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Old 10-09-2013, 07:51 PM   #31
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Re: Smells Like Teen Spirit: Conversion of 1999 Thomas MVP

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"Teen spirit" is the name of a 90's female deodorant...the reason the Nirvana song is called that is because one of Kurt Cobain's female friends was jealous of the girl he was with, who wore "teen spirit" deodorant, and spraypainted on his bedroom wall "Kurt smells like teen spirit" and he liked that phrase, and named the ever-popular grunge song "Smells Like Teen Spirit." The more you know. So no, I won't name it that, haha. But thanks.

I want to get a vanity plate that says something like GETSKLD or KOOLBUS or something (MD has 7 digit plate max). But I'm not registering this for a whiiiiiiiiiiiiiile.
A) You are awesome for knowing this.
B) You are doing a great job. Seriously. There are two of us working on our bus with the occasional helper, and I'm not a ton of help, and sometimes I'm just like "damn. We have so much to do...I'm going to bed." Lol
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Old 10-11-2013, 01:32 AM   #32
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Re: Smells Like Teen Spirit: Conversion of 1999 Thomas MVP

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"Teen spirit" is the name of a 90's female deodorant...the reason the Nirvana song is called that is because one of Kurt Cobain's female friends was jealous of the girl he was with, who wore "teen spirit" deodorant, and spraypainted on his bedroom wall "Kurt smells like teen spirit" and he liked that phrase, and named the ever-popular grunge song "Smells Like Teen Spirit." The more you know. So no, I won't name it that, haha. But thanks.

I want to get a vanity plate that says something like GETSKLD or KOOLBUS or something (MD has 7 digit plate max). But I'm not registering this for a whiiiiiiiiiiiiiile.
Haha, oh ya I remember that well. Nirvana was one of the first bands I ever saw play live. Helped to light the fire which is why I'm now buying a bus to tour in with the band! Six degrees of seperation, but I later ended up playing one of the snares used on Nevermind on an album I recorded at Sound City. Anyhow, true, it remains a deodorant. And they still make that junk!Though Nirvana would have put them out of business but it only got more popular!

I'm with everybody on the "take your time" advice. Ugh, wish I could follow it myself. As you mention, mistakes often equate injuries. Today, I nearly impaled myself on a piece of rebar, but that's a whole different story. Looking forward to seeing how the bus comes together!
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Old 10-11-2013, 12:08 PM   #33
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Re: Smells Like Teen Spirit: Conversion of 1999 Thomas MVP

I am trying not to work too hard on this. The constant, relentless rain for the last few days is helping me with that. I decided it would be a good idea to drop the ceiling panels while it was raining to pinpoint leaks in the roof.











That was about 1/3 of the screws I took out (1 quart gatorade bottle).



I was geekin' out over the pneumatic cylinder used to open / close the door, I thought that was cool. That assembly definitely needs some grease though!



End of yesterday, all the screws (thankfully not rivets). I only had to cut ONE screw. The rest came out fine. You can use either a big phillips bit or a robertson (square) bit on these screws. So when one wouldn't work, the other would.



Many, many stinkbugs were nesting here due to the hole in the ceiling (vent) that I am removing.



All the panels out...



Also got all the flooring out including the stairs. Only flooring left is under the drivers seat which I will take out soon.



Rear-to-front...



Front-to-rear.

Next project is to scrape up rust on the floor, and wire brush it, then paint with some rustoleum rusty metal primer, or rust converter if I can find it by the gallon. I found a couple of spots that I really should cut out and replace, high traffic areas where the metal is nearly rusted through. Surprisingly the stair area is fine but the aisle in the front of the bus is heavily rusted. I want to wait until this rain stops to do that though, so I am kind of deadlocked until then. I found a few leaks that should be easy to fix. Once I do those, and paint the roof with really thick insulative rubberized paint a few coats, that should seal everything up nicely. I have been considering painting the inside of the ceiling with the insulative paint too, is that a good idea?

I also need to remove the windows and scrape the old sealant off and re-seal them with some silicone. Several are loose and the sealant just doesn't look good. My uncle (whose place I am keeping it at) sells and installs classy shower doors for a living and therefore has cases upon cases of super strong industrial silicone laying around and said I can use however much I need (he may regret that). So that part shouldn't take too long IF I COULD GET SOME HELP FROM ANYONE.

Insulation-wise, I have been thinking about foam. The 2" of fiberglass I took out was pretty dirty in a few places but overall wasn't as bad as wmkbailey's. 2" of fiberglass has an R value of 6.7 whereas 2" of foam has an R value of about 10. Combine that with the reflective / insulating paint (on both sides?) and some Great Stuff to fill the gaps / odd corners and it should be pretty tight. I was thinking I could double up 1" foam board, rather than using 2" because the 1" would be easier to bend / shape. If I can get the wall panels off easily I will do the same, but I really don't want to have to cut them. Apparently they are wedged under the window sills pretty good.
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Old 10-12-2013, 10:47 AM   #34
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You are so far in now I would pull the walls too. Your in the dirty stage of it all so why not you will not regret doing it.
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Old 10-12-2013, 05:03 PM   #35
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If you are talking about the ceramic bead type insulating paint...yes...it will definitely help. I'm doing my roof inside & out after seeing first hand the results on a tin roof during August here in Houston. Nothing but latex paint with the beads added made it almost cool to the touch. I was very impressed.
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Old 10-16-2013, 06:44 AM   #36
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Yea I bought my bus in July and you are 2 days work behind me. Keep it up! Looks exactly the same in pictures. It's almost like looking. Thru my phone.
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Old 10-16-2013, 01:27 PM   #37
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I will offer the suggestion that you consider urethane (polyurethane) sealant for your windows. Silicone is a great substance, but has poor adherence qualities. It's been my experience that it turns loose after a year or two on a bus window. Also, urethane will take paint over the top of it. My first choice for sealing bus or rv windows is Sikaflex 221.
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Old 10-17-2013, 03:28 PM   #38
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POR15 can also leave a greasy residue that's hard to paint over. Try Ospho, i paid $43 for a gallon. I put it in an industrial/chemical sprayer to use on my truck and it goes a loooooooong way. It's like water but wear gloves n whatnot, caustic as hell.

Those are some nice seats! Your bus is really coming along
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Old 10-18-2013, 06:51 AM   #39
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Now I am seriously jealous. Do you demolish buses for a living? You are moving fast.
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Old 10-18-2013, 09:19 AM   #40
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Now I am seriously jealous. Do you demolish buses for a living? You are moving fast.
I'm hoping his enthusiasm rubs off on me. I need to get myself moving again, it has been too easy to let the weather slow me down.
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