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Old 07-05-2009, 09:05 AM   #51
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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!
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!!!
Ya know, I feel the same! I thought I was in good shape until I started to work on this beast! I work at home online for our business & man I may look like I am in shape but getting out in the heat & humidity I got my a** handed to me!!!
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Old 07-12-2009, 04:39 PM   #52
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More progress on BOB this weekend. I finally bought a small grinder and took the heads off the rest of the stubborn screws. I used a combination of cutting wheel and grinding wheel on the larger screws, but just used the plain grinding wheel for the smaller ones.

After taking care of the screws, it felt like the panel was still attached somehow, so I took a hammer and a garden tool and "walked" my way down the bottom edge, prying it loose as I went.


It still feels attached somehow, though. My guess is the top edge is folded over and hooked onto the window ledge.


But it feels like there is more. Until I know how it's attached, I'm afraid to pull too much and risk deforming the panel. I'd like to keep this panel in good shape since I hope to use it to cover the windows that will eventually come out.

The video may be found here: http://www.youtube.com/user/TygerCub
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Old 07-13-2009, 09:55 PM   #53
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Now THAT looks like a pain in the butt!
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Old 07-14-2009, 04:42 PM   #54
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It really was a pain in the butt! Especially when I would get half way down the panel and the side would POP! loose, letting both the garden hoe and the hammer slip out from under the edge. Then I'd have to "walk" the two of them back down the bottom edge again until I hit another bad spot... rinse & repeat

It's all good, though! My biggest problem this time of year is the heat. I just have no tolerance for it. So even though i'd only been working for a couple of hours, the heat was really sapping my strength and will to do anything more. Hopefully, once the weather cools off I'll be more energized to move a little more quickly.

Good news from the local big truck shop! I stopped by today to ask how much a regular drive train PM would cost - something I'd put off because I dreaded the answer. Luckily, the guy estimated it would cost less than $400 to change all the filters and fluids (brake, transmission and engine). I'm sure he'll find stuff wrong (surely there are some seals that need replacing too), so I'm estimating it would cost around $500 - $600 depending on what else he found wrong. It's a lot of money, but a HECK of a lot LESS than I was expecting. YaY! Now to just save it up...
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Good news from the local big truck shop! I stopped by today to ask how much a regular drive train PM would cost - something I'd put off because I dreaded the answer. Luckily, the guy estimated it would cost less than $400 to change all the filters and fluids (brake, transmission and engine). I'm sure he'll find stuff wrong (surely there are some seals that need replacing too), so I'm estimating it would cost around $500 - $600 depending on what else he found wrong. It's a lot of money, but a HECK of a lot LESS than I was expecting. YaY! Now to just save it up...
I think that is a smart idea... There is no better feeling when you pick up the bus after a service knowing she is breathing well & totally lubed!!! ALWAYS drives better
This was the first thing we did with our bus before it even made it home. Another thing you may want to check into is having them do a DOT commercial truck checklist to be sure of the condition of your bus overall. We paid $125 I believe for the inspection it answered alot of questions & showed us the little bit of work that was needed but I am now comfortable knowing our bus is more than road worthy! (although it makes ya nervous not knowing what the verdict will be)...
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Old 07-17-2009, 05:47 PM   #56
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Went back out to the RV storage lot yesterday and cut that interior panel out. Went pretty quickly once I figured out how I wanted to tackle it.


Once more, I was surprised by what I found. Most of the insulation appeared to be in great shape. There were only a couple of places that had "crispy" edges. I think I'll cut these pieces away to see what kind of damage is under them, then fill in the empty gaps with some expanding foam. Over this, I'll add another layer of high density foam (blue or pink stuff) before framing and skinning begins.


Only a handful of minor rust spots were on the interior panel. If I'm lucky, it will be like that all the way through the bus.


The corresponding rust is even more minor and should scrub off with a brass wire brush.


Overall, things are looking good. I'll get a video posted later this weekend.

If I'm lucky, I'll also get back out to the bus and start tearing up the rubber mat. It was something I'd hoped to avoid, but while taking a break from the grinder, I started tearing away at the edges and the mat pulled up relatively easily. If I'm lucky, the entire thing will come up easily. It does appear that there is NO wood underneath. I don't know if this is standard or not, but it does mean I'm going to be loosing a good 2" of head room to the insulation/plywood/flooring combo that still has to be installed. More on that when I finally get to it...

Oh yeah, one more thing... I scored a nice 3' x 3' shower stall from my Mother! Some friends of hers have been storing building supplies for a new house in her attic for years. Unfortunately, with the way the economy tanked, they had to sell the land where they hoped to build. Now they are getting rid of some of the building supplies too and so... I now have a larger shower stall. Good stuff! YaY!

has given me some hope that things will go relatively smoothly now.
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Old 07-17-2009, 06:05 PM   #57
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Hey, looking good! The walls do look to be in good shape. THat is strange there is not a wood floor... How high is your interior ceiling? So what are you going to use to cover the walls?
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I want to frame the entire space with 1" x 2" studs at each window brace to create a thermal break between the exterior metal and the interior living space.

Over the studs I will use a combination of luan (for the ceiling), and a mix of regular plywood and cabinet grade plywood. The regular (cheap) plywood will be used as a base for counters, closets & cabinets. The nice (mucho $$$$) plywood will be used on the walls that will remain exposed to the interior, such as in the "living room". Since I don't expect that much of the lower wall to remain exposed, I'm thinking I'll only have to purchase one or two 4' x 8' sheets of the good stuff.

Between the exterior metal and interior wood panels, I want to stuff as much insulation as possible. Looking at the depth of stuff already in place, I think I can safely reuse much of what's left and simply use an expanding spray foam around the edges to seal any "leaks" or "drafts". Once I've done that, I should be able to fill the remaining space with foam board, tape it all into place, and hit any gaps that might be left with the spray foam again. Once the luan is over the boards, I don't want to hear any annoying squeaking as I'm driving down the road. Squeaks are, I'm sure, impossible to completely eliminate.

Right now, the ceiling height is approximately 6' at the peak. That's a full 6" headroom for me (I'm such a little thing ). But I'm not claustrophobic, and hope to have a light colored interior, so even with a mere 4" of headroom, life should be relatively comfortable. You know... as long as I don't want to raise my arms to stretch, or bounce on the balls of my feet as I normally do, or get startled by anything... (Wha?!? BONK! OUCH! )
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That should make a nice secure & quiet interior! its a good thing you are not a 6 footer or taller (I am 6'3") as you would have a tough time... I don't think I could handle a low ceiling. I really want to finish mine interior with salvaged wood, maybe a weathered pine with a light stain or tongue & groove. I like the pattern it creates.
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Thanks, guys!

I know I'm getting some good stuff done, but I have to say at times I get a little discouraged by the lack of time and money I have to spend on it. I can get out there one or two days a week if I'm lucky, and then only a couple of hours before the RV yard closes.

But good news is... My Grandmother is coming to stay for a month, so I'm spending most of my time turning my house's livingroom into a bedroom and the office into a "port a potty" so she doesn't have to climb the stairs. Gotta make sure granny is safe!!! While she's here, she wants to help me get the house "staged" to sell. She's got the gift for decoration, so hopefully, she'll be able to work her magic and make it happen. In today's depressed housing market, though, it will be tough.

When the house sells, though... then I'll have plenty of money to pour into the bus!

In the mean time, I figure demolition is free. Well... mostly free... as long as I don't count the cost of a couple of new power tools (ooo... aaah... mmmm... Power Tools... )

Still trying to get time to work on the Day 5 video. Will post a link as soon as I get it done.
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