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Still Alive

 Bus, Planning  Comments Off on Still Alive
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.

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.


 Bus  Comments Off on Status
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.

Things I’ve Learned About Paint

 Bus, Gripe, Paint, Planning  Comments Off on Things I’ve Learned About Paint
Oct 132010
  1. When paint­ing the inside, forced ven­ti­la­tion is key.  Ven­ti­late the hell out of the bus once it is no longer tacky (bugs won’t stick to it).
  2. It will still take a lot longer than paint can indi­cates to dry.
  3. Let it dry prop­er­ly.  No mat­ter how long it ends up taking.

Here Comes the Rain

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Oct 102010

As the paint is dry­ing FAR slow­er than I had antic­i­pat­ed due to low 50ºF nights and pos­si­bly vapor pres­sure (fan had a very notice­able impact this after­noon), stor­ing the seats in the bus was a no go.  I put up all the win­dows, shut the doors, and pulled the roof vents down.  The 28 (heavy!) seats have been put into the well house I cleaned out ear­li­er for this poten­tial pur­pose.  Turns out they stack up quite nice­ly, mak­ing for a com­pact tow­er of up to 8 in an 8′ ceil­ing room.  Three tow­ers of eight, one of six.

Bus Heater Cleanup

 Bus, Cleaning, Pictures, Plumbing  Comments Off on Bus Heater Cleanup
Oct 082010

I cleaned up the two coolant based heater for use lat­er.  I’ll be oil­ing the motors and installing new foam barriers/seals lat­er on.

Topcoat Painted

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Oct 082010

End­ed up buy­ing a sec­ond gal­lon of Smoke Grey.

Soft Paint

 Bus, Paint  Comments Off on Soft Paint
Oct 072010

Due to 50°F weath­er, the paint has not quite fin­ished dry­ing.  At least not enough that I feel com­fort­able walk­ing on it to put the top coat on.  Delayed until tomorrow.