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Old 12-09-2007, 08:49 PM   #1
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The Bus with No Name, yet...

Well for 9 days we've been hard at it. The 92 Thomas Int. has undergone quite a transformation with still a lot to go. Totally stripped the interior, walls, ceiling panels and all. Just for Elliot I counted, there are a gazillion 327 screws in the ceiling of our bus. None of the screws wanted to come out so there was a lot of work with a grinder and a cold chisel. Although not nearly as thought out or done with the care and aplomb of Elliot and Abbott, we cut and raised the roof 18" at the end of day 3. I bought a little wire feed welder at H. Freight and it turned out to be the cats meow. Showed the GF how to weld and 5 min. later she was laying down a bead like a pro. Got her put back together and then had to wait a day or two but got started installing 20ga. paint-lock(prep). Nice heavy stuff, went on smooth. Also picked up a small riveter on sale at HF and drilled while the GF popped in the rivets. Before installing the skin I framed the window openings with wood. The windows should be in Wed. this week, got em' on ebay. Skinned over the openings and am going to cut them out(have a nibbler) when the windows arrive. Going to put a slide out the back of the bus, so I cut the back wall out and today I welded the (structural part) wall frame and cut and welded the slide runners. Next I framed out of lumber stock the stud layout and window opening in the back wall. Weather permitting, tomorrow I'm going to cover theback wall with plywood and get the metal ordered to finish the slide wall exterior. Hope to start on the sub-flooring by Wed. Been taking lots of pics, but can't get them to upload, (wireless card) so we're going to have to go to somewhere where we can upload without having to make the pics microscopic. Anyway, pics will be forthcoming and in the meanwhile we keep marching on.
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Old 12-10-2007, 12:46 AM   #2
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Wow! Some of you guys really put me to shame on how much work you get done in a short amount of time. I've been working on my floor for 5 days now and I'm still not done. That's awesome that your girlfriend is welding. You should marry her. Seriously. Ask her right now. My wife is the least mechanically inclined person I know. So, I'm doing all the work. Maybe I should let her try some welding though. Who knows. Also, we definitely need to see some pics! I love pics myself. Put them on Photobucket, and put them on the forum! Also, I had a lot of stuck screws on my bus. Mainly in the floor. I used my angle grinder and a cutting wheel and cut a slot in them. Then I could use a big flat head screwdriver and they come right out! Glad you're having fun!
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Old 12-21-2007, 11:34 PM   #3
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Hey Reprobate: Dude! Pictures!
(Have no idea that a "wireless card" is, but I also host my pictures on Photobucket -- because... even I can do it.)
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Old 12-22-2007, 08:20 AM   #4
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.... That's awesome that your girlfriend is welding. You should marry her. Seriously. Ask her right now. My wife is the least mechanically inclined person I know. So, I'm doing all the work. Maybe I should let her try some welding though.
NOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!

Pay no attention to KC!

KC, How long have you been married? I would figure you'd have figured it out by now. GFs will weld for you. They will rivet for you they will uhhhh do certain other things for you.

Why?

Because they ain't wives yet.

As soon as they join the wive's club, they may help you....after they go get their hair done. Or they'd like to help, really, but, they gotta go do something with their mom.

Reprobate, Keep that little helper of your's busy till the bus is done. Then get married, if you must.
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Old 12-22-2007, 11:37 AM   #5
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Wow... talk about thread drift! You still here, Reprobate?

Pete makes a good point. But a rather generalized one. There ARE ladies on this planet who are fairly immune to the syndrome Pete talks about. I know, because I was married to one. Only reason I'm not still married to her is that I'm an IDIOT. And I know other ladies who are immune.

So let's give Reprobate and his GF the benefit of the doubt!

[I'm on this horse today, because my bus-converting buddy Peter and his lovely bride Jerri are having their baby... as I write. And Jerri is definitely immune, I'm certain. You should have seen her in a kayak -- at seven months pregnant.]
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Old 12-22-2007, 03:27 PM   #6
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Re: The Bus with No Name, yet...

Check out the pics.. http://www.skoolie.net/gallery2/v/Skoolies/reprobate/

Hey guys, this is the "GF" here, thanks Elliott for giving me the benefit of the doubt, it's the least I deserve. (Gun is cocked and she is pointing pistol @ me as I nod in the DEFINITE agreement!) Anyway thanks to GF we are now able to upload pics sucessfully, so take a look.
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Old 12-22-2007, 03:48 PM   #7
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Jacking system looks familiar. Maybe this Skoolie.net thingie actually serves a useful purpose?

Yes, any small jack is plenty. The ones I used were overkill. In fact, once you have guides like this, the lifting can be done by hand.

Great job, Reprobate and Julie!

(Any more at home like her?)
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Old 12-22-2007, 04:31 PM   #8
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Re: The Bus with No Name, yet...

Man, I just looked at your pictures; Boy, your bus looks great. In the little time that you've had it, you and your GF has sure put a lot of work into it.

I think by the time you guys are finished, you'll have a fantastic looking bus (I wish mine looked as good )
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Old 12-22-2007, 05:05 PM   #9
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You're right Elliot, you could almost lift the roof on your own. Yeah the tube system worked great, thanks. And thanks Roastings for the nice compliment. Right now we are self-unemployed so we are working on the bus all the time. Now there will be more pics as we make progress.
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Old 12-22-2007, 06:03 PM   #10
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Holy crap, you work fast!!!

That thing is coming along nice. That rear slide out is pretty cool. What are you gonna do to make sure it's weather tight?

That is probably the nicest looking skin job I have seen on a bus. Not all wavy and wobbly. Why, you might even call it prevost-like, unlike certain other busses around here!
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