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Old 03-29-2024, 08:29 PM   #121
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Spring has started so we got out and tried to remember what was on the agenda.
Decided to tackle some insulation, more as an experiment and to get back in the groove.
Then we drilled holes and screwed the skin with ss screws and 1/8" thick nylon washer of the bus framing to reduce with thermal bridging.. left the screws loose, added sicaflex 252 in the gap and tightened the screws.
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Old 03-30-2024, 10:41 AM   #122
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Old 03-30-2024, 10:48 AM   #123
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cant go wrong with more insulation! cool idea for reducing the bridging too..



great to see you back in the saddle!
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Old 04-02-2024, 11:21 AM   #124
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Thanks Jack and Chris. It has been a while. I was unable to get the mog closer to home. Hope to get some more updates in soon,
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Old 04-03-2024, 05:58 PM   #125
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Old 04-16-2024, 10:26 AM   #126
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The weather is cooperating..finally found energy to weld the remaining section of the rear wheel well and add steel to the inner skin around the rear wheel to beef things up a little. Then closed the holes in the floor.
Now we needed some moral support so moved on to interior work, just to see where we were going.
Cut another bulkhead and then the bathroom wall. Temp installed kitchen sink. Installed a bus seat for the "dinette".
Anyhow..an interior shot of the status quo.

Daughter passed her driving exam.. that is good , interest in vehicles has increased.
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Old 04-16-2024, 10:37 PM   #127
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My son did his first drive in our bus around a camping area
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Old 04-17-2024, 07:17 PM   #128
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More interior rough work.

Can't put the final countertop in because the rear entrance door has to be modified from dual to a single.. and that creates more space, hence a longer countertop nevertheless it shows proof of concept. Put a shelf above. Will have to make sliding plexiglass door to keep the elf on the shelf.
Made the connection from cab to bus. Drilled a lot of 1/4" holes in the angle profile that remained after I took the rear cabin wall of.. wooden 2*6 bolted in place Things are stiffening up. Laid out the table for the "dinette"
Tomorrow some work on the couch and mount angle iron to connect the bulkheads and walls to the floor and support beams.

In the mean time I got 316 stainless seamless tubing to sleeve the rear brake cylinders.. this is slightly undersized but the rubber cup seal fits fine
Is 1.25*0.065 wall. It will be nice to work a bit on the operational side. Still need to replace the turbo and install the intercooler.
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Old 04-18-2024, 04:35 PM   #129
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So I made a mistake in the description above about backdoors. To avoid confusion I meant the original handicapped side doors at the passenger rear side .
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Old 04-19-2024, 05:56 AM   #130
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Today was a dull and painful day.. first I had to remove the other rear brake cylinder. Then a lot under the mog to drill holes to structurally connect things together. It was all muddy and wet from the rain so I got dirty wet and tired.

But there was a very positive development.
My friend Ellis stopped by. He machined the critical transmission input shaft drive extension for the tdi motor and the more structural welding. Ellis took the wheel cylinders to sleeve them.
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Old 04-19-2024, 05:58 AM   #131
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Today was a dull and painful day.. first I had to remove the other rear brake cylinder. Then a lot under the mog to drill holes to structurally connect things together. It was all muddy and wet from the rain so I got dirty wet and tired.

But there was a very positive development.
My friend Ellis stopped by. He machined the critical transmission input shaft drive extension for the tdi motor and the more structural welding. Ellis took the wheel cylinders to sleeve them.
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Old 04-19-2024, 09:12 AM   #132
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I like those double side doors!
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Old 04-19-2024, 09:42 PM   #133
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Today we did some work on the layout again. First we supported the floor better then over to a Couch/ bed design. The plan is to make the couch 24" wide and then can be pulled out 10" while the back support folds down. Then together with the driver seat foldable to the front this will become a bed . We used some heavy duty 28" long slides and removed the thinner telescopic pieces since we only need to pull 10" out. We reinforced the remaining slider with an aluminum u profile that fitted exactly.. pure luck..less likely to deform.now.
Anyhow , first steps..
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Old Yesterday, 10:17 PM   #134
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Yesterday we made a 2*4 against the wall to build the couch of . I was lazy and went a bit fast. Last evening I thought that structural design could have been better.
So this morning I tore it back out ,cut a hole in the bulkhead for the 2*4 . Now the forces are not carried by the screw anymore.
Mocked up the plywood seat and will test with some cushions but I think it can be a bit smaller. Younger daughter for reference..
Tomorrow I will concentrate on the second rear wheel well. It is more complicated because it interferes with the door.
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