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Old 11-27-2017, 04:13 PM   #41
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Haven't posted in awhile because we have been working on the bus. Got the interior almost complete, still trying to figure out storage areas and electrical panels.
Oh no you don't.

You don't get to yada-yada the interior is done. We gotta see some pictures. I was looking at a Van Drool Coach today....Go big or go home !

You can upload the pics directly to the forum w/ the paperclip^^^
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Old 12-05-2017, 08:20 PM   #42
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We are 80% done and here's proof!

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Oh no you don't.

You don't get to yada-yada the interior is done. We gotta see some pictures. I was looking at a Van Drool Coach today....Go big or go home !

You can upload the pics directly to the forum w/ the paperclip^^^
It took me this long to gather up the pictures I wanted to share and show that we are indeed mostly done with the interior. I am posting pictures!

Here you go popcorn cooker!!
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Old 12-05-2017, 09:19 PM   #43
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Wow, you delivered ! It is looking great !


So much space to work with gives the large master and bath. I really like the texture of the premium materials you chose.

I WILL do a Coach someday, but first the Blue Bird !

Thanks for sharing!
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Old 12-06-2017, 08:42 AM   #44
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Oh, I'm jealous! I've barely started on my coach conversion and now I've lost the good weather so I can't get my frame rust remediated until spring.

Looking really, really good! Keep it up! I'm looking for ideas to ahem appropriate....
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Old 12-06-2017, 09:32 AM   #45
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Oh, I'm jealous! I've barely started on my coach conversion and now I've lost the good weather so I can't get my frame rust remediated until spring.

Looking really, really good! Keep it up! I'm looking for ideas to ahem appropriate....
I feel your cold, but to be honest- it is warmer under the bus.... I worked under mine last Winter. Big sheet of cardboard/ carpet foam and you are good to go !
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Old 12-06-2017, 12:24 PM   #46
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I feel your cold, but to be honest- it is warmer under the bus.... I worked under mine last Winter. Big sheet of cardboard/ carpet foam and you are good to go !
First, I'm on gravel (ouch...). Gonna need a pretty thick cardboard to make that work; although a good foam might be ok.

Second, the rust reformation isn't underneath on mine. It was a southern bus - specifically Houston. It can really, really, rain there. The rust is in the windowframes....

And the rust reformer product that ECCB (or was it caddilac?) turned me on to only works at 50 or 55 degF or warmer.

So, I'm still looking for that semi-warm barn. Surely there's one around Indianapolis somewhere I can use. Its farm country for cryin'-out-loud....
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Old 12-06-2017, 01:47 PM   #47
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The barn might protect you from the rain, but most farmers don't heat their barns.

That sounds odd that your finding rust around the windows. Maybe they weren't caulked right in the first place?

I had to caulk my windows twice before I was satisfied. Once while I was putting the windows back into the frame after cleaning the aluminum, then again from the outside. Maybe that's normal. This is the first time I've done the windows.

I thought Houston was far enough south to stay fairly warm during the winter?
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Old 12-06-2017, 03:21 PM   #48
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I thought Houston was far enough south to stay fairly warm during the winter?
For most of the winter, it is. It's far enough South to remain tolerable and it's protected by the warmth from the Gulf water.

However, when the Gulf Stream dips far enough South, Houston can become very cold, very fast.
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Interesting. I just assumed Houston had outrageous humidity, terrible rain storms and the occasional hurricane.

Some friends of mine moved to Houston year ago for work. Within less than a month they moved back to Oregon. They were apartment managers and when they heard gunfire within their apartment complex they packed up and moved back to Oregon. I don't completely get that because we sure like guns here in Oregon.
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Old 12-06-2017, 03:56 PM   #50
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Interesting. I just assumed Houston had outrageous humidity, terrible rain storms and the occasional hurricane.

Some friends of mine moved to Houston year ago for work. Within less than a month they moved back to Oregon. They were apartment managers and when they heard gunfire within their apartment complex they packed up and moved back to Oregon. I don't completely get that because we sure like guns here in Oregon.
Houston can have all of those things at certain times of the year.
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Old 12-06-2017, 04:00 PM   #51
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Houston can have all of those things at certain times of the year.
Forecast for Greater Houston:

60% Chance of outrageous humidity, terrible rain storms and the occasional hurricane. Increased gunshots toward evening and well into the morn'.
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Yeah, but those are the guys that shoot sideways. Not real accurate, but it looks cool.
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Old 12-06-2017, 04:15 PM   #53
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The barn might protect you from the rain, but most farmers don't heat their barns.
That's fine. I can turn on a heater while I'm working and off when I leave. Its not the best of situations, but its better than doing this work out in the open, especially since I need the windows out (and possibly the skin off) to get at the rust. Since things take longer than one thinks they will, I'm starting to think it'll be spring before I have everything prepped for actually applying the rust reformer....

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That sounds odd that your finding rust around the windows. Maybe they weren't caulked right in the first place?
I don't know how other coach buses windows frames are, but mine are made of two pieces - a mostly complete window frame w/ glass installed from the outside (and sits on the bus frame), and a small trim piece with screws that installs from the inside. When these pieces are screwed together they "clamp" the bus frame.

When the manufacturer put the bus together, they used some sort of butyl to finish sealing the windows (mainly on the metal frame member that the window "sits" on and nowhere else). The butyl was put on in two "strokes", one on the frame member facing the inside of the bus and one facing the outside. Very little of the butyl made it to the top of the frame member - the face that the window assembly actually sits on.

Over time the rubber in the window flashing on the outside of the bus deteriorated, letting in the rain. The butyl then acted like a "catch" - holding the water against the metal and not allowing it to drain. Add a little time and, voil, rust.
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It took me this long to gather up the pictures I wanted to share and show that we are indeed mostly done with the interior. I am posting pictures!
Looks GREAT W&W!! Well done!
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Don't feel bad Marky. I'm in the Midlands of SC and for last four years we've gotten snow. Oh and the usual hurricanes. Not so much in the Midlands. Hmmm may have to consider adding some eyes to the pad when I pour it and a couple tie downs like an airplane.

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Looks GREAT W&W!! Well done!
I second JD's sentiments - really nice job!
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Don't feel bad Marky. I'm in the Midlands of SC and for last four years we've gotten snow. Oh and the usual hurricanes. Not so much in the Midlands. Hmmm may have to consider adding some eyes to the pad when I pour it and a couple tie downs like an airplane.
I have some understanding of the wind - I grew up in Oklahoma....
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Thanks for the kudos everyone!

It's so nice to hear that we're doing a good job on our Van Hool. We're not done with the trim pieces and the decorating but the walls, floor, ceilings, bathrooms and bed are installed. Husband is still working on the computer controlled lights but he's making great progress.

And all just in time for SNOW! She is winterized but I am thinking about taking her on a trip south and just not using the water system for the trip. Husband is not too keen on the idea as he doesn't want to end up driving in the snow EVER. I don't blame him. Can't imagine this thing stopping on a dime when it hits ice. We shall see.

Thanks again for the kudos. Getting appreciative comments from our peers means alot!
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