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Old 11-18-2010, 11:29 AM   #1
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Here we go!
Today, I start what looks to be the standard beginning- out come the seats!
I'm expecting to get wet; it IS the Northwest, after all and I'll be under the bus. The upside of that is that I probably won't have a lot of rust to contend with.
A progress report at the end of the day and hopefully some photos to go along with it.
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Old 11-18-2010, 01:02 PM   #2
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Hey we must be neighbors the great "Northwet" welcome and have fun man. As a side not the large bucket size damp rid buckets are going to be your best friend. I molded my rig last year my oops no real damage just a pain to clean!
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Old 11-18-2010, 08:02 PM   #3
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I was thinking that I would do everything here from now on- under the name of the bus... is this the right place for that?
Do I need to do anything to abandon the "I won the auction!" thread?

Well, I made some progress today; got half the seats out and accomplished some other odds and ends.
Already I have a couple of questions:
I want to remove the air stop arm. Is there a "best way" to handle terminating the air line? It looks like it runs into the outside wall from the bellows. And do i follow the electrical lines and remove them at their source?
I removed one of the wall panels on the opposite wall and the insulation looks like new- it makes me think of leaving the outside walls as they are, furring out from there 1 or 1 1/2" and using rigid foam over top of existing walls. Is that a good or bad idea? I'm planning on raising the roof 20" or so, could I do the same with the ceiling?
Last, can gasketed windows be removed and reused? I like the shape and size of the windows in the three emergency exit doors and would really like to use them in the new version of the88

The ride home from the state auction site was awesome! It didn't take long at all to get comfortable, (not TOO comfortable.) The bus did great; 2800rpm at 55 mph, rock solid and it totally felt like MY bus. The only issues I've found so far are a burned out bulb on the rear and the transmission temp gauge doesn't seem to work. 24 hours later it's still holding 110# of air, and crawling around under it while removing seats gave me a good look at the underside which also looked very good. There's a lot of brake left and the fuel tank was full when I picked it up!

We ARE neighbors, Madpsalmer, and thanks for the mold hint. Between mold and webbed toes, it's really a small price to pay for all the goodness of living here. We may have to meet up when Shelley starts herbalist school in Portland in the Spring.

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Old 11-18-2010, 08:06 PM   #4
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I had help...
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Old 11-19-2010, 11:20 AM   #5
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For sure! Were just over the river from Portland and it would be fun to meet you and your family keep me posted! I think most of the threads are on another page maybe Smitty could transplant this there not sure man. My bus is Cloud 9 it's in the skoolie conversion projects file if you will. My wife is a native but I am a transplant up here and the rain does beat the snow, but it is nice that snow is so close by I do miss the white stuff from time to time.
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