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Old 07-08-2017, 07:48 PM   #71
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Well finally getting back at it after a couple months out of the country for work. To follow up on the conversation...

1. I used Hytech seam sealer and patch tape to seal the seams first, then Hytech Buskote paint. I plan to do another coat of paint, then clear coat pretty soon here.

2. I did use Great Stuff to fill the gaps gaps, but I didn't spray any inside of the ribs or any closed spaces as per advice seen in the forum. I don't believe any of it is in contact with any uncoated metal either, maybe a little here and there.
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Old 07-08-2017, 08:24 PM   #72
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A little progress, these photos bring the build up to date.

Framed out and paneled the rear wall. I made a cardboard template for the ceiling contour, first by using the original sheet metal as base a template, then scribing. It's still far from perfect though...







The rear compartment leaves just enough space to store water tanks, pump, batteries (will be vented), inverter, etc.





Also made a simple wire chase to hide some cables, and possibly house an LED light strip depending on what I end up doing for cabinets.



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Old 07-08-2017, 09:07 PM   #73
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this bus is looking great inside!. love the idea of the back wall. and storage area behind
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Old 07-15-2017, 10:31 PM   #74
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Created a frame for the skylight this week. Not perfect, but I'm happy with it. Tried to match the style and color of the exhaust fan, I think they look pretty good together.


Before.


Wood frame I made, matching the ceiling contour.


Test fit.


Skylight and fan.
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Old 07-15-2017, 10:32 PM   #75
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sure looks like it came out great!
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Old 07-17-2017, 10:20 PM   #76
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Been staring at this area over the doorway every time I walk in and out of the bus for the past few days... Any suggestions or photos to share? I have a few ideas, but I'm not in love with any of them. Not a lot of places attach more planks, and some interesting angles/contours to deal with as well.



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Old 07-18-2017, 09:38 AM   #77
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Good place for an upholstered head-banger pad.
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Old 07-23-2017, 08:45 PM   #78
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I've been spending a lot of time with the tedious details this last week. Trimming out all the windows, tying up some things I've been putting off, and finally framed, insulated and covered the front area.


Windows trimmed out.


Before.


Framed and insulated. Attached 1x3's to the steel frame with metal self taping screws. The center/uninsulated area will be a storage area and access area for the lights and wiring.


How things are looking as of today. Will be cutting the storage area / access panel back out later.


Coming along!
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Old 07-23-2017, 09:26 PM   #79
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Thanks !!!!

one day I'll build one just like yours.
please, keep the images coming and big thanks
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Old 07-29-2017, 09:36 PM   #80
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Some updates from the last few evenings and today.


Fitting and re-painting the storage box that covered the electrical above the drivers seat


Cut out storage / access area, won't be re-using the original door for this one since it was broken anyways


Cut out the bathroom built in shelves


Finally decided how I wanted to tackle covering this area over the entry door. Still a lot of weird angles and contours, but squaring out the busy body taper made things a bit easier.


Finished, will probably put a small access door in the end since there is a decent amount or storage space after boxing in the angled area. Plenty of head clearance too
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