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Old 04-12-2006, 06:35 PM   #141
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Awww....

Too bad you are bus-out. I myself could use a physical experienced hand getting some of the bugs out of my ideas. Oh..plus you are far far away

Anyway, since nature has not been cooperating here and three wet cold weeks plus fussy arthritic knees have put me behind schedule to do anything. We finally are getting some spots of spring! I hope this weekend to get the rest of the floor down, tighten some screws, plug up the gaps I left in making the floor and get the cork down. That is my wishlist for now if it doesn't rain....if it does well tough, I gotta finish that flooring.
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Old 05-12-2006, 10:07 AM   #142
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I've been pretty burned out when it comes to the bus. I haven't done much with it since the texas trip. This weekend I am going to try to build a "back porch" on the bus to carry my motorcycle...actually, i wanna be able to carry 2 motorcycles for the possible trip to sturgis south dakota later this summer....

I do have 3 events scheduled now in rapid succession.

Going to Toronto tomorrow for a small party,

Then the following weekend is a HUGE party a couple hours north of toronto. It's a burmingman gig.

Memorial Day weekend is the electronic music festival in Detroit. At one time detroit was one of the music capitols of the world (Mo-town), so in that tradition, we still have some pretty huge music events from time to time.

Summer always keeps me busy with bus events.

IT HAS BEGUN!
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Old 05-14-2006, 09:56 PM   #143
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Border crossing update:

Took my birth certificate with me this time....i got severly reprimanded for crossing an international border 2 months ago without it.

going into canada, i got asked several questions, then once again was handed a yellow piece of paper and instructed to pull over so they could inspect me....ugg..This was the 4th time being pulled over and inspected in the bus since the 1st of the year. I am now familiar with the process! It was very easy going this time round though. The female officer stepped into the bus to inspect, while the male officer asked me some questions. He apparently thought the bus was pretty cool. They only kept me a couple minutes, and i didn't have to go inside and talk to the other customs agents like all the other times i've been inspected.

coming back into the US a day later the customs officer wanted to walk inside the bus...not nearly as bad as getting pulled over. He made a bee-line for an object sitting in plain site on the floor....It was an old military ammo box that was labeled with the words "7.62MM ****" Identical to this box here



It never occured to me before that the box would become a suspicious item at the border. Note to self....don't do that! lol

anyhow...another border guy came in the bus..he had commented a different time i was crossing about how he wished he had a bus like this when he was in collge. He asked me what kidn of event i had take the bus to this time, in a very friendly sort of way. That must have been super secret squirrell language to the other officer that I am an ok guy, because the inspecting officer instantly stopped what he was doing, handed me back my keys and ID and said welcome home.

At some point, i think they'll just stop inspecting me! The first half dozen times i crossed, i never got inspected....i'm not sure what changed.
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Old 05-16-2006, 12:29 PM   #144
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I use those ammo cans for camera cases. You can line them with scrap foam and felt and make a really nice case that is waterproof.

You can also make a watertight camera housing for video cameras that will let you film under water.

1. Cut hole in end of box with hinge.

2. Use silicone caulk and glue a piece of 1/4" tempered glass over the hole.

3. Line the inside of the box with foam to hold your video camera in place and to cushion it.

4. Start camera, put it in box, and film under water.

I've had one down to about 15' under water before while snorkeling. We used to strap them to the front of canoes and kayaks for some cool white-water paddling videos.

The only drawback is that you have to open the box to turn the camera on and off. I've designed some waterproof switching ideas to solve that problem, but never got around to trying to implement them. Many cameras now come with remotes that might make it possible to control the camera without opening the box at all.

Of course, you have to keep the remote dry....
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Old 05-25-2006, 11:15 AM   #145
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Bus season is upon us!

Spent the past 2 weekends in Canada, this coming weekend i'll be in DEtroit for the electronic music festival, then the following weekend it's off to toledo ohio for an art car parade....that'll be my first art car parade. I'd like to get my flam thrower plumbed into a pair of chrome exhaust stacks on teh roof of the bus...speaking of flame thrower, i'm waiting for the photos to get to me. WE shot some great flame thrower pic's in canada over the weekend.

Here's a shot of us stopped at a gas station






we went to a burningman party in canada, and someone altered this sign...


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Old 05-25-2006, 01:28 PM   #146
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love the stairs

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I love the diamond plate stairs. I've been wanting to do something similar, except probably just do the top (horizontal) surfaces. The rest, I'm thinking of just painting. Give some color to reflect on the metal. I was gonna look for some diamond plating while at the junk yard this weekend. Any tips you learned in doing it?
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Old 05-25-2006, 02:28 PM   #147
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I've got a few of the flame thrower in action.




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Old 05-26-2006, 04:57 PM   #148
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Re: love the stairs

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lapeer,

I love the diamond plate stairs. I've been wanting to do something similar, except probably just do the top (horizontal) surfaces. The rest, I'm thinking of just painting. Give some color to reflect on the metal. I was gonna look for some diamond plating while at the junk yard this weekend. Any tips you learned in doing it?
Not too much magic there. I used cardboard templates to get the measurements right, then i cut the diamondplate with a cordless dewalt circular saw with carbide tipped blade. I've cut everything immaginable with that saw, and it's the original blade. It's actually my roomates saw, and he's cut far worse stuff with it than i have..it's a few years old too...anyhow....I googled cheap diamondplate alluminum online and found a site that sells it for half what i found it for at Tracor Supply Company. I think the 1x2 sheets were about 10 bucks each. Self tapping screws were used to attach the alluminum to the bus. If i were to do it over, i'd use screws with rounded heads (pan head screws?). the hex head screws I used are definately noticable when barefoot.
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Old 05-26-2006, 05:05 PM   #149
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The pictures look like you were roasting some powerlines!
or perhaps testing the insulation?

Hopefully they were between the space over the bus and the camera.
the perspective the camera has does make the power lines appear to be in the path of the flame, however i can assure you that they were a long ways from the flame thrower.
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Old 05-26-2006, 05:07 PM   #150
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I've got a few of the flame thrower in action.



how cool is that!!!

still waiting for the other photos to get here...the other guy had like a $1K camera and he's a huge photo geek

you'll notice that the flame is about as tall as the bus is long. It's difficult to capture with film how intense the flame really is.
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