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Old 06-11-2012, 08:32 PM   #111
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I remember Mother Earth News from my hippie days!

This accumulator idea is another instance of me coming up with an idea that turns out to be widely known already. About three years ago a friend of ours was looking at some old coach buses on an online vehicle auction site and I thought to myself "one of those would make a cool RV." The next day I did a quick Internet search and found that my brainstorm idea had been known almost as long as there have been buses.
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Old 06-12-2012, 02:12 AM   #112
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PVC accumulator tank are a great idea; make them any size you want and still far cheaper than the ones you buy already made.
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Old 06-12-2012, 10:25 AM   #113
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PVC accumulator tank are a great idea; make them any size you want and still far cheaper than the ones you buy already made.
By making them any size, you can fit one into an odd space or a specific sized space that you could not put a manufactured unit into.
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Old 06-14-2012, 04:31 PM   #114
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It's shiny and CLEAN!!!!

After almost a week of sanding, buffing, polishing and waxing it's finally done. Take a good look 'cause it will probably never be this clean again.

So what I did was wet sand the entire fiberglass body with 600 grit wet/dry paper (the stripes and letters got sanded with 400 grit) to get rid of the severe oxidation then followed that with 1000 grit wet/dry paper to begin bringing back the shine. Next I broke out the buffing machine and went back over it with rubbing compound followed by polishing compound. Last of all was a good coat of wax to keep all that virgin fiberglass clean for a while at least.

Where the tape stripes were can still be seen if you know where to look. I sanded hell out of those spots and they still barely show through on some of the body panels. Other panels gave up without a fight.



My fiberglass patch didn't fare so well. The gel coat patch is white and the bus is white but not the same white. I'll probably sand off the white patch and look into some tape stripes to give the beastie some color and also cover the patch.

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Old 06-14-2012, 06:44 PM   #115
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Old 06-14-2012, 09:02 PM   #116
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The reason the lettering shows is because the finish under it has been protected. To have it not show requires that you "wear" the paint under the letters to match the unprotected paint. Your bus looks great and the patch was done very nicely.
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Old 06-15-2012, 08:23 AM   #117
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I sanded like mad to get down to where the letters and stripes would blend but I started worrying that I'd sand through to the fiberglass below. The ghosts bug me but sanding through would be much worse. I can live with the ghosts.
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Old 06-24-2012, 08:38 PM   #118
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This week's project was to get the shower trimmed out. I had picked up a nice molded 3 piece shower surround that was designed to work with my existing shower base but unfortunately it wouldn't fit. I ended up using FRP (fiberglass reinforced plastic) panels instead. It was way more work custom fitting the panels but at least I saved a hundred bucks over the molded panels.

After spending two days fitting the plywood shower walls and FRP panels I've decided that CARDBOARD is the essential bus conversion tool. Even after carefully making my cardboard templates I had to trim the panels over and over to get a good fit (I cut it 5 times and it's STILL too short - LOL). Another problem I ran into is the slope of the roof. I'd scrounged a nice shower curtain rod but the right side of the stall ceiling is about 6 inches lower than the left side so I would have had to put the curtain rod at eye level. Not too cool. Finally I put in some J hooks to hang the shower curtain.

I also got the porta-potti base built and used some of the left over FRP to make a panel to cover the utility chase behind it. The mattress in the picture was originally purchased to be cut up for dinette cushions. We're going to try it out this weekend and if it's comfortable enough we'll keep it intact.



The entrance is now trimmed out. I had put down some red rosin paper and a door mat to protect the linoleum while I was bopping in and out and when I pulled it all out to give Roachie a good cleaning I found that the lino had discolored where the paper and rugs had been. This really bummed me out until I looked online and found that the discoloration will go away once exposed to sunlight. I REALLY didn't want to replace that flooring. The Anderson storm door is working out well but I noticed that the lock mechanism was rattling a lot as we bounced down the road. Today I pulled it out to see if I could quiet it down a bit and found that someone had left some screws loose. I can't figuire it out since I'm the only one who'se worked on the thing and I don't make such mistakes.



We have another camping trip planned for this weekend. Will Roachie finally have his shakedown run? Stay tuned.
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Old 06-24-2012, 09:09 PM   #119
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I still love that flooring! On the topic of the door lock rattling---good help is hard to find--especially when you do it yourself

Let us hear how the camp out goes and pics too.
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Yeah, good help is the key. I tend to work on one project until I run out of parts then move on to another until I run out of parts, etc. So it may be a day or a week before I finish the first project. That leaves me plenty of time to forget that I didn't fully tighten the the bloody screws.
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