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Old 03-06-2011, 01:49 PM   #11
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Re: DoggHouse.....

first thing I noticed too, looks bassackards to me.
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Old 04-21-2011, 01:27 AM   #12
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Re: DoggHouse.....

DoggHouse is coming along slowly......

Repaired wiper motor
Turned around air units (as many of you noticed they were install backward)
Rebuilt my governor body (as it was leaking fuel in the valley of my Cat 320
Removed all seats but 5 (let the kids and doggs go for rides time to time)
Installed a trailer hitch.... (hardly notice my 18ft car hauler with jeep on it)
Tuned up Onan generator
Put a Tachometer on (running off alternator)

Will be moving the propane tank and generator .... have desided to shorten rear of bus by 7 feet.... will start that next long weekend off
Found a donor RV for supplies..... ie awning, switches, inverter/convert, door, gray/fresh/dirty tanks

will post pics and keep updates coming

thanks for all the input and suggestions
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Old 05-08-2011, 04:23 PM   #13
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skoolie help

A couple of weeks from now I will be shortening my bus by 7ft in the rear. Could use suggestions/do's/don'ts from people who have done panel work/shortening before. Are blind rivets vs. solid rivets any better or worse? Suggestions would be greatly appreciated....

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Old 08-24-2012, 10:20 AM   #14
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Re: skoolie help

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A couple of weeks from now I will be shortening my bus by 7ft in the rear. Could use suggestions/do's/don'ts from people who have done panel work/shortening before. Are blind rivets vs. solid rivets any better or worse? Suggestions would be greatly appreciated....

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Take the back clip off as a whole. Then remove a section, put the rear clip back on. Use the proper size rivets. The bus uses three different sizes. If you do it that way, the only place you will have to cut is the floor.

From my thread, Nat_sters Haulall

I used a peace of bed frame angle iron as a guide to run the John Deer steel cutting circular saw along. This will get a far better cut then free hand.





The floor cut worked out well. In the pic I have the floor a inch apart already.




The flloor staring to separate.



A friend and I lifted the rear of the cab down. We pulled it out from the bottom, as the seem sealer in the top seem would not allow the top to move first.






Nat

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Old 08-24-2012, 10:56 AM   #15
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Re: DoggHouse.....

Howdy & Welcome! --- Looks like an interesting project and you have a great starter platform. I have to second reattaching the original rear cap. after the cutaway. Having raised the roof on a 40' BB, I did a lot of research including chats with factory engineers. The end caps on Birds are a critical element in the structural integrity of the whole unit.

Have fun and please do post lots of pix. We love watching other people work!
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