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Old 07-02-2012, 10:54 PM   #131
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Old 07-02-2012, 11:38 PM   #132
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Well heck fire, you never mentioned the garage was brick!...a regular ol' chain saw obviously won't do. You need one of these puppies...

http://www.ebay.com/itm/ICS-633GC-co...item231f4fab9c

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You can always lower the bus but install air lift bags so it can go from Low-Rider to High-Boy at the touch of a button. But please...no hopping.

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Old 07-03-2012, 12:20 AM   #133
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This is quite the headscratcher you have there .

Out of curiousity, is it feasible to replace the garage door with a two piece door that is hinged on the sides? It looks like you could do away with that 2x6 below the flitch plate, as well as the spring and track and door opener. Of course you would have to replace the 2x6 with something 1 1/2" thick to act as door stop and drill a 5/8" hole in your slab for a bolt, but it looks like you could gain at least 5 1/2". The down side would be that you would lose a couple of inches on the width of the opening.

Please tell your wife its only a suggestion, I don't really want to whistle through my zipper, got enough noise coming out of the stink whistle as it is
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Old 07-03-2012, 12:38 PM   #134
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Allen, Tango--Wifey says all is forgiven no worries! Prior to the altitude attack on the garage door I had designed a single swing out door using the existing roll up sections bolted to a steel frame. Since there is no width to spare the new door would have required a parabolic hinge set up so that it would open and then get out of its own way. After pricing the materials I took one last measurement of the height of the bus and conned myself into thinking the door lift would work (after all whats an inch here or there?). Maybe I should do what we used to do as kids to lower our cars--cook the springs with a rosebud!?!
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Old 07-03-2012, 01:50 PM   #135
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Hey Trunt, just sent you a pm
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Old 07-04-2012, 04:44 AM   #136
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On cars, normally i cut the coils instead of torching them, but just buying the right height and spring rate is best now days, and i dont heat the leaf ends anymore...

on your bus, i would imagine removing those leafs would work, but u got overloads looks like..
plating and bags are inexpensive today, and the bags life is really long now, so i would just do that with good bumpers... along with a bit of spring work. would just be another day of work...
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Old 07-04-2012, 10:03 AM   #137
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I have to second the air bag idea. Not only could it help fit the existing garage, but think how cool it would be to have the bus kneel down for loading passengers like the new city buses do. Might come in handy during your "Golden" years as well (LOL)!
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Old 07-05-2012, 10:26 PM   #138
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Ah, to bag or not to bag----that is the question. I get the up and down aspect of the bags but I would still think it necesary to have springs if bags are anything like hydrolics. what set up is used on the high dollar rich guys busses? Not that I'd do it but wouldn't it freak out the rest of the traffic to see a SKOOLIE jump!
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Old 07-05-2012, 11:39 PM   #139
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Hey Trunt --- most of the mega-dollar coaches don't even have "springs"...just the air systems. And as noted, they are no longer the uber-expensive lux items they used to be. Check them out. They just might make that sucker fit the garage without having to use a jackhammer.
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Well, after looking at many ways to build a pop top
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