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Old 07-19-2013, 03:59 AM   #11
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14ga is our friend he helped fix my stairs with his buddy 12ga
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Old 07-20-2013, 03:54 PM   #12
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Tore into the door and found some very nice rust.



Nothing too fancy but it looks WAY better. I cut out the bottom of the door, removed the window and plated it on both sides.



Drivers side fender cut out and replaced.



Passenger side cut out and replaced.
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Old 07-21-2013, 04:06 PM   #13
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Finished up a little more body work and got it all ready for paint today. Had to leave one window so I can drive it to the shed I'll be painting it in. I don't really want to get all my tools and what-not-all full of paint and I am quite sure I am too lazy to cover everything in there.

Looking at this I just realized the radiator needs to be covered too .... huh.

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Yes the fun of masking off a bus. Every time I thought I was almost done I found two three other things that had to be covered.
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Old 07-28-2013, 01:33 PM   #15
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Well Yesterday was a big day. I got it primed and painted. I had about a quart of primer left and ran out of paint. I got everything done except the very middle three feet of the roof the length of the bus painted. You can't notice it unless you're higher than the roof of the bus so it's going to be that way until I get the rest of the stuff done to the outside and then it'll all get touched up.

It looks much better and the color layed down a lot darker than I thought it would but it still looks good.

First coat of primer.


Second coat of primer different angle.


PAINTED Finally ! !



I like the blue but it sure is A LOT of it. I'd like to do an accent but don't really know what yet.
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that shade of blue really pops
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Old 07-29-2013, 10:47 AM   #17
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Looks amazing!! I have to admit, I saw the level of work needed with the rust and figured this one may fizzle. Not everyone has the tools, skill, or determination to tackle rust repair that extensive. I am thrilled to see that is not case this time!
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Old 07-29-2013, 07:29 PM   #18
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Rust up here in MN is everywhere. You either put up with it or remove it. There is no fixing it as it will come back very shortly. The first fender took a while but the second one only took about an hour from the first cut to the last screw as I knew where not to cut and what to leave for support. I have a full metal and wood shop at the farm so the tools and supplies are there to make just about anything happen.

I purchased the floor today. 11% off at Menards put this stuff within $25 of what I budgeted for the floor so I went for it. The Mrs. thought it was nice so I quickly threw it onto the cart. I grabbed the cheapest underlayment they had .... anyone else put laminate flooring in there bus ?? How's it holding up and did you do anything out of the ordinary while installing it ?? What did you do up front by the steps ??

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Go to this page and the next one on my thread. You will see what I did for installing a wood (laminate) floor.

I have also posted how after two years that the floor is looking like it is 50 years old because of my dogs. Since you already got the wood flooring, put it in.

If I had to do it over, I would have put in a heavy duty linoleum.
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Rust up here in MN is everywhere. You either put up with it or remove it. There is no fixing it as it will come back very shortly. The first fender took a while but the second one only took about an hour from the first cut to the last screw as I knew where not to cut and what to leave for support. I have a full metal and wood shop at the farm so the tools and supplies are there to make just about anything happen.

I purchased the floor today. 11% off at Menards put this stuff within $25 of what I budgeted for the floor so I went for it. The Mrs. thought it was nice so I quickly threw it onto the cart. I grabbed the cheapest underlayment they had .... anyone else put laminate flooring in there bus ?? How's it holding up and did you do anything out of the ordinary while installing it ?? What did you do up front by the steps ??


I know all about rust! I live in mn as well I used laminate from the back all the way to the front. Didn't do anything special in front, just went right up to the firewall. I did use the underlayment. I think I have pics of what I did around the steps in my thread. I would dig it up, but I'm on my phone.
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