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Old 08-02-2015, 08:30 PM   #11
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Definitely want to see more pictures of this one! Got any updates for us?
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Old 08-03-2015, 12:27 AM   #12
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Sorry for the late reponses!
I just got her on the road for a maiden voyage and she did pretty good, I got 11 mpg for mostly highway miles. I had driven her around in town a fair amount and averaged around 6. The difference was i finally took the dog house off before this trip and changed the air filler which was pretty nasty. Ill post some pictures.
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Old 08-04-2015, 01:13 AM   #13
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Bus Update

Well I finally got some time to upload some pictures of the progress on the bus. The last time I uploaded pictures I was in the process of adding some insulation to the ceiling. I was very impressed with how cool it stayed even on a 80-degree day. With the curtains drawn and the windshield covered, it stayed about 20-degrees cooler in the bus. Since the last time I have also added 2 benches into the bus. The first is just a normal bench and the second, which I haven't finished is a fold out design that Jatzy shared with me. Once that is finished I will add some pictures of it. Currently the interior is shown below.



Here are the benches in the process of being built. I got the foam at Fred Myers for 20 bucks a piece. Really good deal for high density foam, about half the cost or less of everything else I looked at.



I took the bus down to a wedding in Hope, AK and it turned out to be extremely versatile. I hauled two 20x40 tents, 100 folding chairs, 4 propane heaters and a bunch of other stuff down. Then once down there used the bus instead of a limo to transport the 12 bridesmaids :big grin: Used it for camping as well and it was great!




I also made some curtains for it. Originally I was going to out up a curtain rod and sew curtains, but then I decided to use magnets instead. Each one has two large magnets in the top and two on the bottom seam. I don't have a sewing machine, so I just used a spray adhesive and so far they've held up great and since they just stick to the wall they do a really nice job sealing out all the light.

Heres a picture of the old air filter I took out of it, no wonder it was getting terrible gas milage. On this last trip it did pretty good though, I got 11 on the highway. For a 5.7 350 I think thats pretty good.

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Old 08-04-2015, 01:25 AM   #14
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I'm looking forward to seeing the interior take shape. Without reading the story in the new posts...do you have a layout in mind you can share with us? I have a 99 with similar miles (got a 98 and a 99 for $3,900 and sold the 98 for 5k), and can't make up my mind what to do inside. Keep up the good work, good luck and keep the pics coming!
The interior is going to be pretty basic. Ill have the two benches, one of which will fold out into a bed and then a counter space with a propane fridge in the back left corner. Other than that I'm trying to figure out what to do with the space by the front door, which still has nothing there. I might do a table space or a captains chair. Not too sure yet.

Overall its going to be very basic. Not wiring it for electric, just want a nice little camper that keeps me dry if its raining and warm when its cold out.

Thanks!
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Old 08-04-2015, 01:26 AM   #15
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Well I finally got some time to upload some pictures of the progress on the bus. The last time I uploaded pictures I was in the process of adding some insulation to the ceiling. I was very impressed with how cool it stayed even on a 80-degree day. With the curtains drawn and the windshield covered, it stayed about 20-degrees cooler in the bus. Since the last time I have also added 2 benches into the bus. The first is just a normal bench and the second, which I haven't finished is a fold out design that Jatzy shared with me. Once that is finished I will add some pictures of it. Currently the interior is shown below.

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Here are the benches in the process of being built. I got the foam at Fred Myers for 20 bucks a piece. Really good deal for high density foam, about half the cost or less of everything else I looked at.

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I took the bus down to a wedding in Hope, AK and it turned out to be extremely versatile. I hauled two 20x40 tents, 100 folding chairs, 4 propane heaters and a bunch of other stuff down. Then once down there used the bus instead of a limo to transport the 12 bridesmaids :big grin: Used it for camping as well and it was great!

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I also made some curtains for it. Originally I was going to out up a curtain rod and sew curtains, but then I decided to use magnets instead. Each one has two large magnets in the top and two on the bottom seam. I don't have a sewing machine, so I just used a spray adhesive and so far they've held up great and since they just stick to the wall they do a really nice job sealing out all the light.

Heres a picture of the old air filter I took out of it, no wonder it was getting terrible gas milage. On this last trip it did pretty good though, I got 11 on the highway. For a 5.7 350 I think thats pretty good.

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That air filter is pretty nasty. Unbelievable that someone would let it get that bad.
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Old 08-04-2015, 01:28 AM   #16
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Yeah, it was owned by a non-profit that used it to transport building materials. Doesn't seem like they did too much to maintain it. Lucky she still purrs like a kitten!
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Old 08-04-2015, 09:12 AM   #17
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Thanks for the info. I'm pretty much doing the same set up as yours with the fold out bed and a counter with fridge, cook top, and sink across the way. Small table with two benches and a captain seat should fill out the bus section pretty much. Will set up two captain seats for the driver and pass up front.

Do you have any detailed pictures of your bed build? Also, what did you do on the floor. Did you have rubber and plywood and replaced it with new plywood.

Can you also show how you did the top insulation and what type you used?

Thanks for any help you can provide. Just getting started on mine. Thanks, Joe.
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Old 09-03-2015, 11:43 AM   #18
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Thanks for the info. I'm pretty much doing the same set up as yours with the fold out bed and a counter with fridge, cook top, and sink across the way. Small table with two benches and a captain seat should fill out the bus section pretty much. Will set up two captain seats for the driver and pass up front.

Do you have any detailed pictures of your bed build? Also, what did you do on the floor. Did you have rubber and plywood and replaced it with new plywood.

Can you also show how you did the top insulation and what type you used?

Thanks for any help you can provide. Just getting started on mine. Thanks, Joe.
Hey joetx,
I will have some more pictures of the bed when I get a little farther on it. But theres another user on here, Jatzy that has pictures of the bench he built into a bed that is pretty detailed. His post is called "Armageddon: The smell of airborne rust". Theres some good stuff on there you can take a peek at.

The insulation was very simple, after removing the ceiling panels I took the old insulation out that had water damage and sanded down the metal on the ceiling. I used Reflect-X, which is basically bubble wrap with foil around it that reflects heat. You can buy it in rolls at home depot. I glued that to the ceiling using a 3M multi-purpose adhesive, I think #77 was the one I used. Then I put some thicker 3-inch insulation below it and I found it stays a lot cooler, especially if you put some curtains in and keep the sun out of the windows.

The floors I took everything out and ground all the rust with an angle grinder and a braided metal 3" brush. Cleaned with TSP, sealed all the holes and painted. Then used a rigid foam insulation and drilled 3/4" ply on top of it. I would recommend getting a painters mask if your going to go that route. Worth its weight it gold, I was blowing black boogers out for about 2 days after getting done with it.

The pictures that are up are all I have, but there should be some of the floors before and after.
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Old 01-21-2018, 01:45 PM   #19
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Update

Hey Everyone!
Been a while since I posted on here, I guess ive been traveling too much, haven't had much time for the bus. But I do have some updates!

I decided to get rid of all the metal on the inside of the bus and put in wood tongue and groove. I found some local 4" cedar that should work pretty nicely.

To prep for putting up the TG I mounted studs all everywhere using 1x3's and mounting those with #10 machine screws into the existing metal frame.
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Ive been working on getting all the components to start wiring the electrical system. Im going to go very simple en electric. Im going to go all DC and instead of doing outlets and an inverter, im just going to out a few DC cigarette lighters in a few places. Then just use a charger for whatever I have, which is not anything more than a laptop. Other than that it will just have LED lights overhead and indirect LED strip lighting under the cabinets as well. And then a shore power plug in.

Other than that I scored a propane mini fridge on Craigslist for $30 bones and ordered one of the cubic mini wood stoves to keep her warm. Im getting as many of the pieces lined out as I can right now to start doing all the work here starting in the spring.

Any tips for the wood stove installation would be great, especially some feedback on the cubic mini!

More updates to come, thanks everyone!!
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Old 01-21-2018, 01:53 PM   #20
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I attached a picture this time, I wasnt aware that photo bucket was no longer supported...
Hopefully this works...
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