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We Now Have a Real Dash

I finally got around to installing our new dash we bought last year. I tore out the old one and redid some of the wiring to fit the new location of the gauges and switches. We had to also choose a color to go with our interior theme. I really wanted to cover it in vinyl, after talking with a few bus nuts I decide that it was beyond my capabilities. I don’t like saying that but sometimes you have to just say so.

When I first got the bus it has a dash that someone had made our of plastic. I didn’t like it so I built one. That was one of the first things I made out of oak, and you could tell. Becky said it looked pretty good to her, but I’m a guy that likes things to look better.

I could not fit our back up camera monitor in the same area as the stereo so I mounted it overhead above the driver. I think I will like the new location better as I don’t have to move my head to view our toad, just move my eyes up a bit. It’s an older B/W model that is pretty deep. The new ones are a flat screen but I couldn’t justify making a purchase when the old one works just fine.

I will say this, the new dash took a lot of work to get it to fit. I still have a few things to do to finish it off, but it will be just fine for now.

We also will install new vinyl on the inside of the entrance door. I’ll post a pic next week when after we finish it. Along with a new bulb seal to eliminate any air infiltration. The old one is shot and needed to be replaced anyway. I’m also going to design and build a door stop. Right now we have two straps to stop the door from hitting the curb side mirror. We’ve broken two pieces of glass from the wind catching it. It has worked good but with the new bulb seal extending all the way down on the hinge side, a new idea had to materialize.

I also purchased a dash cam for recording our travels, which I hope we never have to use for evidence in case of an accident.

Here is a couple of before and after pics.

Passenger side.

Passenger side.

Driver cockpit

Driver cockpit

Passenger Side

Passenger Side

Driver Cockpit

Driver Cockpit

I am trying to accomplish a few things before we leave Abilene next month heading to AZ and CA, visiting family and friends along the way. We’ll spend the winter in Murrieta, just north of San Diego and then next spring we’ll make our way up to Bend, Oregon. It will be nice to be closer to our Mom in Salem and also my brother and his wife in Bend. We are looking forward to this journey. Spending the winter closer to our kids and grands will be fantastic! They might get tired of seeing us more often! HA

Besides, Becky retires on October 14th! Hot Dang! No more alarm clocks to wake up to!


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New Bamboo Floor in Living Room

After carpet in our living room twice, no more. We decided to look for acceptable flooring and came upon some very nice solid Bamboo at HD. It is tongue and grooved, sides and both ends. I found out that this is just as dense as oak and very durable. We opted for the solid strand woven, harvest finish, 3/8″ thick. There are many styles and colors to choose from, but this one caught our eye.

Bamboo Flooring

Bamboo Flooring

We purchased 3 boxes, enough to do the LR with some to spare including very little waste. You have to lay down some underlayment, which is basically foam with one side foil. We bought one roll of 100 sq. ft., which enough to do the living room and bedroom.

Foam Underlayment



We moved furniture, electric fireplace and stuff on the driver side and proceeded to rip out the carpet and padding. This was fun! It was a high-end carpet but found out that carpet is very hard to keep clean in such a small space. With two dogs and West Texas dirt, you get the idea.

After installing the flooring on one side, we moved our couch to the new flooring so we could do the other half. The holes in the wall is from two different ideas for an eating table and seating. After installing them we decided that we never ate there, always at the couch. So out they went, which left some holes for me to deal with later.

One half finished

One half installed



Here are a couple of shots of what it looks like after completion. When I installed the carpet the last time I made up some red oak edging to hold down the carpet. We were very lucky that the new bamboo flooring slide right under the edge, which made for a nice clean finish. It was like we planned that way all along! lol

Oak edging with finished bamboo floor

Finished Floor

Close up of Bamboo Flooring

Close up picture

I nailed down the perimeter along the side walls and the transition to the kitchen flooring. The rest was laid in place using a rubber mallet to make sure each piece was tight and snug to each other. Once the flooring was down we installed some Bamboo 3/4″ quarter round to finish it off, nailed to the oak base. We are so pleased with the end result that we’ve decided to also do the bedroom very soon.

Bamboo Quarter Round

Bamboo Quarter Round



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