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Old 06-02-2014, 01:52 PM   #741
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Your bus is really starting to take shape now - looks great!

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Old 06-02-2014, 02:21 PM   #742
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Re: The Journey Visvi 1999 Thomas MVP ER

WOW WM,

I'm VERY impressed!!! I doubt I'll do a roof raise on my pusher after I buy her, but I'm taking notes on both your build and 'chops.... That really is looking AWESOME!!!!!!
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Old 06-02-2014, 08:44 PM   #743
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That is one sweet Buffalo you have going there! Great job, keep it up.
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Old 06-02-2014, 09:56 PM   #744
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Thanks everyone, it is nice to finally get things done on the inside.

Tonight I finished up the lights in the bedroom area. To hold the wires until I got the plywood up I made staples out of used 12 GA wire.



Marked where the lights will go.



Measured and ran the wires.



I also cut a hole where I marked and pushed the wires up and stapled them there. The measured the location of the holes and marked the plywood. I cut a 3" hole in the plywood and they all lined up.



All the big pieces are up. All that is left in the 8" trim piece at the floor and around the back engine bay area. But since I ran out of money, that will have to wait awhile.

I do have Bus-Kote I can paint on the roof, a radio to install and the side view cameras for my backup system to install. So I have things to do until money magically appears.
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Old 06-02-2014, 10:36 PM   #745
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Re: The Journey Visvi 1999 Thomas MVP ER

That must really hold in the heat or A/C and keep out the outside sounds fairly well! I'm inspired!
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Old 06-06-2014, 08:56 PM   #746
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No one is following my build any more, woe is me. All these new build to follow and us old timers are history.

I started to install my radio. I miss having music when I drive.

Mounted the antennas first.



A new FM antenna because the old one was broke, and the satellite antenna. It is the small black thing behind the big white thing.

Then I ran all the wiring to the dash first. I'm pulling power from my house battery so I can use it when parked.



I almost forgot the microphone for the bluetooth.



Now everything is soldered to the wiring harness.



I cut out where the gauge blanks were and mounted the radio in the side dash.



I know, very dirty and needs to be cleaned. The override button below the radio is re- purposed as the on-off switch. Now I need to figure out how to install my speakers above the window.
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Old 06-06-2014, 09:14 PM   #747
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Re: The Journey Visvi 1999 Thomas MVP ER

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I started to install my radio. I miss having music when I drive.
Same here. I drove back from Maine listening to my iPod with earbuds, my standard "God, how the hell can I drive without music" solution from my Guard days.

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A new FM antenna because the old one was broke, and the satellite antenna. It is the small black thing behind the big white thing.
Very technical...like how I explained the antenna systems on the Humvees in my last unit, an Air Guard tactical air/ground support squadron. "The really tall one is your HF. Don't break it, I can't get parts for it. The two medium tall ones are your AM/FM tac air and ground radios. You can break them, because I can get spares for it. The egg beater is your SATCOM. If you break that one, you've also snapped off the other three, and we're going to have a talk with the Ops officer."
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Old 06-06-2014, 10:05 PM   #748
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Thanks, I feeling the love.
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Old 06-06-2014, 10:07 PM   #749
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Very technical...like how I explained the antenna systems on the Humvees in my last unit, an Air Guard tactical air/ground support squadron. "The really tall one is your HF. Don't break it, I can't get parts for it. The two medium tall ones are your AM/FM tac air and ground radios. You can break them, because I can get spares for it. The egg beater is your SATCOM. If you break that one, you've also snapped off the other three, and we're going to have a talk with the Ops officer."
I understand, I was in the Navy and you have to talk to the level of you audience.
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Old 06-07-2014, 12:51 AM   #750
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Re: The Journey Visvi 1999 Thomas MVP ER

I also check every day. Your build is one of the really interesting ones. I don't miss a single post.
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Old 06-07-2014, 01:36 AM   #751
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Old 06-10-2014, 09:50 AM   #752
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Sorry I don't have photos to post with this. I will get some tonight.

I spent the weekend getting the Bus-Kote on. Saturday morning was spent washing the roof to prepare for the primmer coat. As I was backing the bus around to wash the other side, smoke started to roll out of my dash board. When I turned off the bus the smoke stopped. Lucky for me I was lazy and only put back four of the screws holding the cowling around the dash.

I turned the key back on and heavy smoke started to roll again. There are two control circuits mounted on the steel self the windows sit on behind my dash. The right one was smoking. As I wrote down the wiring to disconnect it I noticed two of the wire where labeled Delay. Hope it was nothing critical; I started the bus back up and it was the passenger side wiper circuit.

The primer coat was like thin glue, very sticky. By the end of the day I only got one coat on. The directions say it is best to let the first dry over night before applying the second. Then Sunday I got two more coats applied for a total of three. Times like this I wish I had a shorter bus. Four coats times 34 ft. All the time spent on a ladder to get the side roof down to the gutter. I was tired when I finished.

I do have photos of my temperature testing. Thursday afternoon it was 87 outside and full sunlight. The exposed steel was 109.9 and you could feel the heat coming off it. Sunday at almost the same time and temp of 87 and full sunlight. The exposed steel felt cool. The temp… 90.6 Almost a twenty degree drop.
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I can't remember.. Was that bus kote WITH insulating beads, or without?
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I can't remember.. Was that bus kote WITH insulating beads, or without?
With
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Old 06-11-2014, 05:08 PM   #755
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Here is the proof.

Before Bus-Kote



Same spot same temp and weather three days later, after Bus-Kote.



Today it is in the 90's, bus shut up all day. The inside is same as if you where in the shade. Steel still feels cool to the touch. I'm sold.
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Old 06-11-2014, 05:14 PM   #756
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Since I'm painting to the gutter, I only had to tape off the front and back.





Here is how it turned out. I like the look.





This is the control board for my passenger side wiper that smoked.



I need to pull it off and see if I can get a part number to order new.
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Old 06-11-2014, 06:33 PM   #757
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Nice stuff with the bus cote.

I think I remember windshield wiper motors being an issue on these but I thought it was the motor itself not the switch. But I could definitely see that turning into a fire if, say, you are driving with the windows open with 65 kids in the back and don't smell / see the smoke. I'll be sure to keep an eye out on mine.
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Old 06-12-2014, 08:22 PM   #758
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I've been going thru the Hytech website,I see they recommend covering with a clear coat but what about covering with a different color?
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I would think that coating it with another color would reduce the reflective properties of the white paint and maybe even the insulating beads.

How much paint did it take to get the paint work done with the 3 coats on your bus. I ask because I am considering buying the beads and adding them to elastomeric paint I can buy locally and not pay to ship.
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I would think that coating it with another color would reduce the reflective properties of the white paint and maybe even the insulating beads.

How much paint did it take to get the paint work done with the 3 coats on your bus. I ask because I am considering buying the beads and adding them to elastomeric paint I can buy locally and not pay to ship.
This paint is made to relfect the sunlight and UV rays so good I had to wear sunglasses. Unless you find a paint that relects UV rays as well, I would stick with it.

Three coates used a little more than half my 5 gal can. I would say I used about 3 gals. Same with the primer I used almost the whole gal for the roof. So 1 gal per coat using a roller.
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