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Old 05-04-2010, 03:17 PM   #11
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Re: New shorty conversion! Road trip anyone?

Alright, so the problem turned out to be bad ignition wiring...I rewired the ignition and we now have a key on the ignition instead of hot-wiring the bastard every time. It runs along just fine and pretty quiet, comparatively speaking.

Now we are moving on to painting. We are painting the interior today with Rust-Oleum Metallic Aluminum on rollers: http://www.lowes.com/webapp/wcs/stor...165&cId=SEARCH

As for the exterior, I want a matte black look. Probably Rust-Oleum Stain Black with a spray gun (mixed with 15-20% acetone): http://www.lowes.com/webapp/wcs/stor...123&cId=SEARCH

We'll paint everything else on the exterior (bumpers, light frames) and the interior (engine cover, dash, rails) in flat black and for high rust areas a hammered black to even it out with a nice texture.

Any advice? Will post photos soon...
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Old 05-04-2010, 03:26 PM   #12
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The aluminum is what we used paint our interior also. Be careful... it is VERY runny and gets everywhere!! but it looks nice when dry!!
Did you dilute it any? Or just rolled it on thick? How many quarts did it take?
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Old 05-08-2010, 01:56 PM   #13
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Re: New shorty conversion! Road trip anyone?

A little help on insurance coverage...in Florida, liability and personal injury protection is mandatory. When I get insurance for the RV conversion is the driver (me) liable for everyone riding in the bus?
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Old 05-08-2010, 06:32 PM   #14
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Ask your insurance representative to explain your policy and options - I have the impression that some policies only cover injuries to those outside your bus, unless you get extra-cost options. You are responsible for everyone everywhere if you are the cause of an incident. The insurance company will assume your responsibilities for you, but only within the terms of the policy.
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Old 05-11-2010, 02:49 PM   #15
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Re: New shorty conversion! Road trip anyone?

What does everyone use to remove old, rusty and expanded screws? Should a standard extractor bit from Lowes work? What's the best method to removing them? Because I have a lot to take out!
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Old 05-11-2010, 02:55 PM   #16
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What does everyone use to remove old, rusty and expanded screws? Should a standard extractor bit from Lowes work? What's the best method to removing them? Because I have a lot to take out!
You could try cutting a slot in the head of the screw with a rotary tool or a hacksaw and use a flat screwdriver to take them out.
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Old 05-13-2010, 01:00 PM   #17
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Re: New shorty conversion! Road trip anyone?

Alright guys, the conversion is coming along great. We're about 30% complete. I will post pictures tomorrow.

Question about oils and fluids though: I'm replacing the motor oil with a single viscosity SAE30 for running at high temps. It's probably been a LONG while since this thing has had an oil change. Should I mix in any additives or oil treatments because of this? I'm not looking for racing performance, but if adding in anything extra helps, I'll spend the few extra bucks.

BTW, Advanced Auto Parts has a deal on Motor OIl/Oil Filter combos and a 20% discount code:

20% off: http://tinyurl.com/296rfot

Oil Specials: http://tinyurl.com/2dkx5zm
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Old 05-14-2010, 01:11 AM   #18
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Re: New shorty conversion! Road trip anyone?

Prolong engine treatment and Prolong transmission treatment from AutoZone is EXCELLENT!!! Also, use Marvel Mystery Oil in the fuel to lube the fuel pump and the valves. I use these plus Lucas fuel treatment in my diesels. I gained an average of 2 to 3 mpg with my M1009s, but I don't have any data for my B600 yet.
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Old 05-17-2010, 01:24 PM   #19
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Gutted, with wood patched and fresh paint:



New interior paint and new carpet:



First time driving it home:

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Old 05-17-2010, 01:27 PM   #20
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