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Old 02-01-2016, 08:44 AM   #51
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And a perfect match to the roof curve. How cool is that!?
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Old 02-01-2016, 02:13 PM   #52
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Wow, love this build, will that window handle flex?are you going to tint it atleast clear?
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Old 02-01-2016, 10:55 PM   #53
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I ran my hand along the top edge and from the middle to the ends thers only about a 1/4" difference. I was so stoked

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Wow, love this build, will that window handle flex?are you going to tint it atleast clear?
Will the window handle the flex??......ask me again in 1-2 years, un till then here is a hope and a prayer and a butt load of ahesive caulk and screws that it stays in place and dosnt break. The corners kind of pull back so I'm either going to have to put in sothing to take up space or put in 1/2" of caulk. Ill post a pic tomorrow but i want your guys opinion. Tint I'm playing by ear once its done.
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even clear tint would contain the glass if it ever broke
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Old 02-02-2016, 03:18 PM   #55
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I saw on your thread that you want your skoolie to live in while you build. Not sure what the time frame is but doing a roof raise to accommodate a loft will easily double your build time for the skoolie and I don't think you want to have as much time in your bus as your brick and mortar house. If you need a shorter build time but still need room for kids I might recommend a loft over bed like or and adult bedroom and bunks like the Good News bus just some food for though. If your going to have a longer time frame a roof raise is a pain in the butt, but rewarding.......at least I hope it will be when its done.
The von Thompson actually raised their bus 27" ....

We are getting closer To.buying our bus so ... we want more updates !!!! This is so interesting.
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Old 02-02-2016, 11:31 PM   #56
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Here is another view of the window. You can see on the top 2 corners there is almost a 1/2" gap, entire bottom is flush and top center is flush. What do you guys think, lots of caulk?


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The new skin cut to size and some of the old panels geting sourted out and put in thier area for skinning day(hopefuly thursday or friday)


Cutting a large tractor innertube in to 3/4"strips to dampen vibrations and prevent galvic reaction between the aluminum skin and the steel frame. Did the math and if i put it on all the mating surfaces of steel to aluminume (x2 on hat channel because of the 2 wings) im going to need 1,000 linear feet. The pictured innertube got me a little over 400 feet.
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Old 02-08-2016, 11:30 AM   #57
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Hey, zoomy, quick question about welding. Did you disconnect all of the ground cables from the engine and transmission computers or is that a non-issue if the batteries are completely removed? Is there any risk of feedback into those systems when welding on the body and frame?
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It is indeed necessary to completely disconnect the battery (hot & ground) before welding anywhere on a unit that has any computers on board. Some may survive, but many critical systems can be instantly fried. Allison, for example, dictates this approach for any vehicle with any of their electronically controlled trannies. They can be zapped in a heartbeat. $$$$$$$
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So just disconnecting the battery is enough?
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Old 02-08-2016, 01:21 PM   #60
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According to Allison it is. I am an electrical dunce but the problem appears to be associated with current "leaking" into the computer systems via extant connections to the battery. Please...anyone with more electrical savvy than I (which could be anyone)...chime in here. I do know that welding is a common cause of major damage to automotive electronics.
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