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Old 05-29-2016, 02:18 PM   #111
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Where did you get those fancy bus wheels? I like shiny.
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Old 05-29-2016, 02:20 PM   #112
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Is the wooden part going to fold up against the back end eventually? I like the way that jeep fits in there against the bus wheel wells.
Nah, it'll stay the way it is. The jeeps wheels go all the way to the wheel tubs, but my racecar would hit the bumper on the wheel tubs. So the racecar actually sits further back than the jeep does.
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Old 05-29-2016, 02:22 PM   #113
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Where did you get those fancy bus wheels? I like shiny.
Came with the bus. 😁
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Old 08-18-2016, 07:12 PM   #114
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Made the framework for the back wall, and also made the A/C unit mount.






This will be skinned with 18ga galvanized sheet metal.
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Old 08-20-2016, 08:13 AM   #115
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I like how everything is turning out. I have a diesel YJ. I wanted a LJ but couldn't find any LJ's that was in my price range. I enjoyed reading your bus build. Keep us updated.
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Old 08-20-2016, 09:47 PM   #116
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I'm glad I bought mine with the dovetail already done. Don't think I could have done it myself.

Funny you should mention the racecar... I just bought a front lip splitter for mine, and didn't realize till I got it that it extends almost 4" out front. With my garage so small, it might not fit now.
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Old 10-26-2016, 09:41 PM   #117
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Been a while, but finally got my new welder, and more importantly some motivation and time! Got one of three panels cut out and put up.



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Old 10-26-2016, 11:31 PM   #118
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Sweet build - I'm diggin it! Any idea how long it will take you to finish? I'm just over two months into my toy hauler and with a full time job and doing an intense course as well, I've been busy to say the least.

Lucky for me I don't have anything else slowing me down except the weather which is starting to get a lot colder quickly. Canada, it does that sometimes :P

I'm hoping I can get the bus closer to home soon, then work on it often in evenings and weekends to speed up the progress. Plus I'll have skilled friends more willing to help when it is close by.
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Old 10-29-2016, 02:13 PM   #119
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Sweet build - I'm diggin it! Any idea how long it will take you to finish?
Thanks man! Honestly I've slacked off a lot lately, kinda lost the fire so to speak. I'm not sticking to any kind of schedule or expectation.

Today I got one more panel cut and burned on! Super professional cutting jigs were used. Try not to be jealous.



Done with one more for today. One more to go. I'll actually have to make template for this one, which is mildly annoying.
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Old 10-30-2016, 07:46 PM   #120
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Got the last panel up for the back wall!

Template made:



Cardboard, woohoo!



Notched the top ribs so the panel would fit underneath.



Like so...



Cut the metal out using a set of really expensive (totally not broken rims) saw horses.


(Notice the burnt driveway. Plasma is no joke!)

Set into place and burned on!




Couldn't quite reach the top of the sheet with the 10' cable on my welder, and its waaay to heavy to lift onto the bus by myself, so I improvised a truly impressive rig.




After it was all welded up I trimmed the windows that met the back wall. The "flange" that bolts the window down was too wide with the new wall in place. Big flange:



Trimmed flange:



After it was all together, I set the A/C unit in and tested it out. Even without insulation it cooled down quick in this 80* October day.



View from the inside:



Next I'll seal up windows and seam seal the back wall to hopefully make this tin can waterproof. Then paint the inside to stave off any rust. Then work on the frame some more...
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