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Old 08-07-2016, 06:20 PM   #91
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in most states if you make all 4 school lights orange you clear any laws...

... so just get four more orange lenses and make all 8 school lights orange and you are good to go.
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Just another trip to the wrecking yard.

Maybe they'll trade 4 red ones for oranges ones. Hey ... it could happen.
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Old 08-09-2016, 08:49 AM   #92
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For those following along at home, we had a VERY busy day yesterday.

The loving and adoring wife ordered parts, made curtains and scrubbed the ceiling squeaky clean.

The settee/dinette/berth are done. The plywood tops under the cushions of the settee are hinged to access storage. I made brackets from angle iron for the bed to rest on, these have been bolted to the settee frame. Nice rounded corners ... but these are covered over pretty well by the cushions.



The table is plywood, the frame is 1 1/2x2 1/2 oak (from a very old drafting table) and the legs are oak stair spindles I bought about 15 years ago for another project. The pivots are simply 5/16 bolts with nyloc nuts so they don't get tighter or looser.

The table rests on a length of 4" fiberglas angle that has been bolted to the back door using riv-nuts and 5/16 bolts. The bed will be held in place with two bolts and threaded fasteners in the fiberglas, and one through bolt into a riv-nut in the floor.







Man ... I just love threaded inserts. You should too!





And, of course, the whole thing, plus a leaf rest on brackets built into the settee to become a bed.



We have not picked out material for the cushions, nor what type laminate covering on the table.
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Old 08-09-2016, 09:01 AM   #93
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3 days left ... and I got a PILE of stuff that needs doing.
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Old 08-09-2016, 11:54 AM   #94
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my bus always has stuff that needs doing but I just drive it anyway wherever I want to go... just like people who drive classic cars as they are building them... I see nothing wrong with just driving the bus as its being built..

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Nice job on the settee/dinette/berth! Plus it was great to see that the wife finally got a little rest.
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Very cool, man. I like your use of that part of the bus.
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nice job. amazing how much longer the bed is in a dually. What kind of blinds are you thinking. i like the insulating double cellular blinds myself but they take up more space.
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nice job. amazing how much longer the bed is in a dually. What kind of blinds are you thinking. i like the insulating double cellular blinds myself but they take up more space.
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90 (7'6") X 54 is a nice sized bed.

The table is 40" long, the berth seat is 54" to allow sliding in easy.

So, back there we can seat 4 for dinner and 6 for transport ... add the driver and co-driver and that's 8.

I had already installed window tinting to block light/heat/UV. Cloth seems to soften everything up, so my loving and adoring wife has made curtains out of some old plaid flannel sheets.

Not to mention the neckties.
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Old 08-10-2016, 08:58 AM   #99
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I've only got two days left, not much time for photos and prose.


I love doing projects like this one, I've been making stuff outta nothing since I was a kid, mostly because I never had any money … but also, the things I build seem to last longer. Also, I'm frugal. Buy the best you can afford, wear it out, patch it and keep patching it until it can't be used anymore then turn it into something else. I would much rather invest in learning new skills or buying a new tool that will allow me to do more work. I can't tell you how much of the bus is built using scraps from other projects I've done over the years.


I call this construction technique, “Po'boying it.”


1931 Shotwell. One of the best stories I've heard in a long time, and a great example of a Poor Boy building what he wants/needs. To sum: In 1930, an 18 year old goes to his Dad and tells him that he'd like a car. It's 1930. Dad has NO money for a car and tells the young guy that he'd have to build one. And a normal 18 year old kid in 1930's America had and knowledge and skills necessary to build a car that travelled over 150,000 miles.


The best Jay Leno car program ever:


This bus project has gone through a couple evolutions. First Henry was going to get turned into one of these, but he's just to damn cute the way he is.


Next, I bought a Jeep CJ with the idea of putting a OM-617 Mercedes engine (multi-fuel) into it and building it as a woody that we could sleep in. I went so far as to buy the Jeep, which I sold to do this project.


The truth? I want to build my own car. Not a hot rod or a racing car and not some modification or kit car … a car that seats two, has the good (decent) performance, reliability and good mpg's that something low and light can yield AND it's got to be my daily driver. It might be based on the Morgan Trike, or a Lotus 7 clone (i.e., Lowcost Seven) … or maybe something similar to the Shotwell.


My point? I have NO IDEA why EVERY 18 year old in this day and time can't build his own … ANYDAMTHING HE SETS HIS MIND TO!!!

If you need inspiration, please watch the attached vid ... and take a MIG welding class, or learn to run a drill press. And show this vid to a kid!

I'll be back.
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cell phones have killed the creativity and drive of most modern 18 YO's.
I wonder who is gonna actually work and build stuff in the future!
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