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Old 01-30-2009, 04:25 PM   #21
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I just shot milk out my nose with that zombie comment.
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Old 02-09-2009, 10:00 AM   #22
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The seats are out! I consider this my first milestone. I have added a lawnchair to sit and dream of interior possibilities. This idle time will take several large rum & cokes before I can move on the the wicked world of rivit removal
Have added a gallery in the pic section-just to stupid to link up to it.....................
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Old 02-09-2009, 12:54 PM   #23
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Papabear... thats funny!! I already told the wife that if we do go get the bus on Friday (2/13) She will see me again probably around months end. If she wants me text or call me or I will be at storage with the bus!! LOL!!! She asked what am I going to do once most of the seats are out and it gets cold? My simple reply: I have a wood burning stove that I will have to install sooner than later. There is some wood sales down the street. I can also cook on top of the stove too. She said she gives up as she knows she can't win!!
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Old 02-10-2009, 10:57 AM   #24
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Dear DR-Chef-Scott
It don't take long to "move in" once you get it home. Just a word of wisdom from working on cranes during my construction years. Always open that can of pork & beans before you put it on the cooktop. We use to put our lunches on the engine manifolds to warm them up. Forgot to open a can once. Operators get real pissed when they have beans all over their machines
P.S. invite the little lady over to the bus sometime after you've been working on it a few weeks. A rose, a candle, a bottle of wine, a coleman blow up matress Ain't love grand...........
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Old 02-17-2009, 10:41 AM   #25
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Got the aux. heaters out today. It started out well. A shop vac is a wonderful tool for this project. It can eliminate all the mess with the anti-freeze. Until your generator runs out of fuel, and hence the shop vac runs out of electricity. After the clean up, life was good. I love the smell of ant-freeze in the morning-It smells like victory!
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Old 02-24-2009, 10:53 AM   #26
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Hey Chuck, There are corn mash alcohol convertions arn't there? Whatever trips your trigger or powers your bus. good luck
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Old 02-26-2009, 10:35 AM   #27
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More progress...........Started insulating the floor. All the sub-floor plywood looked to be in great shape. Have added 1x4 stringers the lenght of the bus with some added ones where the seats will bolt down. Then put in 3/4" pink styro insulation boards and 5/8" plywood over that. everything was "glued and screwed" down.
I bought some metal the other day to start the lift and skinning pile. 1 sheet of 16 ga. (thinnest they stocked) and 1-20' stick of 1 1/4 thin wall square tube was $158.00 SHEEEIT, The price of metal has really gone up.
Fellow Schoolies BEWARE OF EBAY, I have spent a buttload there so far and keep finding more stuff I need. Everything I have gotten so far has been in good shape with reasonable shipping.
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The still idea was actually something I had thought about at one time If I would have gotten a gas motor. But, I really don't need the FED-arallies in my life any more than they already are.
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Old 04-17-2009, 10:55 AM   #28
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And more progress on Da Den. Thinner sheet metal for the sides, less rivits, lotsa insulation, bolting some wood down, playing with some paint................
I would like to make the bi-fold door, a one piece. I've seen a couple that have been done, that looked great, but they were square on top, My door has a curve on the forward top part, so I don't know if I can make it swing out or not. Better weather will tell. UNLESS someone has seen this done successfully.
Decided not to raise the roof. It would have been another month or so before the weather would have been good enough to start that project. Working out in the open, in a storage lot was not the best place to have my **** strung all over, for a couple weeks, while I did a raise. Besides, I'm still doing this all by my lonesome. I am still going to shorten the back to make room for a bed for 4-wheelers/bikes. More to come on that this summer.
Starting to aquirre a lot of stuff for this. Need another small shed to store it all.
When it's done it should look like this

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Old 07-29-2009, 07:16 PM   #29
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Man I am still laughing...zombies! So how far are you gonna build till you tell your wife? Has she been asking any questions?
Bus is looking fantastic! I like the cockpit area already! Sucks working alone doesn't it? I am basically building an office/warehouse/moving van & even that sucks building alone!
The skins looks good. I like the idea of raising the roof starting a coupe windows back, that would look nice, you should attempt it!
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Old 07-29-2009, 11:03 PM   #30
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Ezbme, Thanks. I have actually got a lot of interior work done, considering I only get to work on it a few hours a week. I'll Show the little lady in a couple months when the interior is mostly complete.
Decided not to raise the roof as it was to much work by myself and I could'nt leave my tools (welder, torch etc.) laying out for a week to do a raise. Storage yard and all. I am going to lop the rear 8' off the back and make a fold down ramp/porch for the bikes or 4-wheelers.
The bus is actually 2 blocks behind my house. The wife drives by it every morning going to work. A big yellow bus amongst all the white rv's. It stands out like a turd in a punch bowl. I'll get off my butt and post some new pictures soon.
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