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Old 07-29-2016, 09:29 PM   #31
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A bit more progress from last weekend that I hadn't posted yet.

After blacking out the two rear side windows, I caulked them shut and insulated with reflectix and 1/2" foam board. Which ended up fitting in perfectly flush. Also insulated the walls above and below the windows with 1 3/8" foam board.







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Old 08-08-2016, 07:40 AM   #32
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Been on an overseas trip for work, so no progress on the bus recently. I have been able to spend a little time researching my ideal solar / electrical setup though, which I posted about in the 'Conversion General Discussions' forum.

I've also been messing around with some renderings of the floor plan too, but I haven't gone too in depth since it's really subject to change still. The basics are a bunk bed with folding futon on the bottom in the back. Kitchen / sink area, workstation / desk area, rotating co-pilot / table seat, and bathroom with shower and composting toilet. As small as my bus is, I've decided to wall off a rear "garage" area, only a foot deep or so. This will be for the solar setup, battery bank, water tank, pump, and whatever storage is left for outside things like lawn chairs, etc.

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Old 08-08-2016, 11:26 AM   #33
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The rear garage area looks like a good idea. You might want to consider some kind of escape hatch through the back wall to allow you to exit that way in an emergency. Jack
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Old 08-14-2016, 04:15 PM   #34
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Small update today, finally back home after a couple weeks out of town. Got the skylight installed! I need to order one more tube of Dicor Sealant though, just to cover all the edges one more time. The skylight itself is from EZ Tops, which I've seen used on several other skoolies. (RV Skylights, Square, Rectangular & Round.) This is covering the old emergency exit cut-out, and it was pretty straight forward to screw in place with some self-tapping metal screws, after pre-drilling the skylight itself.

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Old 09-08-2016, 05:53 PM   #35
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Labor day weekend finally gave me a couple days to dedicate to the bus, so some progress has been made.

Rust treated, primed, insulated and re-framed the stairs. Also framed up a new entry area to re-claim some floor space on the same level as the rest of the bus, since it was previously a lower upper level to the stairs.











Framed up and installed the Anderson 4000 series door as well, which was definitely a bit tricky! But I think it's going to look great once everything is buttoned up and it feels rock solid too for being a single glass pane. (Door idea blatantly stolen from Roach's build.)



Can't wait to start working on the interior and paint this thing!
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Old 09-08-2016, 08:42 PM   #36
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@marbury Thanks, and thanks for following along!

Small updates this week. Cleaned and primed the chair rails and blacked out the rear windows and last set of side windows. To black out the windows I used this 3M vinyl (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007P6R78A/). I admit, it's not the cheapest but it's really forgiving and easy to apply. The back portion of the bus will be walled off, and store my solar setup / be the "garage/trunk". Now that the windows are blacked out, I'll caulk them up and insulate. I with blacking them out versus replacing them with sheet metal because I really want to keep the original look of the bus. From the outside it looks completely original even though these windows are 100% blacked out.





Anyone have any ideas for where I could purchase an original OEM floor liner / mat for my rig? I'm thinking with everything else re-done, it would be nice to have a fresh new floor in the front as well. 2005 E450 Super Duty.

Check out lmc truck,
https://www.lmctruck.com/van/

The E350 is very close, and they have stuff to 2012. Dang just checked the catalog no carpet. 😣 I'll check out other restorer sites.

"EDIT" if you want new and can not find it. Here is a custom carpet manufacturer
http://www.automotiveinteriors.com/app/acc_carpet.php

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Old 09-09-2016, 07:17 PM   #37
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@Tootalltechie Thanks for the links! I think I'm going to try and carpet it myself first, but if that fails I'll definitely be going back to those links.

Started getting some insulation up on the ceiling today using 1 3/8" polyisocyanurate foam board. It's a bit thinner than the frame of the ceiling, so there will be about 1/4"-3/8" gap between the foam board and ceiling planks. My question is... is that air gap good or bad? The foam board itself reads that leaving 3/4" gap will actually add to the R-Value, but I've seen many skoolie building basically packing in multiple layers of insulation of various types and thicknesses, leaving no air gap at all.



So, leave the air gap? Or add more insulation?
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Old 09-17-2016, 07:25 PM   #38
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I finished insulating the ceiling using 1 3/8" polyiso and spray foaming any gaps. My bus has pretty tight corners going into the ceiling, so I scored each piece of insulation board several times in these sections to fit well around the bends. Already a noticeable temperature difference when the sun is beating down on the bus all day.





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Old 09-17-2016, 07:44 PM   #39
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Matt, for flooring, I'm still chasing this rabbit....
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Old 09-20-2016, 07:13 AM   #40
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Started the ceiling this weekend. I was originally hoping to screw cedar planks directly to the steel frame, but the cedar planks are a little more fragile than I thought and tended to crack easily when using screws. Also the steel ribs are fairly thin, not giving much surface area to attach the planks to. So I cut strips of 1/4" plywood, and attached those to the frame first before attaching the cedar planks to the plywood strips. I'm attaching the cedar planks with a staple gun using brads, which are a lot harder to see than using screws so that's nice.

Definitely tedious work, but so far so good.



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