Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 10-02-2008, 12:02 AM   #11
Bus Nut
 
Roasting8's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Posts: 382
Year: 1981
Coachwork: Crown
Chassis: Crown
Engine: 671 DD
Send a message via MSN to Roasting8 Send a message via Yahoo to Roasting8
Re: The Land Barge ...

She's looking real nice. I love the choice of colors (not the staples, the bus) .
Roasting8 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-08-2008, 12:19 PM   #12
Hex
Skoolie
 
Hex's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Buffalo, New York
Posts: 190
Year: 1995
Coachwork: Bluebird, Model 3800
Chassis: International
Engine: T444E
Rated Cap: 42
Re: The Land Barge ...

Okay ... I've been doing some work on the Barge, but it's slow going ...

It took me two days or so to tape it up and with the 'plasticity' of the green Rustoleum, I'm having to be really careful taking the tape down, so I'm only about half done with that ...

But, here's what the front look like with the mirrors all painted up and re-attached ...

I've got some pics with the 'brass' rub-rails un-taped, but it was so dark by then that they didn't really come out.

I'll try to get some more tonight before it rains. (I want to get all the a paper off the windows before it becomes pulp!)

And, I got all the seats broken loose. I'm still storing them in the bus for now, as we have some scavengers around who'll probably be more than happy to take the scrap for sale.

BTW - Anyone have a really simple and fast way to get those seat backs to come off the frames? Blue Bird seems to have used four million staples on just the base of the one I poked at ...
Hex is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-13-2008, 11:35 AM   #13
Hex
Skoolie
 
Hex's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Buffalo, New York
Posts: 190
Year: 1995
Coachwork: Bluebird, Model 3800
Chassis: International
Engine: T444E
Rated Cap: 42
Re: The Land Barge ...

Okay, update time!

I had once again called the DMV answer line/call center in order to clarify what sort of insurance coverage to get. Had a nice guy who walked me through filling out/altering the form to set up for a H/WH (House on Wheels). I had to list that the bus had been painted, seats removed, and 'school bus' markings and lights had been removed.

With the bus painted and seats out (and pictures taken and developed to show it just in case - thanks to whoever on the board suggested it someplace!), I was off to the DMV. 30 minutes and two supervisors later, I had nice, plain plates for a H/WH.

The first supervisor said that it had to be registered as a bus because the original titles had 'bus' on them. But, the computers wouldn't let the transaction go through because my passenger seating (currently 0) made it not 'qualify' for bus plates. Seems you have to have seating for 15 in NY to get bus plates. So the second (and apparently more important) supervisor came in and said basically what the guy on the phone had - with the exception of having me re-write the alterations to the bus in yet another place on the form.

I -am- however in violation, she warned me, because the weight of the bus is now -less- than what's stated on the title, although I can fix this by running the bus down to the scales and getting a reading, then returning to the DMV for an amendment. That said, she handed me the plates!

Anyhow, here's what I've got so far. I'll be ripping up the floor and covering the light holes on the top as my next projects ...




Hex is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-13-2008, 12:19 PM   #14
Bus Nut
 
Griff's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Off-Grid
Posts: 740
Year: 1982
Coachwork: Thomas
Chassis: IH S1723
Engine: IH V345 Gas V8
Rated Cap: 66
Re: The Land Barge ...

Congrats on the tags and kudos on the paint! She looks VERY nice!
__________________
~(G)Q Arduously Avoiding Assimilation
Griff is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-13-2008, 11:06 PM   #15
Hex
Skoolie
 
Hex's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Buffalo, New York
Posts: 190
Year: 1995
Coachwork: Bluebird, Model 3800
Chassis: International
Engine: T444E
Rated Cap: 42
Re: The Land Barge ...

Thanks ...

The paint needs a bunch of touching up (if you look close), but we're happy.

And, once I got going with the seats, it went pretty quick. I was able to get the rail-side bolts off with a rachet, but the aisle-side ones took a grinder.

Now to pull up the flooring and those heating lines ...
Hex is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2008, 06:41 AM   #16
Mini-Skoolie
 
wdbowers's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Mcminnville, TN
Posts: 33
Year: 90
Coachwork: Ward
Chassis: GMC
Engine: 8.2 Detroit
Rated Cap: 70
Re: The Land Barge ...

I noticed the gold/brass paint right off in the pictures of your rig. Where did you find the gold paint and is it an outdoor paint? I would sure like to paint my Vanderbus gold with black rub rails. Nice looking bus and looks like a good paint job.

Will
wdbowers is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2008, 05:10 PM   #17
Hex
Skoolie
 
Hex's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Buffalo, New York
Posts: 190
Year: 1995
Coachwork: Bluebird, Model 3800
Chassis: International
Engine: T444E
Rated Cap: 42
Re: The Land Barge ...

It's actually Rustoleum brass spray-paint. It says it's not recommended for outdoor use, and since painting, it has lost some of the shine, but for brass it just looks like it has a mild patina to it.

I don't know that I'd want to do a whole bus in spray-bombs, but it might work out, and they do make a 'gold' ...

I didn't have a lot of time to research, since we had to get it registered ASAP due to local regs. But I expect that a body/paint shop should be able to point you to a real quantity of a metallic paint ...


And thanks! I'm planning on touching up the paint in the spring, so if you get a good lead on metallics (like brass ... ) I'd love to know!
Hex is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2008, 05:31 PM   #18
Bus Crazy
 
Steve's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Central Iowa
Posts: 1,838
Send a message via AIM to Steve
Re: The Land Barge ...

That paint job is great once you realize why it is painted that way.

__________________
View my 1972 Ward: Topic from the Build : The Picture Gallery
View my 1986 Blue Bird: Topic from the Build : The Picture Gallery
View my 1960 GMC: Topic from the Build : The Picture Gallery
Steve is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-06-2008, 10:06 AM   #19
Hex
Skoolie
 
Hex's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Buffalo, New York
Posts: 190
Year: 1995
Coachwork: Bluebird, Model 3800
Chassis: International
Engine: T444E
Rated Cap: 42
Re: The Land Barge ...

Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve
That paint job is great once you realize why it is painted that way.

And that's just what we were aiming for ... (though those lights cost about $2500 to get reproductions! )

And it was cool ... Using the HyTech ceramic additives to the cream paint -really- jave it a sort of canvas texture ...


BTW: I've started to rip up the floor and found a fun hole at the seam between the rear starboard wheelwell and the floor panel behind it. Wire-wheel cleaned it up nicely, and I think I'll try out my welding skills to patch it from the inside, then, I'll get to cleaning up the underside and painting ...
Hex is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-06-2008, 11:05 PM   #20
Bus Crazy
 
Elliot Naess's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Clearlake, Northern California
Posts: 2,116
Year: 1992
Coachwork: Blue Bird
Chassis: TC-2000 Frt Eng, Tranny:MT643
Engine: 5,9 Cummins
Rated Cap: 84
Re: The Land Barge ...


I just stumbled in here.... Very nice paint job! May I suggest painting the top of the cowl brown also, to eliminate that little hickup in the lines. In other words, make the hood look as long as possible.

I cannot see it well enough, but the destination sign window may be secured with a rubber molding that has a removable center strip. You would pull the center "rope" out, and then the rest of the molding would bend enough to get the glass out. However, after 13 years, the rubber may be too stiff to work with. I expect the glass shop would have a mile or two of it. Wear goggles when working with glass.

And congrats on finding a stick shift!
__________________
Elliot
Millicent The Bus - roof raised two feet, toy-hauler tailgate.
http://www.skoolie.net/forums/f11/th...gate-1564.html
Elliot Naess is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
The Land Lubber LandLubber Skoolie Conversion Projects 58 10-26-2015 09:21 PM
Parking on Private Land in North Carolina J-9 Everything Else | General Skoolie Discussions 5 03-01-2015 03:43 PM
A weekend at the Land travelinwithus On the Road | Travel, Trips, Camp Sites, Tailgates 4 07-02-2013 10:47 AM
Canadian Land and Skoolies - Perfect Match dgorila1 On the Road | Travel, Trips, Camp Sites, Tailgates 2 08-02-2011 10:15 PM
Best bus for BLM land? TygerCub Conversion General Discussions 16 05-11-2009 07:52 PM

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:12 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.