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Old 09-06-2012, 04:35 PM   #11
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Looking good already.
Kids will have plenty of room in the loft.
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Old 09-06-2012, 09:54 PM   #12
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THANKS SO MUCH. That was great. Thanks.

Hey for any and all of you that put new steel up on your sides. Did you go back to front and put caulk or butyl tape between your new steel before riveting??

Just trying to sort out this question. I know there are a million ways to build a skoolie - just looking for the good water tight method!
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I went down to Napa and got some automotive seam sealer. I put it between every layer of sheeting on the overlap. I also put a dab under every rivet before pushing them in. Then I put a dab on top of the rivet to seal the hole.

It go's on like hot tar, but drys firm. When I do my next one, I will use house grade acoustical sealant between the overlaps. It never drys, so it will stay water tight even if the bus panels shift.

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Old 09-07-2012, 08:35 AM   #13
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I used this http://www.bylerrivet.com/products/i....aspx?pid=2384 and structural rivets to fasten the panels to the frame, also used it where the panels overlap.
I'd suggest using an air powered caulking gun and rivet gun. When I did the caulking it was cool out and I had trouble getting it out of the gun until I bought the air gun. There are about 1500 rivets in mine and I wouldn't have been able to pull all of those by hand. Might be possible for you younger folk.
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Old 09-07-2012, 11:20 AM   #14
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Re: 1996 Blue Bird TC 2000

WOW --- looks mighty familiar. years ago I raised the roof on my old Bird by 19"...how far up is yours? And I wound up using a product from Sika between all the new rivet joints, just can't remember which one. But I do know that if you contact them they can give outstanding advice & direction as they make some of the finest adhesives & sealants on the planet. Ain't as cheap as no-name silicone seal on sale at a big box, but always worth the money.

http://usa.sika.com/

And I'd like to see more of that rear portion of the structure...looks interesting. Keep up the good work.
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Old 09-07-2012, 01:59 PM   #15
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hope u are going to put an air dam up in fornt ,because that air hitting that flat top will cut your mileage down, u may think not so but it will. look at one on a semi truck,it an air wing.not trying to sell u anything but i have two of them for sale.stanless steel,polish. i had one on my semi and one on my pickup for when i pull my fifth wheel.and they do work... hope this will help



i may put one on my bus although it not rise,,it will be in the back
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Old 09-07-2012, 05:53 PM   #16
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Not wanting or trying to stop a sell but the the air dam could be build into the bus skin itself..... kinda laid back from the roof above the windshield to the top of the raised portion....... kinda aerodynamic.... You would need to build some reinforcements to support it......
just food for thought
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Old 09-07-2012, 06:37 PM   #17
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really just want to have a drink with you guys and gals and find out why you made the choices you made and why....

off to the drawing board for now.
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Why I do not have a bus I do keep the fridge stocked well with beer..... Skoolies are always welcome to stop by and drink 1 or 2 or......???
Also have a few bottles of stuff my golfing buddies call poison...... not very good to drink but the after effect sure kicks butt.....
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Don't forget that welding on galvinized metal WILL KILL YOU....make sure a fan is blowing fumes away...welding gas is basically "safe" but most of your buses factory metal will probably be coated in something you shouldn't breath....just a warning...have fun and be safe
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Don't forget that welding on galvinized metal WILL KILL YOU....make sure a fan is blowing fumes away...welding gas is basically "safe" but most of your buses factory metal will probably be coated in something you shouldn't breath....just a warning...have fun and be safe

Thanks for the concern but they weren't welding on the galvanized but I do feel crappy. I have a terrible headache that is not going away. And in general I just feel off. But really who knows there are SO MANY chemicals with the paint and the welding etc.

DRINK MILK Milk will make that bad feeling go away. Don't know what it is but it works......
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motorpark,,ill send u a picture of one of the air wings i have,,,pm me
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