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Old 09-23-2008, 12:43 PM   #1
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The Land Barge ...

... okay, so maybe that won't be the name. We've considered calling it 'The Flyer' after the Thomas Flyer that won the 1908 New York to Paris race and considered some Erie Canal and Great Lakes vessel names ... We've not settled yet, but here's what we've got to work with ...

She's a 1995 Blue-bird body sitting on a T444E-powered frame with a 5-speed Spicer manual transmission. Diver's seat back is about 26'8" and with the flooring still intact she's about 6'2" inside. Two roof hatches, one side and one rear door.

Here she is in our driveway as of last Friday ...
(BTW: If anyone has hints for how to remove that yellow plexi-glass 'School Bus' sign in the dome, I'd love to know. I want to put some good auto glass up there and want to use the sign as a template ... I guess I need a window removal/installation tutorial!)

Here's what we'd like her to look like with paint ...

I've got about a third of the seats out now from a single morning's work ... (When I upload the pics, I'll post some ...)

So ... I've finally started ... Where do I get my complimentary straight-jacket?
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Old 09-23-2008, 01:18 PM   #2
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Re: The Land Barge ...

congradulations on taking the first step, you are now normal on this site no strait jacket necessary.
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Old 09-23-2008, 01:48 PM   #3
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Re: The Land Barge ...

however, when away from this sight, be wary of those that approach you with their hands behind them.
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Old 09-23-2008, 04:09 PM   #4
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Re: The Land Barge ...

Quote:
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however, when away from this sight, be wary of those that approach you with their hands behind them.


Gotcha ... I knew that paranoia was founded!

Okay ... I now have an afternoon of dismantling ahead of me!


Anybody want some seats? <j/k>
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Old 09-29-2008, 12:40 PM   #5
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Re: The Land Barge ...

Okay ... So despite some bad weather and a whole lot more time taping than I expected, here's where we are so far ...

Painting the roof with Rustoleum and Hy-Tech insulation additive:

By the next day I noticed it being cooler in the bus! But then it was supposed to rain, and we're on a time-schedule, soo ... A wonderful blue-roof tent went up, tinting the pictures a bit blue as well ...

Here she is, taped on the port side, and my getting bored with taping and breaking out the brass spray ...
I like the big brass air-scoop ...

And here's some of the 'Hammered Brown' on the hood and eyebrow ...

And, I would have got a bunch of the green done in what's left of the yellow, but I clonked my head on the door support and ended up spending an hour and a half getting three staples in my skull ... At any rate, she's now drawn blood and is thus a perfectly legitimate project!

Oh ... And I did play with removing some seats ... And re-arranging them to see how they work at spacing since we've got nearly a foot less floor-space than we'd estimated ...
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Old 09-29-2008, 09:00 PM   #6
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Re: The Land Barge ...

what? no pictures of the staples?
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Old 09-29-2008, 10:49 PM   #7
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Re: The Land Barge ...

the staples would look good with the roof rated rubber boots and yes blood is a true cristening
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Old 10-01-2008, 12:17 AM   #8
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Re: The Land Barge ...

My first thought to timbuk's post was that first blood wasn't a necessary sacrifice to a bus, but then I remembered that I sliced my hand open moments after I paid for my bus and dripped blood all over the danged thing. I seem to do something similar on a regular basis.
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Old 10-01-2008, 08:50 AM   #9
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Re: The Land Barge ...

Every one of my projects, from woodworking to plumbing to the automotive all seem to get some of my blood in there, so it just seemed appropriate.

Pics of the staples (and some more of the bus) will be up as soon as I get them uploaded ...
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Old 10-01-2008, 04:25 PM   #10
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Re: The Land Barge ...

Okay ... So here are the staples. I know it's hard to see the stainless steel (or whatever they're made of) in the grey, but they're there ...



Here's what the 'Hammered Brown' and 'Almond' looked like after the wind took the blue roof down ...

The brown really looks like it has a lot of texture in the sun ...

And here's a night-shot after I got the first coat of green on. Seems flash only goes so far when taking pictures of buses ...


Tonight I might get more green on, or I may just move to seat removal. I think the paint I've got on complies with the NYS 'can't be national school bus yellow' registration requirement.
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