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Old 01-17-2015, 07:06 PM   #321
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Ok OK, I'll make sliders.



On the swing out grill!


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...you are still good to do SLIDES!!

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Old 01-19-2015, 12:37 AM   #322
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passenger seats

I picked up some passenger seats for the family. They are freedman brand coach seats that are practically new. While they are fixed back they are comfortable enough. They are made to bolt right onto a bus chair rail.

The price was very motivational. If you're in the greater seattle area I can get you the hook up for some more of them.

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Old 01-24-2015, 03:06 AM   #323
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Some modeling work in progress shots.

Interior framing will be 1x1 16 gauge (.0625) wall tubing. At .83 lbs/foot, it's lighter than kiln dried 2x4's (approx. 1.2 lbs/foot), and if some care is given to the way it's assembled, should be strong or stronger than a wood structure.

For example, the overhead storage structure near the rear of the bus is about 58 linear feet of material, and would weigh something like 48 lbs. Obviously skinning the structure and adding a ply floor to the cargo box makes it a little heavier, but I am hoping my weight estimate for all the framing won't exceed 500 lbs.

So, that's like 6 or 7 middle schoolers. I hear they're mostly water weight though...

The toilet closet has a sliding door hung from a piece of 1/2" thick plywood, and the master bedroom is separated by another slider, but it's 1" thick square steel framed.

I'm planning on sheeting the inside of the exterior walls with .060 white ABS plastic. I'd like to do the same with the interior walls, but it might start to get costly.

Once I get the layout really fine tuned, I'll get an inventory count of the metal, and go pick up a giant heap of 1x1x.0625 cold roll steel square stock and get to gettin'.



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Old 01-24-2015, 10:15 AM   #324
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Lookin' good! --- I am going the steel tube route on my shorty as well. Keep the pix coming!
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Old 01-25-2015, 09:48 PM   #325
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I used tubing and angle iron exclusively--even the cabinets. Stronger, lighter and less space wasting than wood to do the same job. Also, it'll never need a termite report!
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Old 01-25-2015, 10:15 PM   #326
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Planning on using steel angle for cabinets and facing with wood to give a classic look but better structural integrity. Same with most of the framing except for walls. Square tubing for the walls (what few of them we'll have) for us too.
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Old 01-26-2015, 08:52 AM   #327
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WOW ! ! ! ! The craftsmanship on this project is mind-boggling ! And you, sir, are a CRAFTSMAN . I can't wait to see the interior come together!
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Old 01-26-2015, 12:40 PM   #328
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Awesome build. Your skills are very impressive. I like all the insulation.
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Old 01-26-2015, 01:21 PM   #329
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Hey, thanks!

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Old 01-26-2015, 01:29 PM   #330
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I like all the insulation too. I'll have to do something about the summer time eventually, some sort of air conditioning system.
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Old 01-27-2015, 01:30 AM   #331
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new construction phase

I call it "work lights on the floor"



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Old 01-27-2015, 08:34 AM   #332
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dats purty!
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Old 02-01-2015, 04:37 PM   #333
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Anyone have an extra roof hatch trim ring? Mine is cracked.
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Old 02-01-2015, 06:27 PM   #334
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My wife says I'm cracked, but that's a different story........
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Old 02-01-2015, 06:54 PM   #335
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M, you might want to get your wife hooked up on the forum--she'll no doubt find a replacement for you. I know, I know, but what fun is it if you can't jerk around a new member? Jack
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Old 02-01-2015, 07:23 PM   #336
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Jack,

I'm M1031. Been around for a while. My old account was locked out with the new server/forum switch...... Check out "Big Mac" thread. But she's on the forum as well.... Just hasn't posted yet. I suspect once we have a 40 footer she'll chime in.... As far as the hatch ring, it seems to match our personalities, imperfect, but we make it work.... ;)
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Old 02-01-2015, 07:38 PM   #337
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M. thanks for the reminder--and it doesn't get any better than that! Jack
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Old 02-02-2015, 03:31 AM   #338
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I got the ceiling done. Next up is to start paneling the walls, and then framing and paneling interior walls, rooms, and storage. I picked up a spiffy welding blanket so I wouldn't wreck the plastic if I have to weld in the bus.

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Old 02-02-2015, 09:52 AM   #339
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I like how your plan is coming together.

Again, I realize you have yet to get your windows installed. My concern is what sort of plan do you have for emergency exits?
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Old 02-02-2015, 02:28 PM   #340
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Well, there's the two roof hatches, a left and right side emergency exit door, the main door, the rear emergency exit, and the front glass.

When the windows go in up front, there will be two next to the passenger seating on the right, and one on the left, which will all be 25" exit style windows, as well as the two additional windows (for a total of 5 pieces of new glass) that are over the kitchen sink (right side) and stove (left side) that are also exit windows.

Am I missing something fundamental, because I've been asked a few times what my plan is.


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I like how your plan is coming together.

Again, I realize you have yet to get your windows installed. My concern is what sort of plan do you have for emergency exits?
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