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Old 04-18-2005, 01:00 AM   #1
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The USF SAE Skoolie

It is a team transport/tailgating/promotional rig for the University of South Florida Department of Mechnical Engineering Society of Automotive Engineers.

I figured its about time a started a thread on the bus so its easy to look up.

Here are the most recent pics from today, i spent 7 hours putting the vinyl on the windows, and got a good sunburn from doing so.

A few more vinyl sponsor logos and the outside will be done.

Check out the grill in the side storage compartment, im proud of that one.

We will have to comps on board networked together via wireless router.

Satellite tv and im working 5.1 surround.

The carpet with foam insulation underneath made a huge difference on sound coming from the engine.


Me and Tim putting the vinyl on. It is the see through type with the little holes in it. It doubles as window tinting as well. Good stuff makes the bus not look so much like a passenger bus anymore.

Me checking out our work

This time with the door closed

The interior lloking back. Room to seat 14 spaced the seats out an extra 8 inches for big boy leg room.

The kitchen made for cooking 3 meals for 15 people.

The rear resting/ conference area/ telemetry control center. Has a compter monitor mounted in the bathroom wall.

A view towards the front the PVC pipe it a curtain hanger to isolate the rest of the bus from the driver from distraction and the passengers from noise.

You are looking down at the copilots seat he has access to the navigation comp. Pilot and copilot are isolated from the rest of the bus. The small tv on the right is for rear view cameras.

The rear of the bus the black vinyl truned out pretty good.
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Old 04-18-2005, 11:49 AM   #2
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Looks good. The exterior is excellent! Do you have photo's of the rest of the inside of the bus? -Richard
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Old 04-18-2005, 05:43 PM   #3
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window coverings?

Where did you get the window covering with the little holes?

Thanks,

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Old 04-18-2005, 08:09 PM   #4
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ill take some more detail interior shots when i get som etim later this week,
the window vinyl we got from company called Kinetic Animation in sarasota FL. I beleive it cost roughly $18-$19 a square foot. You can do the math. Thats the beauty of being a nonprofit organization. Sponsorships.
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Your steamen right along. Kitchen looks good so does the paint.
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Old 04-19-2005, 03:38 PM   #6
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i'm preparing to repaint my skoolie.....again.

I have been considering spraying a layer of clearcoat on top of the new paint, but it'll be a learning process. I've never attempted to work with any sort of clear coat before.

any tips?
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Old 04-20-2005, 10:08 PM   #7
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im not he painting expert of our group, but the reason we did the clear in the booth is becuase dust and other debri really show up in the clear coat. so make sure verything is as clean as it can possibly be.
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So if I drive down to Florida can I get some of your experts to paint my bus
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im sure he can... for a nomial fee...

im going to build an air dam out of 1/2 conveyor belt for the front of the bus tomorrow. I'll let yall know how that works out.
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Old 05-14-2005, 10:07 AM   #10
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Took it on its first trip from Tampa, FL to Rochester, NY. We averaged 8 mpg with a best of 9.5 and a worst of 7.5 We pulled an 8k lb trailer with no problems, had some problems with the electrical systems. here is a pic.
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