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Old 07-21-2017, 07:06 PM   #1
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Is there a reason to keep hydraulic door opener?

I finally changed my original school bus door in favor of a regular house door, and I'm wondering if there is any reason that I'd want to keep the original hydraulic door opener? If so, how would I make it work considering that the door now opens out?

I expected the door conversion to be much harder, but it only took about an hour. The door was 36 inches and in a frame, but I didn't need the frame because the original bus frame worked great.

I had to cut about 5 inches off the top and another 2 inches off the side, and then I attached the original hinges from the door directly to the metal bus frame using self tapping screws.
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Old 07-21-2017, 09:04 PM   #2
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I finally changed my original school bus door in favor of a regular house door, and I'm wondering if there is any reason that I'd want to keep the original hydraulic door opener? If so, how would I make it work considering that the door now opens out?

I expected the door conversion to be much harder, but it only took about an hour. The door was 36 inches and in a frame, but I didn't need the frame because the original bus frame worked great.

I had to cut about 5 inches off the top and another 2 inches off the side, and then I attached the original hinges from the door directly to the metal bus frame using self tapping screws.
I don't see why you would need it. You could fab some sort of lever to change the pull motion to a push motion, but I don't know what benefit (besides being a cool project) it would serve.
It is probably taking up space you could use for something else.


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Old 07-22-2017, 03:17 AM   #3
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the only openers i have seen are air doors, not hydraulic. i alway remove the cylinders as there is a space for storage, and cylinders with valve can be used for other applications.
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Old 07-22-2017, 10:29 AM   #4
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the only openers i have seen are air doors, not hydraulic. i alway remove the cylinders as there is a space for storage, and cylinders with valve can be used for other applications.
I mistakenly called them hydraulic, but yes they are air powered doors. Please tell me more about removing the cylinders and the storage space that you mentioned?
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I like that idea!.
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the air cylinder is above the door in the roof on the side of the bus. there is a panel that can be removed (access) and the small line capped off n the cylinder linkage and unbolted. Every bus I have converted, I have removed the cylinder and made a hinged door for storage (small space but usable) Space is appropriate size for pistols, money, etc..
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