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PostPosted: Mon Jun 01, 2020 9:57 pm    Post subject: Re: Building a bus for travel in Europe Reply with quote

Just fits. Lucky. I did not measure that much.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 02, 2020 8:41 am    Post subject: Re: Building a bus for travel in Europe Reply with quote

And I just bought a bunch of swag to go with the bus. Cool

See here.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 02, 2020 2:57 pm    Post subject: Re: Building a bus for travel in Europe Reply with quote

Now I can install the floor. I used 1/2 inch plywood with vinyl plank flooring. The vinyl planks are not affected by water.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/LifeProof-Driftwood-Be.../308338586

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2020 8:00 am    Post subject: Re: Building a bus for travel in Europe Reply with quote

That floor looks great, Dave! This van is going to be too nice to use. Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2020 2:15 pm    Post subject: Re: Building a bus for travel in Europe Reply with quote

I created a threshold out of 3/4 inch aluminum angle from Home Despot. Aluminum pop rivets to make a Z shape. Came out quite nice I think.

And it is 95 degrees here... wth?

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 14, 2020 7:07 pm    Post subject: Re: Building a bus for travel in Europe Reply with quote

I spent the last week restoring a pair of jalousie windows and fitted them to the bus. Took them apart and replaced all the seals and gaskets. Sanded all the crud and corrosion off the pieces. Reassembled and added the aluminum strips needed to get them to fit in the Vanagon. I had to reduce the length of the jalousie going in the passenger rear window so it would fit.

24 hours of labor later...


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Flow thru ventilation even in the rain.... priceless.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 15, 2020 4:44 am    Post subject: Re: Building a bus for travel in Europe Reply with quote

Let me know when you want to do that Adirondack text run, and need a jump off!
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 15, 2020 5:26 am    Post subject: Re: Building a bus for travel in Europe Reply with quote

Abscate wrote:
Let me know when you want to do that Adirondack text run, and need a jump off!


If I get up that way I'd love to. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 15, 2020 6:38 am    Post subject: Re: Building a bus for travel in Europe Reply with quote

I really like doubling up the L channel to make a Z channel for the threshold. That looks good.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 15, 2020 8:16 am    Post subject: Re: Building a bus for travel in Europe Reply with quote

jealous of the jalousies, they looks great! glad the bus is getting there, i know it's been a ton of work.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 15, 2020 8:19 am    Post subject: Re: Building a bus for travel in Europe Reply with quote

dabaron wrote:
jealous of jalousies, they looks great! glad the bus is getting there, i know it's been a ton of work.


We are taking it for a weekend camping trip to Point Lookout State Park in MD this weekend with some friends.

I still need to get the bed in (replacing the foam in the seat back and rear cushion), hook up power to the fridge and vent fan, maybe mount the awning.... it is no where near finished but it should be livable for the weekend. Cool
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 15, 2020 8:36 am    Post subject: Re: Building a bus for travel in Europe Reply with quote

dobryan wrote:

We are taking it for a weekend camping trip to Point Lookout State Park in MD this weekend with some friends.


that's a long drive down Rt 5! when i was with MD DNR, i helped design and build their WAN network. we ran buried fiber down that road from the park entrance to the nature center. that was a challenge with the causeway.

have a great time and be on the look out for ghosts!
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 15, 2020 8:54 am    Post subject: Re: Building a bus for travel in Europe Reply with quote

Dave O, truly excellent build. Fun to see it come together.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 20, 2020 10:43 am    Post subject: Re: Building a bus for travel in Europe Reply with quote

First camping trip. Point Lookout State Park, MD.

The bus has just enough done to camp... but just. 🤣

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 20, 2020 10:47 am    Post subject: Re: Building a bus for travel in Europe Reply with quote

Well done, Dave! It must be very gratifying to finally go camping with it. Cool
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 20, 2020 2:54 pm    Post subject: Re: Building a bus for travel in Europe Reply with quote

So how does that RJE engine feel in your opinion? BTW, good you got 5 of those South African steel rims as they are NLA. I should have gotten an extra Brick wall
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2020 4:08 pm    Post subject: Re: Building a bus for travel in Europe Reply with quote

Dave, I got behind on your thread here and just spent an hour catching up! Great progress, looking good!
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2020 4:13 pm    Post subject: Re: Building a bus for travel in Europe Reply with quote

tjet wrote:
So how does that RJE engine feel in your opinion? BTW, good you got 5 of those South African steel rims as they are NLA. I should have gotten an extra Brick wall


I also would like to read your impression on the RJE, including in comparison to your Subawesty. Future planning and all that...
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2020 4:52 pm    Post subject: Re: Building a bus for travel in Europe Reply with quote

mikemtnbike wrote:
tjet wrote:
So how does that RJE engine feel in your opinion? BTW, good you got 5 of those South African steel rims as they are NLA. I should have gotten an extra Brick wall


I also would like to read your impression on the RJE, including in comparison to your Subawesty. Future planning and all that...


I need to go thru the engine management system before I can give a good comparison. The Protraining manual checklist is in my near future.

It runs 'OK' but has a flat spot off idle and a hesitation at 2000-2200rpm or so. None of these are the RJE engine, they are engine management issues. I am happy with the quality of the RJE.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 25, 2020 6:56 am    Post subject: Re: Building a bus for travel in Europe Reply with quote

Added a fire extinguisher before the camping trip.


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