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Old 12-22-2007, 08:58 PM   #11
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You know, Pete. I haven't totally decided how I'm going to weatherseal the slide, but that said I don't think it will be too hard. And yeah, even I'm kinda surprised at how smooth the skin is. I started to heat the sheets like I had read to do. Pulled my Dad's old beater Ford into the yard next to the bus and put one of those big kerosene blower heaters on the hood. I was going to hang a sheet with a couple of rivets, heat the sheet and finish riveting. Well the heater ran for a grand total of about 25 seconds so I said "screw it" and went ahead with just installing them. I attribute the sucess to the 20 ga.metal that I first read about on Abbotts thread and then I quizzed the sheet metal guy about what to use and he said the same. 20ga. heavy enough to lay flat, plus I ran a string high and low when I was welding the uprights to make sure everything was straight.
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Old 12-23-2007, 02:41 PM   #12
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Man, you guys sure work fast. wish mine would progress as quickly.
Great Job so far, keep up the good work.
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Old 12-23-2007, 05:25 PM   #13
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very awsome work can you tell me how much was a sheet of 20 guage metal? 4x10 size? and how do you like the paint lock? i think its called satin coat here i have not heard of paint lock thanks for posting all the great shots
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Old 12-23-2007, 06:00 PM   #14
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Thanks everyone for the nice comments. Timbuk, the 20ga. paint-lock was $67 a 4x10 sheet. I wanted to cry. The sheet metal guy told me it has tripled in price in the last 2 yrs. I could have bought it in Fort Worth (3hrs away) for $49 a sheet, but what the hell. As Abbott can attest as well, it's very heavy duty stuff.

Today I built a box for the water tank out of 1/2"CD ply and lined it with 1/2" foam then hung it under the bus. Also worked a little on the slide today. More pics soon.
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Old 12-23-2007, 10:14 PM   #15
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You've got the engineering skills that I wish I had... I wanted to raise the roof and put 2 slides into the drivers side of the bus, but it's beyond my capabilities. Perhaps the next one I build I can 'do it right' then!! Looking good!!
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Old 12-23-2007, 10:42 PM   #16
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I just finished looking at your pictures. You've done all that work in three weeks. Well... I have only one thing to say,


YOU MAKE ME SICK!!! Just kidding. Your bus looks AWESOME! I can't wait to see more pictures.
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Old 01-03-2008, 08:48 AM   #17
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A bus with a slide out, now that's a first! Your framing work looks dead-on accurate, I wish I had skills like that.
Thanks for the nice compliment, ShortBus. Dead on accurate, I doubt, but I was a framing contractor for 8 years and have always done my own framing in the subsequent years. So I'm about the carpentry like the rest of you guys and gals are about the mechanical stuff. Thanks again.
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Old 01-03-2008, 10:29 AM   #18
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A bus with a slide out, now that's a first! Your framing work looks dead-on accurate, I wish I had skills like that.
Thanks for the nice compliment, ShortBus. Dead on accurate, I doubt, but I was a framing contractor for 8 years and have always done my own framing in the subsequent years. So I'm about the carpentry like the rest of you guys and gals are about the mechanical stuff. Thanks again.
Well Reprobate, right now I'd rather have the carpentry skills, I normally let a mechanic do the dirty work for me. Now electrical, that's a different subject. I'll do the electrical myself.

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Old 01-03-2008, 09:58 PM   #19
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Hey Roastings,

I lived in Clear Lake in my younger days. Since you are confident in the electrical side of things, I'm coming to your house when the time is nigh. Abilene is only 8 hrs away. Then we can drive to Galveston and eat at Gordita's. BEST Mexican food ever, and yes I AM an expert on that score. Sorry Jimmyaustintx but I haven't even found an Austin restaurant that tops this place. Truly Roastings would love to come thru and meet another skoolie when we are headed that way. Lived 15 years in Brenham. Beautiful place.
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Old 01-04-2008, 02:22 PM   #20
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Hey Roastings,

I lived in Clear Lake in my younger days. Since you are confident in the electrical side of things, I'm coming to your house when the time is nigh. Abilene is only 8 hrs away. Then we can drive to Galveston and eat at Gordita's. BEST Mexican food ever, and yes I AM an expert on that score. Sorry Jimmyaustintx but I haven't even found an Austin restaurant that tops this place. Truly Roastings would love to come thru and meet another skoolie when we are headed that way. Lived 15 years in Brenham. Beautiful place.

Hi Reprobate, I'd be more than happy to help, just let me know. Gordita's, hum, I've never been there. I'm a transplant, from Phoenix, and I haven't been to Gordita's yet. I just got here about two and a half years ago.

I have been to a place called Fadi's though, best Mediterranean food around. They are located on Westheimer and Dunvall.

Seriously, if you're in town, I'll be more than happy to help you on your bus. I'm also looking for any excuse to go back to Galveston.

BTW, I was looking at your picture, on another thread, and thought that you lived in the desert. My bad.
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