Status

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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.

Things I’ve Learned About Paint

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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

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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

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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.

Primer Coat Down

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Oct 062010
 

Got the Rust-Oleum Clean Met­al Primer down today.  Phew.  Fumy.

Navistar International ISIS DVD

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Oct 052010
 

While this does not seem to have all the infor­ma­tion I was look­ing for, it does have a great deal of the infor­ma­tion I need­ed for the engine.  Huz­zah!