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Old 02-21-2016, 03:52 PM   #571
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That my friend is the unimog cab tipping cylinder monsterpiece that I have. I just had the ram and not the special pump, so it has been forced to work with a domestic pump which necessitates a larger reservoir of hydraulic fluid.

Its a hackjob but it works. Keep your eyes peeled for other goodies I may throw into photos for future preludes to bus things too.

Photo of tipped unimog cab.





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I HAVE to ask - WHAT is that "black-straight pipe/elbow-plug-red hose-THING" behind the chop saw......in the shop-painting-pic......!

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Old 02-21-2016, 08:53 PM   #572
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Old 02-22-2016, 01:00 AM   #573
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All the framing that I have is now painted, it's just sort of hanging out for a bit so the paint can harden more.

I think I remember where all this stuff is supposed to go.

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Old 02-26-2016, 01:44 AM   #574
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Getting some finish wall covering installed. Don't mind all the dirty handprints. The surface washes with a rag or even Mr clean magic eraser. Sharpie pens just disappear! Its a good kid resistant surface.

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Looks good...what is the interior finish?
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Its an .0625 plastic sheeting, made from the same stuff as milkjugs. Its not really structural, and its designed for gluing onto surfaces.

In this case I'm using FRP rivets instead of glue to hold in place which works quite nice. I've done some extended wear tests in the unimog and it seems to hold up.

The main reason for the paranoia is it says "not for use in rv" in tiny letters somewhere, but I think that's when used with an adhesive. My guess is the material is somewhat sensitive to thermal expansion and contraction. Install while it is hot, and it will shrink slightly. When cold it will expand during heating. So just install at nominal temp and fasten it instead of glue and it'll be fine.


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Old 03-02-2016, 03:52 AM   #577
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OK, frame going back together. This time with proper fasteners and locktite.

I ordered a bunch of windows off eBay so those should be here in a week or two.

All the windows are missing their "trim ring" but it wouldn't help if I had them, the wall thickness is 3.5" thick and trim rings don't go that deep. I managed to find a window to replace the drivers school bus style slider window with a transit style as well.

I can't wait to cut big holes in the bus.

Lots to do, not a lot of time lately.

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Most folks don't realize just how much expansion and contraction takes place with many plastics. Vinyl siding, for example, requires an allowance for something like a quarter inch each way for every ten feet. That's a LOT of movement. You will notice that all of the pre-drilled nail holes are quite elongated. Thermal properties are definitely something to investigate before investing in any particular material.
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Old 03-07-2016, 01:59 AM   #579
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More paneling installed.
Got the insulation behind the bunks complete, and fitted the odd shaped panels behind it.

I think the next thing will be some misc framing to connect the sides, and the galley and pantry cabinets.

Windows show up next week, I have an air nibbler ready to chop big holes in both sides of the bus, it'll be great I'm sure.
  1. Foam core ply fiber glass composite sandwich
  2. Corrugated sheet metal
  3. Chip board ply painted with spar varnish
  4. Luan with foam core glued (similar to first, just no fiberglass)
  5. political signs stolen from peoples front yards (it is an election year) and glued into panels

I kind of like #4 but I'm concerned about how brittle it might be.
#3 was my first choice in the plan, but it gets heavy and I thought maybe I don't want so much wood.

Some progress photos.


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