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Old 11-27-2012, 09:27 AM   #321
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I dont see an issue,even if you where to "rub" the inner fender at a slow speed it wont do any harm,now a big ole knobby tire catching a lip...that might rip it off
I say cap it with atleast 14ga if not 11ga and welded all the way around=plenty strong
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Old 12-02-2012, 08:13 PM   #322
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Hello All, More time spent on the unseen items. I made up a sending unit for the genny gas tank along with a gauge. The tank is now installed and awaiting the design and installation of the filler neck.

I bent up some 16 ga sheet metal for the new rear wheelwells and began installation (I hate daylight wasting time it gets dark so early nothing gets done). Oh well, the shortest day of the year is 12/15 and then the days will begin to get longer. Jack

[b] The gas cap will be cut into the body directly above the tank and above the stamped body line.[b/]

[b] The original wheels were made of 16 ga sheet metal so I decided to use the same thickness for the new wells.[b/]
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Old 12-02-2012, 09:54 PM   #323
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Hey Jack --- never seen such low profile wheel wells. Are they as flat as they appear in the pix? Mine stick up almost ten inches and are a major pain to design/build around. Are you running duallies of the original size...or singles...or something smaller...all of the above??

And remind me...does your genny tank have a fuel pump or is it gravity fed?
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Old 12-02-2012, 11:14 PM   #324
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Hey Tango, The top of the new wheel wells are flat (2" above the floor) but they still allow 4" of tire travel. Yes, I do have tandems and they measure 26.5" in diam so they are shorter than the original which were 31" tall. I'll be dealing with reducing the fender opening to make the small wheels look like they belong.

As to the fuel tank, I'm using a low pressure electric fuel pump set up to disallow siphoning. I've tested it on the genny and am fairly confident it won't start a fire---once again, ya pays ya money an ya takes ya chances! Jack
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Old 12-03-2012, 09:31 AM   #325
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Hey Jack --- I figured your wheels must be a bit smaller. Mine are 37" tall and protrude well above the floor level so no chance of ever getting to a flat floor (which has definite benefits). And I'm playing with the idea of installing my genny in a similar fashion to yours...i.e., in a small slide out mostly under the floor at the rear instead of on the rear deck, but hoping to configure a gravity feed for extra fuel. Still have not torn into the generator to see just what is or is not possible but hope to examine it soon. Lots to work out since the exhaust, electrical connections & fuel line would all have to move along with the unit. And since mine would have to go behind the rear wheel, ground clearance is an even bigger issue. It will be close but at this time looks like it just might fit.
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Old 12-03-2012, 12:18 PM   #326
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Old 12-05-2012, 09:19 PM   #327
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Hello All, Killed two birds with one stone. Bird #1: I wanted the sign plackard off the front of the bus--the one that might have said SCHOOL BUS at one time. I thought it was screwed on as an afterthought but discovered that it was original equipment as it had 30 spot welds holding it on and nary a screw. I spent most of a day standing on the motor drilling out spot welds on the sign and then wiggling it back and forth until it finally gave way.

Bird #2: Directly behind the plackard was the ventilation slot we have all been talking about on another line. I really don't want the vent since the bus will be air conditioned and has other vents in more logical places. The slot was about 2" tall and 3' wide and had at one time had window screen spot welded over it to keep the kids from getting out I think. I removed an inch or more of wet mud from the vent but found no rust through--go figger? I rolled a sheet of 20 ga sheetmetal to match the curve of the roof and welded it in. Jack
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Hey Jack --- good lookin' work as always. And spot welds can be a real bear to deal with. The metal gets hardened to the point that many drills won't even scratch it.

And I couldn't help but notice the horseshoe in a couple of pix and have to ask...did it come on the bus? I'm wondering because mine came with a really old, hand made one mounted on the wooden roof rack. The rack is history but I kept the horseshoe and will mount it somewhere. Who am I to go against such a powerful amulet? And given the buses overall condition, it appears to have helped so I'm not takin' any chances...it stays.
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Hello All, I spent a pleasant day monkeying around with a windshield [b]
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Lookin' pretty clever Jack. Funny thing is, I was just logging on to ask what you were doing for wipers!

Mine are a pair (split windshield) that are bottom mounts run off a weird single cable drive system with a small motor over to one side. Not very effective and probably not original. It appears that there must have been a pair of independent (probably vacuum) wipers at one time that were top mounted based on some holes I have found above the windshield that had been filled with old Bondo. Hope to find/rig something top mounted with more modern options...like intermittent and variable speeds. Will likely have to "configure" something along similar lines to what you are engineering so I will be watching closely!

Here is a (bad) pic of what it came with...


the motor is hanging over on the left and has a cable drive running across the bottom of the windshield operating two separate drives. I've been told it may well be an old Lucas (Brit car) system. That would at least explain why it is so crappy (with apologies to my UK friends...but not any UK automotive engineers).
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