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Old 06-20-2018, 06:18 PM   #211
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Hooly hell man you been stoned almost as long as i been alive. Lol
I do my best, man!
My wife was born in 1992, FTW lol.
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Old 06-20-2018, 08:10 PM   #212
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My wife was born in 1992, FTW lol.
whaaaat **** man she younger than me, eccb is a pimp, aslong as she was over 18 when ya met, or is 16 legal age in flordia.? Sorry my bad taolik went off topic again. Lol.
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Old 06-20-2018, 08:30 PM   #213
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whaaaat **** man she younger than me, eccb is a pimp, aslong as she was over 18 when ya met, or is 16 legal age in flordia.? Sorry my bad taolik went off topic again. Lol.
Yeah, sorry man for the OT!

It was all legal, man!
We've been together 8 years, she's 26.
But I knew her before then, she's my friend's wife's cousin. I was actually kinda buds with her dad before she and I started dating. We're all one big family now!

And not back to Taolik's Juicy Lucy!!
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Old 06-20-2018, 09:08 PM   #214
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Tao, just read this whole thread, and it's been awesome watching your craftsmanship evolve and improve by orders of magnitude over the couple years you've been at this. We're about a half hour down the road and would love to catch up sometime after you get through your big push!

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Old 06-21-2018, 02:09 AM   #215
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Tao, just read this whole thread, and it's been awesome watching your craftsmanship evolve and improve by orders of magnitude over the couple years you've been at this. We're about a half hour down the road and would love to catch up sometime after you get through your big push!

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Hey Nick, thanks for the kind words! I keep having the thought "man my next build is going to be so awesome", it's pretty wild looking back on my earlier posts and remembering how intimidating everything seemed, I half expect my bus to fall apart (knocks vigorously on wood), but worst case scenerio I'll just unscrew all my framing and throw it in another bus. If you're south of me I'd love to stop by and say hi while I'm southbound. I think the wife and I are planning on camping somewhere with water on our way down. If you're northbound maybe you can stop by my restaurant Tentenyu before then and I can get you a beer.

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Good job on the goals, longest i went without smoking pot i the last 10 years is 2 weeks, horrible maybe onday i can doit like you. Butt the steel is looking awsome for sure your should totally be a union ornamental ironworker. Looks like you do pretty well fabin.
Thanks for stopping by and the kind words Dope, 2 weeks was probably longer than my PR prior to my current stint. But necessity is a great motivator, the sobriety has opened up 90 minutes in my evenings to work and my mornings are clear and consistent with reduced lethargy and better mental and physical consistency. The worst of the sobriety was probably the on/off alcohol withdrawel headaches. I have had some crazy dreams since it all went down.

Eastcoast: good to have you loitering about my build thread again.
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Old 06-30-2018, 08:34 PM   #216
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Hustle hustle hustle!

Holy crap my life is a mess.
I absolutely need to get the bus in a liveable state by 7/6. Then I need to get her to a shop for a tune up so I can make sure she's safe to drive with minimal chance of issue by 7/9. Then hopefully I'll get her back before 7/13, move all my stuff inside and GTFO!

Lots of progress, lots of late nights. Here are a few glimpses.

Drilled a hole in the roof

Got the vent on my P12000 installed


Cut another hole in the side and got my vent hood installed

Felt pads put on the couch for easy slide out action


Lots and lots of wire running, most of the terrible nooks and cranny wire runs are done.


Out of focus picture, of my bathroom fuse box to kitchen fuse box transition area, installed a water tank fill valve. Decided NOT to put in a gravity feed water system for now, since realistically I'd prefer just to fill in through the city water fill.


Aside from that I have a lot of wood paneling which has been in and out of my finishing tent.

Here's a picture as of about 24 hours ago.


What's left. Screwing down all my furniture, plumbing the kitchen and bathroom sink ins and outs, Making wire runs from fuse boxes, venting my grey water tank, replacing my unvented shower P trap with a hepvo valve, sanding the finish of my bathroom and kitchen drawers(not featured in picture). I estimate 50 hours of work. I think I can do it, I just need to cut some sleep out of my schedule.

hustle hustle hustle hustle.
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Old 07-14-2018, 01:23 AM   #217
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so tired..

Okay well there's more that's been done but between the craziness of running a restaurant (with a lot of help from a select few good workers), moving (with a lot of help from some great family and my lovely wife), and husting the bus together (with a lot of help from my cousin who came up to help), life's intensity has been steady. The short days are 16 hours and the long days are upwards towards 20. For the past few days I have been sleeping a bit in the bus, I'd love to sleep more but that will be something to look forward to soon.

Here's some pictures I took recently.
Front to back

Back to front


A few notes

the propane system is fully plumbed, tested for leaks via propane snooper and functional. Everything but the water heater has proven functional. The propane detector is installed and just needs to be fused. This and many other fuses are on my todo list.

Oil has been changed, oil, fuel and power fluid filters have been replaced. All existing diesel has also been drained and replaced with fresh fuel. 4 mile test drive showed good promise of success!

Two AC electric systems: My 1000w Inverter AC and "extension cord system" for hair dryer and convection oven, have both been tested and work! Though when my inverter is free range, I have a few issues that need a little trouble shooting because of a gfci and my inverter's energy saving mode.

The first 10 feet run of my DC system is 8 AWG, I would like to replace taht with 4 AWG in the future. Maybe after all the madness settled down, unless the wire gets really hot.

A vent has been added to my grey water tank, and just needs some pex crimped to it, then my water system will be ready to be pressure tested..fingers crossed!

My TV mounts and TV outlets were poorly planned, I will be drilling another hole for my TV mount very soon.

At this point, aside from adding fuses to my dc system, getting my tv mount up, and adding a pex vent for my plumbing system, I would say my bus is in liveable condition.


Another update will come up at some point, but I still got a lot of moving to do.. Tonight I think I'm going to drink a beer and try and sleep 8 hours. Tomorrow will likely be a long night after work.

thanks for following!
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Old 05-15-2019, 04:27 PM   #218
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Hi all, it's been awhile. I've wanted to clean up the bus and do this update properly, but since I feel like dealing with it today, I'm going to dump this update here and bring some conclusion to this thread for the few future viewers who visit.

Life has gotten considerably better since I last posted. In fact I feel like a completely different person than I was before. My wife and I left Washington, took a little break from the daily grind and moved down to Oregon. We've been 3/4 timing in the bus, we have not been using the bathroom in the bus outside of laziness and emergencies and we have two storage trailers for tools and external storage as well as a few boxes spread out through garages among some friends and family. As far as I'm aware everything functions good aside from the batteries which need to be replaced..eventually.

We've had some opportunities to travel around the world a bit, and have made friends and enjoyed some nice beaches, sunsets, sunrises, culture and food in Alaska, Vietnam, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico and the oregon coast.



We have enjoyed a few backyards with our bus and are currently settled cozy not too far from the Hillsboro Airport.
I built a balcony, and awning and bridge for my entry way.
Cumulonimbus clouds preceding us being evacuated off some Vietnamese islands.


Hiking about some alaskan ridges



Figure A.


The bus is kind of constantly cluttered and is a mess, but life has been good.



After moving in, I have really really appreciated hooks, rings and carabeaners


Figure B.


Figure C


My heater and insulation were not able to keep up with the winter, so I added additional insulation curtains over troubled areas. Metal grommets installed in $10 wool blankets from harbor freight, hung with carabiners. My wife also installed velcro wool blankets which seal windows and vent seals during the winter.


Currently serving tables part time on the weekends and studying during the week to become a pilot.


Though the bus is definitely not done, mentally I think this phase in my life has concluded and I am now transitioning into the next phase. It blows my mind how different my life is now from when I started this bus project. I can't necessarily say I would reccommend this life for outsiders looking into this madness. I wouldn't say it was wise or worth investing dozens of thousands of dollars for tools I didn't know how to use, or parts I didn't need, or buying brand new utilities I would end up giving away because I didn't think things through. But I came into this project barely knowing how to use a drill, intimidated by plumbing, electrical, and anything that wasn't playing videogames and Japanese food related; I have come out of this journey with knowledge, skills and tools, patience and confidence empowering me to do anything and everything I want.

To those outsiders looking in, wondering if you should probably do it? Maybe you shouldn't. It really doesn't make much sense to try and build a house to live in out of a bus. To those who are already knee deep in this madness wondering if you should give up? Never lose sight of your goal, never give up, any progress you make today is a step closer to your goals and dreams. Procrastination is nothing but a waste of time, and striving for perfection will hinder your progress.

If you ever want to get in touch, you can gmail me at kamotai.

To everyone else, good luck on your journey!
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Old 05-15-2019, 04:35 PM   #219
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Incredible post (And journey)! Thanx for sharing.

Happy trails to you both.
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Old 05-17-2019, 09:13 AM   #220
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Words of honesty, stoked for you bud.
Flying is amazing isnt it ? Cheers.
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