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Old 06-26-2009, 06:24 AM   #41
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Pictures of our foolishness are REQUIRED of anyone who has reached "skoolie" status. Congrats TC!
I had no problem with the pictures, or the posts. I really admire the lady - she reminded me of my mother, whom I also admire and adore.

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Have you decided to leave BOB white? Bobwhite??? Isn't that a bird??
You know... that actually is a good idea! Totally missed that play on words.

I may leave parts of him white, but for the most part, I think I'm going to let my creativity work on him some. Instead of the traditional flames, I think I'm going to do some ivy across the hood. I want something of the wilderness in the paint scheme. I've been working in an industrial setting for so long - all steel and concrete - that wrapping the bus in something a little more soothing will be nice.

Can't wait to get out this afternoon! It's gonna be a scorcher, but I'm really looking forward to starting work.
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Old 06-26-2009, 08:37 PM   #42
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Just returned from talking with Tommy. Wow! I didn't realize there was quite so much to do to poor old BOB.

List of other things to do...
  • He said some of the tires are dry-rotting and should be replaced soon. Luckily, he knows a guy who knows a supply for cheap (that's a relative term, of course). [/*:m:237kcjnd]
  • He recommended changing the front shocks since they were very stiff. But both rear shocks are dead. The right rear literally crumbled in his hand when he reached up to show me [/*:m:237kcjnd]
  • The driver's side front tire definitely needs a new kingpin and bearings. He said he could do that and the shocks without much problem.[/*:m:237kcjnd]
  • One of the sensor wires was definitely broken off leading to the hydraulic fluid reservoir. Neither Mom nor I saw it until he picked up the OBVIOUSLY dangling sensor and said, "Oh yeah, there's yer problem!" (DOH!) [/*:m:237kcjnd]
  • and, He said I needed to take BOB to the local big truck shop and have them perform a regular service/maintenance... i.e. change the oil, transmission fluid, brake fluid, steering fluid, etc.[/*:m:237kcjnd]
Some of the other things he said he could do for me
  • Fabricate a new slide/pullie for the front door.[/*:m:237kcjnd]
  • Scavenge an air-ride driver's seat.[/*:m:237kcjnd]
  • and Route the muffler pipe either a little farther behind the bus, or off to the side so the fumes don't collect under the bus so easily. Evidently the pipe's just a little too short.[/*:m:237kcjnd]
Of course, I think he's just as interested in seeing what I do for interior modifications as he is on helping to work through BOB's problems. As he said, this family definitely loves challenges!

Now if I only had the money to start right away on the major stuff!!!! If this project does nothing else for me, it will definitely teach me to learn PATIENCE!
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Old 06-28-2009, 07:44 PM   #43
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I actually got out to the RV storage facility today and started to work a little on the inside. Had to get up early to start as soon as the place opened to beat the heat... 90+ degrees and OMG humidity is NOT something I can withstand. // CAUTION: RANT AHEAD // - I swear if I hear one more person say, "You'll get used to it", I'm gonna kick 'em in the nads! I've lived here all my life and have never gotten used to it and never will get used to it. I'm a northern climate breed of human. Fair skinned, blue eyed, red haired celtic decendent that has no business being this close to the equator! // END RANT //

Anyway...

I posted three videos to YouTube that pretty much explains what I did - and didn't - get accomplished.
Video 1 =
Video 2 =
Video 3 =

For those who can't view videos (and for those who don't want to be bored outta their skulls), the short version of a long story is I removed most of the screws from the wall panels on both sides of the interior. I say "most" because an awful lot of them were just too damned stubborn to come out. Unfortunately, the lower side panels are one long piece, so ANY screws that remained meant I couldn't remove either of those panels... and there were plenty that just refused to budge.


Above the windows were six panels per side, each about 10" tall, and curved to transition the two long roof panels (left & right) to the windows on either side of the bus. Out of all the panels on the bus, only the top two in the rear driver's side had all of the screws come out successfully and could be removed. Underneath, I found the expected fiberglass insulation. But what I didn't expect to find was the insulation in such good shape! I may end up keeping the roof mostly intact and only strip away the side panels to access all the wiring.


And speaking of wiring... can someone tell me what the codes mean on these wires?

You can find the original (much sharper) image in my updated gallery: http://www.skoolie.net/gallery2/v/Sk...avId=x23dd1052

Is that the "stranded wire" I see you guys talking about in the electrical threads? I'm no where close to touching on the electrical system yet, but it would be good to know for the future.

Since I was rather frustrated by my inability to bend mere metal to my will I decided to see how well the new "shower pan" would fit near the back of the bus.

As you can see, the "pan" is just a 2'x3' mixing bucket. I figure I can frame it out with specially curved wood supports, shoot some Handi-foam under it to fill the voids between supports, add a drain, walls, and a shower curtain on front, and end up with an inexpensive alternative to the $300+ fiberglass shower pans that are all a little too big. If it doesn't work, I'll rip it out and start all over again. The toilet would sit on the other side of the door.

Of course... all of this will be subject to change again, and again, and again until it's all completed!

That's all for tonight. Hope everyone had a great weekend!
P.S. - in case you missed the link above, more pictures can be found in my gallery http://www.skoolie.net/gallery2/v/Sk...avId=x23dd1052
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Old 06-28-2009, 09:30 PM   #44
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I think that mysterious hole near BOB's left rear corner is where his rear stop sign used to live while he was still hauling kiddies for a living. The wires provided power to the flashing lights on the sign.
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Old 06-29-2009, 02:41 PM   #45
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TygerCub you're doing great- making me jelous. Like the youtube updates.
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Old 06-29-2009, 03:54 PM   #46
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Very creative on your shower pan. I ended up going to a mobile home supply store and picking up my 32x32 shower pan for $120. Just an option over the expensive pans.
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Old 06-30-2009, 09:45 AM   #47
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BOB is looking great Tygercub! You picked up a good bus for the project. Keep the photos coming!
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Old 06-30-2009, 06:43 PM   #48
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Despite the heat, this afternoon I went to work on BOB with the hopes of getting rid of the remaining stubborn screws. I tried tapping the screws with a hammer to loosen whatever rust may be holding them in place. That worked for a couple of the screws, but the vast majority of them remained just as stubbornly intact as before. In case this happened, I also brought along a screw removal kit. But I guess I wasn't doing something correctly because I still couldn't get the blasted things out. I finally admitted defeat and decided to call it a day.

But next time... next time I'll come back with a set of drill bits and then... oh yes! Then, they shall bend to my will!!!!
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I think a hammer impact screw driver would do the trick & places like Harbor Freight have them for little money. If you haven't used one you put the phillips bit in it & hit it with a hammer & they work wonders. If I had mine handy I would post a photo of it...
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Old 07-05-2009, 12:38 AM   #50
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Yeah! But I have to keep trying with what I have right now cause I'm flat broke!

Posted a couple more videos of the progress to date. http://www.youtube.com/user/TygerCub Things seem to be moving pitifully slow, but it's definitely been a learning experience.

It always amazes me how quickly I get tired while working on BOB. I've definitely been at a desk job for Way Too Long . I remember when I was working on the waterfront, I could do pull ups! Now I'm lucky if I can just sit up... out of bed each morning!

Bah!

I refuse to be getting old and out of shape! Age is merely a figment of the imagination (or lack thereof). And I have a shape! It's just not quite the same as it used to be... things just kinda... "settled". Yeah! That's my story, and I'm sticking to it!!!
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