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Old 08-19-2017, 08:32 PM   #91
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Man. Your build and images are great.
please, do walkthrough video when you are done.

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Old 08-19-2017, 10:09 PM   #92
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I am literally starting almost the same build. 5 window Thomas with a 7.3l.. what did you do with the heater core coolant hoses, also did yours have a rear a.c. unit?

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Old 08-21-2017, 03:49 PM   #93
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Build looks amazing.
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Old 08-22-2017, 07:47 PM   #94
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@jtgt25 There were two shut off valves under the driver side door area, so I just closed those and cut out the remaining coolant lines to the rear heater. Didn't have a rear AC unit in mine.
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Old 08-22-2017, 07:53 PM   #95
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Did the 2-3 hour drive up to Ikea this weekend, which includes a border crossing. Closest one to us here in Rochester is Burlington, Ontario. Picked up an 8ft butcher block counter top, half will be used for the kitchen counter and the other half for the desk/dining table.


New saw blade, measured like 7 times, held my breath and luckily made a perfect cut


36" kitchen counter top, sink and faucet should be arriving this week


Re-installed the other overhead cabinet door with a fresh coat of paint and new handles
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Old 08-22-2017, 07:57 PM   #96
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Funny! We made a 5 hour drive to Ikea yesterday to pick up bus stuff as well.

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Old 08-22-2017, 08:07 PM   #97
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I got lucky for IKEA stuff.. there was one in tampa when I was trying out the dual-residency thing so it was easy ...

and now they built one in Columbus ohio. so close by even though im ditching the tampa place..

I really like how this bus is shaping up!!!! it just has a really nice feel about it..
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Old 08-22-2017, 08:13 PM   #98
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I thought it had to loop, guess not.. pretty cool though can't wait to see it.. What did you decide on for power?

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Old 08-22-2017, 08:22 PM   #99
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Your bus is beautiful. Very restful.

Why don't you have a layer of crap and tools on the floor like I do?
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Old 08-25-2017, 07:57 PM   #100
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Thanks to everyone for the kind words and comments. Definitely motivating!

@jtgt25 I think some setups you do need to loop it, but I guess I'll find out when I start driving mine more! I'm just assuming since their were shut offs, that it was how they turned off the rear heater in the summer time since there is not another switch or anything. I'm going to do as much as I can with solar/battery banks but not sure if I'll be able to work out a fully viable heat solution that way yet.

@Rusty Definitely a bit OCD, haha. I take all my tools back in and clean/organize things every few days. I'm not sure if it wastes more time putting everything back, or looking for them when I don't put them back... haha.


Dry fit the sink and faucet. I really need a new jig saw, the sink hole required over an hour of cutting and sanding


Sink looking a lot better than the one in my home kitchen...
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