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Old 02-25-2024, 08:43 AM   #1
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Hello from The F Stops Here

Thank you for allowing me to be part of the community.



My name is Nick, a total newbie , and bought this bus for use as an analog photolab.

It was originally in Volusia County and served as an animal bus for the community.

Starting a project ..with many questions to follow.

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thank you for any help with my newbie experience.

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Old 02-25-2024, 01:02 PM   #2
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It looks like all the windows have been removed so that will help you. Mine has a small darkroom in it.
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Old 02-25-2024, 01:19 PM   #3
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Hey! Welcome to skoolie.net, neighbor. I'm looking forward to hearing more about your mobile photo lab.







I saw your rig at the Volusia County auction. Its been nearly two years since these⤴ photos were taken. How's the build coming along?
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Old 02-26-2024, 07:08 AM   #4
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Hey! Welcome to skoolie.net, neighbor. I'm looking forward to hearing more about your mobile photo lab.







I saw your rig at the Volusia County auction. Its been nearly two years since these⤴ photos were taken. How's the build coming along?
Yes that's her ..you took time to pull the images ..as you can see she is a bit cleaner ..I really love the decals ..so might keep them on there ..a few mechanical quirks I have to sort out..it was sold with out the generator ...which is not such a big deal.but night run a shore line....I decided to call the bus the F Stop Here ..for photographic association ..and there has been interest to drive it to the local library to bring film photography back into the community ..,it you have any historical info or even who used to drive this I would be interested
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Old 02-26-2024, 07:41 AM   #5
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It looks like all the windows have been removed so that will help you. Mine has a small darkroom in it.
Yes I was lucky as I will not have to do much modification ..but the generator was removed so no auxiliaries work..but that is a quick fix ..I do need a mechanic to check it over as I have a few issues ...and a total newbie��
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Old 03-17-2024, 08:14 PM   #6
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I saw your rig at the Volusia County auction. Its been nearly two years since these⤴ photos were taken. How's the build coming along?
Quick question ..I really like the graphics and so very reluctant to paint over the vinyl ...any other options ..possibly tape white vinyl panels over the existing graphics //I want to name the bus The F STOPS Here ' on reference to photography
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I would like to replace fluorescent tube lights with led
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It's tough for me to decipher from the photos, but I believe they are weatherproof/vaporproof fixtures. Spendy & well installed. If you're satisfied with the existing fixtures, you'll save time & money by replacing the guts, only.

You'll likely find Florescent to LED retrofit-kit(s) which work for you. Select the Kelven, Dimmable, RGB, diffuser or none... some are magnetic strips and require cutting off the tombstones, while others look like tubes and fit into the existing (or included replacement) tombstones. Many require removing the ballast(s).

I've always found the retrofit kits to be straightforward. Some can even be installed without any tools. A novice DIY'er need only read the instructions.
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Old 03-18-2024, 07:29 AM   #9
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Old school T12 fixtures...



I did some retros with 4 foot troughers and it was pretty easy, the light was pretty good.. we used 3500K warm white frosted tubes and ended up working out well..



we had to search a bit as the original fixtures were commercial 277 Volt.

im guessing those in the bus are probably 120 VAC


i was dissapointed in that we couldnt find any smart RGB for this purpose..
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Old 03-18-2024, 12:16 PM   #10
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If you are trying to make it safe for photographic materials you can use rubylith sheeting and wrap the tubes and make it safe. Many red LED lights still need rubylith because there is still some blue and green emitted.
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