Happy Sunday all,
So I apologize for the delay but here is my update as of a day or two ago. Progress has been slow, I originally was using paint drying properly as an excuse, now I blame daylight savings time. So here's a rough consolidation of how the past week or two has gone.
I finished painting the interior of the bus more or less, I slacked a bit on the pictures for a few days so here's a picture of the bus after the 2nd or 3rd coat.
Circled in Red (seat racks I think), I neglected to remove these. This procrastination really bit me in the butt later, despite how obvious it was that I should've taken care of this prior to painting I just didn't do it - I'm sure some of you may understand this flaw in human nature. I ended up taking a chunk out of my day off to get these out/cleaned/painted over, but at the end of the day my common sense beat my lazyness and we got err done!
After the paint dried, I carefully measured everything so I could sloppily cut out a practice cutout on this cardboard box.
I learned over the past two weeks, that 1. I am not good at measuring. 2. I am not good at reading my measurement notes. 3. I am just as bad at cutting. You'll notice in these pictures that I keep putting the screwdriver into the driver seat mount holes. Maybe it's a guy thing, maybe it's just me - I got some very nice amusement out of putting my screwdriver shaft into the bus's exposed holes. It also helped me keep everything aligned.
After using so much focus to cut my cardboard cutout, I ended up getting lazy for the insulation and just traced around the cardboard to get the insulation in. "Insulation is easy enough to cut" I tell myself "I'll just cut more if needed. This thought process maintained throughout all the layers.
I didn't take a picture between the prior and this next, but in short I laid down some insulation, put down a radiant barrier that I had express shipped from Amazon(I was drunk on hope when I ordered it, I finally got it down a a week later).
9/16 Ply I think. The upper right side had some wierd stuff going on, it took about as long as the rest of the cutout. You can see some shiny radiant barrier around the edges, also the screwdriver.
I actually did the next step way later, because I had no intention to do it, but I finally overcame my lazyness adn got er done. For my transmission "manhole", I ended up making a seperate hatch cover with 2x1/4 inch wood I had laying around sandwiching the insulation. I used my tried and tested "measure twice, cut thrice method".
(I actually added some radiant barrier here too after I took this picture).
Here's the switch I ended up securing, I later read your guys recommendations to get a new switch, I honestly don't know if I have it in me to put in a new switch, it's something to meditate on maybe. I could do it smoothly before putting in the drivers side heater, I just don't really feel like it I guess. Is this switch something I can expect to break on me? I guess I don't even know if it works yet.
Here's me preparing the rubber flooring cut, with my treasured cardboard box: this was one of the few times I remembered to put everything up side down for the cut. I gave way too much slack because, that's what I do. I added 2 inches on the front and that left for some really satisfying results (to my standard)
The above picture may give you an idea of how I found the seat mounting holes. This had an 83% success (I missed the left side seatbelt hole).
Here's one of my favorite moments.
Got this shiny vent thing to replace the old passenger side fresh air intake vent.
Since then I got the passenger side heater in, I still have slight anxiety that I have the hose hooked up backwards (inlets and outlets), but I'm going to roll with it for now.
I still haven't gotten the driver side heater in, I was going to do it last night but I decided that I should scrub off some rust and repaint it first. I also made a new fresh air vent with posterboard, afterwards I decided I should remake this with metal, I don't have pictures at the moment. That just about sums it up.
Oh not a huge deal, but I've been curious, do you know what these valves on the right are for?
I am pretty sure this isn't the gas tank. It is about the middle of the bus on the driver's side.
Hope someone enjoys this progress.