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Old 08-05-2010, 04:18 PM   #31
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Well I finshed up the LP storage compartment, now its time to start running gas lines and electriacal wire

A little paint and it should work just fine

So much to do and so liitle time.

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Old 08-05-2010, 09:40 PM   #32
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That looks clean and professional!
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Old 08-10-2010, 10:53 AM   #33
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Looks really good...

What part of the PNW are you in???

I'm in the Spanaway/Graham area...

Where did you pick up the windows and sheet metal???

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Old 08-10-2010, 05:50 PM   #34
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Luey, I am just north of Seattle, Shoreline to be exact, I got the sheet metal from Ballard Sheet Metal, they do all sorts of fabrication, but I just bought it as plain flat sheets. Down the sides i used 20 gauge and to bend around the corners I used 24 gauge, the reason its green, is that was all they had in 24 gauge when I lifted the lid and I didn't want to have to wait for the unprimed stuff to get here.

The widows all came from either Bottom dollar surplus or Midwest surplus (thru EBAY) I think the most I paid for any window was 169.00 landed at my door. Some I got for as little as 45.00$ landed.

I am now working on getting the inside ready for wood sheeting so i can then really set the windows w2ith the trim rings in.

Thanks for the postive words about our bus.

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Old 08-10-2010, 06:08 PM   #35
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Starting the widows I thought that I would counter sink screws in the edges then chaulk and screw them down, well that didn't work very well then I thought I have a welder, DUH
so using clamps and a drill, I just drilled small holes just barely into the interior frames and spot welded them, then ground down the weld. it worked really well. There is alot to learn but I am having a ball doing it.
This is looking from the outside at the batroom window. There are some ripples in the sheet metal where I welded the tow pieces together, if I was going to do again I would just overlap the two pieces and rivit them. That welding creates a lot of heat which means expansion and warpage. Not to bad for first try though.


Starting to insulate with 2" foam board, still have to run some more wires and glue in wood blocks prior to sheeting for lites and blinds and such.


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Old 08-11-2010, 03:01 AM   #36
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Nice way to over come the oops...

I've been thinking about buying a spot welder for that kind of stuff... I've plug welded lost of things like you did, but for thin stuff that doesn't have to be fully welded a spot welder would come in real handy...


BTW, I love the window work... Gotta get me a drivers window like that...
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Old 09-15-2010, 01:53 PM   #37
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Hello all,

We really have not spent much time working on DA BUS, we have been regrading the back yard, perpairing for raised areas for a putting green and a fire pit area.

Here is a pic of the galley mock up . Well I can't seem to load any pics.

We have the passenger side about 3/4 done as far as the 2" foam is concerned and have most of it sheeted with laua (spelling) hope I got all the wires that I need in there.

We are getting closer to the part were we actually get to build something, WALLS and THINGS, hopefully some time in the next month or two. We have our Wedgewood Stove (in the carport)

and our roof top 13,500 BTU AC with heat (in the garage) and our RV 500 tankless water heater (in the living room). if I could just quite working for a living then I could work on the bus.
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Old 09-28-2010, 05:37 AM   #38
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love the akita's we have had them in the family sence about 1983 my mom and dad have one now. the first one we had i took for walks on a skatebourd it was a site to see 85lbs akita pulling a 140lbs kid down the sidewalk on a skatebourdin 1987,but it was fun!
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Old 10-13-2010, 12:40 PM   #39
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Insulation almost done, this is looking forward on the drivers side

and looking aft

Why does it seem to take so loooong to complete even the simplest of tasks. this weekend i hope to get the shetting up down the drivers side so that I can butyl chalk and install all the trim rings on the windows..... we will see.

Next step for us is to figure out exactly where the toilet and sinks will go so that I can start the tanking process.

So much work and so little time.


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Old 10-13-2010, 06:04 PM   #40
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Smitty,

I was not planning to but you bring up a very good point, thank god I live in a very reasonible climate (Seattle) and really don't plan at this point to go any where were the cold climate would be an issue, My wife and I perfer the heated parts of the country. So I guess the answer is NO NO AND NO. I love looking at this site to get ideas and getting feed back on what I am doing... so please give me feed back good and bad. OK NO THERMAL BREAK. BAD.
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