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Old 02-11-2019, 08:57 AM   #1
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Rollin With The Flow

1 week ago today I got my new to me 1998 International Blue Bird bus. Dredman came along with to do videos of the process and then follow me in the rental car. This past weekend Iíve been a bit busy trying to get the seats out, learning how to use an angle grinder and finding out just how dirty and sore you really get, but ya know, I wouldnít trade it for anything. Iím loving every moment. I canít say the same for my back and knees lol. Gotta get me some knee pads...
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Old 02-11-2019, 09:05 AM   #2
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I tried adding a video but it wouldn’t let me upload it with the pictures. I’ll try again but I’m not sure how. I’m still new to all this process
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Old 02-11-2019, 09:13 AM   #3
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Great start! And yes...definitely get some knee pads!
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Old 02-11-2019, 09:31 AM   #4
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Great start! And yes...definitely get some knee pads!
Thank you!! Definitely my next purchase. Itíll probably be 5-6 weeks before Iíll be able to do anything else on it unless of course my dispatcher hives me a load coming back thru before that. Welcome to the world of trucking lol. Iím so looking forward to my last day in the truck (been trucking since 7/13/94) cuz thatíll be my 1st day full time Skoolie!!!
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Old 02-11-2019, 01:25 PM   #5
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Good start!
Upload to Youtube and post the link(s)
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Old 02-11-2019, 01:33 PM   #6
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Good start!
Upload to Youtube and post the link(s)
Thank you! I will in a bit. Iíve never done anything on YouTube but watch a ton of videos so loading my 1st will be interesting... Iím back at the bus taking more seats out since the load Iím doing next wonít be here until either late tonight or tomorrow. So far 3 of the ones on the passenger side are out. Iíll see about adding what I accomplish today to what Iíve already done. I accidentally broke the selfie stick part that holds the phone to it so I canít currently do video of what Iím doing as I do it or I donít think I can anyway
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Old 02-11-2019, 01:50 PM   #7
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get one of these - you need something like this




click to shop
https://amzn.to/2E4zosO

flexible gorilla pods are very "flexible"
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Old 02-11-2019, 02:00 PM   #8
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get one of these - you need something like this




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flexible gorilla pods are very "flexible"
Certainly looks better than the one I got from Walmart which also is very flexible but the bottom part that holds the phone breaks too easy. Where can I get one like this one you suggested without having to order it online? Whatever I get I have to be able to physically go in a store to get it.
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Old 02-11-2019, 05:09 PM   #9
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You need a PO Box madam? ALL the good stuff is online/Amazon/etc. I cannot imagine having to get anything of real value from Wal-Marx?
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Old 02-11-2019, 05:39 PM   #10
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You need a PO Box madam? ALL the good stuff is online/Amazon/etc. I cannot imagine having to get anything of real value from Wal-Marx?
Well, there’s several other stores I can go to like Best Buy, Target, K-Mart if there’s any of them still in this country, most malls to name a few. So I guess I answered my own question. Anything that has to be shipped, I can’t guarantee I’m gonna be able to pick up soon after it’s delivered. I realize I can get better deals, but with my current job being an over the road truck driver, I have to find places with 18 wheeler friendly parking. Anyway, I just finished getting the rest of the seats out and pulling a lot of the rubber flooring on the passenger side. It’s glued to the metal. I wanted to get slit of it up on that side cuz it’s wet under the rubber. For some reason it only loaded the last picture I just took
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Old 02-11-2019, 05:48 PM   #11
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Hopefully all 4 of these pictures load. It feels really good to have gotten this far in just 3 days. The 1st day I think I was working on it about 8 hours. Yesterday was about 5 hours and today maybe 7 hours.
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You need a PO Box madam? ALL the good stuff is online/Amazon/etc. I cannot imagine having to get anything of real value from Wal-Marx?
Or just to General Delivery at what ever city you might be in at the time. Problem is eBay and the likes will only deliver to a registered address and not a P.O. Box.
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Well, thereís several other stores I can go to like Best Buy, Target, K-Mart if thereís any of them still in this country, most malls to name a few. So I guess I answered my own question. Anything that has to be shipped, I canít guarantee Iím gonna be able to pick up soon after itís delivered. I realize I can get better deals, but with my current job being an over the road truck driver, I have to find places with 18 wheeler friendly parking. Anyway, I just finished getting the rest of the seats out and pulling a lot of the rubber flooring on the passenger side. Itís glued to the metal. I wanted to get slit of it up on that side cuz itís wet under the rubber. For some reason it only loaded the last picture I just took
Lucky you, no plywood subfloor to remove. You don't know what you're missing.
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Old 02-11-2019, 07:14 PM   #14
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Or just to General Delivery at what ever city you might be in at the time. Problem is eBay and the likes will only deliver to a registered address and not a P.O. Box.
I have a regular address that things can get delivered to. The problem is I’m on the road 4-6 weeks at a time with no guarantee of any particular day to get home nor anyone there or nearby to pick anything up for me. This is an issue I’ve been dealing with for 25 years come mid July. It’s really not that big of a deal. Welcome to trucking lol. I’d rather be able to go get what I want and see it in person before I actually buy most things anyway.
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Old 02-11-2019, 07:27 PM   #15
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Lucky you, no plywood subfloor to remove. You don't know what you're missing.
Yeah, I was expecting to see plywood under the rubber. Most of the videos Iíve seen people had plywood to dispose of. Thatíd just be firewood in my opinion... lol. Iím quite happy with how the metal looks. Almost no rust to be found anywhere on this bus with the exception of a lil surface rust on the bumpers I have every intention of replacing and it looks like a lil surface rust on the floor but all in all, itís good. Oh, itís pretty nice to have a 6í 3Ē floor to ceiling height too. Iím only 5í 4Ē so doing the close to 2Ē of insulation on the floor and then the great debate about removing the ceiling and if I do, thereíll be about 1 1/2-2Ē insulation on it too and I'll still be able to walk without tilting my head. I can hardly wait to get the demo completed so I can start on the build. Itíll be about 6 weeks Iím guessing before Iím back in town especially with having just had 1 1/2 weeks off going to get the bus n bringing back. Itís in indoor storage at the moment so I have a place to put all the stuff Iím taking out as well as I donít have to deal with the weather while Iím working on it. It rained yesterday and today
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