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Old 12-15-2017, 07:13 PM   #41
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I like tunes in peoples vids. Gives a sense of who they are personality wise. I have noticed a vast majority play "classic rock". My preference as well.....but lets keep the "classic" to music up to the 80s. Anything newer labeled as classic rock just makes me feel old.
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Old 12-15-2017, 07:29 PM   #42
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I like tunes in peoples vids. Gives a sense of who they are personality wise. I have noticed a vast majority play "classic rock". My preference as well.....but lets keep the "classic" to music up to the 80s. Anything newer labeled as classic rock just makes me feel old.
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Not against music in the vids, just the balance of music to voice could be better.
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Old 12-16-2017, 11:34 AM   #43
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I sooo expect some Sublime or Santana on your vids ECCB.
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Old 12-16-2017, 04:09 PM   #44
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I sooo expect some Sublime or Santana on your vids ECCB.
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Maybe early santana. No sublime here. I did like them in high school, though.
My vids feature a buddy of mine for music.

Heres the vid I made getting the Derelicte bus formerly known as "roll your own" home to FL from KY.
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Old 12-19-2017, 12:52 PM   #45
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Walls Spot Welded in Place... Prepping for Rivets Now





For people who don't take out ceiling panels. Mine had broken glass, mold, dust, and other debris. Do it if you're on the fence. Do it even if you're not. This stuff was nasty and I'd been breathing this air.





Clean out your vents. They're nasty (dirty and hideous) and take up a lot of space.

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Old 12-19-2017, 12:55 PM   #46
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Old 12-19-2017, 01:06 PM   #47
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ECCB,

Thanks man. I promised you I'd do it right, after all.
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Old 01-02-2018, 12:20 PM   #48
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Derelicte Bus Video #3 - Walls and Rivets

I've made some progress over the past few weeks. Walls spot welded into place, holes drilled for almost all of the rivets. Started installing the rivets. Had to stop because my compressor didn't have the required PSI and its snowing in Del Rio.

I thought this was the desert?!?!

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Old 01-02-2018, 01:17 PM   #49
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It's icing in Houston. I thought this was the Tropics.
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It's icing in Houston. I thought this was the Tropics.

be quiet it was Minus 4f this AM... but my DEV bus started because i remembered to plug it in.. now getting the interior warm like i enjoy - different story... Lots of Noise from fans but took 20 minutes till i couldnt see my breath..

the air-shutters never opened.. engine got up to 180 though..

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Old 01-16-2018, 01:51 PM   #51
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The Derelicte Bus #4 - Rivet Woes and Flooring

Checking back in after the holiday weekend! Found flooring while waiting for my new rivet gun to come in the mail. Lots of activity at the bus. Flooring work, getting walls prepped, ceiling prep for spray foam, electrical prep, and door installation. More freezing temps in the desert too!

Iíll post more pictures as I upload them to imgur.

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Old 01-16-2018, 02:01 PM   #53
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I tried.

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Old 01-25-2018, 10:27 AM   #55
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Updates: Welding, Walls, and Wooden Floors

Hey all, its been a while since I posted a non-video update! Here's some photos.

Took apart the driver's fans, cleaned and spray painted them. Of course I forgot a "before" photo.




Walls were spot-welded into place so I could rivet them in.



A local welder extended my doors by 10" (the roof was raised by ECCB by 10"). Here's the before...




...During...



... and After.

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Old 01-25-2018, 10:44 AM   #56
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Door Installation

Holes Drilled for riveting



Posts ready to be welded (bad lighting, sorry).



After welding...



Some side-panel welding




Doors installed!




Picked up my flooring!

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Old 01-31-2018, 12:26 PM   #58
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Floors, Beginnings of Solar, Paint Prep

I'm still working at separating the maple floorboards from the plywood backing, but even slow progress is progress nonetheless.





My floorboard pile!



... bigger and more unruly!



Breaking apart the wood got monotonous so I started to add in my wall/window framing.

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Old 01-31-2018, 12:53 PM   #59
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I picked up my solar panels from a company that does corporate installs in Austin. They had a few leftover, and when you're selling 200+ at a time, selling leftovers can be difficult. I got 5 panels @325w for $750. I went with monocrystalline 72 cell panels. 1.6kW of solar power will be more than enough for sure! I'm also happy to provide more information for those that are curious.

I measured the inside of my Subaru Outback and knew that they would fit and I'd need to keep the hatch open partially for the drive. Unfortunately, mother nature decided to bring rain into the equation and I ended up having to shove the panels all the way in. I had to move the seat ALL the way forward. My knees were 6" away from my chest for the entire 5 hour drive. I drive a manual, so I was using my toes to operate the pedals. Since I left after work to pick them up (shout-out to Annie for letting me pick them up from her house at 22:30 on a Friday!), I originally planned on pulling over to sleep when I got tired. As there was now no room to recline my seat, this presented a possible challenge. Fortunately, I was in enough pain from my knees, hip flexors, and ankles, to keep me awake for the entire night drive back to scenic Del Rio, Texas.



So I started scouting out the areas on my bus that would be ideal for the panels. The front of the bus is where the solar panels will be located. I'll have all 5 laid out perpendicular in length to the length of the bus. This will leave extra space for what will eventually be the rooftop patio.



Further, I started prepping the roof for painting, mostly because I want to get my local welder out here as soon as possible. There are a couple of reasons for this:

1. I'd like to get the solar panels out of my bedroom.
2. I'd like to have shade over the roof of the bus while I'm still working on the inside, since Del Rio summers can become extremely hot as early as March.
3. Before I insulate the interior ceiling, I need to cut out my skylight areas. The emergency hatch is approximately 2' wide, so I'll use that as a base for the next ones towards the back of the bus. I'll be doing them Sojourner style with a removable wooden panel on the rooftop deck rack.

You can't see it, but her roof all sanded and ready for oil-based latex in flat white (Sherwin Williams' Rustoleum knockoff).



... 'dat ass...

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Derelicte Bus Video #5 - Roof Prep and Painting

I sanded the roof using 320 grit sandpaper, TSP'd the sucker, Ospho'd any rust or exposed metal, and then painted it in a Sherwin Williams Rustoleum equivalent. Oil-based Latex paint in flat white. I noticed that it is already making a difference in the bus, as Sunday had 90 degree temps during the day.

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