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Old 05-19-2018, 12:57 AM   #11
Mini-Skoolie
 
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Chassis: Ford E450
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Long overdue update.

It's been a little slow going on the Crystal Bat, with not a lot of available time.


We ended up tearing the flooring out after all. We went back and forth on it a lot, but in the end, we were there, and we figured it would be better to know for sure what it looked like under there. As it turned out, the rust was super minimal, and we probably could have skipped it. But better safe than sorry.



We ripped up the flooring from the rear door up to the stairwell. Given the bus will spend a fair amount of time in dusty environments, we decided to leave the rubber flooring intact at the entryway.


All the same, we cleaned it up, coated it with ospho, hit it with a coat of rust-preventing paint, and sealed up all the holes - epoxy and pennies for the seat bolt holes, silicon caulk for the nail holes.


Flooring Stripped, minimal rust - https://www.instagram.com/p/BiANWQPh4wM/


Ospho'd - https://www.instagram.com/p/BiANePYBtGn/


Expoxied - https://www.instagram.com/p/BiYF34clcF2/


Caulked - https://www.instagram.com/p/BiYUJ38l_WR/


As for the holes where the rear heater hoses came thru, there was a sheet metal kick panel between the front passenger-side bench and the padded barrier. We cut a piece from that, epoxied it over the hose holes, and sealed the outside with caulk.We'll be sealing the holes from the bottom as well.


I poked around under the bus, looking to see if I work out where to cut the hatch for replacing the fuel screens on the tank. Based on the condition of the fittings I can see, it looks like they were done in the not-too-distant past. Given it's a once-every-100,000 miles repair, we decided to skip it, especially given it looked like there might be a cross-member in the way.



We've got the flooring plywood leaning against the garage, ready to install. And we scored some free pergo-style flooring that was used in a stage production. Pretty excited about that!


We pulled a bit of ceiling panel and wall panel, to check and see if there was any insulation at all and what kind of condition it was in. We liked what we saw and called it good enough for our purposes. The ceiling got a great coat of sky blue, with some clouds and such.



Sky Ceiling - https://www.instagram.com/p/Bi09NUDhSts/


We've got a couple coats of paint on the outside, a nice deep purple. It's covered enough that we can drive and register it, but it's not finished yet. We've decided to put off the finish so we can work on the build out.


A Very Purple Bus - https://www.instagram.com/p/Bif1L1LFyJD/


We still have some mechanical loose ends to tie up - the rear heater bypass needs to be finalized, and I need to cap or pull out the wiring for the stop arm and the rear heater. If I get those done, at least we can drive it. I still need deal with an issue in the glow plug harness and one of the injectors before it'll pass a smog test.


But, we've passed through the tear-out and prep phase, and we're ready to start putting some bits back in.


If you're the Instagram type, you can follow along at https://www.instagram.com/thereandbusagain/
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Old 05-19-2018, 01:02 AM   #12
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Nice bus,
Any pictures using the eraser disc and what and where to get one?
Hope you include lots of pictures!!!!!

We used this one: https://www.amazon.com/Remover-Stick...ds=eraser+disc


This might be the only action shot: https://www.instagram.com/p/BiAKy0FBsf5/


Expect lots of rubber and decal debris. We preferred the shop-vac to the hose for cleanup.
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Old 05-20-2018, 12:33 PM   #13
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Hello,
I just got my bus and will be starting the conversion.
I was curious as to why you decided to take the rear heater out, I was thinking I would build my bed over it and just not use it.
Thanks
Fred
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Old 05-21-2018, 04:44 AM   #14
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Why Am I not seeing any pictures? Sounds like a very similar build to what we will be doing!
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Old 05-24-2018, 11:45 PM   #15
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Hello,
I just got my bus and will be starting the conversion.
I was curious as to why you decided to take the rear heater out, I was thinking I would build my bed over it and just not use it.
Thanks
Fred

Two main reasons:


First, one of the design decisions was, we aren't building for prolonged stays in cold environments. It's a short term stay, long hauler.



Second, we're maximizing for storage, and it was a bulky component placed in a prime storage area.


The two together made it an easy call to pull the heater rather than build around it. But if your design constraints or needs are different, do what works for you!
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Old 05-24-2018, 11:46 PM   #16
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Why Am I not seeing any pictures? Sounds like a very similar build to what we will be doing!

Because I'm being suuuuper lazy about it. Click the Instagram links and the pics should be there.
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