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Old 10-14-2017, 03:52 PM   #21
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Finished sealing the seams. Supposed to rain tomorrow so I'll know if there are any problem areas. My butyl tape came in today. Going to wait a week or so for the sealant to fully cure.. then re-install the gutters with the tape and screws.

Gonna pick up insulation for the walls and floor tonight along with plywood for the subfloor.

If all goes well, should have it ready to start building cabinets and such by mid next week.

Also ordered a few odds and ends for mechanical fixes. Ordered an injector return line kit (return caps, viton o-rings, hoses, olive seals).. valve cover gaskets and oil cooler gaskets. Valve covers are leaking a bit.. oil cooler isn't but with age, they are a common leak spot. Its an easy fix so might as well do it before it fails.

Will also be pulling the radiator and test fitting a 4 row aluminum unit built by Champion radiators. I run one in my 1990 F350 and love it. They don't offer one for the van chassis... but the only difference is the lower mounts. I'll build some mounts using the old truck radiator I've got.. then get one ordered. It currently has a plastic parts store replacement (all of those are only 2 row when the factory is 3.. and they are prone to failure in these for some reason). Then I'll be going through brakes and wheel bearings front and back...

I also plan to drop the rear driveshaft and have it rebuilt (new spicer joints and carrier bearing and rebalance). While having that done, I'm going to drop the trans pan and install a Transgo shift kit and upgrade the cooler to a Longs Trucool 40k. The transmission in the bus is a reman unit with only 80-90k on it.. Want it to last a good long while.

Anyways... more to come as work progresses.
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Old 10-14-2017, 06:41 PM   #22
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Finished sealing the seams. Supposed to rain tomorrow so I'll know if there are any problem areas. My butyl tape came in today. Going to wait a week or so for the sealant to fully cure.. then re-install the gutters with the tape and screws.

Gonna pick up insulation for the walls and floor tonight along with plywood for the subfloor.

If all goes well, should have it ready to start building cabinets and such by mid next week.

Also ordered a few odds and ends for mechanical fixes. Ordered an injector return line kit (return caps, viton o-rings, hoses, olive seals).. valve cover gaskets and oil cooler gaskets. Valve covers are leaking a bit.. oil cooler isn't but with age, they are a common leak spot. Its an easy fix so might as well do it before it fails.

Will also be pulling the radiator and test fitting a 4 row aluminum unit built by Champion radiators. I run one in my 1990 F350 and love it. They don't offer one for the van chassis... but the only difference is the lower mounts. I'll build some mounts using the old truck radiator I've got.. then get one ordered. It currently has a plastic parts store replacement (all of those are only 2 row when the factory is 3.. and they are prone to failure in these for some reason). Then I'll be going through brakes and wheel bearings front and back...

I also plan to drop the rear driveshaft and have it rebuilt (new spicer joints and carrier bearing and rebalance). While having that done, I'm going to drop the trans pan and install a Transgo shift kit and upgrade the cooler to a Longs Trucool 40k. The transmission in the bus is a reman unit with only 80-90k on it.. Want it to last a good long while.

Anyways... more to come as work progresses.
We expect all that to be done by Monday, at the latest.

Have you ever worked at a job and there is one guy who works 5-times as hard and as fast as everyone else, thereby making the 'normal' people look bad???

I've had my bus since January and the interior is still empty.
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Old 10-14-2017, 06:47 PM   #23
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I'm just really motivated to get it done. That.. and the wife is motivated for it to be done too... so its a project that I like working on... that she doesn't have an issue with me spending some time and money on. Lol

It wont be usable til next spring. Just trying to get the inside insulated so work can continue through the cold months.

A friend of mine will be building the cabinets and such so once I get this stuff done, its on him. I've been trading work with him for a good bit.. now it's time for me to collect.

The mechanical bits are pretty simple... and that's my side. I'm no carpenter but I can turn wrenches for days.
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Old 10-14-2017, 07:19 PM   #24
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I'm just really motivated to get it done. That.. and the wife is motivated for it to be done too... so its a project that I like working on... that she doesn't have an issue with me spending some time and money on. Lol

It wont be usable til next spring. Just trying to get the inside insulated so work can continue through the cold months.

A friend of mine will be building the cabinets and such so once I get this stuff done, its on him. I've been trading work with him for a good bit.. now it's time for me to collect.

The mechanical bits are pretty simple... and that's my side. I'm no carpenter but I can turn wrenches for days.

thats me!! im HAPPY turning wrenches.. but hand me wood and a table saw and im like " do i cut this in firewood length pieces?"

-Christopher
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Old 10-14-2017, 07:21 PM   #25
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I'd trade woodwork for computer anyday
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Old 10-14-2017, 08:02 PM   #26
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I'd trade woodwork for computer anyday
I like both- at the same time. There is nothing like teaching a computer-controlled router to do your work. I used to run a cnc mill in a hi-end cabinet shop- it was a blast. I was i the best shape of my life- slinging 3/4 sheets alone all day.

I'd cut all the cabinet sides on my machine, then do the hard stuff- curved moldings, exotic mullions, templates for the shaper guys. Really taught me to see in 3-D. I still have cnc router, only 2.5 axis, but have the Gecko for full 4-axis. Running Mach3, do my layout in Adobe Illustrator, bounce around to get G-code.
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Old 10-15-2017, 01:12 AM   #27
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Here is another part of the reason why I'm motivated....

IMG_20171014_210403157 by acidburn02zts, on Flickr

My shop is crammed full at the moment.. and since I turn wrenches on the side of my full time job and my work space is full... somethings gotta give.

Anyways... Ready for the rain!
IMG_20171014_225622277 by acidburn02zts, on Flickr

You can see one of my makeshift transfer tanks I'll be using. One of the biggest parts of this project is running on alternative fuel and having a long range doing it. I'll be using 2 55 gallon drums placed in the same spot on each side. One will be under the main bed and one will be under a bench. This is when I wish the bus was a real bus so I'd have space under it for things like this.. but oh well. The fuel that will be in them isn't flamable and the drums will be mounted very securely and supported evenly. I plan on contouring some 2x8s (3 or 4 per drum) that will support the weight evenly. Should work out... we'll see.

Going to trim out 6" of the wheel well (plenty of space under the bus for it. Tires will have plenty of room.) and move the drums towards the rear a bit further. This will put all the weight just forward of the axle.

IMG_20171014_224245315 by acidburn02zts, on Flickr

The real fun begins once the rain comes and I dont see any leaks. If it doesnt rain much tomorrow, I'll get up on the roof with the hose and do it that way.

More to come.
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Old 10-15-2017, 11:51 AM   #28
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Verdict is in...

No more main seam leak. Ive got 2 windows leaking slightly but they have to come out anyways to install the new paneling... so they are all getting resealed. Now I've got work to do.
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Old 10-15-2017, 02:38 PM   #29
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Progress is good...

Floor rot repair...
IMG_20171015_121750513 by acidburn02zts, on Flickr

IMG_20171015_122754741 by acidburn02zts, on Flickr

IMG_20171015_124651380_HDR by acidburn02zts, on Flickr

Mucho better. After raining all morning, found one small spot near the roof seam that was damp. Got that fixed (small pinhole in sealant). Now that I know the sealant has stopped the leaks.. I'll feel even better once sealed over with Butyl tape and the gutter back in place.

IMG_20171015_121759241 by acidburn02zts, on Flickr

Now onto insulation... Using 3/4 XPS in the walls leaving a 1/4" air gap. Gives a better performance rating then stuffing the walls full with 1".

IMG_20171015_130139599_HDR by acidburn02zts, on Flickr

IMG_20171015_131039588_HDR by acidburn02zts, on Flickr

The boy is up from his nap so I'm back in the house for a bit until the wife gets home here in a bit... then back at it.
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Old 10-15-2017, 03:14 PM   #30
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Verdict is in...

No more main seam leak. Ive got 2 windows leaking slightly but they have to come out anyways to install the new paneling... so they are all getting resealed. Now I've got work to do.
When gutted
I put a couple of sprinklers on my roof and let them spray while I was away and chase leaks when I got home. Ended up sealing all of the windows just cause more were leaking than not.
Good luck
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