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Old 09-01-2016, 03:30 PM   #1
Join Date: Oct 2015
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Year: 1989
Coachwork: Thomas Saf-T-Liner
Chassis: Thomas Saf-T-Liner
Engine: Cat 3208
Rated Cap: 72
Wall can I make it straight?

Back again with questions. Working hard on a 1989 Thomas bus conversion. We have the metal walls and all insulation removed, and in a few places removed windows and put up fi erglass panels. We are planning on gluing rigid foam straight to the walls of the bus to insulate behind a wall facing. We've got a nice fiberglass epoxy for that step. Then we wanted to add vertical struts to the channel iron between the windows to attach the conduit and wall facing. Problem is, its not straight. As I can tell, the bus is straight up to the windoes, then it begins bowing in towards the ceiling. It seems to be a good inch more in at the top then midway down and to the floor. So how can I stud the walls straight from the top downs?
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Old 09-01-2016, 08:16 PM   #2
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Location: Bemidji MN
Posts: 185
Year: 1998
Coachwork: Carpenter Body
Chassis: International 3800
Engine: DT466
Rated Cap: 65 to Zero. Folding Chair
Caulk Line
For my project it has been critical.
I am reskinning the exterior of my bus and making the measurements and lining up with a caulk line has saved me.
Find the low and high points, decide where and how you want to start a mid beam or top line and snap your caulk line and go to work.
$8 at my local hardware store for the caulk line and a refill.

Hope it helps.
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"The Independence"
98 International
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Old 09-01-2016, 09:31 PM   #3
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Location: Oklahoma aka "God's blind spot"
Posts: 2,196
Year: 1989
Coachwork: 1853FC International/Navistar
Chassis: 35' Retired Air Force Ambulance
Engine: DT466, MT643
Rated Cap: 6 souls and a driver
I'm going this route....

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Until I met a man with no feet
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