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Old 05-15-2012, 09:04 PM   #131
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Great news on kicking the cancer! If ya gotta get something nasty, may as well be a nastiness that's easy to fix.

That flooring doesn't look too terribly bad. I like your idea of using it as an underlay to protect against leakage. Should be easy to maintain, especially if you're putting carpet squares over it later.

Welcome back to the craziness!
This vinyl is already proving to be very cheaply made (hence the bargain price)—when I slid a 2x4 across the surface, the top finish scratched off. Not enough to compromise the water resistance (I hope), but enough to look bad. The carpet tiles will definitely protect the surface and should work well as a tough puncture barrier. I'll just have to be careful as I work on the interior until the final flooring is installed.
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Old 05-15-2012, 10:26 PM   #132
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Great news on the cancer.

I saw the front end pictures - mean lookin.
Any Idea of installing a "train" air horn on the roof above the driver?
When you let it rip you would be heard for miles.
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Old 05-15-2012, 10:29 PM   #133
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Great news on the cancer.

I saw the front end pictures - mean lookin.
Any Idea of installing a "train" air horn on the roof above the driver?
When you let it rip you would be heard for miles.
Have I thought about it? Of course! Will I do it? That depends on money. A loud horn isn't on the list of necessities.
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Old 05-15-2012, 11:56 PM   #134
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I actually love that vinyl flooring.
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Old 05-16-2012, 07:27 AM   #135
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I actually love that vinyl flooring.
I actually would much prefer something with no color or pattern, but I couldn't pass up this bargain.
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Old 07-15-2012, 04:35 PM   #136
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Working in no particular order now.

I bought a set of chairs on craigslist for $400 (too much, I think). The set included four chairs and a bench seat out of a van or something. The bench seat was in pretty bad shape, but the four chairs were good enough for me to work with and I put together two good front seats for the conversion. I think I can sell the remaining seats as well as the original driver's seat to offset the cost.

The set came with a bunch of pedestal parts that weren't exactly what I needed, but I was able to cobble together the parts for two really nice swivel pedestals. They even have a cool quick-disconnect feature so I can move the chairs out of the way while I work inside without having to get under the bus to unbolt the bases.

Eventually I'll have a tabletop that can be temporarily installed between the chairs for dining. There is more legroom between these chairs than it appears in this shot—they slide outboard a few more inches. Besides, it's mostly going to be me alone eating, so what do I care if it's a little tight under the table?


This is the pedestal details. The seat belts attach to the solid bar welded to the back edge of the swivel plate:


I added a three-inch steel channel to give me a little more height. I couldn't comfortably see the instruments in the original seat and these were far too low. The height is perfect now.


Picture of the locking arm on the pedestal base. There is a key underneath the pedestal that goes into the cammed hole on the base plate. A 90-degree turn (with help from a hammer, hence the worn rubber sleeve) locks it down.
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Old 07-15-2012, 09:17 PM   #137
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Nice clean installation. The seats look real comfy.
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Old 07-15-2012, 11:21 PM   #138
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Nice clean installation. The seats look real comfy.
Time will tell, but they are much better than what was there before.
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Old 07-31-2012, 12:35 PM   #139
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Some new 3D renders created with Sketchup:

Right side: This side is essentially unchanged from previous versions of the design, although I have found that chest freezers are available that are only 23" wide, so I can fit two of them into the space that I was going to use for only one larger chest and convert one for use a refrigerator and maintain the other as a freezer.


Left side: The kitchen cabinet needs to be a more standard 24" depth instead of the corner cabinet I was thinking of using. I took a cue from someone else's conversion and added a door with storage to the shower stall. The door opens 90 degrees to block off the computer area from the rest of the interior.


View from driver's area: This is why I changed the kitchen cabinet design—I'm planning to add a removable counter top to the tops of the chest freezers and I wouldn't be able to work there if the kitchen cabinet extended so far across the galley hall. You can also see the beginnings of a table between the driver and passenger seats. This will be removable and stored either behind or next to the passenger seat.


Overhead plan view: Both seats will be able to swivel to face the table, although the table shape isn't finalized yet. I may have to make it triangular to avoid too much meshing of feet, or I may make it L-shaped to accommodate the passenger facing forward to eat. (I just thought of the L-shape thing and that's a pretty good idea!)
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