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Old 01-10-2015, 02:19 AM   #301
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motivation

It's been hard to get motivated the last week or so. With only 8 hours of daylight it's just always dark outside when I have time to work on the bus.

I spent some time finishing up some other stuff, in this case the engine hatch seal and latches. So now that's all put back together again. I tossed the battery charger on the batteries again too. They were sitting at about 12.3 volts, the charger says "80%" but I'm not sure what that really means.

Anyone with a drivable bus want to come visit? I'll supply snacks, beer and a bunch of kids. Free unimog rides! It would be fun to fill my neighborhood with some busses so I can regain that urgency to keep working.
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Old 01-10-2015, 07:10 AM   #302
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Old 01-10-2015, 12:54 PM   #303
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Old 01-10-2015, 02:44 PM   #304
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I hear you...These long, dark winter months definitely suck the motivation right out of us. It does make plenty of time for skoolie research though!! You've done some really nice work on your bus....Thanks for sharing!
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Old 01-12-2015, 12:43 PM   #305
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Got the bunk frames sanded, painted, holes drilled, and installed. The real story that you don't see all the parts to is the mounting on the bus itself. I had to take apart the insulation and install the brackets with uhmw plastic bushings to keep as much of the thermal break intact as I could.

The pivoting bed frames are sanded and primed, I just need to paint them and install now.

Next I'll build the pivoting frame for the master bedroom, and probably start on some partition walls.

I've ordered ABS plastic sheet for the interior sheathing, that's supposed to be delivered in about 10 business days.







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Old 01-12-2015, 05:58 PM   #306
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Wow ... Those bunks look fantastic. I really don't know what else to say, they're great!
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Old 01-12-2015, 06:26 PM   #307
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Thanks, I'm looking forward to getting all the components together so I can start building the bedroom and other rooms.

The paint turned out surprisingly nice, considering what I used. I think I'll use this paint setup for all the interior metal components and frames.

Primer:

Rustoleum etching green primer on lightly scuffed clean and dry steel (no previous paint)

Super cheap "euro gray" finish:

1 quart rustoleum gloss white
1 quart rustoleum gloss gray
1 quart virgin lacquer thinner

Mix with a paint stirring stick in a gallon can

Use a touch up gun: http://www.harborfreight.com/touch-u...gun-66871.html

Set to a fan that's just wide enough to shoot the parts. Air pressure about 80 psi.

I was spraying in absolutely horrible conditions: near 100 % humidity, and cold, probably 60 F or less.

Turn up heat and let it dry for 24 hours.

The finish turned out as good as factory purchased furniture frames.

One thing that's neat about those little touch up guns like that is they don't let the VOC escape, so you can do tricks like fill it full of slightly reduced contact cement for assembling panels and other things that need gluing.

It'll sit around forever (days) and not dry out. Obviously, that won't work with a catalyzed material.


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Old 01-12-2015, 07:15 PM   #308
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Okay, forget all previous plans,

Next update shall include a periscope and some cool switches, knobs and glowing/flashing red lights...oh!
And

A button to push that says " shush......depth charges, Sir"
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Old 01-15-2015, 04:11 AM   #309
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So the bunks are in, I knew it was going to be a tight squeeze when the beds are "deployed", and I'm fine with the space. The "squeezeway" is 16" wide - taking into consideration wall thickness and providing a 32" wide bath/shower)

It doesn't feel super tight since you're scooting along bunks and not squeezed between two walls. The entry to the shower and toilet are sliding pocket doors.

When the beds are folded up, it's a dance floor. (ok, so it's really about 56", or about 53" when the folding desks are closed up, with the bunks closed)

Any opinions or thoughts on layout at this point?



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Old 01-15-2015, 06:57 AM   #310
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Very nice fabricating
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