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Old 01-13-2011, 10:20 PM   #11
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Re: The Rubber Tramp Project

So I just got back from another evening of tinkering, that was unfortunately, cut short. I did get all the wood up though and there were a few pieces that had some decent rot so I'm glad I did. It will also be nice to really scrub everything nice and clean and make sure all the seams have a nice bead of fresh sealant. As aforementioned, the evening was cut short by our old friend anti-freeze. I was baffled for about 5 seconds as to why I couldn't lift the stock heater from the floor after unbolting it, then what my cousin at I had discussed about it popped in my head...radiator lines? A trip outside and a crawl under the fender well affirmed my assumption. Though this was annoying, it is also pretty cool that there are already two coolant lines running the full length of the chassis right to the middle of the two fuel tanks. This would make a WVO conversion of the front fuel tank quite easy. Maybe, someday...
So I instantly jumped into removing the lines with the plan of hose clamping the two ends to a short piece of tubing joining them to one another but in my haste, I didn't stop to think through the action. As soon as I cut into the more easily accessible line anti-freeze started gushing everywhere emptying the radiator.
I would have dove under the bus and started pulling the other right then to try to rush the process and join the two together stopping the flow, the only problem was that the coolant was dumping right where I would have to lay. So after the flow slowed a bit I did manage to get the lines connected to one another but not without getting it all over my hand arms and some in my hair and neck. My paranoia of the toxicity of the stuff made me call it an early night to rush home and take a shower.
Well, sorry if that post was a bit long winded but heres some gratitude, Picturas:
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Old 01-13-2011, 10:23 PM   #12
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All the rubber floor mats pulled up:

The greatest extent of the rot:

With the wood pulled up:


I have everything out now except in the cock pit/engine compartment/stairway area but I want to take my time a bit more up there and see what might be salvageable.
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Old 01-14-2011, 12:52 AM   #13
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Heres a rough draft of the floor plan:


So the plan now is to hit up the local pick n pull where they will hopefully have a few campers that I can snag a few things from. A sink namely amongst a few other thing I may decide I need
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Old 01-18-2011, 04:11 PM   #14
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So since my last update I have been doing alot of measuring and brainstorming and reading info here. I have decided that I will run a charger/inverter that I recently purchased with the 2 6volt golf cart battery setup that I will wire seperately from my starting batteries.
I went to pick-n-pull yesterday hoping to score a sink and water pump but the place was pretty well picked over. I did however score a few nice lights, a switch bezel and a nice looking emblem. The rest of the night I spent with the heatgun, razor blade, sand paper and rattle can stripping the lettering off the side of the bus.
Here's a pic of my few treasures:
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Old 02-05-2011, 11:30 AM   #15
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Just a quick update, haven't done much worthy of pictures lately hence the lack in there of.
I have been doing a lot of the not-as-exciting stages of making this thing a reality though. I have been doing research into a house battery system and collecting some essential parts and visiting the DMV. I've got about 90% of the stickers peeled off the outside and about 50% of the affected areas prepped for a paintjob. Just got my tax money in, so that should help with the Maaco bill. I trimmed up the eyelids on the 7 inch flashers and I've still got to finish up cleaning up a few scuffs and dents here and there in the body. Then its time to pull out the middle two windows on each side and close em off with some sheet metal, insulation and sealant. Then she'll be ready for paint. As for the interior I've put some elbow grease into scrubbin her up. I'll do a bit more cleaning, a bit of painting and some sealing, then the plywood floors will be replaced and I'll start building the skeleton of what will be the bed and cabinets etc.
Well, when I have more pics I'll post em up. Keep posted
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Old 03-01-2011, 02:50 PM   #16
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Finally starting to get into actually building things now that the new floor is all installed. More photos to follow but here are a couple of the new floor and laying things out while brainstorming:

Brainstorming dresser placement under the bed.

The bed structure is about 95% done now. You'll see it when I post up the rest of the pics.
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Old 03-01-2011, 09:20 PM   #17
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What did you lay down for flooring? Can't wait to get started on mine, I'm scrounging around looking for old cabinets do I don't have to build much,
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Old 03-03-2011, 01:37 PM   #18
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The flooring is half inch ply wood that I coated with outdoor deck sealer. Basically just a straight replacement of the stock flooring except I sealed it.
Heres another photo of the bed frame:
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Old 03-04-2011, 03:53 AM   #19
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Nice progress. Keep up the good work.

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