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Old 07-19-2010, 10:30 PM   #61
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. . . . As I was disconnecting the batteries to remove some dead wires, I couldn't help but notice this issue:



YIKES !!!! I'm thinking of caulking and then taping the caulking after I give this area a baking soda bath. Anyone have better ideas? I'm open for other suggestions. .......
What I've found is the best at keeping water out is:

1. Electricians' rubber tape. Not plastic electrical tape. Rubber tape is stretchy and usually has no adhesive, but will grab itself a little if you touch it together when it is stretched. Get it from an electrical supply house. Wind a couple of overlapping layers on, pulling slightly to stretch it so it grips and conforms to the surfaces, and seals the openings. Go past the damage in both directions to seal to the jacket. Follow this with

2. Plastic electrical tape. Wind an overlapping layer or maybe two completely covering the rubber tape to keep it in place. This layer does not have to be perfect, as the rubber does the work, but should be reasonably tight. Good expensive tape is Scotch 33. The cheap stuff in the big box store bins is great, too. Avoid the 3M "Highland" budget brand, though - it has bad glue. Follow this with

3. A good liquid adhesive. Liquid electrical tape, rubber cement, etc. I used to use "GC Bond" from the electronics parts store (if you can find one still in business). This will keep the plastic tape from letting go over time. Scotchkote keeps the seal intact, but remains sticky forever and really messes up your hands, so I avoid it.

I use this method to seal connections from rain and ice up on antenna towers, and it works much better than the riggers' "taffy" that is supposed to stick to cable jackets, and doesn't always. Plus, if you ever want to get the seal off, just slit the outer part with a razor or pocketknife, and the rest peels off 100% cleanly. You can't say that about the 'taffy' goop. If you only use a couple of layers of each tape, the seal will not be a big bulge like other repairs can be.
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Old 07-19-2010, 10:46 PM   #62
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Re: Big Mac I bought for $500!!!!!

Thanks RedBear! I'll get on it this weekend. Pics to follow....
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Old 07-23-2010, 06:18 PM   #63
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Re: Big Mac I bought for $500!!!!!

Well, after being sick this morning, and fighting suffocating humidity, I got a few things done today (and ready for a good sleep tonight).

First, I'd like to thank both Mightybus and Lily for all the things they donated to me and Max. Without these things the project would not have gotten this far. You guys ROCK!!!

So here's what I got done between running into the sticks & staples for A/C and water breaks.

Here's Lily's fridge she gave me (along with some other goodies). I also got the microwave from freecycle, just three years old:



Here's MightyBus's tarps and some of Lily's signage. I also got the wood from freecycle (yay!!). I'm going to use the motors from the signs to power a light bar cover to cover the lights in front of the bus and make it 100% legal. When I feel better I'll post my design:



Here's a very small part of the free shelving I got from freecycle. As you can tell, I troll and scavange as much as I can.



Now to find some cheap local sheet metal to cover the windows. We got a bunch of interior material dirt cheap. I'll be posting pics as we use it.... It's a dark blue/green color, the ceiling will be a desert sand color. Now for some insulation and assorted other materials for free..........
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Old 08-03-2010, 02:47 PM   #64
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How is the fun coming along?
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Old 08-03-2010, 10:24 PM   #65
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How is the fun coming along?
I have finals, state exams, and enrolling in paramedic school. I got some help from houskou last week in getting some shelving to Max and getting Heather (my son named my M1031) from the farm. His truck has a shift issue I don't have time to deal with right now (literally).

I have the plans, just not the time until I get a handle on my studies coming up.

One year from this month and I'll be a full paramedic with time to enjoy the build. But until then I'll be doing a piece here and there as time allows.

Thanks for asking Seeria!
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Well dang man, you're busy and about to get busier. All the more you'll enjoy the conversion when its done
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I got plates today!!! Next week I'll be finishing up some small things to get her back out on the road with an inspection sticker (and help us move from this apartment and into our farm home). Studies are like a tsunami right now.......

I'll have some pics soon.
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Have you painted over that sealant that you used on the outside yet? I am interested in finding out if it is really paintable as claimed.
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I guess my previous post didn't make it before the crash. I'll find out if it's paintable next year after I finish school and have a new career and some cash flow.....

Speaking of cash flow...... I had to buy a new battery. $96 from AutoZone. OUCH!!!! Perhaps this will rectify my charging issues....... (pun intended)
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Well, I got Max ready for inspection just in time for the shop to close........ Figures...... I'm having a charging issue I'll explore when I have enough cash to actually do something. The voltometer says I'm putting out 10 volts. Problem is the alternator is from a Chevy (internal regulator) and the bus is a Ford (extrenal regulator) with a bunch of wires cut under the hood going to the ER. So this means I'll have some 'ciferin' and figurin' to do for next year (along with paint, shelves, equipment, and on and on and.......).

I'm beginning to feel like the guy in this song:



However, Max isn't that bad. I like the overall condition. I fired up the A/C today. That was a real treat in the humidity!
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