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Old 12-06-2017, 05:00 PM   #51
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Houston can have all of those things at certain times of the year.
Forecast for Greater Houston:

60% Chance of outrageous humidity, terrible rain storms and the occasional hurricane. Increased gunshots toward evening and well into the morn'.
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Old 12-06-2017, 05:08 PM   #52
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Yeah, but those are the guys that shoot sideways. Not real accurate, but it looks cool.
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Old 12-06-2017, 05:15 PM   #53
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The barn might protect you from the rain, but most farmers don't heat their barns.
That's fine. I can turn on a heater while I'm working and off when I leave. Its not the best of situations, but its better than doing this work out in the open, especially since I need the windows out (and possibly the skin off) to get at the rust. Since things take longer than one thinks they will, I'm starting to think it'll be spring before I have everything prepped for actually applying the rust reformer....

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That sounds odd that your finding rust around the windows. Maybe they weren't caulked right in the first place?
I don't know how other coach buses windows frames are, but mine are made of two pieces - a mostly complete window frame w/ glass installed from the outside (and sits on the bus frame), and a small trim piece with screws that installs from the inside. When these pieces are screwed together they "clamp" the bus frame.

When the manufacturer put the bus together, they used some sort of butyl to finish sealing the windows (mainly on the metal frame member that the window "sits" on and nowhere else). The butyl was put on in two "strokes", one on the frame member facing the inside of the bus and one facing the outside. Very little of the butyl made it to the top of the frame member - the face that the window assembly actually sits on.

Over time the rubber in the window flashing on the outside of the bus deteriorated, letting in the rain. The butyl then acted like a "catch" - holding the water against the metal and not allowing it to drain. Add a little time and, voilą, rust.
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Old 12-09-2017, 08:29 AM   #54
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It took me this long to gather up the pictures I wanted to share and show that we are indeed mostly done with the interior. I am posting pictures!
Looks GREAT W&W!! Well done!
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Old 12-09-2017, 10:44 AM   #55
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Don't feel bad Marky. I'm in the Midlands of SC and for last four years we've gotten snow. Oh and the usual hurricanes. Not so much in the Midlands. Hmmm may have to consider adding some eyes to the pad when I pour it and a couple tie downs like an airplane.

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Old 12-09-2017, 10:51 AM   #56
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Looks GREAT W&W!! Well done!
I second JD's sentiments - really nice job!
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Old 12-09-2017, 10:58 AM   #57
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Don't feel bad Marky. I'm in the Midlands of SC and for last four years we've gotten snow. Oh and the usual hurricanes. Not so much in the Midlands. Hmmm may have to consider adding some eyes to the pad when I pour it and a couple tie downs like an airplane.
I have some understanding of the wind - I grew up in Oklahoma....
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Old 12-12-2017, 09:54 AM   #58
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Thanks for the kudos everyone!

It's so nice to hear that we're doing a good job on our Van Hool. We're not done with the trim pieces and the decorating but the walls, floor, ceilings, bathrooms and bed are installed. Husband is still working on the computer controlled lights but he's making great progress.

And all just in time for SNOW! She is winterized but I am thinking about taking her on a trip south and just not using the water system for the trip. Husband is not too keen on the idea as he doesn't want to end up driving in the snow EVER. I don't blame him. Can't imagine this thing stopping on a dime when it hits ice. We shall see.

Thanks again for the kudos. Getting appreciative comments from our peers means alot!
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