I haven't updated this in a while.
I haven't done a whole lot of stuff recently that is exciting or new really. As far as work goes I have just been chugging along getting the body ready for paint, filling holes, removing lights, and waiting for a couple of unusually warm days to paint.
I experimented with a few colors, and I know they don't render well on camera / screens but the consensus seems to be the one on the left.
The theme has been decided to be either this
or this. I will probably start with the first one and add the dark shade to the second one if we decide it will look better.
I started on painting the roof with this white elastomeric coating I got in a 5 gallon bucket from Home depot for $75. It is really thick stuff and I am using it in the hopes of it sealing up a few tiny leaks that are in between some rivets. It goes on like you're painting with jelly.
Here's after a few coats. I've put like 4 coats pin all around but it stll needs 2-3 more, when rolled on it goes on thin and yellow is hard to cover with white. No worries, I still have 2.5 gallons left...
Close-up of what this coating does. It sort of just encapsulates everything in its rubbery wonder. It reflects heat very well too. Just in time for winter
I also bought a few LED lights to experiment with.
They don't look very bright in the photo but these little lights go a long way. I will use these to replace the dim incandescent marker lights on the bus now. I may add 2 per side as well.
This is a LED warm white license plate light. The idea with it is to mount 3-4 of these per side on the "pillars" between the windows, pointing down, to cast a cool, semi-useful light around the perimeter of the bus while parked. Kind of nice atmospheric light, not too bright, but bright enough that it is useful for unloading, etc.
Here it is against a wall for an idea of what that would look like.
I also bought a LED board with 9 high-power LEDs to retrofit into the stock bus lights, but the board was DOA so I will have to get a new one to test.
Here is our current and likely final floor plan:
Shower and bathroom are separate. The big bed thing in the middle is a fold out futon. The big bucket seats in the front will likely not be on a platform but rather on a metal cylinder (think office swivel chair) and be able to pivot and lock. Tons of storage under the rear bed. Countertop in front of the side emergency door folds up / down. Fridge is a 10 cubic foot 120 VAC unit. Propane stove. Booth's table surface will be able to come down to seat bottom level to turn it into a 6.5' x 3' bed.
Now to figure out electrical and plumbing...
Any constructive criticism is appreciated.