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Old 02-27-2010, 12:42 PM   #11
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Re: Rutgers tailgating bus

So last night we were supposed to work on the bus...then a blizzard hit NJ. So we went and worked on it anyway What a nightmare! In 4 hours we got 75% of the molding up. Some of the screws were stubborn so we started cutting them off with the grinder. We spent the majority of the time ripping the handicap wheelchair lift out of the ground. We had to cut a bunch of wires connected to the lift and rip stuff out of the panelling and then screw the panels back in. (Don't worry the bus still works fine) While it was a great relief to get that beast off the bus it appeared like we got nothing done. I started wire brushing a corner of the bus but we called it quits at mid-night. I only managed to get one picture of my younger brother who I brought along for the experience. We don't believe in child labor laws, he worked like a daaawg!
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Old 02-27-2010, 08:28 PM   #12
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Re: Rutgers tailgating bus

Be careful with the cut wires going to the lift. Trace the wires to their source and disconnect them. I've seen a bus burnt to a crisp by a shorted lift power supply cable.
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Old 02-28-2010, 11:50 AM   #13
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Be careful with the cut wires going to the lift. Trace the wires to their source and disconnect them. I've seen a bus burnt to a crisp by a shorted lift power supply cable.
Yeah, we went underneath the bus and disconnected them from the battery.
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Old 02-28-2010, 08:05 PM   #14
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We made nice progress on the bus this afternoon. I usually don't have weekends when I'm free so I was happy to work. We FINALLY got every piece of molding/flooring/screw up that we needed to get up. THAT felt good. There is a huge pile of metal behind the bus that I need to sell for scrap but that's okay. We used a black & decker wire brush attachment that was $6 and it cleaned the entire bus. We got up the majority of the rust and I was satisified with how it looked. We then measured out dimensions and put tape down of where things on the bus would go. We started priming the metal and I nearly suffocated from the fumes. We used a total of 4 cans ($3.50 a can) and we caulked the holes once it dried. There was one crack on the bus that scared me when I first saw it, but it was easily fixable.

A special guest brushing some rust away for us


Drawing out the dimensions. Sink in the back left corner. Bunk beds in the back right. Bench along the right and a two seat bench a long the left - storage for tailgate tables/grills in the back and a possible area for a keg as well.

After priming - a few dirty footprints, but it was dry


The crack that was easily fixable
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Old 03-06-2010, 08:35 PM   #15
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I originally wanted to paint the inside roof of the bus white to make it look a little sharper when the bus was finished. However, when I factored in the costs of paint, rollers, yada, yada, yada. I scratched the idea because I knew we had to stay on a budget. Then it dawned on me to look in a few workshops to see if old paint and supplies were laying around. Lo and behold we found two gallons of white ceiling paint. I put 1/3 of a gallon to good use today with two coats on the roof. It was tough painting a bending roof and I got a nice shoulder workout from lightly sanding the old material. We also didn't lay any flooring down yet so I didn't feel bad about spilling some drops of paint on the floor. The first coat I was just worried about getting the paint to sink in - the second coat I put on real thick and it looked great but I couldn't take pictures because it got dark out. I didn't paint everything because I wasn't sure what else we might paint, but I am happy something was done this weekend.

Halfway through the first coat

First coat finished
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Old 03-14-2010, 09:53 PM   #16
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We finished laying the subfloor today. We chose not to go with insulation on the floor, just a personal preference.

Strapping the un-cut plywood onto the top of the truck because the saw at Home Depot was broken.


We used liquid nails and some 3M ultra adhesive spray that I had leftover for the red rosin paper


First piece of plywood in


We cut the plywood all the way up to the edge of the steps


I wanted to get a close up of how the floor is done. You need sheet metal screws that will go through the metal bottom and then caulk for the seams.


The finished floor...okay we have to caulk a few more spots and insert a few tiny pieces of wood by the wheel well.


We're moving right on schedule, but we are over our budget and have to find ways to cut back. We are not the federal government!
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Old 03-25-2010, 08:34 PM   #17
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We're going to be installing the sheet metal over some windows next week. We're going to use sheet metal screws to apply the sheets to the bus instead of rivets. It gives us the option of taking them off if we ever needed to. I don't forsee a problem, but if anyone thinks that's a bad idea speak now or forever hold your peace!
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Old 03-27-2010, 06:07 PM   #18
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you will just need to check the screws every now and then to make sure they dont back out
thats all I can think of
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Old 03-27-2010, 06:22 PM   #19
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putter - I think I am going to put some caulk around the screw just to have peace of mind. Smitty - I plan on putting in the fake hardwood floors that just snap together like a puzzle. I was thinking of using luan plywood for my walls because it would look nicer than the cheap particle board plywood, but I am split between that, maybe wood panels (if I can find it cheap) or the plywood that I used for the floor because it looked nice at least.
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I have found beaded plywood at Lowes that will look good for the walls. 22 bucks a sheet, its what I am going to use in a couple weeks.
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