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Old 09-26-2018, 07:03 PM   #3541
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Well, it looks like I will be taking a couple of days off. Have multiple appointments at the local VA manana plus my danged back went out this morning. All that roof work finally caught up with me. Don't want it getting any worse so I guess I will have to take it easy for a bit. Last time it went beyond this stage I wound up in the hospital with a morphine drip going straight into my spine. Cannot imagine why anyone would get hooked on that stuff. Really boring drug. Bummer. I have work to do!

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Old 09-26-2018, 07:36 PM   #3542
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Eh... the work can wait. You've been making great progress... time to gear down and recoup a bit.


You'll be back at it in no time!
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Old 09-27-2018, 12:32 AM   #3543
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Old 09-30-2018, 06:16 PM   #3544
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Small amount done today --- Managed to heft the A/C exhaust vent up and into place today after painting it over the past two days. Back is still playing tricks on me so I gotta move slowly...and carefully.



Three separate colors (of course). Satin black inside...silver on the vanes...and the roof color (with pixie dust) on the outside.



The roof deck will fit just above this.



My little 8K BTU window unit fits (snugly) inside this add on.








ONWARD (with caution)
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Old 09-30-2018, 06:26 PM   #3545
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Nice fab work. What does it look like inside?
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Old 09-30-2018, 06:51 PM   #3546
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Thanks. Don't have any recent pix from the inside of the AC box but it just barely protrudes just above the rear hatch. Will try and get some shots of it. As for the rest of the interior, I have a buddy (master cabinet maker/woodworker) fabbing some pieces for the shower/potty area and hope to get going on it soon.


Then the sofa/bed...then the cabinet...then the kitchen counter...then...
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Old 09-30-2018, 07:51 PM   #3547
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I have a buddy (master cabinet maker/woodworker) fabbing some pieces for the shower/potty area and hope to get going on it soon.


Then the sofa/bed...then the cabinet...then the kitchen counter...then...

Dang! You're just now getting to the place where most of us began our conversions. I think you'll easily win the "longest build thread" award. Can't wait to see it when it's finished.
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Old 09-30-2018, 08:13 PM   #3548
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Looks great! I really dig the AC vent. Itlooks like it came from thefactory that way. Keep us posted on the pixy
dust. I'm considering it when I get to the painting stage of the project.

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Old 09-30-2018, 08:58 PM   #3549
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Paint is one of my favorite parts of the project. Does this mean roadworthy soon?
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Old 10-01-2018, 09:20 AM   #3550
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The roof deck will fit just above this.



My little 8K BTU window unit fits (snugly) inside this add on.








ONWARD (with caution)[/QUOTE]


Lookin' great!

Really like to see this project finished...you as well I suppose.



Thinking ahead, more like a chess game rather than being negative...
Is your 8k window unit a common piece? If it crapped out in 5-10 years would there be a replacement unit to fit in the same hole?
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Old 10-01-2018, 07:43 PM   #3551
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Thanks All



Roach...no pride involved in "the longest thread" believe me. And yes...I am finally getting around to what most would consider the build stage. But first I had to pretty much fab a bus from the ground up to build on!


TJ...As previously noted...I am sold on the pixie dust based on my own "hands on" observations. Still waiting on the sun to come out here for more than ten minutes so I can try out this fancy, schmancy laser thermometer thing and see what it sez.


Rivetboy...still more hydraulics to hook up (brake lines, tranny cooler) but definitely closer than I was six years ago.


REDD...Ya...I am most definitely ready for this puppy to be rollin'. As for the AC...the vent box will accommodate a range of unit sizes so there should be no problems with any replacements (they keep getting smaller, cheaper and more efficient every year). In fact, that is why I went this route. Having owned a few "RV roof Top AC units" I am not a fan. Big hole in the roof and if anything goes wonky...you GOTTA go to an RV dealer. They yank it out (leaving that big hole while they tinker with it) and charge more just to look it over than it costs to replace a high efficiency window unit at any neighborhood WalMart...or Home depot...or Leows...or...well, you get the idea. Tested this 8K out on my Honda 3000 and the genny never came off Economy Idle while going full blast and chilling my tiny space down quite nicely. A bigger bus would definitely need more, but I think this will work fine in my rig.




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Old 10-03-2018, 08:44 PM   #3552
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Mail Call --- My water tank (30 gal.) and my water heater (Excel) both arrived today! Also got some stainless pieces I had speced back from the shop. Bunch of stuff to start installing. YEA!


Yeah, I know...pix are coming.
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Old 10-05-2018, 09:11 PM   #3553
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OK...OK...OK...Pix! --- Here are the stainless pieces I got fabbed locally. One is a map holder that will go on my doghouse...the other two pieces go onto my wind down window panel and will serve as extra space for maps & switches & such. Included are the water removal system for the roll down window as well as the fresh water tank.


30 gallon fresh water tank...



Water removal system for my roll down window.



Map box that will fit onto the doghouse...


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Map/book box plus a switch box for multiple functions (holes yet to be cut). This mounts onto the roll down window panel just to the left of the driver seat.


More pictures to come.









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Old 10-05-2018, 10:12 PM   #3554
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Need a "Like" button for that window drain system.....sweet.
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Old 10-06-2018, 09:11 AM   #3555
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Onward! Indeed! That is some sweet stainless fab, can't wait to see those bits mounted up.
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Old 10-06-2018, 07:41 PM   #3556
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Thanks All --- Mounted two of the stainless pieces today. This panel will be just to the left of the pilots chair. One is for maps, atlases & such...the other will be home to some yet to be ordered switches. Still going back & forth between new age LED rocker types or old-school toggles. We'll see.


The other gray patch is an access panel for installing the window. Just hoping I can find the original crank handle after all these years. It must be here somewhere...right?





Had the bottom of both "map boxes" made with expanded metal so that dust, Diet Coke or whatever will fall through instead being a pain to clean out.



Also did some sun testing today (it finally came out for a while) on different roof finishes but went off and left my notes at the shop. Will post manana.








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Old 10-07-2018, 06:26 PM   #3557
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A short day today --- Hey, it was "Psychedelic Sundaze" at my local bar today! (as it is every 1st Sunday of the month)..with some groovy bands and music.



Got a fairly early start and managed to complete a couple of small tasks. Got a coat of Hammerite on the starboard side roof brackets (after lots of masking/taping). Sorry no pix. Will wait till more is done.



Then mounted another piece of stainless.



Just a map pocket fitted to the doghouse I made a while back. Will be within reach just to the right of the pilot seat. I'm a sucker for "real" maps, atlases, park guides, trail guides, roadside attraction brochures (oooh! we gotta stop and see the giant ball of string!)...and the like. Digital is handy but...








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with some groovy bands and music.


Like...ONWARD Man!


"You can take the man out of the '60s, but........."
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Old 10-07-2018, 07:04 PM   #3559
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50 years from now when the rest of the bus looks like a heap of graham cracker crumbs, that stainless steel window receiver will still be standing tall. People will shake their heads in wonder--just you wait and see! Jack
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Old 10-07-2018, 08:02 PM   #3560
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Hey Jack --- I'd LOVE to be around to explain it to'em!


BTW...Nomadicista seems to either have been down for a few days...or gone away (???).
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