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Old 08-20-2011, 12:08 PM   #11
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Re: The Hubbly Bubbly Bus!

you guys sure scored something nice!
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Old 08-24-2011, 01:32 AM   #12
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102 degrees?...Gee, I wish we could get such a cool front here!
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Old 08-25-2011, 10:39 AM   #13
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Old 08-25-2011, 10:42 AM   #14
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I love that shade of green for your bus. Very much in keeping with the vintage character of the bus! What are you going to do for the roof? Are you going to get one of those insulating paints or elastomeric coatings?
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Old 08-25-2011, 10:44 AM   #15
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Re: The Hubbly Bubbly Bus!

one of my dad's old drilling rigs was on a F500 like that with the same green for cab and body and rig. ah memories.
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Old 08-28-2011, 10:43 AM   #16
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Hi Guys --- I too am planning on extending a rear deck. In fact, I am investigating ways to make it a "slide-out" so that I'll have more room on the "porch" when parked. The best extensions I have seen involved coming directly off the frame with large channel that closely matched the existing metal then building the surface onto that. I am shooting for about 30" in the closed position and 5 feet when extended. My bus is so short that I need a minimum of deck area to carry a couple of propane tanks (no room left under the belly). I will weld the extensions but have also seen a couple of rigs that had them simply overlapped and bolted. I am also in the market for a 1946 Chevy 1.5 ton front bumper to put on the back since my existing rear is a lightweight, 3-piece thingie. Will likely go with aluminum diamond plate for the actual deck surface. Combined with a small awning, it should make for a nice little (ant-free) shaded veranda for sipping Mojitos.
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Old 08-28-2011, 05:43 PM   #17
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I like the slide-out idea. I might steal that, even if I have to do sections around the framing to make it work.

500lb 36" sliders (per pair) seem to be under $200 ...

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Old 08-29-2011, 09:48 AM   #18
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the next big project is going to be turning the trashy back extension into a proper porch. We plan on modeling it after the stern of a ship to go with our steampunk pirate theme.
Looks like a worthy topic to me ? And thanks to Hex for the lead on the HD sliders! Can't wait to see what the Steampunk version looks like. Jules Verne will be no doubt proud.
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I have a great pic of a rear porch on my computer that I will try to get posted. I can't find it online now. In the meanwhile check out the pics at Mr Sharkey's Bus Barn for ideas. They also have interior pics... something that is hard to come by.


Found it.... Do you like Storybook houses??? I love rolled eaves..... (sorry the pic is so bad)
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Hey John --- I share your concerns and would much prefer another location but the reality of super-shorties is such that stuff goes wherever you can find/make space and the underbelly filled up fast. But actually, I like the idea of the tanks not being underneath the unit. Any rearend impact hard enough to compromise the tanks (set well inside the new, extended & reinforced bumper) would probably affect them under the coach as well. At least this way, they are outside the body envelope and would not create a firestorm under the bus...where the fuel tanks reside. And just for the record, I am also investigating what it would take to mount a horizontal tank...on the roof. But then the issues are rollovers, lightning & the overhang at McDonalds. What's a feller to do?

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