsman. Believe me, I make plenty of mistakes. I have a desk job through the week. My bus is a 35 footer. Measured at the floor I have 32 feet of usuable space. The bus itself is 102" wide, but that translates to 8 feet wide inside. I think the interior ceiling height is around 80 inches, but I'd have to measure again to be sure.

Bus-bro, I'm not sure you ever figure it all out. I still learn something everytime I try to build anything. (If I showed you my scrap pile, it'd be embarassing)

Bansil, I know exactly what you mean. I went through the same thing. I finally settled on 36" X 80" mattresses. This is the normal size for a dorm bed. I bought my mattresses here: http://www.esteebedding.com/dorm-mattress.html . I bought the Ergo Rest Dorm Mattress. I am pleased with it. It was more than I wanted to pay, but getting the right size mattress was important for me. I picked this size out before I started building the bedroom and built everything to fit it. This company seems like a good one.

Tango, thanks for your kind comments. Building without framing is a bit more challenging, but do-able! You just have to use thicker ply (and straight).
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