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Old 07-03-2016, 10:00 AM   #1
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"The Ol' 38" Build thread

Hey fellow skoolie gang. We bought our 94 Thomas back in Feb and have slowly been gutting it and prepping it for a roof raise. We plan to spend a few years building a fully contained "Tiny home" to live in with our two kids

The bus:
94 safety liner
39' bumper to bumper
2 pass through underbelly storage bays
RE 8.3 mechanical Cummins
Allison 643 Trans
rust free dessert bus


The plan:
Roof raise (from under windows to keep them original)
1300-1500 watts of solar
Roof deck and "rocket boxes" for extra storage
Wood stove with possible propane furnace for backup
Noria AC
Solar/on demand hot water for sink and shower
Natures head compost toilet
Awning
Full hook ups
.......

I bought the bus in NM and drove it the 1700 miles, problem free, to NC where it will stay in our back yard till it is built enough to qualify for RV title status. Its a tight fit but better than keeping it off site.


So far we have taken out all the seats, the floor down to metal (95% rust free!), Wall panels, ceiling panels, heaters and hoses, and driver seat. The wiring is all exposed and we have removed all unneeded wiring (speakers and back lighting). I added a quick connect to the air tanks to run air tools. I've ordered my custom hat channel for the roof raise which should start in the next few weeks. Ive acquired all the needed tools like the welder and (solid) rivet gun. I plan on using leftover ceiling panels to sheet over the side of the bus after the raise. We plan on about a 14" raise.






We are still uncertain about the exact layout but we have a fair idea of what we like.




Feel free to follow along and or chime in before I make and disastrous decisions!SaveSave
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Old 07-03-2016, 10:11 AM   #2
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I'd say double up on eye protection and use a full face shield for that kind of ginding in the future. Ask me how I know!
Great bus, sounds like you have solid plan and a solid foundation on which to build!
Looking forward to following along.
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Old 07-03-2016, 10:14 AM   #3
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I'd say double up on eye protection and use a full face shield for that kind of ginding in the future. Ask me how I know!
Great bus, sounds like you have solid plan and a solid foundation on which to build!
Looking forward to following along.
Yeah we have graduated to using a full bandana as a face mask while grinding!
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Old 07-03-2016, 12:10 PM   #4
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Hi
I live in swansboro,n.c.
Spent all of June working in Graham/mebane area.
I was debating driving my bus up to that area to stay at a campground instead of the motel expense.
Maybe we can meet up?
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Old 07-03-2016, 12:18 PM   #5
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Yeah we have graduated to using a full bandana as a face mask while grinding!
East coast said full face shield and the paper throw away mask are cheap and will provide better protection than a bandana.
I am a pipe welder by trade and you either learn to wear the proper eye by doing or you learn it the hard way after getting a grinding sliver drilled out of your eyeball.
I learned the hard way a long time ago.
Talk about a production killer. Time and money wise.
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Old 07-03-2016, 12:45 PM   #6
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East coast said full face shield and the paper throw away mask are cheap and will provide better protection than a bandana.
I am a pipe welder by trade and you either learn to wear the proper eye by doing or you learn it the hard way after getting a grinding sliver drilled out of your eyeball.
I learned the hard way a long time ago.
Talk about a production killer. Time and money wise.
I do like vision. Its a pretty good sense. Ive got and use the masks but I'll pick up a shield. I'd be happy to meet up. Our bus wont be moving off our lot for a while however. Feel free to message me when you are in the area. Sounds like getting a spot at a campground is a good way to go. I did a lot of traveling work with a couple guys who lived in campers at all the jobs instead of staying in hotels and they really liked it.
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Old 07-03-2016, 01:12 PM   #7
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The company I am working for had me work 7-days a week for the entire month of June?
Yesterday was my first day off from that job.
Even if I don't get back up that way maybe y'all can make it this way just to walk and talk to get ideas?
I am 80% inside and 20% with what I want underside.
Have never done a roof raise but you are close enough but I would be willing to help when the time comes if needed/wanted..
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I use a jcket.. full goggles a hat and a face mask to grind but havent used anything like a welding helmet or such..

I dont seem to get peppered with metal... though im not grinding as much as you guys are.. I only ground out a couple seats and then used cut off wheels to cut the old Bergstrom heater box in preparation for my Dash A/C, upgraded Defroster install.. I do know that a nice spray bottle of water around is nice in case those sparks hit some old dust somewhere and starts to smolder...

I was able to air-gun alot of the bolts i needed out as I didnt want to damage the seat posts so I could use the seat later in a different spot...

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Good safety glasses, a long sleeve shirt and gloves are usually adequate.
A good face shield will protect your entire face to a point?
For the pretty boys that want to stay pretty go full safety style.
I ain't purty and never planned on it and in my 20-yr welding job I have done a lot of first-aid on pretty boys that didn't listen or follow direction's?
If you buy a tool.
Read and understand the owners manual and follow all safety instructions?
That way WHEN not if something does happen your ASS is covered with your insurance company if you need to go that route.
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Good safety glasses, a long sleeve shirt and gloves are usually adequate.
A good face shield will protect your entire face to a point?
For the pretty boys that want to stay pretty go full safety style.
I ain't purty and never planned on it and in my 20-yr welding job I have done a lot of first-aid on pretty boys that didn't listen or follow direction's?
If you buy a tool.
Read and understand the owners manual and follow all safety instructions?
That way WHEN not if something does happen your ASS is covered with your insurance company if you need to go that route.

any tool even a screwdriver is dangerous if misused or proper safety precations arent taken...

utility knife anyone?? I dont know how many times I see someone cutting with their hand in the eventual path of the knife if it should happen to slip or the blade breaks.....

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