Getting ready to paint, or why we’re building redneck rain protection

So, we couldn’t find anyone to do a paint job that wasn’t going to cost anything approaching reasonable. We wouldn’t have been looking for someone else to paint, but we have this huge oak tree in the back yard that drops gobs of shit constantly.

We went ahead and built ourselves a redneck paint/rain protector. Got the canopy built and the next day we power washed and scrubbed the roof. I was hoping that the power washer  would cover it.. but there was too much dirt, grime, and whatever else that it couldn’t take off. Matt ended up climbing up on the roof and scrubbing while I sprayed. Also, thanks to our friend Michael we were able to borrow his power washer instead of having to buy one. Thanks!

Anyways, that all worked up some hunger so I made some dan hash.

Some more photos from Matt:

Weekend Work – Por15

Matt and I ended up doing the doors and security @ The Bricks in Ybor http://www.facebook.com/thebricksybor for their Tampa AM event. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skatepark_of_Tampa , after a long saturday night and some rest we decided to head out to the bus and get some Por15 down on the floors. Por15 is rust treatment and sealant, I think it also has some sort of vapor barrier shit going on.  The can actually tells you to not let any por15 get on the lid/lip, because if you attempt to reseal it with that in there it will permanently seal.

Anyways, from my previous pictures you can see that I only got a quart, which was just barely enough for the bus.  It’s thinner than paint and wasn’t bad to spread using some foam brushes.

We ended up getting the work done on Sunday, took a nap then headed back to The Bricks for the last night of the Tampa AM event.  Awards and a bunch of kids running around.  It ended up getting pretty rowdy toward the end, some Metallica was getting played and one guy got a pretty wicked gash above his eye while they were moshing. I didn’t take any pictures Sunday night, but I have a picture of some of the Skate team for the Nike SB Chronicles (which premiered @ The Bricks/worldwide on Saturday night).

Now that the Por15 is dried, we need to put in the sub floor. I also need to replace the CV Joints/axles on my car, and a replacement fuel filler neck which should be arriving.  So, it looks like we’ve got a busy weekend ahead of us. While the winter weather in Florida is great, the only thing that sucks is that you still only have winter daylight.

Weekend of the 13th

Slow weekend for work on the bus.  Matt did most of the work.  Cleaning up the floors some more.  He angle grinded off the remainder of some heads from screw and he cleaned up some rust spots.  We still need to go in and clean up the floors the rest of the way and puddle weld the holes.

Matt had previously crawled up on top of the bus to try sealing up the hatch.  Unfortunately we just needed to reseal the whole thing. He also was on top to rework the dent.  I figured it was my turn to reseal it (and since he was already busy in the bus).  So I hopped up using our home made ladder along with all my shit to remove old caulk, clean up the metal and some brushes to scrub off any rust before recaulking.

Dent in roof

So, after a brief hiatus we got back to it last week and decided to knock this dent out. The X’s in the picture indicate leaks.  We sat in the bus during a heavy storm to see where our water was coming in.

Some folks over at the skoolie.net forums suggested using a jack stand with some wood pressed up against it to apply constant pressure while hitting it.

So we did just that.  Although we had to build a platform since we didn’t want to apply too much pressure on the wheel well (it was slightly ungainly due to the floor and the semi-unevenness of the wood).

We had bought a metal working kit in anticipation of working on this, but we only ended up using one of the curved forms and a separate 4lb hammer that we bought.  Matt also climbed up on the roof to tap it from up there.  We also had some slight leaking due to the dent, so we went ahead and resealed it from the top.

Matt giving the thumbs up from the top of the bus.  Also you can see our home made ladder as well.

Last weekend and last of the windows

Matt and I had a plan of action for this weekend.  Getting the windows taken care of and being able to move onto the floors. Matt was able to get a lot of the windows disassembled while I worked on my car. We had removed all the windows on Friday night after work so he was able to just start in on the work.

Unfortunately I was detoured early on, my regular everyday vehicle wasn’t turning over.  Pretty sure the issue started after some really epic flooding happened the day before (flooding up to the curbs, had to take the super secret backdoor route out of work to avoid turning my car into a boat).  We ended up taking my battery to get tested, which cleared.  So I ended up buying a new starter and put that in which got my engine to turn over. Anyways, after that I was able to hop right in and start getting the panels off.

Took out the old top and bottom weather stripping, unscrewed the final screws located underneath the bottom weather stripping and got the panels off.  From there, pulled out all of the old fiberglass insulation.  This time I was a little smarter and had some trash bags around so I could throw it away immediately. 85+ weather and humid, long sleeve shirt, pants, safety glasses, bandanna, filtration mask, and work gloves.  Begin angle grinding! Unfortunately I didn’t get any pictures.  I only have so many hands, and Matt was thoroughly engrossed in taking care of the windows. Ran out of light by the time I was ready to paint.

Got all of the panels up and painted.  I got 3 of the windows up before I ran out of screens for the windows.  So we had to hold off until Sunday to finish up the rest of the work.

Well, we went out shopping on Sunday but got rained out when we wanted to work.  We went out and put up the last couple windows and marked where we had some water coming in. Plus side is that we managed to get done in a 10 hour day what took us about 3 and a half days the previous week.

Next up: 1. straighten out the dent in the roof 2. weld on the nozzle for the radiator 3. demo the floor 4. fill the holes in the floor

Some more shots from our first day

These are some other shots from our first day of work.  Tearing seats out, taking the ceiling off and taking out the insulation.  Also some engine shots as well as the old rusted out radiator surge tank (also, I had a heck of a time trying to figure out the name for that little metal tank).

You can really see the awesome non-working fix that was previously tried on the radiator surge tank. The new one was surprisingly cheap from http://www.buspartswarehouse.com/. We also bought the window latch/window thumb release from them.  It has definitely been interesting finding vendors for parts and figuring out what we need to buy and where to buy it from.