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Old 05-28-2018, 07:56 PM   #1
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The Journey Bus - 1999 International 3800

This is going to be the official build thread for what my girlfriend has affectionately names the Journey Bus. Iíll be posting pictures of build progress and probably be asking for advice from the guys and gals on the forum here! Weíre thrilled about getting knee deep into this project! Honestly, Im sure Iíll learn a lot about carpentry and plumbing and wood working. Ill be keeping this updated regularly for anyone interested in following our progress. The first pic is the bus in the driveway after driving it 400 miles from PA, and the second one is from the night it broke down on me haha. More to come!
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Old 05-28-2018, 08:57 PM   #2
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Wanted to add a few more pics, in no particular order unfortunately. Underneath the seats and rubber mat was the steel floor. It was covered in surface rust that I treated with Corroseal, then primed with three coats of an oil based primer. Itís a glossy white now! Interior has been 85-90% gutted, and we started painting the exterior this Memorial Day weekend. A lot of work has already gone into it, but itís a fun experience for sure!
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Lookin good! Can't wait to see what you do with it.
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My friend Jesse is from the Finger Lakes area. Met him on this forum.

Enjoy the bus!
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Old 06-01-2018, 01:42 PM   #5
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Well itís thundering and raining out, so looks like more painting is out of the question for the day. This is how far I made it the last couple of days, itís not much but itís progress!
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Old 06-23-2018, 09:14 PM   #6
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Update!

Just a quick update on the progress of the bus:
1. Finished sewing the bolt holes in the floor. Used pennies and industrial sealant to seal it all.
2. Finished painting the exterior! Only a small portion of the door left.
3. Hit all the grease points on the chassis to keep things nice and lubed.

As of late Iíve come up with a short list of things to do and Iíd really like the opinions of some of the more experienced folks on this forum. I know some of you all are experts in your own right! Iíve scoured this site for info, and have learned a lot, but Iíd just like to hear what everyone thinks nowadays.

So Iím almost ready to put in a subfloor. Problem is I canít decide exactly how I want to accomplish it. I know I want insulation on the floor (1Ē rigid foam) with a plywood surface on top. Iím thinking using 2x4s to frame the floor, with 3/4Ē ply or 5/8Ē ply on top. But Iím torn between using industrial adhesive to secure the framing ďjoistsĒ or use fasteners such as bolts/screws. I donít want to ďthermal bridgeĒ, as it were, and create moisture issues.

What does everyone think? All replies are welcome and appreciated!
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Old 08-08-2018, 03:38 PM   #7
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Itís been awhile since Iíve posted anything here and I just wanted to provide a quick update:

Iím having trouble locating water ingress source locations in the bus. It doesnít help itís parked on a slight incline (nosed up).

The bus has been almost completely serviced by myself, save for a PS fluid filter and brake fluid bleed.

Exterior paint is done, and the roof has been coated with a silicone roof sealant and water barrier.

If anyone had any ideas where water could get in, Iíd be grateful for the response.
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You'll probably find the windows to be the culprit.
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water water water

so if the tail is most downward..... I would start with a garden hose opened all the way.... hose down one side do only the rear half... check for water every five minutes, after fifteen minutes do the front half of the same side below the windows.... repeat. then do the other side if all checks out below windows, start over on the first side rear half, roof to just below windows... check front half check other side..

break it down into segments might easier to isolate water migration. be methodical.

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Itís been awhile since Iíve posted anything here and I just wanted to provide a quick update:

Iím having trouble locating water ingress source locations in the bus. It doesnít help itís parked on a slight incline (nosed up).

The bus has been almost completely serviced by myself, save for a PS fluid filter and brake fluid bleed.

Exterior paint is done, and the roof has been coated with a silicone roof sealant and water barrier.

If anyone had any ideas where water could get in, Iíd be grateful for the response.
The roof hatches on all 5 of the buses I've owned leaked. THe windows leak. The strobe light, passive vent, and anything that causes the need for a hole to be cut into the roof will be likely culprits.
Sealing up a bus isn't too hard. The proper way is to patch over stuff you don't need and use seam sealer on every seam.
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