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Old 07-01-2005, 08:08 AM   #21
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Saturday I hope to get the ceiling painted. first i have to sand, clean, primer, paint....wait for that to dry.....

then tape off all the flames. That'll take at least 6 hours just to tape. Then spray the flames. After it dries (prob sunday) i'll remove the tape and touch up the spots that need it. Then i'm gonna clearcoat the ceiling. I'm addicted to clear coat now.

I also need ot clearcoat the roof (outside) while i'm spraying......
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Old 07-01-2005, 02:06 PM   #22
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The hole in the ceiling was remarkably easy. The panels inside the bus are attached to the vehicle with screws instead of the usual rivets. this made it very simple to remove the interior panels. I removed 2 panels, they're each the same width as one window. There was 2" worth of insulation between the ceiling and the roof. I cut the roof panels with an abrasive blade on a circular saw.

Here's a photo taken with the primer down on the floor. The epoxy shield had not been applied yet.



also, this jacuzzi is about 4 inches smaller than the old one. This one actually fits inside the bus.
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Old 07-03-2005, 04:06 PM   #23
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Looking good! And you're making good headway, too. I like the clear coat on the bus. It does make a big difference in the look of the paint. That'll be one heck of a sky light over the jacuzzi!
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Old 07-06-2005, 12:23 PM   #24
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I got the ceiling painted black, hopefully i'll get the ceiling taped off today while i'm at work. I am going to paint flames on the ceiling.

After the ceiling is painted......

the mirror for the walls, the glass block, and the couch/benches are the biggest interior projects left.

There's still all the jacuzzi plumbing, and the electrical/stereo/tv ect, but those are all little things.......

I can't believe how fast this bus is coming together. In one week i've completed several big tasks. IT's so much faster and easier to work on a bus when the temperature is above 10 degrees! I think that's why it took so long to remodel the other bus, i did it here in michigan during january and february. Finding ambition to leave the house is difficult when the temp's are in the single digits outside.

THE MAN BURNS IN 59 DAYS!
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Old 07-06-2005, 11:20 PM   #25
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Wow! This bus is a sports car compared to the other bus. The top speed of 65 is really a luxury. I keep looking down at the spedo and realizing that i'm driving over the speed limit. I never had that problem in the other bus! Acceleration is amazing! I can't immagine what the DT466 with an extra 100 hp would be like in a skoolie.
I've been pulling away from people at stoplights. The past two days driving to and from work is the first trip i've taken since i brough her home as i just got registration and insurance last friday. The first two or three gears the bus has an incredible amount of get-up-and-go. About third or 4th gear she starts accelerating at a much slower rate. This bus would run circles around my ford.

I love this new bus......even if it doesn't have air brakes. It does have a spring loaded seat that rides very similair to an air ride seat. I can't tell the difference. It has a dial to allow the user to adjust the seat to their weight
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Glad to see your finally behind the wheel of your International. My old IH ran circles around your old bus.
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Old 07-08-2005, 04:39 PM   #27
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you're old IH would prob still run circles around this bus too. From what i remember, that thing was pretty "sporty" (as far as skoolies go)

I finally finished taping off the flames for the ceiling today. I don't know how many hours i spent.....but it took what seemed like forever to finish the project. I worked on it over the past 3 or 4 days. My neck hurts from looking straight up for so long. I'm at work today, so i can't paint untl tomorrow or sunday.

Now i need to find a couch, build the benches, and buy an "electronics cabinet" Next i'll try to get the jacuzzi and associated plumbing projects finished. Then the bus should be in service, although not finished.

I think i'll wait till the other bus sells before i spend the big money on mirrors for the walls, and the glass block. Those two projects will cost about 7 or 8 hunred dollars total. I might venture down to Chicago and buy some of those 4x8 sheets of plexi-mirror. I think they were 1/4 the cost of the same material from home depot. If i go there and party for the weekend, i can pick up the material on monday and head home. Then it wouldn't be a wasted trip! and it'll give me an excuse to party in Chi-town.
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Where are you buying the mirrors? I love the effect and might be able to use it.
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Old 07-08-2005, 05:48 PM   #29
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It took me a half hour or so to find this link....

http://www.americanacrylics.com/mirror.htm


$2.00 per square foot is what it costed when i called the place a few months back. At that time, I opted for the same material from home depot pre cut to 24x48". It was $4.00 per square foot, and required that you purchase 10 sheets (80 square feet) Kinda pricey, but convienent as it's as close as your local home depot. They do have to special order it.

this stuff can be cut, drilled, bent, shaped ect. It's actually just plexi-glass with mirror backign on it.
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Do you think the ceiling of a bus could be covered with it?
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