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Old 11-08-2013, 10:54 AM   #51
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Re: Smells Like Teen Spirit: Conversion of 1999 Thomas MVP

Today I worked on cutting out patches for a few areas.





I cut out 4 round ones to patch where the school lights go. I need 4 more but I ran out of metal. I also cut a few just for other holes in the metal from things I removed. I used Rustoleum rusty metal primer on the metal, before I put it in, to make sure everything is coated. It appears the inside of the body metal is coated with this from the factory.

This weekend I hopefully will make more progress.
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Old 11-08-2013, 11:28 AM   #52
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I have some leftover steel I will bring over Saturday. Also I'm 12 rivets short to replace my hatches. I will sell you both hatches for 12 rivets. I went through 800 of them so far.
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Old 11-08-2013, 12:36 PM   #53
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Sweet! Take all the rivets you need!
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Old 11-12-2013, 07:40 PM   #54
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I got a bit of work done this weekend. Not nearly as much as I wanted to, but some.



I cut out patches for the warning lights up top, and decided to keep the hoods for the look. I riveted them in and put seam sealer behind the metal bits to keep water out. Hopefully this should hold well.







And threw some primer on for good measure.

I also painted the inside, after wirebrushing the entire thing by myself with an angle grinder and a knotted wire wheel:







Somehow or another I found a gallon of oil-based rust preventative primer in the state of MD, which I would have thought was really difficult to do. It is great stuff and very thick, goes on like molasses on a cold day. Once it cures fully it should work real well.
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Old 11-13-2013, 11:24 AM   #55
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What a bunch of work, but it won't be for nothin'. Looks great, keep it up!
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Old 11-13-2013, 11:38 AM   #56
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Nothing stirs my soul like a freshly gutted and primed bus interior!

Blank slate, man - go for it!
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Old 11-23-2013, 12:03 PM   #57
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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.
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Old 11-23-2013, 01:30 PM   #58
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Only real issue I see is that someone will get real tired of crawling over someone to get out of bed,in middle of night to pee or get up early and wants to not disturbe other person sleeping
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Old 11-25-2013, 09:40 AM   #59
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Looks like you don't have much in the way of storage space. Or perhaps it's just hard to represent in the picture. What is that space in between the toilet and shower? I also agree with what Bansil said about the bed. If I had as much space to work with as you, I would rotate that bed 90 degrees so each person can get off to the side of the bed. I know it doesn't fit as well that way, but I think it is worth sacrificing the space. And even if Nat_ster is right that you sleep alone, that could change any day!
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Old 11-25-2013, 10:44 AM   #60
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Looking good! I really like the green paint scheme.

The idea of those lights around the outside is a great oneI I might mock it up one night with a couple and see how it looks myself.
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