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Old 04-19-2016, 06:59 PM   #1561
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and after seemingly 3 endless years of COLD AND RAIN AND SNOW in ohio.. here the ast 2 weeks its been sunny and WARM.. too bad my bus is still at the shop getting body work and painted.. or I couldve been Building on it!
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Old 04-19-2016, 07:21 PM   #1562
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Yeah, that paint job is sure taking a long time. Did you get fancy with it?
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Old 04-19-2016, 08:11 PM   #1563
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Yeah, that paint job is sure taking a long time. Did you get fancy with it?
yeah had some little spots of rust removed as well as a nice job to remove the school lights and also replace all of the other rear marker lights since the sockets were looking like they had spent 25 years in ohio...

they also did an oil change / chassis lube and such.. after all it does have 1050 mile ride in what will likely be warm weather.. (unless I drive it only at night home since i wont have air-conditioning)..

wait maybe I should be starting my own thread instead of hijacking this one about a really COOL bus project!
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Old 04-19-2016, 09:12 PM   #1564
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Hey Flyboy...glad to hear you are still above water. Try and stay that way bud. I narrowly missed losing two cars (my block always floods badly) but I got'em out just in time. The good news is...my neighborhood bar came through fine.
Wow, glad you were able to save both of your cars. Thank goodness the bar didn't get damaged, gotta save the beer

Hopefully M1031 is doing ok out in Katy?
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Old 04-19-2016, 09:19 PM   #1565
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Ya...I haven't heard from him since the Biblical deluge. And it hit that area pretty hard.

How'za'bout it M1031A1...you still above water ?
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Old 04-19-2016, 10:50 PM   #1566
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We all live in a yellow submarine, yellow submarine, yellow submarine. Ok, EVERYBODY NOW! We all live in a yellow submarine..........

Our place was FOUR inches from flooding. With a new job starting next week, cashing in my retirement from Katy ISD, selling our '88 Ford to a good friend, and this near miss on the flooding, we're super-motivated to get building "Heavy" out sooner rather than later. My computer was moved to the upper shelves for safe-keeping during the rains, thus the reason why I've been a.f.k. Got on about three hours ago.

Fly/Tango, thanks for checking in on me. Some close friends out by Sealy nearly got washed out. I was getting ready for a rescue mission just in case. I did check on "Heavy" today, she has one small leak that is an easy fix in the roof.

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Old 04-20-2016, 09:38 AM   #1567
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So far so good. But do keep an eye out as the creeks & bayous are still rising and there is another, big multi-colored mass on radar headed your way as we speak.
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Old 04-22-2016, 11:39 PM   #1568
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More minor movement --- ...in spite of the weather.

Howdy All...not much to shout about. STILL waiting on my machine shop to complete some major steering & engine related parts that have me hung up.

Meanwhile...back at the ranch house...

If you are wondering why this thread is so dadblamed long...it is stuff like this. I had to make a socket wrench the other day. Never mind what is available at Northern Tool or any such supply...there is simply no such thing as what I needed to pull up the new U-Bolts I installed as part of the re-alignment of my rear axle pinion angle. Been fabbing bus parts since the get go, but it has become a fairly common practice that when working on a 70+ year old bus, one simply has to stop and make some of the tools necessary to keep moving forward.


Axle U-Bolts are long. REALLY long. And no one makes a 15/16" socket deep enough to use with a Milwaukee, 1/2" electric impact wrench. And while I could have spent a couple of days taking up all the threads with an open end, it seemed easier going in to stretch an existing socket. Just take two, cut at the right spot and weld them together. Made the task slightly less painful, but it was still a chore that killed my back and probably added a pound of new scar tissue to the foot long surgical hernias in my abdomen.

That was yesterday. Today I wrapped up installing the rear axle and getting the shims in place to align the pinion angle. Locktited and torqued the u-joint caps so now the driveline is where it should be and complete except for fabbing the park brake cable mechanism. All in all, getting a little closer to going mobile but still a lot to do.

Advice to anyone considering converting an antique skoolie into a modern, road worthy RV...start young!

More pix soon.

ONWARD!
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Old 04-23-2016, 07:13 AM   #1569
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More minor movement --- ...in spite of the weather.

Howdy All...not much to shout about. STILL waiting on my machine shop to complete some major steering & engine related parts that have me hung up.

Meanwhile...back at the ranch house...

If you are wondering why this thread is so dadblamed long...it is stuff like this. I had to make a socket wrench the other day. Never mind what is available at Northern Tool or any such supply...there is simply no such thing as what I needed to pull up the new U-Bolts I installed as part of the re-alignment of my rear axle pinion angle. Been fabbing bus parts since the get go, but it has become a fairly common practice that when working on a 70+ year old bus, one simply has to stop and make some of the tools necessary to keep moving forward.


Axle U-Bolts are long. REALLY long. And no one makes a 15/16" socket deep enough to use with a Milwaukee, 1/2" electric impact wrench. And while I could have spent a couple of days taking up all the threads with an open end, it seemed easier going in to stretch an existing socket. Just take two, cut at the right spot and weld them together. Made the task slightly less painful, but it was still a chore that killed my back and probably added a pound of new scar tissue to the foot long surgical hernias in my abdomen.

That was yesterday. Today I wrapped up installing the rear axle and getting the shims in place to align the pinion angle. Locktited and torqued the u-joint caps so now the driveline is where it should be and complete except for fabbing the park brake cable mechanism. All in all, getting a little closer to going mobile but still a lot to do.

Advice to anyone considering converting an antique skoolie into a modern, road worthy RV...start young!

More pix soon.

ONWARD!

this rocks!!! I have a whole drawer of such tools.. most of them i'll probably never use again as ive sold the car that i made them for..

your project is really unique in that not only are you into building a bus into an RV, you are also Street-Rodding.. Much of what you are doing to get your bus a modern drive-train is the same stuff that I did when Hot-rodding.. you are buulding a Vehicle as well as a home..

yours is a really neat project because of that aspect of it.. keep on doin it because this project is one of my favorites to watch!
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Old 04-23-2016, 10:02 AM   #1570
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Thanks for the kind words Cadillac --- This project has definitely been a "learning experience" so far. Good thing I enjoy learning new things, eh?

In fact, anyone considering diving into a skoolie conversion should look at it just that way. Rather than being intimidated by the many new skills necessary to tackle such a project ...embrace the opportunity! Look...I'm an old fart who has been and done a lot over the years, and yet the list of things on this build, just to date, that I had never done before is long and still growing. So you youngsters dive in. Be fearless. Read, read, read and then read some more. Ask questions, get opinions...then do it your way. Just maybe the best parts of this whole adventure are developing your own processes for solving problems...and letting go of the fear of making mistakes. You WILL make mistakes. But those are usually what you learn the most from. I routinely "undo" any number of things I have completed, back up, take another look, than have an "aha" moment in which I (hopefully) gain a little clarity.

Will my rig be perfect? Not hardly. But it will be mine, built by my own hands, my own way and will have provided me a wealth of new understanding on many levels. Not the least of which include patience and persistence.

Well...probably more persistence than patience. But hey...I am working on that one too.

ONWARD!
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