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Old 08-23-2016, 09:37 PM   #171
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Hot bus and a damn hot girl to ride in it with you, how can it get any better?!?!
I'll be sure to post some pics of mine when I start my build, maybe in a thong laid out on the hood!! Oh you thought I meant pics of the bus.
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Old 08-23-2016, 09:49 PM   #172
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Thanks. lol. she's into this project as much as me if not more, so it does get better.
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Old 08-23-2016, 09:58 PM   #173
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Like into the bus project more then she's into you? I guess that could be better, depending on how you look at it. Mine's into the bus project as well, hopefully as much as she's into me, hopefully not more though, might be a lil weird.
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Old 08-26-2016, 09:29 PM   #174
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Burlking: I got a 97' Amtran, what do you suppose the gauge of the floor is? What was your original floor's thickness?
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Old 08-27-2016, 12:26 AM   #175
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The wife or significant other has to be involved or things go down hill in a hurry. Good to your's is involved.
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Old 08-27-2016, 07:57 AM   #176
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Ntrain - Our floors thickness has to be 14ga or 15ga, we replaced wheel well area with 11ga and its beefy as hell.


JA - She's very involved, she has learned how to weld, grind, cut, rivet, bondo, you name it!



Update today: going to go get more bus supplies today. Getting the last of the rivets and seam sealer, the body filler for the emergency holes and the transition, and FINALLY getting the bus sealed up will be done. hopefully this rain only lasts until noon.
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Old 08-27-2016, 09:16 AM   #177
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Burlking: So you used thicker sheet metal flooring around the wheel wells. Also what size and more importantly thickness did you use for the squarestock? I'm thinking of replacing all the "hat" and c channel subfloor cross members with squarestock.

Also was the original metal floor welded to the walls of the bus in anyway or is the floor only stitch welded to the crossmembers underneath?

Basically I would like to use the same gauge sheet for the floor but use squarestock for the crossmembers and beef up that way.
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Old 08-27-2016, 09:32 AM   #178
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My floors are 14ga , I think.
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Old 08-27-2016, 09:34 AM   #179
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And the squarestock used? gauge and size? TY!
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Old 08-27-2016, 07:32 PM   #180
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Not sure if this will really answer your question but my floor has c-channel pieces riveted end to end then the chair rail up top is stitch welded every so often to the c-channels and somehow then the bus ribs that form the shell of the bus are attached to the chair rail and the c-channels i believe (too lazy to go check right now.) Then to hold it to the frame of the bus the c-channels are bolted with these clamp like devices as you see in this picture to the right.




I'd like to say its 1 3/4" X 1 3/4" and 1/16" thick square-stock but honestly i don't remember, my dads fabricating buddy got it for me and it turned out to be perfect. We had measured (with the rubber buffer in place) from the frame of the bus to the bottom of the C-channel pieces for the square-stock then laid the 11ga on top, worked great.


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