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Old 02-20-2024, 07:47 AM   #41
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Took advantage of a warmer (high 30s) afternoon and got the floor done. This worked pretty well - my Buddy heater under the bus and a skirt of scrap polyethylene that was in the barn.

I'm going to get the floor down before I do the roof - I'm thinking that having a wood deck will be easier and safer than the metal decking. I can temporarily screw down my scaffolding supports. It might start feeling warmer too, just not having that big flat skin of cold metal pulling the heat out of me....
How much POR15 did it take to get total coverage? I got all the seats out of my bus last weekend. With any luck I’ll be treating my floors in the next 30 days and I’m trying to plan out how much I’ll need in materials. Thx and your bus is coming along nicely.

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Old 02-20-2024, 10:58 PM   #42
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I started of with a very small can (1 pint) to see how far it would go. This stuff is hard to keep once opened.

That was the first picture, and based off that I figured I'd need two quarts. But I only used one. I had to squeeze it a bit, but I got it covered.

Surprised, I went back to look and see if the small can was actually a 1/2 pint. Nope. Go figure.
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Old 02-24-2024, 04:39 AM   #43
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I started of with a very small can (1 pint) to see how far it would go. This stuff is hard to keep once opened.

That was the first picture, and based off that I figured I'd need two quarts. But I only used one. I had to squeeze it a bit, but I got it covered.

Surprised, I went back to look and see if the small can was actually a 1/2 pint. Nope. Go figure.
Good info here. Thx for the heads up!
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Old 03-03-2024, 08:17 PM   #44
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Finally finished a few small projects - replaced the headlights with Phillips LEDs, finished the rear lights, and did some testing of the electrical panel.

Fun Fact - with the power OFF to the two circuit boards (relays, fuses, connectors) over the driver seat, all the basic lights work (turn, brake, reverse) except the running and marker lights. There are so many of those I guess Thomas distributed them in the wiring harness.

This is going to require some more careful testing, but I think I'll be able to keep the front and back wiring harness and rip out all of the Thomas hardware and replace it with a few simple relays for all the exterior lighting.

That gains me a nice big storage area. And I get to keep the 60 amp service (wired to the two starting batteries) for any other running lights I may wish to add!

Things are going to grind to a standstill for a month - a combination of work and vacation.... The roof cut and raise starts in April.
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Old 05-12-2024, 07:15 AM   #45
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back at it

It's been a couple no bus work months. Work, vacation, life.

Got the wheelchair lift disassembled and out. That thing was a PITA.

Started getting the flooring together. I decided that I'd like a subfloor for the scaffolding that will be required for the roof raise. Nothing remarkable here - 2" foam board (R10), 3/4" OSB subflooring, Liquid Nails. I tried the small tubes on one section then went back and got the big tubes. Way easier.

My bus has two chair rails that reduce the inside width by 1.25" both sides. I cut the foam in half so it would fold down and fill the 90". The subfloor is cut a little short (88.5") to clear one rail. Each piece is about 80 pounds and it's not so much fun to wrestle them into position.

Should be finished with the floor this week, and then onto the cutting and welding... ;>)

Attachments aren't behaving this morning for me. I'll add them soon.
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Old 05-12-2024, 07:25 AM   #46
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floor

now attachments are behaving for me...
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Old 05-13-2024, 07:38 AM   #47
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Coming along nicely, I'm almost to this phase. Painting my floors now.
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Old 05-14-2024, 03:14 PM   #48
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looking good!
the tail lights turned out sweet!
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