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Old 06-08-2016, 11:51 PM   #11
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Update

I did a full gut of the interior.
Painted the floor with white rustoleum.
I need to go back and saw some nails off from the floor.



Next stop will be the diesel Mechanic to get this baby looked at.

After, I will cut a piece of the rib off. Then take it to the welder to make custom channels (ribs) to go on top of the existing ribs.

I'm trying to figure out where to cut it at, since my windows are different from most commonly bus setups.

I also want to raise the roof as high as possible.
What do you think is the highest I can go with solar panels on top?
I want to keep the roof all one piece.



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Old 06-09-2016, 11:31 AM   #12
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I would try to keep your finished height with panels on top to around 12'6" if you plan on doing alot of traveling. 13'6" is the legal limit on the interstates here in the US, but there are alot of lower underpasses around on secondary roads. 12'6" seems to be a pretty good compromise between interstate and secondary road heights...
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Old 06-29-2016, 12:17 AM   #13
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I would try to keep your finished height with panels on top to around 12'6" if you plan on doing alot of traveling. 13'6" is the legal limit on the interstates here in the US, but there are alot of lower underpasses around on secondary roads. 12'6" seems to be a pretty good compromise between interstate and secondary road heights...

I was thinking the same thing! Having a hard time finding a welding company to make the channels hats/ribs. Still searching though....
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Old 06-29-2016, 12:31 AM   #14
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Exclamation Bus won't start

So last week I took the bus to the mechanic.

Changed all the fluids out.
Fixed the alignment.
Fixed the front wall bearings.
He also said theirs 3 holes rotted through the exhaust. Cost about $1500-2000
And the fronts tires are going to be needed to be changed out soon.
All my lights are fine, etc.
Drove it across the lot no problems.
Came back to days later to start it, but nothing lights turn.
The Mechanic said it could be a loose wire to the starter I think those were
His words. Or the starter itself. Or maybe it just needs a good tap!

I'll try Tomrrow but the batteries are fine to.
Thought my kids left the lights on or hit something.
Hopefully I get different results!

Peace
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Old 07-13-2016, 04:34 PM   #15
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Channels hats/ribs Input

So the welding company and I had a miscommunication when it came to making the channels hats/ribs.

They made it so it covers the whole rib, not overlapping!







____So I was wondering if it was possible to use the ribs still how they are, to raise the roof.

____Or should I just ask them to remake them over correctly.

I hope not since I spent $800 on the making these ribs. He said he would have to start from scratch to make it the way I want it and charge me again...

Anyways any suggestions would really help guys and gals.

Peace
Talk soon,

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Old 07-13-2016, 04:57 PM   #16
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Did you specify that size channel?
Did you take em a piece of the channel for reference?

The shop I worked in would have certainly eaten any mistakes like that if it were our fault.
I'm having hat channel made this summer. I'm cutting out a piece of a rib to take them to make me a test piece. If that test piece is to my satisfaction, they'll proceed to cut and bend the rest of them. For anyone following along I'd highly recommend going this route to make sure its right.
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Old 07-13-2016, 05:03 PM   #17
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Agreed with EastCoastCB...^^^

If a supplier fails to provide the materials you requested or fails to meet your specs, it is his job to make it right. If he is unwilling to stand behind his work, I would go elsewhere. $800 is probably not worth small-claims court. However, I wouldn't give this guy any more of my money. I'd also report him to the BBB.

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Old 07-13-2016, 05:50 PM   #18
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Did you specify that size channel?
Did you take em a piece of the channel for reference?

The shop I worked in would have certainly eaten any mistakes like that if it were our fault.
I'm having hat channel made this summer. I'm cutting out a piece of a rib to take them to make me a test piece. If that test piece is to my satisfaction, they'll proceed to cut and bend the rest of them. For anyone following along I'd highly recommend going this route to make sure its right.
Yes, I did cut a piece of the rib and I left it behind with the company.
I guess they didn't use it or misunderstood what I wanted! That did cross my mind to, too only do one test piece but failed to follow through.
It's sort of my fought to because he said 3 inches wide and I said yes. But I did explain what I was going for....
It's just a waste of time and money as of right now. I will ask tomorrow to see if he can give me half off or something and make it right! So the 20 pieces are useless I'm guessing?!

Thanks for the feedback as always!

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Old 07-13-2016, 06:20 PM   #19
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Yes, I did cut a piece of the rib and I left it behind with the company.
I guess they didn't use it or misunderstood what I wanted! That did cross my mind to, too only do one test piece but failed to follow through.
It's sort of my fought to because he said 3 inches wide and I said yes. But I did explain what I was going for....
It's just a waste of time and money as of right now. I will ask tomorrow to see if he can give me half off or something and make it right! So the 20 pieces are useless I'm guessing?!

Thanks for the feedback as always!

-Gio
He was trying to go as cheap and fast as his shop could?
It takes a lot more time to bend the metal to match a rib.
If he charged you 8 for that then you don't want him to do what you need cause he will want at least double even if/after you can make him say uncle.
The shop if organized spent 3-hours to make those total but it will take 6-7 to make what you are looking for.
That's two-men one cutting and one bending or both cutting and bending.
Because of a misunderstanding between both offer to pay shop wages for the correction and make sure you ask what the wages are if he says anything over 20 for one and 18 for the help he is ripping you off
For that kind of money you could buy your own sheet of metal a metal break and a jigsaw to do it yourself.
One full sheet will give you plenty of wiggle room to practice and is less than 150$
HF metal break that will be hurt but do it 150$
Decent jigsaw 40$
Blades for saw 15$
Rubber palm gloves 10$ for 10-15 pair
Good measuring stick not a tape for solid measurements. An old school stick ruler is awesome or a metal rule off of a sliding square/ruler is awesome.
Just my opinion.
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Old 07-13-2016, 08:33 PM   #20
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I've done extremely crucial measurements with a cheapo Lufkin tape.
But that's 12 years of constantly using it.
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