Well, it's been about a month and my visible progress is hardly noticeable. Regardless of which, here's how the past few weeks have gone down.
I found myself anxious about my drivers side window so I replaced it with a nice big beautiful dual pane window. I put it in a little crooked so my bus could be unique, with this window in, all but 1 small window and all of the integrated door windows. have been replaced with new windows, all but one of which are dual pane (excluding the integrated rv window I put in the door).
I used one of my old ceiling panels, approximately 20 gauge. I traced the window BEFORE applying the sheeting, very good idea!
Here's a picture very similar to another picture I posted last month, except with the new window in.
I confess I did a lot of half assing throughout this process. The pop rivets I used were often slightly shorter or longer than what they were rated for, I did not apply this on level ground, the metal looked warped before I welded the top section to the bus, my welds probably are terrible, but look good enough to my untrained eyes (I chose quantity over quality). I have yet to take her out for a drive to see how bad she'll oil can, but visually it turned out pretty well!
I was going to put on bright reverse lights in the back, but got lazy and just took out the rear flashers. Visually I haven't gotten used to this look yet.
I sprayed on some rustoleum brown primer via spray paint can and realized I was pissing my money away. I then got myself a paint sprayer from harbor freight and had a lot of fun with it, I mixed in some Germanic insulation beads and went to town. On the third layer the gun was starting to clog (probably from the insulation beads). I did a poor job on the third layer but that's okay.
The closer I get to the insulation project the more small things I realize I need to get done beforehand, for the past three weeks I keep telling myself "I'll get started on insulation next week" yet I still haven't started. But that's okay, the only real critic to my work and progress seems to be myself.
To wrap up my exterior project and move towards interior I been cleaning and remodeling of my garage/bus, this means I have a lot of wood to burn.
I've also gotten a lot of sketchup time at work to help me go from total beginner to, novice. It's really amazing that I haven't gotten a warning for my unacceptable behavior, I thank the stereotype of the lazy good for nothing manager.
Here's my most recent rendition of the bus (no paneling for dresser/bathroom seperator)
less the furniture (bed and couch)
a close up of my lower bed drawers
model of my sink unit
After shopping around a bit, I temporarily concluded that the best price for steel tubing I can get is from a metal shop in Kent that will sell me 500ft of 16 gauge 1" square tubing for 0.70/ft or 1000ft for 0.62/ft. I found a 5 hour MIG class that I decided I will attend to not too far from myself. I went back and forth but decided since I know very little about structural engineering (aside from triangles are good), I should atleast know how to discern a good weld from a bad weld. (if any of you have advise towards structural integrity I'm all ears!)
This coming week I will be taking the bus for a drive, I am very nervous and excited to see how the bus drives after a long hiatus.
I don't really understand what the proper etiquette is towards questions (whether I should post them here or make a board, but I've got a few some I'll try it out on my build thread).
1. This is an air intake which goes into the radiator, when I insulate should I leave this hole uninsulated? Or is it okay for me to cover it up (and possibly patch it)?
2. This power line for a wheel chair lift: I plan to wrap it in a few layers of electric tape, tie some yarn to it and push it down the hole, do you have an opinion towards this? It's good to note I haven't been able to draw a current out of this.
So here's what's in store for the coming week.
1. Install trailer wiring.
2. Install reverse Camera
3. Install new gaskets for doors.
4. Do some modest repair work on double door.
5. Begin insulation project!
Thank you all for being such a wonderful community, I couldn't imagine being where I am now without your support and my oblige to keep you all posted on my progress.