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Old 05-14-2018, 07:52 PM   #1
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Old 05-14-2018, 08:29 PM   #2
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Old 05-15-2018, 08:30 AM   #3
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REPAIRS:
He’s getting new brake pads now, after that I hit the road for a cross country trip from Maine to the build spot in Colorado! Note: this guy has the 2004 e450 6.0L diesel engine, which gets a lot of bad press, but luckily the previous owner had the inspection records so I felt good rolling the dice, and so far so good.


PRE-ROAD TRIP WORK:
Still unclear on whether I need to paint before that. Might do the seat removal here too, since I have an excited bunch and it would save a little weight on the long drive.

FLOOR PLANS AND LAYOUT:
I drew up some tentative plans, but was pleasantly surprised to learn the interior length is longer than I had estimated using the 30 inch per window rule of thumb, so I’ll get to revise. It's more like 13.3 (passenger side) to 14.5 feet (driver side) in length. Here are the old ones, very open to ideas / criticism.

Also thinking of adding back porch and roof deck with help of a welding friend.
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Old 05-15-2018, 11:37 AM   #4
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no fridge? looks nice. have a safe drive
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Old 05-16-2018, 10:29 AM   #5
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Definitely considering a fridge for a phase 2 or 3 of the build, and with the extra space I will have to update these schematics. Goal right now is to try to get Russ turned around in time for a few short road trips this summer, so for that a cooler will do.
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Old 05-16-2018, 11:26 AM   #6
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Definitely considering a fridge for a phase 2 or 3 of the build, and with the extra space I will have to update these schematics. Goal right now is to try to get Russ turned around in time for a few short road trips this summer, so for that a cooler will do.

I hear you about phases.... I wake up in the middle of the night thinking about what order I need to do things and a what point I will add things. The wife asked me when the bus will be finished, I told her never. I will always be doing something to it I suppose, but I would like to get it trip worthy sooner than later!
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Old 05-16-2018, 04:31 PM   #7
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DEMO DAY 1: Sear Removal
Went at the seats with a cheap angle grinder from harbor freight. Smooth sailing. The longest part of the day was stopping constantly for photo shoots with the helpers. Now we’ve got some space to operate!
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Old 05-16-2018, 04:34 PM   #8
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DEMO DAY 1: Sear Removal
Went at the seats with a cheap angle grinder from harbor freight. Smooth sailing. The longest part of the day was stopping constantly for photo shoots with the helpers. Now we’ve got some space to operate!
Congrats on the seat removal! By far one of the best parts is feeling how much space you have once it's empty.

Be careful with that driver...I don't think he's licensed...
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Old 05-16-2018, 05:10 PM   #9
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Congrats on the seat removal! By far one of the best parts is feeling how much space you have once it's empty.

Be careful with that driver...I don't think he's licensed...
He actually has an unneeded CDL, Commercial Dog License.
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Old 05-16-2018, 06:07 PM   #10
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Nice bus!
I’ve got a 2003 MicroBird, Chevy 3500 gasser.
(Everyone slams the gassers, I know. Whatever.)
For whatever reason, the first two windows (from the front) are wider than the other three.

I can’t see your floor plan on this tiny phone screen, but I’ll check it out later on my computer.

Good luck & have fun!
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