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Author Topic: First Piece of Furniture In!  (Read 2089 times)
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« on: November 09, 2010, 08:25:46 AM »

I started my truck conversion in May '08.  Starting with removing the 8ft sleeper box, rearranging the fuel tanks, having the frame stretched 4ft, having the 32ft x 102" full height box custom made to my blue prints with Apitong (like Mahogany) horizontal strips installed at 16" centers inside, having 2.25" of spray foam installed. Then me lining the interior with 1/4" plywood, gluing Kemlite to the walls and ceiling of the bathroom, installing the first window in the bathroom, I finally installed my first piece of furniture-my wife's book shelf above the bed above the rear window (yes I have a rear window this time).  Yesterday I cut the wood for the bed base.  But will hold off with the bed base until I have the rear window installed in the next 2 weeks.
I'm still working so can only work on the truck when I have a day or two off.  Generally-every Sunday and Monday since the business next to me is closed on Monday, and I'm a commissioned salesman that doesn't have to work everyday. 

What's nice about the truck is that with the 24" basement running back to the last 13ft of garage-I don't have to worry about installing plumbing and electrical right now-that can be installed at anytime, compared to the bus that had to go in at the same time since the plumbing and electrical were above floor.  Good Luck, TomC
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« Reply #1 on: November 09, 2010, 09:20:16 AM »

So, where are the pictures?
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« Reply #2 on: November 09, 2010, 09:47:17 AM »

Woo Hoo!!! Congratulations Tom!! It sounds like you have done the smart thing by taking your time and laying in a great foundation for a truely quality coach!! I cant wait to see the pics  Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: November 09, 2010, 01:58:04 PM »

Awfully nice when the process starts moving along, congrats Tom. We are making some progress so far as the accoutrement' in ours Grin   
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« Reply #4 on: November 09, 2010, 05:35:01 PM »

Tom, what wheelbase was the truck to begin with?

4' sounds like a perfect stretch. IMHO, some commerical truck conversions, like Showhauler, stretch their frames too far, putting the rear axles too far back. They always have heavy front axles, and not enough weight on drivers. I see some truck conversions with less rear overhang than a rear engine bus!

Can't wait to see some pics.
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« Reply #5 on: November 09, 2010, 06:01:21 PM »

Come on Tom, you know the rules---PICTURES!!!  Grin
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« Reply #6 on: November 09, 2010, 10:25:40 PM »

First-here's a picture of what the truck looked like as a commercial truck with the original 235" wheelbase.
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« Reply #7 on: November 09, 2010, 10:37:49 PM »

Here's the left side with 48" wheelbase stretch.
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« Reply #8 on: November 09, 2010, 10:38:43 PM »

Inside looking forward
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« Reply #9 on: November 09, 2010, 10:39:44 PM »

Inside looking rear.  When I get more pictures downloaded, I'll post them.
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« Reply #10 on: November 10, 2010, 03:57:35 AM »

Looking REAL GOOD!!!!!!!
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« Reply #11 on: November 10, 2010, 04:09:34 AM »

Looks good Tom!

One picture I would like to see is the garage in the back and how you worked that out.
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« Reply #12 on: November 10, 2010, 05:37:35 AM »

Looks great Tom

 You will need at least two Candles to keep the inside warm, when out camping Smiley
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« Reply #13 on: November 10, 2010, 06:12:00 AM »

Nice. We considered doing one of these at one point.
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« Reply #14 on: November 10, 2010, 06:36:10 PM »

Looks Awesome! Since it's not technically a bus, is this 'kinky bus porn'?  Grin
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« Reply #15 on: November 10, 2010, 07:17:15 PM »

Sweet Tom keepem comin  Grin
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« Reply #16 on: November 10, 2010, 09:39:32 PM »

Looking good Tom,lol  plus you got one hell-of-a bandstand in that thing WOW! Which side is the bar goin on? Grin Grin Lookin good! Wink
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