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Old 11-11-2012, 11:31 AM   #51
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Cold weather day

Went to work on the bus floor yesterday afternoon as it was sunny outside all day. Decieving. I got as far as the gas station and turned around to come back. It was freezing and windy. Was 15 degrees up the hill when my friend woke up this morning.

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Was discussing a similar situation with a friend recently. My buses interior sheetmetal was treated with old fashioned asphalt. Did a great job of preventing rust but a monster to remove, plus it flames of anytime you are welding. He said he'd had good luck freezing it (he's an engineer and had access to some liquid nitrogen)...then it separated from the metal and chipped off easily. Said it could be done with ice but he's not that patient. Didn't help in my case cause the stuff is only on the inside between the interior & exterior skins and you just can't get to it. Wound up having pretty good luck using a twisted wire wheel on my 4.5" grinder where I could reach it.
I can see where freezing the rubber would make it come off differently. I've noted on cold days that the rubber chips off with a ping noise in small chunks. I liked it better on warmer days when I could pull of big strips at a time. I can't use a heat gun as I don't have electricity where it is stationed. Perhaps I should drive it somewhere to energy.

I'm still having issues with the VIN# with the DMV and my insurance. State DMV website conversation says I need to go back to the local DMV and have them do it right, in the meantime, insurance needs the correct VIN and insurance is cancelled. Small towns *rolls eyes*.

Hopefully this cold snap isn't here to stay just yet.
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Old 11-11-2012, 11:45 AM   #52
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Chair rails

To get rid of the chair rails on the sides of the bus, I'm thinking it would be best to take the panels off and insulate and put regular wood sheathing panels. Was hoping not to have to. But the chair rails stick out on the lower wall as well? I guess you would have to take that wall segment out as well. I see some people leave them in. I'll have to check what's behind them to the bottom. Just thinking out loud.

Also was going to use the short side bus seats (have two left) and face them to each other to make a booth. However. Boxed booths make for good storage underneath where these with slanted legs and all would make for wasted space. Can maybe reuse and cover the cushions. I think I have a lot of 'woodworking' ahead of me to do it right. Realizing that is seems I really wanted to leave a lot of the 'bus' parts in.
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Old 11-11-2012, 02:26 PM   #53
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defrost vent cover

I can't find one of these or what it is even called. I called it a defrost vent cover. This one is pretty crystallized but I think it's neat.
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Old 11-11-2012, 02:57 PM   #54
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defrost

in searching an RV site I found this under defrost:

12 Volt Hair Dryer/Defroster Black
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Portable 12 volt hair dryer plugs into cigarette lighter for use while traveling. Perfect for drying wet hair or defrosting windshields. 65" long cord. 1 per pack.
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Old 11-11-2012, 08:17 PM   #55
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finished (except for rounding corners and sanding)
There... This is what I wanted to do with the short side seats. Maybe I can figure out some sort of storage underneath. I like his table, nice.

He left his floor in and I'm second guessing taking mine out. But.. it's started.
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Old 11-11-2012, 08:20 PM   #56
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Had to laugh a little. The guy at the coffee shop at work, when I told him I was moving into a school bus, actually said "I'm sorry". They just don't get it. It's not that I can't pay rent somewhere. It's just that I've always wanted a school bus. Bucket list thang.
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Old 11-12-2012, 11:07 PM   #57
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Re: Transmogrifie and Me

Maybe I talk too much or people just disappeared on me. I have another question. I got to see the parting out RV today that I was going to look at. It has a 'converter' or so it said on it. But now in reading up it is a distribution box and probably would need a new or upgraded converter in it. Is it worth buying an old distribution center and upgrading the converter. The newer distribution centers don't have the fuses and breakers anyways. I'm not ready to set all of that up just yet but if he includes it in the deal of 'stuff' would it be worth getting.
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Old 11-12-2012, 11:32 PM   #58
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Maybe I talk too much or people just disappeared on me. I have another question. I got to see the parting out RV today that I was going to look at. It has a 'converter' or so it said on it. But now in reading up it is a distribution box and probably would need a new or upgraded converter in it. Is it worth buying an old distribution center and upgrading the converter. The newer distribution centers don't have the fuses and breakers anyways. I'm not ready to set all of that up just yet but if he includes it in the deal of 'stuff' would it be worth getting.
im not sure why you would need to upgrade the converter, did someone remove the one attached to the panel?
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Old 11-13-2012, 10:40 AM   #59
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im not sure why you would need to upgrade the converter, did someone remove the one attached to the panel?
I don't think so, just thinking that if it is old. Motor home looks to be about a 1980. If it works then it would be worth it then? Converters, inverters, distribution boxes is interesting reading. Just looking at the new whiz bang converters upgrades with the battery wizard and all.

Electricity scares me.

So you think it would be worth grabbing.
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Re: Transmogrifie and Me

not ignoring you,just watching

About the floors, the best thing to do would be to start fresh like you are doing, that way you know everything is to your standards.

Me?
1)I wanted to use the bus last year and not have it be a project sitting in my yard for 3 years before I could use it(very limited time to work on it)
2)I have no idea what we want or need with out using it(I have already moved the walls twice)
3)I need to stop/fix all leaks before doing the floor
4)I like driving and using it so we will probably end up with rugs in it
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