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The Rex is the largest member of the Disorient Express, Disorient's Mutant Vehicles. The base of the Rex is an articulated M.A.N. bus. The Rex is registered as a mutant vehicle with the BM DMV and will be premiered at Burning Man 2007.

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General Rex Information

Name: Disorient Rex
Make: M.A.N.
Model: SG310-Type293
Year: 1983
VIN: 13M293020DC020531

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Design Ideas

The Garden of Lights.

The Rex will carry several letters of the Disorient Sign on one side and will have speakers mounted on the other side. The front vehicle will be a lounge and the back will be for the DJ and the amp racks. The outside will be peppered with hundreds of LED fixtures sequenced by Leo creating a bright and colorful 60 ft. long moving object at night. The top will have a strong roof rack which will become the main anchor point for roof and sides installations.

Outside art by Archer (Playa photo courtesy of Junko). Rex draft.jpg
Roof sculpture proposal by AKAirways Braceletsbus.jpg
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add your idea here
Inspirations: Large BM Art Cars

Rex Task List (Jul-Aug 2007)

Links to Rex Google Calendar: HTML iCalendar XML (Atom - like RSS)

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Brooklyn Navy Yard (Google map)

Rex Outfitting

- Build roof rack metal structure and some wood structure to hold sculptures (cell leader: Matt) (12%)
- Carve speaker holes out of the side of the Rex (cell leader: Matt) (8%)
- Remove A/C engine (80%)
- Cover roof rack with plywood (cell leader: Matt) (50%)
- Build DJ booth including floating DJ table and amps cooling system (cell leader: Lowroad--Worker Slave: ArrowChrome) (20%)
- Cover inside with mylar (cell leader: Big Dawg) (1%)
- Create net storage on the ceiling (like DEX) (cell leader: Big Dawg) (0%)
- Paint outside (cell leader: Archer) (40%)
- Fabricate and install Sign Mounts (cell leader: Matt) (2%)
- Open front side for lounge, make doors (cell leader: Matt) (50%)
- Opening in front of DJ (cell leader: Matt) (50%)
- Create storage space (on the ceiling?) for spare windows (cell leader: Lowroad) (0%)
- Create the lounge (0%)
- Install carpet in the lounge (cell leader: FT )(0%) Q: in NY or on playa? - probably want some for trip
- Install lockers (0%)

Rex Repairs

- Replace thermostat (0%)
- Check cylinder compression (0%)
- Check battery-charge problem. possibly replace batteries. (0%)
- Get spare tire (0%)
- Fix lights (0%)

Sound System

- Pick-up from Virginia (cell leader: Rumble) (100%)
- Test at Geo's (cell leader: Rumble) (90%)

Cross-Country Trip (Aug 11-25th)

Cell

Friar Tuck, Jester Jaimi, KY, Niki Hermes, Thunderstick?

Rex Departure

- The Rex leaves New York City around Wednesday August 15th to arrive on the Playa on Saturday August 25th after 12:01 am. (Rex crewmates have been included on Disorient's weekend arrival list -- request for passes submitted to Burning Man on July 19.)

Crew

Professional Driver

Mechanic (?)

Friar Tuck, Jaimi, others?

Budget

- Fuel
- Crew Food
- Emergency Repairs
- RV Roadside repair coverage

Cargo

- Rex will carry only essential items for Playa operation, including D7 lounge materials: carpets, futons, pillows, fabrics.
- Rex will carry only personal items of the Rex Driving Crew. No other personal items will be allowed on Rex.
- Rex will not be transporting the new Disorient Sound System

Rex Cross-Country Route

- Determine Route and Sites (Jester Jaimi, FT)
I-80

Regional Contacts

NY
Pennsylvania
- Phil (Andy Wing)
- Pitt (Kip Reese)
- Susque. (Niki Adams)
Ohio
- (cle?)
- Toledo (Randy Ruge)
Indiana (April/Poosie Kat)
Illinois
- Chicago (Suga Pie, Groot)
Iowa (Jeffz)
- Boxarox (boxarox@gmail.com)
Neb (NONE)
Wyo (NONE)
(Colo: Mark Burrows, Ronnie Nelson, BRad) + Dubz
Utah (Queen Mab and The Dave 23)
- Taylor - Amy's parents Nev
- Reno (Rick Brown)

- Spare Parts/Service Sations (Jester Jaimi via Cory)

Rex transformation Jul-Aug 2007

Wish List (things we need at the Rex)

(20) Milk crates (for organizing stuff on the Rex)
(2) bicycles in good condition to become Rex "tender to's"
(2) boxes of contractor-grade trash bags
(3) large tarps
(20) Pornj queen-size pillow covers with pillows

Workers prepared to work with: work gloves earplugs protective eyewear/light sunglasses sunscreen drinking water kneepads


Wed August 8

Finished Paint

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Monday August 6

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http://www.janvanpak.com/other/07_08_06_rexweb/index.html

Sunday August 5

Teagan builds platform for front vehicle. Matt welds roof rack and side frame (speaker). Rumble and FriarTuck at drilling station. Arrow works on the DJ table. Nick cuts metal.

Tuesday July 31

Another coat of paint was applied to the bottom orange section (Archer).

Monday July 30

Racks were built (Matt) and delivered on site (Jan, Matt). The night shift lightly sanded the whole bus (MsHotTamale, Archer, Jester Jaimie, Flynn).

Saturday July 28

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Another panoramic shot by Jan.

Wednesday July 25

Steel delivered

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Sunday July 22

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Panoramic shot by Jan and more pictures by Rumble

Saturday July 21

wow! great day... a/c roof units are removed (Big Dawg, Jan and FriarTuck), sanding has been done (Archer, MsHotTamale, HotSauce, E.J.) , paint has been applied (Hot Sauce), the inside is almost completely gutted (Thunderstick), and a shade structure has been set up for a comfortable oasis in the Navy Yard...
Big thanks to all the hands on the Rex today!!!!
POWER POWER POWER... we need another generator desperately, 3500 Watts or more...
we also could us a couple ladders (4ft. and 8ft.)
and if anyone has access to an engine hoist or cherry picker... let me know and i can come and pick it up.
ToMoRroWs anOthEr DaY At iT, SeE YOu ThErE!!!
Matt.

Big up to Dough for finding a way to remove the freon from the A/C system and being at the Rex at 7AM (with Matt) to meet with the freon removers. Without this, today would not have been so productive. Thank you Dave for the guidance.
The Navy Yard has striking similarities with the desert.
1. We're pretty much by ourselves there.
2. You can see a lot of sky.
3. There is no easy access to food and water.
4. You're in the sun all day.
Keep this in mind when you go there...
Eye.

Pictures by Big Dawg and Jan

July 19, 2007

Dough, Matt and Eye met at the Rex.
Matt's new crazy speaker placement scheme "inside the bus" is super slick.
DJ booth is now extending outside. Supastar style...
and the roof rack will host a couple of private lounges inside the Garden of Lights...

July 17, 2007 First meeting at the Rex at the Navy Yard

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by Lowroad

Went really well.

Turnout: Eye, Hotsauce, Biddog, Garrison and Ray, their vinyl guy who's name I cant remember, Archer, Matt the welder and Dave his buddy welder, JesterJaimie, Udi, and Sam-a guy who works at at big metal shop in NJ. Doh came out later to drop off the shade.

Painters seem to have made a paint plan and some materials estimates which archer will post to the puddle later. Udi and Eye worked out speaker placement. Matt and Dave have two plans for the roof deck/speaker mounts- one failsafe, one alternate idea that sam is making a sample bracket for today. Matt and Sam will meet at the bus late in the afternoon and Matt is picking up the bus manual at the bus today.

Udi Eye and I worked out an Amp rack plan/cooling cabinet. Hotsauce is trying to secure nearby electricity and water supply, bathroom usage.

Many good plans laid last night, but the big trick now is getting others on board to commit to sticking with projects and seeing them through to the end. It is a task that takes constant puddle care. There is a sizable work load ahead.

Navy Yard is in many ways a dream location- remote enough for what we are doing but not terribly hard to get to- security seems better than we could have wished, the view can't be beat! Food is perhaps the only missing link. It is hard to schedule an all day work call without a way for everyone to easily step out for food- need to explore delivery options, etc. This was a bigger issue than we might have expected during Dex workcalls...

July 12, 2007 Staging

- Find space to work on the Rex: Brooklyn Navy Yard dezmembrari auto(map) (100%)
- Negotiate Insurance (100%)
- Transport Rex to Navy Yard JJ's pictures (100%)

May 16 2007 Rex in NJ

Teagan, Hot Sauce and The Eye visit the Rex in New Jersey
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April 2007

The bus, soon to be named Rex, is driven from Denver to New Jersey by Ben Sparks sparkyrobot-at-gmail-dot-com.

Ben's recommendations:
The night after his return he handed me (Lowroad) a list of 11 items that he suspects will need attention. I have included it here in its entirety:

1) COOLING SYSTEM AND RADIATOR NEEDS FIXED. He said that he "removed the valves from the thermostat" and explained that the valves are somehow involved in telling the radiator when to turn on and off. By removing the valves he was able to keep the engine cooling system running constantly with out risk of the thermostat shutting it off. What exactly Ben did to the engine should be looked at... and a better solution should be found
2) MIRROR ON PASSENGER SIDE IS MISSING. We found this mirror during clean up of the bus on tuesday. a bracket must be built for it.
3) SEAT FOR DRIVER. apparently the seat is very uncomfortable for long drives.
4) NOTE: ON THE PANEL BEHIND THE DRIVER IS A BATTERY ON/OFF SWITCH
5) THE BUS GETS ABOUT 6 MPG. TANK IS 150 GALLONS
6) BUS SHOULD CARRY AT LEAST ONE SPARE TIRE AT ALL TIMES
7) WINDSHIELD WIPERS DO NOT WORK
8) THE BUS USED 1 and 1/2 GALLONS of OIL ON THE TRIP FROM DENVER
9) THERE IS A RETARD SWITCH FOR ADDED DOWNHILL BREAKING- THIS SWITCH NEEDS FIXED
10) RIGHT SIDE BLINKERS DO NOT WORK
11) BRAKE LIGHTS MAY NOT WORK PROPERLY!

February 2007

Geo purchases an articulated bus from Denver, CO.