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Old 12-02-2015, 06:34 PM   #861
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What did you use to remove the decals? I've got far too many of them on my (new to me) 03 Thomas HDX.
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Old 12-02-2015, 06:47 PM   #862
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do you have the capability to drill and tap those 1/4-20?

and how much thread is needed?
I used a 1/4 bit and galled out the holes enough for a snap-link. That way, I can still open the door in the middle of the night.
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Old 12-02-2015, 08:19 PM   #863
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Read my blog on how I did it. It was not to hard to remove the decals, just took time.

Details on how the work was done. | the journey visvi
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Old 12-02-2015, 08:24 PM   #864
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Covering the front Cab aka My Mud Room

I call the front of my bus the “Mud Room”. I left the rubber floor in, it makes it easy to clean. I can even pour water down it and it drains out the door.



This has always bothered me because it is the first thing people see when the enter, but I know this will be the hardest to cover because of all the curves and shapes.





We just tackle it a piece at a time and then it will be done. I needed to add wood to attach the bead-board for the ceiling. Then added the missing insulation.



Up goes the bead-board.

I had to use a different type of bead-board, they don’t have the sanded stuff I got in Maryland. When it is all painted no one should be able to tell the difference.



We finished this in and mounted speakers and the air valve for the door. Once I decide what kind of door to put in, I will then have some storage between the speakers. The storage is about 4′ wide x 1′ high x 8″ deep.

All that is left is the hard part, The angled area made by the roof raise. We already have the vertical supports. Now just need to cut the 1/4″ plywood to the shape and screw in. Oh and we need to cut insulation to fill the void.
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Old 12-06-2015, 04:53 PM   #865
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You're moving right along and things looking good...march on !
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Old 12-10-2015, 08:56 PM   #866
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Covering the front Cab… Finished

Can anyone say scraps. That is all we have left and that is what we used. Doing the roof raised section was easier in smaller sections, but it would have looked nicer if it had all been one piece.







We used cardboard to figure out the angles and curves, then found a piece of scrap 1/4 plywood that was big enough to cut the piece out of.



When I got to this section I had even smaller pieces to chose from.



In the end it still looks nice. It feels good to have the whole interior completed and insulated. My heater runs less often and it feels much warmer inside. It seems quieter when I’m driving too.
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Old 12-10-2015, 08:57 PM   #867
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I've been humbled this morning. I was driving on HW 64 in Kentucky. Posted speed limit 70 and I wad doing a respectable 66 - 67 mph. I got passed by a school bus like I was standing still.

I guess in Kentucky it is important to get your kids to school as fast as possible.
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Old 12-10-2015, 09:21 PM   #868
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I've been humbled this morning. I was driving on HW 64 in Kentucky. Posted speed limit 70 and I wad doing a respectable 66 - 67 mph. I got passed by a school bus like I was standing still.

I guess in Kentucky it is important to get your kids to school as fast as possible.
Wow, Here in Ca you go over 55mph with kids in the bus your done.
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Old 12-11-2015, 12:48 PM   #869
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Oh, yes your build is still being followed. Been too busy reading it to stop and comment. Great job and inspirational for me...who is still looking for the right bus.
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I recently finished reading through your build. Awesome job man. It looks great.
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