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Still Alive

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Jun 122017

So school is fin­ished, I’m look­ing for work.  Looks like the plan is to get a job, pay off debts, and then go full in on the bus.  It prob­a­bly won’t be too excit­ing this year giv­en it will most­ly be con­tract­ed out.  Engine in-frame rebuild and sus­pen­sion, main­ly.  As for the bus design, the mini-split is out in favor of  a chiller.  Lead acid bat­ter­ies are out in favor of lithi­um LiFe­PO 4 bat­ter­ies. This means dou­ble the capac­i­ty for house bat­tery bank in half the weight and vol­ume. In doing that, it makes some oth­er things a lot eas­i­er to do as well. The mas­sive area which was going to be bat­ter­ies on the right side of the bus is now going to be the home of the chiller unit. I’ve also decid­ed to very much look into build­ing my own fridge for vari­ety of rea­sons. Light­ing is now going to be LED rather than flo­res­cent, sav­ing pow­er bud­get and space. The washer/dryer might change as well giv­en the mini-split con­denser is no longer lim­it­ing height. As for the roof raise, I have now set­tled on the join­ing method being pri­mar­i­ly plug welds. Appro­pri­ate riv­ets end­ed up being more expen­sive, weak­er, and more prone to rust when all is said and done.

The cur­rent state of the bus is that no notice­able new rust has occurred thanks to time­ly touch up paint before stor­age and keep­ing eye on it. It is cov­ered in algae or some­thing, but a good pres­sure wash­ing will take care of that.

With this year basi­cal­ly being engine and sus­pen­sion, that puts the roof raise at the start of 2018. Upon fin­ish­ing up with that comes the exte­ri­or repaint­ing. I will also be pick­ing up an HTP Pro Pulse 200 MIG Welder. Try­ing to use a cheap MIG for this job just isn’t going to cut it. Looks like I will also be pick­ing up a water cooled drill press from either Har­bor Freight or some used/surplus set­up. We’ll see when the time comes.

So, yeah, looks like the project is going to start back up in full.

No longer in Canada

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Aug 122014

Still work­ing on ren­ders as time and mon­ey have not come togeth­er for actu­al bus work while I go to school.


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Dec 122013

I am liv­ing in Cana­da at the moment.  It has been three years now I have owned the bus and made lit­tle progress on it due to one prob­lem or anoth­er.  Usu­al­ly lack of employ­ment, sad­ly.  On that note, here, have the 2013 reworked floor­plan render.

Nothing major.

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May 222012

I recent­ly decid­ed I should prob­a­bly get around to actu­al­ly get­ting the title trans­ferred over prop­er.  Turns out I near­ly got hit with some very severe fines for not doing so, the laws hav­ing changed between when I bought it and now.  Not sure why I did­n’t, and I don’t much care to dig fur­ther into it.

Either way, I now actu­al­ly own the bus. Heh.

Paused. Again.

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Apr 222011

Mon­ey for bus engine went to a 1985 Mer­cedes Benz 300td sta­tion wag­on and repairs to it.

Excercised Bus

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Mar 012011

To charge up the bat­tery and keep the tires healthy, I start­ed up the bus and did a loop around.  It has fair­ly ter­ri­ble com­pres­sion right now, same as when I parked it.  After it warmed up and I did the loop, I returned it to its park­ing place, off­set a bit from the holes it had sunk into.

Looks like I have the fund­ing to start work on the engine with­in a month.

Renders of Bus, Post Raise

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Nov 132010

The bus clear­ance will be between 12′ to 12′ 6″ depend­ing most­ly on the air ride plans.  This includes the 24″ rais­ing of the roof to give an inter­nal ceil­ing of about 7′ 3″ on the sides to 8′ 2″ in the cen­ter.  These mea­sure­ments do not take into account flooring.


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Oct 312010

The paint has slow­ly dried to a very nice, very hard sur­face.  There are some place that the paint pooled slight­ly which have yet to ful­ly dry all the way through, but they are well on their way as well.  The next step is the engine work.  I antic­i­pate need­ing to buy $1100 for parts and about that in tools.

Some tools for the engine rebuild have been pur­chased, though the project is ful­ly halt­ed so far as mon­ey is con­cerned until my future is some­what more certain.

SketchUp Layout Planning

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Oct 312010

While this lacks roof raise and has crushed down the bunks to sil­ly pro­por­tions, the lay­out core is present.  It fits!

All walk­ways are min­i­mum of 2.5′, the door itself 30″.  Rear door will remain in place (though gain height in the roof raise) so as to allow both an emer­gency exit as well as direct access to bathroom.