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Old 06-18-2016, 09:57 PM   #111
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Gotta love whoever invented Clecos! (is there a Mr. Cleco?)
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Old 06-18-2016, 09:59 PM   #112
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Wikipedia: A cleco, also spelled generically cleko, is a fastener developed by the Cleveland Pneumatic Tool Company

I will probably forget this fact in about the same time it took to look it up. But yes I agree, cleco's are amazing.
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Old 06-19-2016, 09:24 AM   #113
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Sounds like a campfire conversation I've had about Dzus tabs.
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Old 06-23-2016, 12:53 PM   #114
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Triumph!

Yesterday was a great first day of vacation, TRIUMPH!



I'm not expecting much more progress this coming week, but I'll post more progress later.

July project is insulation and rv window installation. I also might skin 2 more windows on the starboard side, maybe.
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Old 07-10-2016, 03:44 PM   #115
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I measured the lengths of my scrap and realized I had a few inches to spare. Now all but 2 of the original schoolbus windows have been removed. I have the aft port window still in (it's a little smaller than regular size), and I still have the driver side window in.

One thing I learned is how nice it is to have solid rivets that are the proper length. I did some bad measuring for the bottom side rivets and I ordered some slightly smaller rivets for the bottom, they went in so nicely. But I'm in too deep to indulge in regrets. All and all everything has gone down pretty smoothly, and now I feel a lot more comfortable with the concept of solid rivets. My next bus skinning project will use solid rivets for sure.

Cleaned the bus up a bit, here's an interior shot from my new "photo progress chair"


Here's a photo of my "photo progress chair" aka: shotgun


I picked up this chair and it's swivel from a lovely couple who were kind enough to deliver this to my restaurant for $100 and a free meal. I am really stoked about it, the color looks way better in person, and the chair is extremely comfy. Using my "cut twice, and measure again" method, I was able to get 4 good holes with good accessibility above and below the bus, I achieved this success with only 4 wasted holes, success.

I have spent the past few days spinning circles with what to do next. I was going to focus on insulation, but I keep thinking about repainting the bus with insulating beads. My todo list looks kind of like this.

1. Install roof vents.
1a. procure 2 way vent fans
2. Measure bus
2a. learn to use sketchup
3. Paint the bus
3a. Questions pending.
4. Make a decision and pull the trigger for RV window installing.
5. Floating flooring

I'm intending to paint the bus, I have gone back and forth between what I should do to paint it, when I first painted it we just roughed it up with mineral spirits and steel sponges, I was thinking about taking the paint off with my angle grinder and wire brush, but that seems like a lot of work. I kind of like the idea of doing a cheap job, roughing up the surface with some steel sponges and painting over it with insulating beads and expecting some of the paint to peel over the next few years. I guess I'll just play it by ear.

Anyway here's where I am, I feel restless but satisfied.
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Old 07-10-2016, 07:10 PM   #116
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Personally, I'd hold off on a paint job until through chopping holes here and there...(roof vents, fridge vent, stove exhaust, plumbing vent, electrical, fresh water, any storage bays, etc., etc., etc.).

But...you could start the prep work and priming.
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Old 07-10-2016, 07:39 PM   #117
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That's good to know, I was thinking about painting before cutting so I could sleaze my way out of covering the windows with newspaper and tape but I really haven't wanted to/I lack the friends/resources to paint easily, so I'm glad you advised me so. Painting will be on hold for the time being.
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Old 07-15-2016, 04:55 PM   #118
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So this past week has been a weird limbo struggle for direction. However I was pleased to find ways to keep busy yesterday. I found a cute little wood stove super far away so I had a deadline to finish my work by 6. Here're some fun pictures from yesterday.

Front roof vent cleco'ed on.



The rear roof vent location was not ideal, so I tore it off and cut a new hole for the roof vent. Skinning the bus has taught me that holes in metal are no big deal.



I think cleco'd a patch on the old roof vent hole



For the newbies like myself, I will explain my simple procedure. Take this in with salt grain.
1. Measure twice. I measured 13 1/2" x 13 3/4"
2. Saw open the hole (I used an angle grinder with 4.5 inch norton cutoff wheels)
3. Grind/file off jagged edges.
4. Testfit the roof vent, if it doesn't fit make necessary adjustments.
5. Drill holes (I a tiny pilot bit followed by 3/16")
5.a Cleco it on to conform to the curves of the roof in between.
6. Remove everything and clean the surfaces well. I invented a brilliant (possibly obvious) system yesterday for this: I mixed some water and pinesol into a cheap spray bottle, and used some microfiber cloth to wipe it up.
7. Patch the perimeter with butyl tape
8. Cleco again
9. Take pictures for skoolie.
10. Call it a day.

Aaand some views from the roof



I went through a brief phase where I thought my money would be safer stored in the form of storage trailers, as a result I have 2 trailers. I would have more if I had the space, probably a good thing I'm out of space. They are incredibly useful though for this project.

Also a little bonus, I have been playing around with sketchup at work, it makes time go by way faster. I wasn't planning to learn to use it, but it turns out all you do is draw rectangles. Pretty simple, pretty fun, pretty intuitive.

Here's a rough sketchup of the bus

There were some tough layout decisions but I feel pretty good about how this turned out, a few compromised had to be made. The side emergency door will not be blocked off entirely, but it will be extremely difficult to use. The bathroom will have a "master bedroom entrance" from behind the door for my wife and I. Guests can go around and use the back door .
The glowing TV by the door is the small wood stove I got yesterday.
Between the purple couch and the bed is a chest freezer I got the other day(after I figured out how basic sketchup works), it will be converted to a refrigerator once I have enough beer that needs to be cooled. The top will be used as a counter space, and I plan to put on one of these "add kitchen space fold up counters" that lorna mentioned in a thread to the cooler to define kitchen space when it's assembled.


I got some #14 screws today, I plan to finish my patchwork later today. The Original reason I did sketchup was to figure out where I'm putting in the windows, the funny thing is it's been 4 days I still haven't measured my windows.
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Old 07-15-2016, 06:19 PM   #119
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is that bus a carpenter and did it have tinted windows?? I want tinted windows for my carpenter..
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Old 07-15-2016, 08:23 PM   #120
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Didn't come with tinted windows, which is no big deal because the windows are out now. I think you can get window tint pretty cheap though. It's one area where I've put almost no research into. However I do have a crapper window which should probably be tinted now that you mention it.
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