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Old 05-21-2018, 08:40 PM   #1
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02 e450 Ready to start

I just got my bus home to storage yard today. I drove it 49 miles and was sweet.
I think I have lucked out with this one.!
I will start on the seat removal tomorrow
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Old 05-21-2018, 10:01 PM   #2
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Nice ride! What are your plans for the build?
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Old 05-22-2018, 08:56 AM   #3
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Nice ride! What are your plans for the build?
I am starting simple so I can register it as an RV.....Bed,sink,cooker and toilet.
I have been a full time Rv'er for the past ten years in my 27' Winnebago so I am used to the minimalistic lifestyle.
This was a dream of my wife and mine for a long time.
My wife died unexpectedly last August but I decided to follow through with the dream.
I will be posting updates.
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Old 05-22-2018, 02:19 PM   #4
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I got most of the decals off today, they came off really easy with a single sided razor blade in a holder.
I got all the easy bolts off the seats but will have to grind the rest.
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Old 05-22-2018, 02:24 PM   #5
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Welcome Fred. Good luck on your build and post lots of pics
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Old 05-22-2018, 02:26 PM   #6
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Welcome Fred. Good luck on your build and post lots of pics
Thanks.
I will.
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Old 05-24-2018, 08:58 AM   #7
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I removed the seats and mirrors and the rest of the decals.
I ended up just breaking of the seats by lifting them back and forth until they snapped. The bolts are still there, with the foot of the seats. I will cut them off later.
I took the padding off each seat then posted Free scrap metal on Craigslist.
In 30 minutes they were gone.
The padding went in the dumpster.
Today will be the framework.
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Old 05-24-2018, 06:54 PM   #8
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Bed frame done, where does the time go.
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Old 05-24-2018, 07:55 PM   #9
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Very nice! You got bit by the bus bug ;)
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Old 05-24-2018, 11:15 PM   #10
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Very nice! You got bit by the bus bug ;)
Big time. I have been planning this for about two years.
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Old 05-27-2018, 09:30 PM   #11
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Moved in!

Got the basics in.
Temporary curtains. Stove cut into the chest of drawers.
Sofa-bed.
I'm sleeping in it tonight. My dog love's it.
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Old 05-27-2018, 09:58 PM   #12
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Good use of space putting the stove in the chest of drawers.
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Old 05-27-2018, 10:14 PM   #13
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Good use of space putting the stove in the chest of drawers.
It works well, I can still use the top drawer and the propane tank will go underneath.
I will install a door to cover the hole.
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Old 05-27-2018, 10:19 PM   #14
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So it just sits on top and is not a drop in? Full use of drawers for pots and pan storage. Make your lower door look like the drawers.

Nvrmnd, I see the new pics.
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Old 05-27-2018, 10:23 PM   #15
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looks good,
my kind of build, simple and straight forward
thanks for sharing pics
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Old 05-27-2018, 10:24 PM   #16
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So it just sits on top and is not a drop in? Full use of drawers for pots and pan storage. Make your lower door look like the drawers.
No it does drop in, but it's not too deep.
I plan to use the bottom drawer fronts on the door....So yes you see my vision.
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Old 05-27-2018, 10:26 PM   #17
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looks good,
my kind of build, simple and straight forward
thanks for sharing pics
I think the term best suited for my build is:
Badda boom, badda Bing.
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Old 05-28-2018, 07:32 PM   #18
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Bathroom/closet done

Not spacious but definitely functional.
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Old 05-30-2018, 11:46 PM   #19
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inside length and width??

I'm curious what the inside length from the back of the drivers seat to the back inside wall? And what is the width? I have seen a couple of buses locally but had thought of them as being small but looking at yours now I'm wondering.

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Old 05-31-2018, 12:03 AM   #20
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I'm curious what the inside length from the back of the drivers seat to the back inside wall? And what is the width? I have seen a couple of buses locally but had thought of them as being small but looking at yours now I'm wondering.

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It's 14' by 7.5' .
Cozy.
I have a full bed. A smaller bed would mean more space but less storage underneath.
Plus, my dog is a bed hog so I need that size.
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