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Old 08-21-2016, 12:09 PM   #21
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So Its been a long while since Ive participated in the community other than trying to absorb information from others builds. So thank you for all the information, its greatly appreciated!

I know you all like pictures and lots of them, so here we go... the progress thus far. Enjoy.

Grinding floor with 4" wire brush... took a while. But worked well.






After all brushed/grinderderd cleaned and treated with OSPHO


Post OSPHO, scrubbed & cleaned thoroughly, then painted with Rustoleum. After cured I used automotive seam sealer on all floor joints.





Upper lights & old stop sign holes I made template out of cardboard. Then cut out metal pieces using interior ceiling sheet metal I removed.




Stop sign cover.


Found out I had enough interior ceiling sheet metal left to use as my window covering for the rear six windows of the bus!


Test fit after cutting sheet metal to size... Game on.


My custom installation setup... PNEUMATIC RIVET GUN worth every penny!!!!!! First panel I did by hand... never again.




Aaaand all installed finally. I did the same process with the other side, but with a Pneumatic rivet gun.



For windows, I had custom vinyl home windows ordered up. Was much easier and cheaper than I had thought. Cut fins off, mounted from inside. Sealed up with 3M 5200 marine adhesive.





Five windows in total, also picked up an old metal insulated door at Habitat Restore for 40 bucks. Have to cut to size, do some squaring up of the door opening, make up a custom door jam(angle iron on inside...?? I think) And she will be ready for swingin!








Had to drive it to town. Found a buyer for my old front 20" tires(Was lucky and scored two free 22.5 inch front tires/rims) I don't recommend trying this it was pretty sketchy. Haha...


Lastly and some would argue most important...


All new exterior original style lights installed. (premature... have to remove for paint, but I wanted to drive it)That gets me just about updated, I also tore out the console which housed the radiator core for heating, switches for lights, and little glove type box. Going to rehab that and reuse it... I like the look. Probably put my CD deck there, along with switches & USB.

Slow, but sure progress. Hope I did go overboard on the post... its a bit long. Until next time. Cheers, and take it easy!

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Old 08-21-2016, 12:22 PM   #22
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love the windows.. cusatom windows are the norm now... no reason wy you cant do it for a bus too!. way cool...

only one I wouldve done different is te driver slider since it looks like only te back part opens... but looks great noinetheless!
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Old 08-21-2016, 03:53 PM   #23
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Very cool update. Are you going to put a window into that side door?

I like how this rig is shaping up, and I'm very jealous of your engine accessibility.
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Old 08-21-2016, 08:47 PM   #24
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Lookin' goooood! Keep up the pix.
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Old 08-21-2016, 08:48 PM   #25
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Cool build. Why are you changing from the old 20" to the newer 22.5"?

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Old 08-21-2016, 09:37 PM   #26
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Those custom windows look great! If you don't mind me asking, what did it cost to get those made up?
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Old 08-21-2016, 10:40 PM   #27
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Nice work !
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Old 08-22-2016, 01:23 AM   #28
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cadillackid Thanks! Double slide wouldn't be bad. Was trying to keep it simple, and the slide I have gives me just enough to get my arm out the window... and a nice drive through type opening for the coppers (Hopefully not)

sproutroot Definitely easy to work on the engine! Thinking I will get one more window for the door, just not right off the bat. I have good visual with my mirrors... see how it plays out.

Tootalltechie The ol 20" tires for one had very bad crowning & cracking, which caused my steering to feel really loose. Two, they are old, hard to find replacements. Three, I was able to get the 22.5 rims and tires for FREE. Have a friend who was cycling out a truck with his personal business.

jazty Thanks man! I was super happy how they turned out. Looks much cleaner than I had originally anticipated. Grand total was little over 500 for 5 custom size windows. Just went through a window guy that's been used for homes in the past.

Cheers to everyone else.
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Old 08-22-2016, 09:51 AM   #29
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...and...aren't the 22.5's a bit taller? Gotta add a couple of MPH's to the highway speed (course, it also throws the speedo off).
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Old 08-22-2016, 04:05 PM   #30
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even going from a 10R22.5 to an 11R22.5 for me netted a couple MPH. Im assuming there is room up front for the new tires and rims without rubbing on the turns? seems like a large size update unless the total tire height isnt that much different
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