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Old 06-16-2010, 07:18 PM   #51
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I'm keeping my eyes peeled for a used generator that's either Honda, Honeywell or Yamaha. They're all relatively quiet and small and basically what I need. In the mean time, onto bigger things. Do you guys think I should spray my old bus seats with rustoleum to make a color change? I'm worried about the paint cracking though. I used 2 cans of the dupli-color vinyl paint from Advanced Auto Parts and I think I'll need another 4 cans. Then stuff just wasn't thick enough when I put it on. (Although I was spraying red over brown so maybe that's why?) I used red rustoleum to paint my overhead vents and it looked great, so I figured it might work on the seats. What do ya'll think?
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Old 06-16-2010, 07:22 PM   #52
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It is far better to just recover the seats with new vinyl instead of painting the old stuff. In the end you will find that anything you paint them with will come off (hopefully not on some chicks expensive clothes) and you will end up recovering them anyways. Besides, vinyl is not that expensive, probably cheaper than buying enough vinyl paint to change the color.
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Old 06-18-2010, 10:21 AM   #53
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Quick update and then pictures tonight: I got my bus insured!! I think it's harder to get RV insurance from a bus conversion in NJ then any other state.

We unscrewed the top warning lights, snipped the wires, and capped them. Then we sealed the holes with metal and caulked them slightly. Used bondo on a few holes from removing the stop sign. Removed all the stickers (it sucked!) with a putty knife. Then sanded down where the stickers were. We couldn't get the gunk off of the stickers so we said the hell with it and used a wire brush. It brushed down to the bare metal in some spots but it did a good enough job. We worked so darn fast last night. Tomorrow I am going to get the bus registered and then drop it off to get painted for 2 weeks I'd imagine.




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Old 06-30-2010, 06:38 PM   #54
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Man...I'm a little bummed out right now. I have been waiting 10 days to get my bus painted. It originally couldn't fit in a paintbooth but the guy said he would do it anyway inside his place, just outside of the booth. I was ready to pick it up today and he told me it's a no go because the EPA Nazi's came down on him for not having it in the booth. So I quickly started talking to the guys who worked their and I basically sub contracted them out to paint it for me. I just have to find a warehouse to get it painted over the weekend. I already bought the paint (3 gallons of candy red) from paintforcars.com. I see they deliver by truck . Thankfully I live 30 minutes away, so I better get this darn paint by the weekend. I want this bus painted so badly and a lot of little things are still left to be done. We have 60+ days left to get it ready. Not a ton of time. I am really hoping and praying I can get this painted through them by next week...otherwise I might just say F it and paint it myself after all....Freaking EPA.
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Old 07-02-2010, 09:35 AM   #55
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Do you guys know if I can legally remove the mirrors that stick out on the front engine? I feel like they are not helping my MPGs by sticking out like that.Also I installed a metal duct to cover our heater and yesterday it was hot. Is that just because it's hot inside?
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Old 07-02-2010, 09:35 AM   #56
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Do you guys know if I can legally remove the mirrors that stick out on the front engine? I feel like they are not helping my MPGs by sticking out like that.Also I installed a metal duct to cover our heater and yesterday it was hot. Is that just because it's hot inside?
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Old 07-03-2010, 09:57 AM   #57
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I have driven it on the road a little bit and you can just hear the wind resistance from those things lol. I'm worried I would fail an inspection though if I took them off. They are helpful seeing things though, it's a catch 22 for me. Smitty excuse my ignorance, but where are these valves under the hood usually? Also, the metal duct covering the heater is hot and the heat surely isn't on. So I don't know what turning the coolant valves off would do.
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Old 07-05-2010, 05:58 PM   #58
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I do see a problem with your metal duct work over the rear heater. I only see one vent on it. so the air inside the box is most likly going to just keep circulating around inside the metal box and that won't help the blower motor in there as it too will run hot and may not hold up long. Or did I just miss your air intake vent?
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Old 07-06-2010, 01:00 PM   #59
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Hmm I think you have a point their. We just put a metal duct box around the heater and put a vent on the outside for air to escape. Should I cut another hole on the side of the vent for air to escape? That would kind of defeat the purpose though. I think there has to be a reason why the metal duct is so hot. Maybe because the metal draws in heat from the heater and holds it, making the metal warm? Whatever it is I have to find a solution because it is worrisome and on a day like today (101 degrees out) I don't want something melting lol.
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Old 07-06-2010, 01:14 PM   #60
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Actually, rather than rip this duct out, I guess the best solution is to just shut off the valves that run the coolant. I just need to find where they are. When I want to turn the heat on, I can just turn the valves on, right? Guys? lol
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