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Old 11-21-2015, 08:33 PM   #31
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Got some more ceiling demo'ed. Most screws came out without issue. I still maintain that phillips heads screws have no place in an automotive application, but they're way better than grinding rivets! Had to grind a few, but not thousands like some people have dealt with. I'm an idiot and forgot the second battery to my screw gun at work, so I had to finish the last panel by hand and still have one panel to go, but I'll do it Monday after work.

More panels down:



The bus after wire brushing fiberglass:



After vacuuming, all clean and breathing freely:



Home base for the night:



Still have this to go for another night:



Obligatory artistic-y bus lit up by the garage floodlights shot:



Most of the ribs have this stamped on them. Nat, were these AmTran buses made up your way?

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Old 11-22-2015, 08:37 AM   #32
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WOW! you're build is comin' along pretty quick, wish I had a bus as rust free as yours....I'll be lucky to see a half dozen years outta mine.....I new that when I started.

Put mine in storage yesterday... woke up to this, this mornin'. No fun workin' with mittens. IMG_3942.JPG
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Old 11-22-2015, 09:42 AM   #33
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Yup.

You will find most of the buses with galvanized upper body's were made in Canada.

Good job on the progress. Your sailing through the messy parts.

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Old 11-22-2015, 03:36 PM   #34
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Since I forgot my screw gun battery at work, and I am not doing those panels by hand, I finished the stove. It looks pretty damn good, and I think inside of a half-sized bus it will actually cook me out! That's ok though, that means I can get it all fired up and toasty and if the temp drops 20 degrees inside the bus overnight, it will still be livable come morning, and I'll fire it up again.

Got the latch mechanism fabbed up. I made it adjustable so I could move it back and forth and account for gasket thickness, and if the gasket flattens out over time I can adjust it tighter. Put two studs into the side:




The actual catch can slide back and forth on the studs to adjust the door tension. All made with an angle grinder. I'm fancy, lol.



Mocking up the latch:



Mounted the pivot stud for the latch. I'm dumb and didnt think about the fact that I can't have the head of a bolt on the otherside of the door because the stove body is in the way. Duh. So I cut the head of the bolt off, held the threaded part in the hole with a 90* magnet, and welded/grinded the back side.




Simple yet effective. The handle will have a spring that goes over it to try and dissipate some heat. I also left that at work, so that'll have to wait.




I was about to get the chop saw out along with some scrap angle iron I have and make some legs. Then I just happened to look out the side window of the garage and think "What am I doing? I've got plenty of pre-fabbed legs in a nice pile outside!" I cut a couple of legs off two seats and they were the perfect height! I set the stove on jackstands that also happened to be the prefect height. Sometimes you just get lucky. I used a floor jack to level it out just right and she was good to go!




Proud of the gap filling ability here:



Looks good enough to me!





Everything getting painted in my state of the art booth:

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Old 11-23-2015, 09:41 AM   #35
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Just maybe my favorite re-purposing of seat material ever! Lookin' great!
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Old 11-23-2015, 11:31 PM   #36
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Finished and fired up the stove today! Gluing the gasket on: (again, very scientific...)



Made a heat resistant handle out of a bolt, washer, and screen door spring. It actually works very well.



Finished product assembled!




Got her fired up and learned a couple of things. I need to make the bottom lip of the opening higher up. When I rake coals to the front of the stove I flick them all over the place. Also, I need to cut some of the baffle back. I think it sits a little too close to the door of the stove, and it pours smoke every time I open the door. Not a big deal in the driveway, but would be in a tiny bus. The other issue I had was the wood. I used deadfall I found around the woods, and while it would be kinda cool to heat the bus on nothing but free dead wood found around the campsite, it is extremely smokey and took a long time to get to a decent burn. Just too much moisture. I'ma have to break down and split and season some wood like normal folk.
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Old 11-24-2015, 05:33 AM   #37
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Beautiful, man!

Come on down to FL, we have all the firewood and no use for it!
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Old 11-25-2015, 07:17 AM   #38
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If you're pulling the side panels, they're tack welded under the windows.
I was hoping you were wrong: you were not.

I guess I have to take the windows out, chisel the panel off, then put windows back in. I don't really want this thing sitting during the winter months with no windows.
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Old 11-25-2015, 09:24 AM   #39
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I was hoping you were wrong: you were not.

I guess I have to take the windows out, chisel the panel off, then put windows back in. I don't really want this thing sitting during the winter months with no windows.
You can put the windows back in once the panels out
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Old 11-26-2015, 12:32 PM   #40
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So what's the best way youve found for removing the spotwelds? I was thinking air hammer with a chisel bit.
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