I've been neglecting the publishing of documentation for my bus conversion so far. I have taken pictures and occasionally updated the blog, but I haven't posted on Skoolie.net yet. Today is the day!
Things I've done so far:
Gutted the bus -
removed seats, floor (down to the sheet metal), cut out rusty wheel wells, removed windows, removed driver's seat, removed ceiling panels and insulation, and removed existing electrical wiring.
Raised the roof -
built two rectangular, wooden trusses out of 4x4s with cantilevers to attach to the bus (top and bottom), cut through 28 channels, cut through front and end of bus skin, used farm jacks to lift 18", inserted custom channels over existing channels (overlapping 9" on each side), temporarily attached using self-tapping screws, permanently attached using 1/4" bolts (7 on each end, 14 on each channel).
Added some new skin and windows -
built 12 wooden windows (6 casements and 6 fixed) with multiwall polycarbonate glazing, cut and temporarily mounted new skin using VHB tape, and fabricated two end caps for the rear of the bus. I still need to make the front end cap, but I'm getting close to the point where I can make it.
Now that the hard stuff is done, I am going to be building out the inside. The wheel wells are still missing though. We trusted a welder friend's advice to cut out the rear wheel wells. He's been working on the replacement frame and floor for 5 months so we are just going to have to build it ourselves. The plan was to learn from him and build it ourselves, but that changed...
Any ideas or suggestions are welcomed! Thanks for checking this out and I'll be posting some more pictures and updates soon. I want to be living in BusBus before the summer