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Old 05-14-2016, 06:45 PM   #11
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I finally got some time to dedicate to getting the ceiling out. I continued with the punch out core, drill out the center, and cold chisel off the head, method of removing the rivets. It probably took about 10-12 hours total of work, but it's done!







Up next... removing any unnecessary wiring, re-sealing all the windows, and patching a small hole in the roof and the hole left from removing the stop sign arm.
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Old 05-14-2016, 07:13 PM   #12
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I think they look so much bigger inside when you're looking at all the little girders.

Nice work.
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Old 05-20-2016, 09:43 PM   #13
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Spent the last couple days disconnecting and removing any wiring that I won't be using. I plan on the RV portion of the bus being entirely on it's own solar/battery system so I've pretty much disconnected and removed everything, rear heater, flashers, dome/cabin lights, emergency window/door buzzer, etc. I took the time to un-wrap and trace back each wire to make sure I wasn't disconnecting anything that I'd be needing, and took note of which wires go where just in case anything needs to go back. My plan is to move all the wiring to one side of the bus, and also to put it into some type of conduit so if I need to run anything new, I won't have to open the wall.









Once I'm done tinkering with what wiring is left and making it all nice and neat, I'll hopefully move on to re-sealing all the windows, fixing a few small holes in the roof, and ordering my sky light and vent fan.
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Old 05-20-2016, 09:56 PM   #14
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I finally got some time to dedicate to getting the ceiling out. I continued with the punch out core, drill out the center, and cold chisel off the head, method of removing the rivets. It probably took about 10-12 hours total of work, but it's done!







Up next... removing any unnecessary wiring, re-sealing all the windows, and patching a small hole in the roof and the hole left from removing the stop sign arm.
I think it depends on the rivets used by the manufacturer. The rivets on my Ward took me DAYS. The rivets on Sharon's Bluebird took about an hour and a half.
Nice work, excellent pics!
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Old 05-20-2016, 10:14 PM   #15
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lookin good! the floors in it look good!
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Old 05-23-2016, 01:51 PM   #16
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Vermonter looking to mirror you. Gonna purchase from Dan Brown, want a 5 window. What is the interior height after you've gutted it?

Nice work btw, gonna follow this build for inspiration.
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Old 05-25-2016, 09:03 PM   #17
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Nice shorty! I've got an '01 Chevy 4 window and it's wayy rustier than that, had to replace a section of the floor that was sagging. Looks like you're off to a good build.
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Old 07-10-2016, 10:01 PM   #18
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It's been awhile... work and some travels have kept me busy but I'm putting in as much time as I can on the bus. Here are a few updates!

I installed the roof vent, which is a Maxxair 7500K MaxxFan. Remote, thermostat, built in rain shield, really happy I went with this one. After cutting the hole in the roof. I reinforced both sides of the fan cut-out with cut down 2x4's which keep the roof much stiffer around the fan.











Patched up the stop sign arm hole. Fiber glass, bondo and primer. I'll probably sand it back down and prime it again, definitely didn't come out as smooth as I would have liked.







And removed the door. Thinking of going with the Andersen 4000 Series based on Roach's build.

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Old 07-12-2016, 07:42 PM   #19
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Patched, cleaned, rust converter'd and primed the floor this week. Going to re-caulk the seams and edges tonight, and hopefully get the insulation and sub floor done this weekend. Most likely going with this 3/4" insulation on the floor (Owens Corning FOAMULAR 250 Squared Edge R4 Insulation Board 3/4 in. x 2 ft. x 8 ft.-55A - The Home Depot), trying to get as much insulation as I can but keep it as low as possible to maximize head room. Plus it's the exact same thickness as 1x2" furring strips which keeps things simple. Open to any suggestions on something even thinner though!

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Old 07-17-2016, 10:46 PM   #20
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Quick weekend update. Vapor barrier, 1/4" insulation, and OSB tongue and groove subfloor installed successfully! In the end I went with only 1/4" insulation, to be on the safe side with my head room. More insulation would have been nice, but not as nice as being able to stand up straight. Feels good to be building for a change.







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