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So first things first...go buy yourself an angle grinder if you dont own one. People say they take their seats out without but why would you.

Got all my seats out in like 7 hours...grind off bolt and unscrew the 2 nuts attached to wall easy peasy 6b93414e4bb81b5c1f49da148cf262de.jpgbb77aaa5566fde6482a371ed6afed314.jpg

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Now if you are just making a camper you can probably leave roof in but im doing full tiny home so ceiling is coming out....FUCK RIVETS!!!

Air compressor and air chisel set highly recommended...first punch out rivet
Then you need to grind X in rivet and the air chisel works 12b2d0795018e1d0cce8e6b10a4e0d3a.jpg3f7ea622c6931a4ff565a80111169ee5.jpg7acda30dc21ed6408aa2767daf0e97cf.jpg

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This will be a 2 day job most likely and its where im currently at

Afterwards will be ripping up floor and treating rust and sealing her back up

Will post updates of course

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Of course it will be...runs fine
Now you wouldn't what to drive it much since it gets like 6 mpg...but when i get it done and decide im going to yosemite for the summer im driving it

I guess my more specific question is, will it be self-propelled mobile, and I am guessing not?

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There's a Netflix film called Expedition Happiness about a German couple that bought and converted a similar school bus and traveled North America.

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Holy fuck nuts thats a lot of rivets....ceiling us out sorta...used my air chisel to cut metal out since i thought only 6 metal cutter disc would be enough8009a4e84f8353640b9fd281111c63b4.jpg6e27830ee7247ef350b21561d84088e4.jpg

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The 2 drill bits i bought havent done shit...these are big hearty rivets...online says grinder and air chisel ...worked great on ceiling rivets...those ones along window in pic are a pain

Best thing i can find says to grind them flat and punch out center...im hoping i can saw down backside since i cut panels out

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So instead of dealing with all the rivets above window i just decided to cut it out with grinder...also opened up side panels to see if i could cut rivets from backside(grinder wont fit,see if i can borrow a saws all)

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Im almost to the fun part(building) ...i have also been grinding off rust and then i will take out windows and reseal them...seal up roof and treat rust

Then can put subfloor and be building by monday/tuesday hopefully

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And just a fyi...if your disc doesnt look like that then its still good dont change it


* protip if it gets to small to reach what you need it for grind off some rust until its ready to change 7ecfd29a321a76bbf9dc5b80216f96ba.jpg

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On 9/21/2018 at 3:15 PM, Bone3421 said:

Now if you are just making a camper you can probably leave roof in but im doing full tiny home so ceiling is coming out....FUCK RIVETS!!!

I still don't understand why you took the ceiling off. Seems like it's 1-2 inches from bottom of roof, and full of insulation which you'll need anyway. Are you planning on running conduit (or wiring) between the roof and new ceiling?

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Putting in better insulation and will be doing a nicer wood roof...not rolling with a metal bus roof
If i was making a camper sure but this will be a tiny home

I still don't understand why you took the ceiling off. Seems like it's 1-2 inches from bottom of roof, and full of insulation which you'll need anyway. Are you planning on running conduit (or wiring) between the roof and new ceiling?

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Took my trick from above windows and just cut side panels above rivets...will be framed around any ways

Swept up a bit..and today is treating rust and start sealing her up before subfloor goes in 3e8af09e692a0bbd702cb84ff2761548.jpg03d450b0a869ad10f5e01e165d3e1de8.jpgeec8423875f72382ecd1d3a60a8992bb.jpg

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I also put first coat of roof sealer on along all the rivets...will be about 4/5 coats total when done

Rest of day will be spent cleaning off rust treatment and treating other half

Tomorrow will be cleaning window frames with mineral spirits and sealing them and a full coat of roof sealer868ab9be7625b72235fb8f3f7b4124c5.jpg

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21 hours ago, Bone3421 said:

Putting in better insulation and will be doing a nicer wood roof...not rolling with a metal bus roof
If i was making a camper sure but this will be a tiny home

Spray in foam insulation ?  I'd think about adding extra junction boxes in the ceiling and walls for potential unforeseen future needs

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6 hours ago, Bone3421 said:

So as far i can tell from research you want yoyr rust to look like this black/blue color when its done right4d4272b0152a00f0ef187a33bd96ddba.jpg

You read correctly. It may look funky, as it’s not at all what most people are expecting when they spray it on, but that is exactly what you want it to look like once it has taken effect. Can’t wait to see the progress over the coming months

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Living in a bus is....different. Do you park it in a RV lot with hookups like power and sewage?
You can...i have some land ill put it on and hook up to water/electric....doing compost toilet though so i dont have to deal with a blacktank. Also will have solar and offgrid water tanks at somepoint

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Yes looking at compost toilet in the bus...i've heard some say it doesnt smell and some say it does...ill find out lol then decide if i want to upgrade

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Took windows out and removed old weather stripping with wirebrush drill bit...now cleaning ledges and putting on new stripping

Closed cell fyi...heard thats the one to use over open cell0c3bb280a4d904a90b65df410a38b4d6.jpg45ded14b04757787659e95c3a8f0c67a.jpg21f7debb51fe44b71cc7bd644dd6abc6.jpg

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Spray in foam insulation ?  I'd think about adding extra junction boxes in the ceiling and walls for potential unforeseen future needs
I missed the part about junction boxes earlier and stuck with insulation....my buddy who is electrician will be wiring me up and i will have him wire me in a few extra spots for when i do solar and get the ac(rv ac that will attach in spot emergency exit is)

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Just curious, did you consider a container home as opposed to the bus route? Or did you want the mobility? Maybe you couldn’t work on the containers off site like you’re doing w the bus?

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Good luck sir, the container doesn't have the cool look or amount of windows of that thing. Speaking of, with all the insulation you are planning it's going to be tough to detail those windows well enough to keep them energy efficient. You may also look into new gaskets on the glazing itself into the aluminum frame, or wet sealing everything. Glass is never going to achieve a good R-value, but you may want to consider some type of sun shade or shutters on the outside to prevent too much light from hitting the glazing and heating up your weakest spot thermally. 

 

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