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Old 04-09-2014, 01:08 AM   #161
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Re: Smells Like Teen Spirit: Conversion of 1999 Thomas MVP

Thanks nat. I was debating whether I should bolt them to the bottom frame (the one not attached to the swivel) or just right to the floor with some thick metal plate below and above. I have seatbelts ordered on amazon, 78" length with the airplane style buckle. The seats had retractable belts on them but someone cut off the latched long ago.
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Old 04-09-2014, 08:55 AM   #162
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I weldeb a 1/2 bolt to the steel seat support that I welded to the floor. And I welded another 1/2 bolt to the steel support that runs between the windows and attached the belt to them.
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Old 04-09-2014, 10:31 AM   #163
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I will do it to the floor or seat base, each seat will be held in by 5-6 bolts.

I picked up one of these clever switches:

http://www.westmarine.com/blue-sea-syst ... 73_008_503

The off+3 position one, so it has off, inverter, generator and grid options. 32 amp rated, they sell them in 50. They aren't cheap at $120 a pop but it is the only thing like it I could find.
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Old 04-09-2014, 02:17 PM   #164
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I got one of these for my battery bank.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I already have a transfer switch. It will always be conected to the generator unless it sences 120 VAC on my cord comming in from an AC plug. then it will switch. If I remeber right it has a built in timmer to prevent the Air Conditioner from starting up to soon after the switch. It will shut off power then timeout before the new power is conected to protect the Air Conditioner compressor.

We think alike, I have a Xantrex Prowatt Sw1000 1000w True Sinewave Inverter too.
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Old 04-09-2014, 03:19 PM   #165
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Sweet. I was thinking about buying a constant-duty rated 200 amp solenoid and having a switch to connect the battery banks, but I think the manual switch you posted is a better idea, less stuff to break. All these manual / mechanical switches will probably confuse some people but whatever, it is my bus
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Old 04-09-2014, 04:12 PM   #166
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I got one of these for my battery bank.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I already have a transfer switch. It will always be conected to the generator unless it sences 120 VAC on my cord comming in from an AC plug. then it will switch. If I remeber right it has a built in timmer to prevent the Air Conditioner from starting up to soon after the switch. It will shut off power then timeout before the new power is conected to protect the Air Conditioner compressor.

We think alike, I have a Xantrex Prowatt Sw1000 1000w True Sinewave Inverter too.

What brand/model transfer switch do you have? Inquiring minds want to know!!! ;)
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Old 04-10-2014, 12:03 AM   #167
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I bought 6 cases of vinyl flooring and some underlayment from Home Depot tonight with my cousin and his GF. It was $24 a case, but we got 50% off the sixth case due to it being damaged and my cousin saying "we have a very important client who is very demanding, and won't stand to pay for potentially damaged materials. "Having not a single bleeding clue on how to install vinyl flooring, we dove right in. First laid down the underlayment, which is plastic sheeting with basically styrofoam balls on the other side which gives it a nice spring.



My cousin is excited.



Then laid down the flooring. Pretty straightforward.







Got roughly 50% done, I'm going to finish the rest tomorrow, try to unstick the damn brakes, maybe get started fixing the injectors and maybe start building the booth.

I bought 2 of these http://www.ebay.com/itm/350585697832?it ... 20&vxp=mtr for my table, so it can collapse easily and turn into a bed in ~10 seconds. I also ordered my 25' 10/3 rv park lead, with the standard 30 amp rv plug on the male end and a twist-lock on my end, as well as the plug for the bus. A bunch of other misc. stuff including a 120vac watt meter and a 12vdc watt meter.
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Old 04-10-2014, 12:06 AM   #168
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you guys are doing great!
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Old 04-10-2014, 02:50 AM   #169
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It's looking great man! What stain are you using?
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Old 04-10-2014, 10:25 AM   #170
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It's looking great man! What stain are you using?
Varathane brand "Cabernet" color from Home depot. It only comes in quart cans unfortunately. I am using the same brand polyurethane over it, no sanding, just two thick coats with a brush over it. In bright light it looks very red and in dim light it looks very dark walnut with a touch of red.
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