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Old 04-04-2014, 11:26 AM   #151
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That is the exact table design I am going to use, however, I am going to buy a memory foam mattress for the bed, and cut the mattress so it will remain on the benches when used as a table, and then have the small part to put on the table top when it is dropped down to make the bed. That way I don't have to store an entire mattress. If you have someone who is (or if you are) handy with a sewing machine, you can create removable covers for each part so you can just strip and launder the covers. (Plus the piece that you store can be put into a vacuum bag and put underneath the bench. It will regain its shape when you open it up!)

I like the fridge. I saw one at lowes that was stainless for about the same price. Think I am going to get that one.

Love the progress you are making. Maybe after this summer you, me, and wmkbailey can all get together for a "family portrait" of our rigs!

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Good idea. I am still trying to figure out good dimensions for it, height-wise. And to figure out how I will do the table removing mechanism.

I sanded, stained and cleared the OSB I have on my walls.











The photos where it looks really red I was holding a 500 watt halogen towards it while taking the photo, the ones where it looks more brown, it is just the LED ceiling lights.

I think ti turned out nice but I know the "unfinished" look of OSB isn't for everyone.

Someone suggested I put drywall in the bus *shudder*

I hate drywall.

Thoughts? I will trim it out (there is sort of a "sill" on top) with some free mahogany trim I got, I just need to rip it (8" boards) and refinish it.
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Old 04-04-2014, 01:55 PM   #152
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Re: Smells Like Teen Spirit: Conversion of 1999 Thomas MVP

I would not have considered using OSB as a finished wall surface, but actually, it looks pretty cool! Especially in that last photo.
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Old 04-04-2014, 02:10 PM   #153
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I used OSB for my garage walls. Love it. Bus looks cool!!
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Old 04-04-2014, 02:28 PM   #154
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Its your ride man, who cares what others think. They will hang out in it regardless because you have one and they DON'T!!!!
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Old 04-06-2014, 08:43 PM   #155
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Re: Smells Like Teen Spirit: Conversion of 1999 Thomas MVP

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WOW! GREAT bus! I've been working on my '88 Ford B600 off-and-on while in school. You've done an AWESOME job in such a short time! I'm done with school (for now) and my bus is in storage, but with a genset given to me by a good friend I'll be back finishing it this summer with pics to follow as well. I saved some of your pics to inspire me for my next project. I'm now working as a bus driver for Katy ISD in Katy (rust-free) TX, and am in nursing too (weekend gig). I'm going to "test drive" some of these busses since I'm trying out different routes. One pusher I'll get and convert (thinking the International AmTran series with the 444E engine - 1998/99 years). You've inspired me to do it! Thanks! (Just don't tell my wife....... )

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Old 04-08-2014, 11:40 AM   #156
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'Chop,

WOW! GREAT bus! I've been working on my '88 Ford B600 off-and-on while in school. You've done an AWESOME job in such a short time! I'm done with school (for now) and my bus is in storage, but with a genset given to me by a good friend I'll be back finishing it this summer with pics to follow as well. I saved some of your pics to inspire me for my next project. I'm now working as a bus driver for Katy ISD in Katy (rust-free) TX, and am in nursing too (weekend gig). I'm going to "test drive" some of these busses since I'm trying out different routes. One pusher I'll get and convert (thinking the International AmTran series with the 444E engine - 1998/99 years). You've inspired me to do it! Thanks! (Just don't tell my wife....... )

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Thanks for the kind words! Glad my crackpot project has been inspiring.

Since I have a red sink and the wood / stain I have been using is red-ish, I picked this gem up:



only 700 watts but that means I can run it off my inverter (1000 watts). I put a kill-a-watt on my fridge, and it only pulls 98 watts!



I spent the weekend building these, they are steel seat mounts for these 3 leather comfy bucket seats I have.



They swivel too. And lock in position. Please excuse the flux-core MIG spatter, there are actually very good welds underneath



Mounted to seat



Rotated



In place...excuse the welded-in segment in the middle, I measured once and cut twice...





All facing in



And all facing forward! I will bolt them down once I put in the vinyl floor.
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Old 04-08-2014, 12:26 PM   #157
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Re: Smells Like Teen Spirit: Conversion of 1999 Thomas MVP

Beautiful work on the chairs...I really like that setup
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Old 04-08-2014, 04:36 PM   #158
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Nice job on the seat base.

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Old 04-08-2014, 09:19 PM   #159
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Nice job on the swivel bases. I just bought one for my passenger seat and need to install it.

Nice Retrowave, where did you get it?
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Old 04-09-2014, 12:45 AM   #160
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Beautiful work on the chairs...I really like that setup
Thanks!

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Nice job on the seat base.

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And thanks!

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Nice job on the swivel bases. I just bought one for my passenger seat and need to install it.

Nice Retrowave, where did you get it?
And thanks!

I got it off amazon. It was $85 shipped. Amazon has been my go to for everything weird and not weird. Free 2 day shipping, almost always cheaper than buying it in store too. The microwave is alright. A bit small and it is heavy though I think a bit cheaply made (badges feel like they're gonna fall off) but it works. It pulls about 1050 watts on high power, 700 watt rated microwave. My inverter is rated for 1000 but I bet it could handle a couple minutes at 1050, the reviews of the inverter (xantrex pure sine wave) say it's a pretty ballsy unit.

The swivels I got on amazon and were much smaller than I thought they'd be but they're plenty strong. They were $22 each I think.
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