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Old 01-28-2021, 05:18 AM   #1
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In Limbo Bus

I'm starting year 3 of owning the bus and working on it part time, I've enjoyed working on the bus and watching everyone else build. We travel in our van but we are building the bus so we have a place to live when we are home and not have to keep a house and the expense of it.. I'm finally getting to the fun stuff and I'm going to stay on it now till it's done.













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Old 01-28-2021, 05:20 AM   #2
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Well I couldn't get pics to work...LOL I'll work on it.
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Old 01-28-2021, 05:31 AM   #3
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Old 01-28-2021, 05:36 AM   #4
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This is our van we love it, but its not big enough to live full time in with 2 people.







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Old 01-28-2021, 06:56 AM   #5
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Nice van, 4*4?..
Is that a high roof bus?
Looks that a lot of good work has happened.


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Old 01-28-2021, 08:34 AM   #6
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You two have a very nice van. You're doing a wonderful job on the bus. Slow is paying off by way of a quality build. I look forward to seeing more photos as you build progresses.
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Old 01-28-2021, 11:07 AM   #7
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Nice van, 4*4?..
Is that a high roof bus?
Looks that a lot of good work has happened.


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Yes it's 4x4 I built it last year, we just got back from a couple weeks in Key West and Florida overall...
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Old 01-28-2021, 11:09 AM   #8
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You two have a very nice van. You're doing a wonderful job on the bus. Slow is paying off by way of a quality build. I look forward to seeing more photos as you build progresses.
Thanks Demac if I would just stay on it I would get it done but I keep wandering off into other projects. We have one kid left in college so I've got a little time...
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Old 01-28-2021, 05:04 PM   #9
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It does look good so far. Neat van too. Hmm need a winch on the bus as well.
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Old 01-29-2021, 05:49 AM   #10
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It does look good so far. Neat van too. Hmm need a winch on the bus as well.
It has crossed my mind,
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Old 01-29-2021, 09:27 AM   #11
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Looks good! I enjoy seeing the in-progress pictures people post! Also, I am digging the 4x4 van!
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Old 01-29-2021, 10:35 AM   #12
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As others have said, the bus looks good! (x2 on your van)

On your bus, what is the double window front door manufacturer if you know?
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Old 01-31-2021, 06:51 AM   #13
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As others have said, the bus looks good! (x2 on your van)

On your bus, what is the double window front door manufacturer if you know?
I built the door myself, I couldn't find anything that came close to fitting, that had the window high enough to see out of at a T intersection. If I had it to do again I would have put more time into finding a used class A door and made that fit...
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Old 01-31-2021, 07:13 AM   #14
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The van started life as a 4x4 15 passenger Quigley van that was used as a pipeline van. I got a good deal on it but was roached out.. I junked the body and spent last winter in the garage with just the frame replacing everything and rust proofing the frame.. Then I bought a conversion van and swapped the body over.. We wanted a hightop....Took me about a year but I like to build stuff out of my pocket so it takes me awhile...







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Old 01-31-2021, 12:27 PM   #15
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Very skilled mechanically it would appear, I'd guess you fabricated the rack on top of the bus also? What is it made of, how'd you anchor it if you don't mind Q&A? Will those 4 LEDs facing out off the racks stay when the bus is done or were those just build site lighting?

Also I really like the bluish green interior paint on the bus, mind sharing the color, it's a really peaceful but not boring color.
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Old 01-31-2021, 02:11 PM   #16
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Very skilled mechanically it would appear, I'd guess you fabricated the rack on top of the bus also? What is it made of, how'd you anchor it if you don't mind Q&A? Will those 4 LEDs facing out off the racks stay when the bus is done or were those just build site lighting?

Also I really like the bluish green interior paint on the bus, mind sharing the color, it's a really peaceful but not boring color.

I built the rack out of an assortment of metal, 1 inch angle, 1 inch box tubing and 1x2 box tubing.. I have a stiffener that runs down my bus on both sides and one side rests on it... The lower side of the rack rests on every other rib. Its just for solar so I didn't build it supper strong. Yes the lights will stay, I have 2 on all sides of the bus to light up a boondocking area. The color of the paint is Turquois Cay we bought it at Lowes...Heres a better pic of the stiffener that runs along my roof that I rested the top of the rack on. Hope that helps

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Old 01-31-2021, 02:19 PM   #17
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I found a better pic of the rack Maligator.

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Old 01-31-2021, 06:47 PM   #18
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Perfect, nice job! Are you going to flat mount your solar or are you going to come up with a way to get some panel elevation for winter months? I'm assuming you bolted the rack on or did you weld the inside courses?
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Old 02-01-2021, 06:16 PM   #19
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Perfect, nice job! Are you going to flat mount your solar or are you going to come up with a way to get some panel elevation for winter months? I'm assuming you bolted the rack on or did you weld the inside courses?
Yes the rack is bolted and yes I'm just going to mount them flat...I might change that later but for now I got a lot of other stuff to finish...
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Old 02-02-2021, 07:41 PM   #20
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Subfloors starting to go down...

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