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Old 01-17-2012, 01:14 PM   #1
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Re: Twin Bus - '91 Carpenter w/ 7.3L International

Boy, you guys really are twins! I love the look of the short buses, plus the flexibility in terms of parking and access. But two people living in a short bus full time?! Seems pretty tight to me, but then again y'all originally shared a womb, so I guess you're used to living in close quarters with each other!
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Old 01-17-2012, 01:56 PM   #2
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Re: Twin Bus - '91 Carpenter w/ 7.3L International

Nice Shorty... I'm a foodie type myself... Should be an excellent adventure for the both of you...

A few friends have that same Honda, really quite...

Looking forward to seeing the progress...
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Old 01-21-2012, 06:16 AM   #3
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Re: Twin Bus - '91 Carpenter w/ 7.3L International

Originally Posted by native
Still need to paint the bus, the only problem is that we have that oak tree that just drops gobs of ****. Haven't found anyone locally that offers a decent price either, so it's looking like we'll just do it.
Redneck paint shelter: string a big tarp above the bus to keep the glop from the tree off.

You DO want to paint everything above the windows white or silver.

Also...that's a Carpy...are the roof welds OK?
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Old 01-25-2012, 10:42 AM   #4
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Re: Twin Bus - '91 Carpenter w/ 7.3L International

so any ideas what final side color/colors will be?
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Old 01-30-2012, 10:18 PM   #5
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Re: Twin Bus - '91 Carpenter w/ 7.3L International

Originally Posted by igloo
Painted the actual bus this weekend. I used 2 cans of paint (Behr paint). Here's a shot with just the 1st coat on:
Behr I thought made only housepaint... is that what you guys used? Type of paint, Latex? Acrylic?
Did you spray it? Roll it?
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Old 02-08-2012, 11:17 AM   #6
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Re: Twin Bus - '91 Carpenter w/ 7.3L International

I'm really interested to see how sustainable living like this is. Frankly, after all the work we've done so far... I regret not getting a full sized Skoolie. Much easier on the layout...
Angie and I have been living in the bus for 4 months now and honestly it feels like home. Sometimes I regret not getting a full size bus because the shuffling things around everyday gets old.. but being able to drive around easily (at least once we've dropped the trailer with our host) and park where ever has been invaluable. If I could change anything on ours... I would move the veg. oil tank underneath the bus as I had originally planned, then we would have room for one of those little cast iron wood heaters. Sleeping in the cold is one thing, but being cold day and night for weeks is miserable.

Also, if you haven't figured out what you want to do for your fridge, our solar set up has been the best investment I think I made for this project. 2 90watt panels, 2 90amh batteries and a 12v chest style fridge. Installed it last Sept and haven't touched it or had any problems since. May not be the cheapest route but it powers itself and we've never run out of room for food in it. You can look into the stick-on flexible panels too if you don't want to bolt on the framed kind. Anyway, best of luck!
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Old 06-01-2012, 08:14 AM   #7
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Re: Twin Bus - '91 Carpenter w/ 7.3L International

I think my bus is the exact same kind as yours, same size, except mine is a '92. And your upholstery looks almost exactly the same as mine, too! I didn't see this thread until today. Nice bus!

How long did it take to paint the outside? I want to paint mine, but I have the same problem with trees that drop crap all over, and it's also parked in the street because it doesn't fit in our driveway. I was thinking about driving it up to my brother's place up north because he's got a lot of space I could use to paint, but I'm wondering if it's something that could be done in a weekend.
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Old 06-01-2012, 05:57 PM   #8
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Re: Twin Bus - '91 Carpenter w/ 7.3L International

Nice lock! How well does it keep the door from bending?
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Old 06-22-2012, 01:37 AM   #9
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Re: Twin Bus - '91 Carpenter w/ 7.3L International

Nice bus! Really digging the front door lock. We just bought a 93 Carpenter and were wondering where you got your window screens from?
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Re: Twin Bus - '91 Carpenter w/ 7.3L International

Use the aluminum frames and press in rubber inserts.
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