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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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Paint Update

I was finally able to spray some paint yesterday. It’s been a long time coming, but worth all of the work. We also were able to find some front side windows off of a parted out Silver Eagle Model 10 to replace the original ones. These are so much nicer, tinted and tilt out from the bottom. It will add a new dimension to the appearance of the coach.

I hope to add a red metallic stripe centered in the blue today. It might not happen though, we had a severe storm last night with very high winds. I’m sure the paper covering the coach took a hit. We’ll see what it looks like at daylight.

Here are some pics to show the progress.

 

Blue Metallic on Banding

Blue Metallic on Banding

New Windows from a Model 10 Eagle

New Windows from a Model 10 Eagle

Primer Time

Primer Time

 

Rear Panel

Rear Panel

 

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