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Old 10-11-2012, 02:00 AM   #1
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Transmogrifie and Me

OK.. gonna steal the post I made on another string for my own starting point...
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Old 10-11-2012, 02:06 AM   #2
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I got my bus!

Wanted a bus it seems my whole life.

New here and probably over my head but I'm excited. Got my bus (older than most I'm seeing on here) with the seats already out, carpet thrown down and a couple of shelves built in it. It wasn't in this location when I bought it, the seller drove it here and parked it for me. And, we (the cat and I) will be living on the other side of this same lot for a while once we get it leveled.


I want to start with the insulation and flooring. My question is, looks like Henukaw stripped the floor completely to look for rust. I guess I was hoping there was some sub flooring that I could build upon. It sort of makes sense to get to the metal and rust proof paint then build. We don't have a lot of rust problem here in AZ.

Have been reading some and was hoping, on wood base, to put down 1/2 styroboard type insulation. Then thought I could use 1/4 in luam (sp?) and then an indoor/outdoor carpet (no foam), then area rugs. Or might go with regular foam and carpet. Have been talking to my Home Depot guy. Any comments on the layers? I am only 5'2 and don't plan on raising the roof.

I think I have the walls figured out.

And what is best for ceiling? I really don't like the shiny original pale green bus paint, was thinking of spraying it with a textured paint. But the first order of business would be adding insulation.

I'm concerned with weight and then I see someone else built walls out of 2x4's and cabinets out of regular materials??

Also, the front door is a handle opened folding door and I saw a great site for making it a solid door, but they didn't complete it with a lock, anyone post a locking front door?

I know that I will bug people with all the questions that I have but I'm trying to research as much as I can and this site seems wonderfully full of comment and information. Some over my head, some I'm learning. My intentions are to keep things simple.

Any comments would be appreciated. And I hope I didn't post this to the wrong spot, sorry if I did. (Post is in the right spot now.)
And do ya think this is standard equipment?

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Old 10-11-2012, 04:55 AM   #3
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Welcome,the edelbrock carb is not factory,decent streetable carb tho. The big faucets turn hot water for inside heaters on(if it has any just like heater in a car or truck) school buses just use big faucets,
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Old 10-11-2012, 12:10 PM   #4
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... And what is best for ceiling? I really don't like the shiny original pale green bus paint, was thinking of spraying it with a textured paint. But the first order of business would be adding insulation.
I am faux finishing mine. The original base is an off white.



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I'm concerned with weight and then I see someone else built walls out of 2x4's and cabinets out of regular materials??
Since we can get 4 ft long 2x4's for 51˘ each from the place I work at, we are going with 2x4's on the walls and bumping the additional insulation up to 1-1/2 inch foam sheathing. We are also building our cabinets (frameless Euro). We will NOT be using particle board or MDF/HDF. We used hollow core flush doors for some of our partion walls. It works out to $1 per inch. That's pretty cheap. One of the shower walls will be a hollow core door (need to buy 36" @ $33 & cut down to 33") and one will be 2x4 for the plumbing. Finished wall will be laminate flooring I picked up on sale cheap (Ashley Oak @ 68˘/sf) in some places and others will be covered in 1/4" pegboard (free). The peg board will be painted as well as the door walls. We don't move much since we live in the bus fulltime and treat it like an apartment.

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Also, the front door is a handle opened folding door and I saw a great site for making it a solid door, but they didn't complete it with a lock, anyone post a locking front door?
Our door (converted into a one piece) has a standard residential entry door knob. It locks. I unlock it and relock it every morning when I go to work. It works. I don't have a pic of the lock. I had a couple but can't find them anywhere.



We will insulate under the floor from the outside. I can put more foam under the bus than inside. Also since our water bays will be heated, it would be silly to insulate inside/over the water bays at floor level.
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Old 10-11-2012, 01:35 PM   #5
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Our door (converted into a one piece) has a standard residential entry door knob. It locks. I unlock it and relock it every morning when I go to work. It works. I don't have a pic of the lock. I had a couple but can't find them anywhere.
Yours was the door I was admiring, hope I can do something similar. Although I love the handle inside, hope I can make it into something else, gives me the 'school bus' feeling.

And you didn't insulate the ceiling more? I've heard there is a coating you can put on the outside, but I want to leave the outside of the bus as straight as I can. Might even have to paint it a more neutral color eventually to fit into a park or something.
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Old 10-11-2012, 03:15 PM   #6
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Our door (converted into a one piece) has a standard residential entry door knob. It locks. I unlock it and relock it every morning when I go to work. It works. I don't have a pic of the lock. I had a couple but can't find them anywhere.
Yours was the door I was admiring, hope I can do something similar. Although I love the handle inside, hope I can make it into something else, gives me the 'school bus' feeling.

And you didn't insulate the ceiling more? I've heard there is a coating you can put on the outside, but I want to leave the outside of the bus as straight as I can. Might even have to paint it a more neutral color eventually to fit into a park or something.
Thanks for the comments about the door but it wasn't our idea. It's based on how to turn a two-piece Eagle highway coach door into a single door. I don't have an original thought in my head... but I can usually adapt someone else's bright idea into something I can use!

We have 2" Blue Bird fiberglass insulation in the ceiling & walls. The exterior roof was coated with Henry's SolarFlex (from Home Depot) to reflect the sun, seal seams and provide a thermal break for the rivets. Used 5 gallons on the roof (40 ft bus) summer 2011. Spring 2013, we will roll another 5 gallons on BEFORE it gets too hot. I can see the roller marks on the roof now. I thought I was rolling it too thin (2 coats) but the heat was drying the stuff almost as fast as I put it down so I was afraid to roll it any heavier. The SolarFlex keeps the bus so much cooler in the NM summer sun. It gets a little warm here in the summer. Next summer we should have the air chiller up and running. So next summer won't be as hot inside as the past summer was.
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Old 10-14-2012, 01:25 PM   #7
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Re: Transmogrifie and Me

Might have found a bathroom stall for my bus, have to go and look at it. A friend is parting out and RV, says it's 2 sided. He said the stove was already gone, dang. No worries, have Coleman camp stove for now.

Because I'm not raising the roof, I'm thinking I'll have to cut it down. In my mind, I can cut a few inch strip out of the upper sides and run a strip of tile around to cover the cut, back it up with wood strips. (I work in fabric so not sure how to do this in other material but I think it would work). Depends too if it has a glass door, but that might still work as the bus is taller in the middle.

My mind has been going a mile a minute and my friends are thinking I'm obsessed. Patience... breathe.. patience..
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Old 10-15-2012, 12:15 PM   #8
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Ok.. I was taking pictures underneath the bus and I don't know what this is.
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Old 10-15-2012, 12:48 PM   #9
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air tank for air brakes
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Old 10-15-2012, 05:50 PM   #10
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Ah.. Ok.. thanks. Never had air brakes before.
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