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Old 05-03-2010, 07:26 PM   #211
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... the unsupported ends (overhang) got all wonky- part of this was due to less than perfect construction techniques, though...
The composite decking must be well supported. It has very little structural integrity itself. We've built decks with it as well as used it as decking on our food cart. It is "soft" underfoot (easy to stand on all day) and it stays cooler than real wood. It will also outlast wood so while the initial cost is higher I think it will work out to being cheaper in the long run. The last time we looked at decking material was for the cart. The quality of the supply was so poor we ended up going with the composite. We are glad we did. Now Smitty just needs to add an awning out the back and put a rocking chair back there!
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Old 05-07-2010, 02:59 AM   #212
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Holy crap Smitty! I haven't been here on for a while now and you go get a bus and go crazy. Your bus looks awesome. I can't wait to see it done and painted.
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Old 05-07-2010, 07:40 PM   #213
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Body work sucks, I spent the past 2 months doing it on my second bus about 40 hours a week. You go over and over and over it, then prime it, go over it again, fix it 5 more times then think it is perfect, shoot $1000 in paint and find every single flaw in it. It's a great part of a conversion, I see why it cost 10k to paint a bus now!! The nice thing about a school bus is the panel laps and rivets do hide alot. It's looking good Smitty but youre going too fast!! You will want to build another in a few months. I have a great place in Florida you can boondock and help with my next bus when you get the itch, it's ready and waiting!!
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Old 05-10-2010, 09:55 PM   #214
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That stove is a piece of art! Amazing what can be done with an old propane tank and an imagination.
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Old 05-10-2010, 09:58 PM   #215
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Nice work Smitty! It makes me want to start over. I'm jealous.
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Old 05-12-2010, 10:30 PM   #216
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So what does it take for you to make me one of those pretty heaters?
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Old 05-12-2010, 10:35 PM   #217
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It looks like it is time to clean the lens on your camera Smitty Past few pics have been a bit spotty. Great job on the work, cant wait to see how you finish your rear deck. Such a great place to store the LPG tanks. I have still been trying to figure out how to fit them standing up underneath my bus, guess I just don't have the same clearance as everyone else. My tanks are taller than the height I have available for some reason...
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Smitty, I have a question about your bus. You are putting a lot of work into your bus and I am sure you will be keeping it for a long time. How come you didn't chose a larger engine? I'm sure if you're driving on the flats it will have plenty of power. But if you hit the hills, isn't that motor going to be working pretty hard?
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Old 05-12-2010, 11:32 PM   #219
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Hey crazycal, are you another one of Arky's multi-personalities? Haha! No offense if you're not...
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That makes sense, but I like cubes. The more, the better.

Looking at some of your pictures. Do you have storage under the bed and benches? I didn't see drawers.

As far as being Arky, I guess I can be stupid sometimes but no matter how hard I tried, I could never be as big of a d*ck as him.
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