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Old 04-10-2010, 07:45 PM   #151
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And here are some "as is" pics. We cleaned up and made our list of things remaining:

- trim out the front windows
- tent other half of windows
- drapes
- cushions
- grey and black tank install
- fix back door - take out bottom window and skin
- roof top deck
- paint the exterior

It seems like we just keep adding to the list, although we are making progress. Y'alls encouragement helps greatly. Thanks a million !!!!
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Old 04-12-2010, 05:41 PM   #152
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Wildcat the work on your bus is just amazing. It's very inspiring too, I'm sure I speak for my than myself when I say that.
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Old 04-14-2010, 04:27 PM   #153
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Thanks - we're most appreciative of the comments.

We keep tinkering on the bus. Here are some shots. We got the doors painted, installed and hardware'd up.



We also mocked up the cushions. Because we used a horse trailer with living quarters as a template for the dinette, we are able to "copy" the cushions. These are the cusions from the trailer which we will replicate for the bus. We are thinking Royal blue for the dinette and brown for the front couches.



Also we got some new rubber up front. The tires on the bus were quite old and the maintenance records from the bus company shows that one of them had a scalped spot which was causing our shimmy at 65. With the new Toyo's, it's much silkier going down the road. We are waiting on four re-treds for the back with the tallest tread we could get to hopefully squease out more speed and mph (although we probably won't even notice).

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Old 04-14-2010, 05:20 PM   #154
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We bought grey/black tanks from tristate rock your world. They were bigger than we wanted, but we thought we could use the sub $100 plastic welder we purchased and cut them down to size. The plastic welder is worthless, but we still went and cut up the tanks anyway. Since they are not pressurized, we just cut the end off, flipped it over, glued with abs cement, screwed it together and caulked with NP1. We cut about 1 foot off the grey tank and cut the black tank down to 2.5 feet long.

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Old 04-14-2010, 05:32 PM   #155
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Wild,
I've said it before but it bears repeating, everything looks super nice and just when I thought it couldn't get much better, you post more pics of your work...really impressive! Like the blue too, a nice splash of color there
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Old 04-15-2010, 06:42 PM   #156
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BC - thanks for the comments.

We took the bus to the upholstery shop and are now in the hopper to get the couches and dinette upholstered. We spent most of the day working on the grey/black tank installation. The tanks are now cut down and we built a single frame which bolts to the chassis which holds both tanks with the outlets coming together in the middle. We used 2" tubing with 3/16" wall thickness which should be more than enough to support the 45ish gallons of sludge.

So to avoid 1,000 words, here are the pictures.
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Old 04-15-2010, 06:44 PM   #157
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more grey/black tank pictures.
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Old 04-15-2010, 07:13 PM   #158
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Here are some pictures of skinning the back door. We used 20 ga. steel, the same as that used to cover the windows.
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Old 04-15-2010, 07:14 PM   #159
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more back door pics. It's now ready for bondo.
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Old 04-16-2010, 07:52 PM   #160
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Movin' right along, looks great! Nice job on the tanks too......anything you can't do?
There's plenty - just ask my wife

We keep plugging on with the metal work. Here are some shots of the flashing light covers we fabbed up and screwed on.
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