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Old 02-06-2013, 03:07 AM   #61
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If my memory serves me well, I've only read of one person putting the metal skin back up. It was a bitch (if my memory serves me well). I'd put up a thin plywood. Most use a luan type. The issue of foam and a fire barrier might be a concern -- just don't have any hot connections, if you know what I mean.
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Old 02-06-2013, 10:47 AM   #62
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BTW --- The structural integrity of most of these units are actually reliant on the interior metal skin as part of the design. Learned that from a Blue Bird engineer. It helps properly distribute the torsional loading throughout the chassis via the ribs. Not a good idea to remove and leave it out.
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Old 02-06-2013, 01:42 PM   #63
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Though I don't doubt the strength that the interior roof skin adds, I do believe school buses are built to survive rollovers, etc. with an intact shell so as not to crush the kiddies. If the interior roof skin were removed the vehicle would still be stronger than your typical RV (or so I assume). Many people have removed the ceiling panels, and I have never read of a structural issue because of it.
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Old 02-24-2013, 12:52 PM   #64
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Smaller update. Got all the outside riveting done. long process but for now its done till the windows come but so Im hoping I wont need to rivet anymore. Anyone who is taking this one I would HIGHLY suggest getting a cheaper rivet gun. it paid for itself and them some. I got the harbor frieght one and was very pleased with it. It did all I asked of it.

I am moving on to peeling off the inner skin on the inside. I got one done and was shocked at how little insulation was there. Im sure I took years off my life breathing that crap. Ill load up some pics of the next phase.

My current goal is to get it street legal.... and ready to transfer the title. I also need to get my lay out planned out so I can get ready to bring on the windows.

As said Ill add pics here later on today.
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Old 02-25-2013, 08:58 PM   #65
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You are correct. I am also a beekeeper. I have been keeping bees for about 5 years now. So far we have had a VERY mild winter which is good for bees but bad cause every other damm bug will be in huge numbers. I currently have 5 hives here on my property. There have been several cases of CCD that we have seen in the area. The beekeeping club Im a member of we have had several cases reported. I think its a number games for the most part. Lots of hobbist dont really get it too much but theres a more issues with sideliners have more hives so it will show up there more.

As for mean bees... Yes we have them here. Africanized or hybridized bees are VERY common here. It will let you know how equipped or ill equipped you are. I have an ultrabreeze full suit so I dont worry too much about them. Ive been totally covered in bees with that suit and didnt get one sting. Well with the money I laid down.

Hope your bees are doing well.
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Old 02-25-2013, 11:11 PM   #66
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Bapos,
Is it possible for you to post pics of what it looks like under your ceiling? Is it just fiberglass insulation? We were thinking of pulling the ceiling of whichever bus we get to look for mold and whatnot, insulate and either frame and finish or put the steel back up.

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Old 03-03-2013, 01:00 PM   #67
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@inkblots84 It might be a while before I remove the inner roof sheet metal. I suspect it will be the same as the sides. I am in the middle of taking the sheet metal off the sides of the inner skin Here is when I opened the first panel.




Yes this stuff is very nasty and dirty. I am sure it took a few years off of my life.

Here is the look as I was in destruct mode.



Im taking it off with a air hammer. Its making short work of it. I would highly suggest it if your taking this one. Im getting close to insulating soon. Also been trying to get my lay out in order cause I see things coming at an impass if I dont.
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I've run into the same problem. It seems that the arch in the metal relaxes and then the holes don't line up. I found that if you start one screw somewhere in the arc (not tight) then use an ice pic or awl through a second hole diagonally across from the first screw to line up another nearby hole and continue this process until all screws are in, it isn't too bad a job. tighten the screws only when all have been started.
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Im still in check on this.. I haven't made any decision as of yet. I am trying to get my lay out done so I can put the windows in. Once we have those in Ill start the insulation process. I REALLY want to do the roof but don't think I will go back with the original panels just as you guys have pointed it, it would be Way too hard to get them to line back up
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Reinstalling the original steel panels back on the roof, touching the steel support ribs will render all your hard work insulating almost pointless. You need a thermal break.

Sorry I don't mean to come off too aggressive. I'm just sharing experience.

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