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Old 03-25-2019, 08:41 AM   #1
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The Dream Express - 6 Window Midbus

Hello everyone! Very excited to finally join the club and have my own build thread. Me and Fiance picked up this bad boy In Connecticut and drove it 1700 miles back to Louisiana where we will be converting it into a super adventure mobile. We got it on auction for $2500 and it was about $400 for gas. We will probably only be working on it during the weekends, and this is where we will keep track and ask questions, because we have about a million.

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First on the list is changing the oil and check the EGR valve to see if it needs to be cleaned or replaced. We got a check engine light on the way home for EGR flow insufficient, it went away, and the mechanic for the school we got the bus from said that the EGR valves will get gunked up and get sticky, so we want to get that fixed quick. After that, we need to reseal the van front where it connects to the back, as its leaking pretty badly. If anyone has any suggestions on which sealer to use/tips, we would love to hear it.

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Old 03-25-2019, 09:48 AM   #2
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Congrats on the new bus! This is a great site! I'm working on building a short bus right now and everyone on here has been great!!
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Old 03-25-2019, 10:00 AM   #3
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My belief is that if metal is involved, use urethane body or window sealer. NAPA near me has it, made by 3M.
Otherwise (fiberglass, plastic, glass, etc.) an exterior grade silicone based sealant for home windows, etc., found at Home Depot, should be fine.
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Old 03-25-2019, 10:06 AM   #4
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My belief is that if metal is involved, use urethane body or window sealer. NAPA near me has it, made by 3M.
Otherwise (fiberglass, plastic, glass, etc.) an exterior grade silicone based sealant for home windows, etc., found at Home Depot, should be fine.
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Gotcha. Will do this. Any tips for getting the old stuff off? The Mechanics kinda caked it on there, would like to just start fresh
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Old 03-25-2019, 10:15 AM   #5
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Any tips for getting the old stuff off? The Mechanics kinda caked it on there,...
Let me know when yo find out. Elbow grease!
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Old 03-25-2019, 10:40 AM   #6
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Gotcha. Will do this. Any tips for getting the old stuff off? The Mechanics kinda caked it on there, would like to just start fresh
The old stuff should be scraped away or use a wire wheel on a drill.
Everyone's got their preference for sealers.
I'd use auto seam sealer on the sides and lap sealant up top.
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Old 03-25-2019, 10:52 AM   #7
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Farok on the five chime build used a grinder and brush to remove his sealant on the roof seam. Might take a look at his build thread. Looks like he did a great job!

I have used a wheel brush mounted on 4.5" grinder many times. I would recommend good gloves and sleeves along with eye protection even face shield if you've never operated one. They can catch real easy (especially the stiff braided ones) I've used them for years for rust removal on projects. I've had one catch on a disc brake backer plates and walk up my arm so be careful if you go this route. I now wear sleeves also when using that setup.
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Old 03-25-2019, 10:53 AM   #8
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Farok on the five chime build used a grinder and brush to remove his sealant on the roof seam. Might take a look at his build thread. Looks like he did a great job!

I have used a wheel brush mounted on 4.5" grinder many times. I would recommend good gloves and sleeves along with eye protection even face shield if you've never operated one. They can catch real easy (especially the stiff braided ones) I've used them for years for rust removal on projects. I've had one catch on a disc brake backer plates and walk up my arm so be careful if you go this route. I now wear sleeves also when using that setup.
Gotcha. Will check his out. Looks like a wire brush will be the way to go
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Old 03-25-2019, 11:24 AM   #9
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Definitely use good protection with a grinder with wire wheel attachment. I don't use one often, but when I do, I use thick insulated work pants and an insulated work jacket, face shield, and good gloves, as a wire wheel spinning at 12,000 RPM is not something you want in contact with you, and anything flying from it you don't want near your face.

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Old 03-25-2019, 11:26 AM   #10
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Definitely use good protection with a grinder with wire wheel attachment. I don't use one often, but when I do, I use thick insulated work pants and an insulated work jacket, face shield, and good gloves, as a wire wheel spinning at 12,000 RPM is not something you want in contact with you, and anything flying from it you don't want near your face.

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I wouldnt have thought of that. I appreciate the advice
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