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Old 05-12-2019, 12:01 AM   #11
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Stupid rotating pictures...

The two pics before the very last one show my new little storage pocket. Hammer for scale, no bananas handy. The rest I snapped randomly throughout the last few days.

I know I'll catch a lot of flak for the OSB but between the sealant, the bed liner I'm using prior to sub flooring, the insulation and then the main flooring materials, I'm not terribly frightened by moisture ruining the floors. I was having a terrible time finding marine plywood, which was my initial choice, anywhere in town. When I did find some, it was in terrible condition and I couldn't get the price down. Even the ply options were looking pretty haggard.

On tomorrow's agenda: engine & trans removal, wire wheel and rust treatment is being done by the ladies. And to top it all off, lower ball joint replacement on both sides of a 2004 Chevy Cavalier (assuming there's time).

Too much to do, always!
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Old 05-12-2019, 03:38 AM   #12
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Well, it's been a busy, BUSY week! The weather has been spotty at best. So any time I'm at home and see sunshine through the window, I sprint for the bus.

Gosh, I know the feeling! When I am out and about and the day turns nice, I feel like I am neglecting my bus!
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Old 05-16-2019, 02:13 AM   #13
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05/16/2019 @ 1:13a.m.!!

Hi errybuddy!! Due to it being so late (rather, early) and it being a work day in less than five hours, I just wanted to say:

IT'S OUT!!
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Old 05-16-2019, 02:23 AM   #14
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Off to the engine builder she goes! Now I get to pressure wash this mess, remove transmission, patch holes and prep for bed liner application on firewall and wheel wells (might do some suspension work while these two major components are out) and discuss some of the modifications with builders.

Any motorheads out there with recommendations for reliable power upgrades? I am going to talk to my transmission guy but I am trying to find an overdrive mechanism to compensate for my 4.56:1 gear ratio so I can cruise a little smoother. Ive read that original OD transmissions were junk while the new stuff has implemented things much better. If it comes down to it I can re-gear but, there's so much money and time already tied into this mess, I'm looking at alternatives.

Is there a stand-alone computer setup out there for older machines like this so I could run a newer OD trans? I ve seen the mechanical conversion kits but they run around $3.5k+!! Any input would be greatly appreciated! Have a great day, everyone!
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Old 05-16-2019, 02:58 AM   #15
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Congratulations man! That is a huge step!
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Old 05-31-2019, 07:47 AM   #16
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WELL.... It's been a minute, I know. I'm still plugging along though, I promise! The weather here has been terrible. I work on the bus in the driveway 99% of the time. At least until my engine is done. Speaking of which, i need to call him tomorrow to check in...

Here's what i have done though; I've followed some advice from another thread and got my hands on a pressure washer sandblasting attachment and it... is... AWESOME!! Some heavier grit sand or even just a more powerful pressure washer would really turn up the heat but for my purposes, it's working great! It can strip the surface rust and original paint with slow and steady passes. Still need to hit the rear. Mostly stuck to the engine compartment on the first go around.

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( oh crap, I didn't remember to take my "after" pics! I'll do it this afternoon).

Tires. Oh, so beautiful. Kumho A/T 51's in a slightly over-factory size, 285/75R16 (approx. 33" tall). My suspension is old and saggy and due for an update - which I'll cover in the coming weeks. The tires look TOO tall when in reality, my suspension drooping has eaten up my travel. Some extra HD RV springs, sway bar and 5k bags are in the works to solve that. For now I'm already digging the looks of the new rubber and steelies though. Chose steel over alum because it's possible to make repairs on trail, if necessary.

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Today I spent nearly four hours playing in my favorite place ever, the junkyard! Turns out there was not any vans with extended tops, which I need for the base of my pop-top. However, just last month they did sell one and it had a frame underneath which the buyer decided not to take. So I just might be able to use it.

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That's why I've been stuck for two weeks now. Without a permanent roof solution in place, I can't install my floors. Without the floors, I obviously can't build my walls and interior.

They also had busses though, big ones. Not to mention a cool little trailer that someone made by chopping a bus in half. They also had an RV and it has windows! Tons of them. Made a deal with the yard owner. $30 a window. I'm stoked! Pulling those next week along with a MaxxAir fan that appears to be in perfect condition.

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(Instant chains switch, chains that hang under buses that folks keep asking about in other threads).
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(Just some neat cars I saw in their collection. A Ford Centurion, a 50's Chevy, and a hatchback Eagle which I've always wanted).
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Lastly, we pulled the previous owners vinyl decals and then today my friendly FedEx delivery guy dropped off something I've been waiting for... A tankless water heater! It's a bit bigger than I expected but, finding a "portable" tankless that's rated for use above 2,000ft elevation that doesn't cost a kidney and your first born isn't easy.

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I had to get creative to test it but it got the job done. The little tank couldn't supply quite enough gas but once I stole the tank from our bbq it got crazy hot. Hot water, on demand. Glorious.

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If anyone needs windows like the one pictured, for cheap, and is willing to either pick up in Montana or has a cheap shipping method, let me know. I'll grab as many of the remaining windows as you like. I only need 3 or four of the 13 that this RV has!

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Old 05-31-2019, 08:29 AM   #17
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My grandmother had a '56 Chevy with that exact color scheme. She got too fat for the lap belt to fit her, so she cut it and extended it by sewing on a folded-up pair of her old nylon stockings. She only drove it half a block once a week, so by the time she died and willed it to my brother, it only had 50,000 miles on it. I learned to drive in this car.

My brother had a fight with his now ex-wife, after which she went out to their garage and took a framing hammer to the car. I don't generally support the death penalty but I'm willing to consider exceptions.
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Old 05-31-2019, 09:14 AM   #18
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Too bad the car wasn't, "Christine"!
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