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Old 01-14-2018, 11:31 PM   #1
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Cutaway vacation home

I have started my project today. Goal is a having a place to stay while I am here on vacation and have no need to block a friends room. I will also build it only when on vacation so it will take it's time.

Bus is a Ford E350 / Ward. Unfortunately someone started converting it into a support truck. He removed the left side windows and covered them with sheet metal. Also everything, beds and closets were build out of metal. So 2 full days with the angle grinder to cut everything out. Even the floor is cut, I need to close that first before starting with the floor.

I was thinking first about a real shorty believing the cutaway is too small. After all that work today I am happy that for example I had to deal only with 6 windows. Everything bigger would be nicer but too much of a project with the time given and I think just for me the size is good enough.
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Old 01-15-2018, 02:30 AM   #2
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I have started my project today. Goal is a having a place to stay while I am here on vacation and have no need to block a friends room. I will also build it only when on vacation so it will take it's time.

Bus is a Ford E350 / Ward. Unfortunately someone started converting it into a support truck. He removed the left side windows and covered them with sheet metal. Also everything, beds and closets were build out of metal. So 2 full days with the angle grinder to cut everything out. Even the floor is cut, I need to close that first before starting with the floor.

I was thinking first about a real shorty believing the cutaway is too small. After all that work today I am happy that for example I had to deal only with 6 windows. Everything bigger would be nicer but too much of a project with the time given and I think just for me the size is good enough.
Awesome...good luck with your project...

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Old 01-16-2018, 08:23 PM   #3
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all windows are back in. Still need to weld the floor. To do so, the bus has to drive. Bus did operate the last time in 1997. Started right up. Going home now so work will be interrupted for weeks.

Starting to really like that thing. Perfect size for me.
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Old 01-16-2018, 08:28 PM   #4
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all windows are back in. Still need to weld the floor. To do so, the bus has to drive. Bus did operate the last time in 1997. Started right up. Going home now so work will be interrupted for weeks.

Starting to really like that thing. Perfect size for me.
Cool...what kinda welding is needed?

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Old 01-16-2018, 08:32 PM   #5
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Looks good Horst. We have one with one window more and single rear wheels with 2 adults, 2 kids and a dog. Little tight but for one person it can be palace.

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Old 01-17-2018, 09:29 AM   #6
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Is that a "Suck & Blow" I see behind your bus in the last pic? Sweet!
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Old 01-17-2018, 09:39 AM   #7
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That's a push me pull you. Make a great "Toad" for the bus! Jack
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Old 01-17-2018, 09:47 AM   #8
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Even better if it still has all its' hard points!
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Old 01-17-2018, 10:23 AM   #9
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That is a real O2 which served in Vietnam. I am however a helo pilot...
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Old 01-17-2018, 11:03 AM   #10
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I have been an Oscar Deuce fan ever since I saw one in Danang in '66 just as I was leaving. They weren't officially deployed for another year but there were a couple there that I guess were being tested. I am pretty sure they were "company" planes based on the total lack of markings.

And we have another rotary pilot on the forum. "Guido" spent some quality time driving them around unfriendly desert areas and is currently working on his instructor cert here in the Houston area. Super guy, we just need to find him a bus to play with.


And I'm sSorry guys...but wings that go round and round just don't sound right...so I'm gonna stick with fixed wings.
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