Thursday night work

So not a whole lot media wise to post.  Matt got home from work and got to work welding the holes in the floor.  He ended up finishing up when I got home around 8:30.  So I took over and angle grinded the welds down to get the floor nice and smooth.  Took some liquid nails and some spline (rubber trim normally used for screens) and trimmed the wheel wells.  Some of the old stuff had come up so we replaced that stuff.

All of this is just so the bus is ready for some POR15 to rust treat/weather seal the floors.  Once that’s cured/dry we can put some sub floor in!

And a cheesy youtube video. Good luck trying to see anything that’s going on.

Quick shout out to Microgroove. Apparently a new music store opened up just up the street. Gonna go check it out!



The store is located at 4906 N Florida Ave., Tampa. Microgroove’s grand opening weekend continues Friday with music by Jennifer O’Connor and Tracy Shedd; Saturday with Sleepy Vikings and I Was Totally Destroying It; and Sunday with Rebekah Pulley and Will Quinlan. For info, call (813) 667-7089 or see

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 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 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.

Parts and parts

These pictures are from a couple of weeks ago.  We discovered that the oil pressure sensor was broken (we originally thought it might be oil temp).  I showed the new one in some previous pictures but I wanted to show off the old one as well.  It took a little figuring to get it sorted out, but we managed to figure out what it was.

I’m also going to need to clean up the rubber off of the electrical connection heading to the interior of the bus.


The bus has a dent (it looks like a large tree branch or possibly a tree fell on it?) on the passenger side about the middle of the bus.  We’re planning to straighten it back out using a hydraulic bottle jack with a 2×4 on the end of it.  Some shaping hammers should help with it as well.

There are some minor leaks happening in the area around some of the rivets, so we’re hoping to get all of that straightened out as well.  Here are some pics of the dent:

Short hiatus

Decided to take a short hiatus while we were getting a ridiculous amount of rain.  Almost couldn’t leave work because the streets were flooded so badly.  You would think Tampa road commission or city planners would prepare to drain the streets considering there is a serious rainy season here?

Day 5

Installed the Emergency window before work and got a picture in.  Was talking with Verizon about why my dvr wouldn’t activate and decided to get some work in while waiting.

Matt is installing the emergency window in the last picture.  The screw holes weren’t lined up in the right spot.  We decided to shuffle the windows around which made re-installation a real pain in the ass in some spots.

Day 4

Got out of work early on Monday and just busted ass to get all of the windows up and finished.  Matt had read in a post on about someone putting up some screening over their windows.  One user had actually hand built screens with the frames and then he saw someone just install it with their windows and stretch it over.  So that’s what we went with.  Minimal effort with the results we want!

Ran out of sunlight, worked through the dark until about 1 am.  Long day, but got the emergency window painted but not installed.  Alas.. tomorrow.