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Old 01-31-2013, 11:50 PM   #161
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Awesome looking bus Syke! Exactly what I want to get when the time (meaning $$$$) is right. I like the creative use of the steel framing too. The only difference between the layout of yours and the one I want to build would probably be a bunk for my kid, but everything else looks great!
Question: how is the sheet steel covering the window openings fastened to the bus? Did you use automotive panel adhesive like SikaFlex, screws, rivets, welding.....? Just trying to figure out the best way to do it when the time comes.

Oh yeah, just curious how much you paid for the bus originally? I'm trying to get an idea on what I can expect to spend on a solid, mechanically sound bus. There's a bus dealer a few hours north of me but of course they'll mark the prices way up vs. a private seller. I think he gets most of his supply from the school systems and other organizations that turn their fleet over every few years.
Any info is greatly appreciated. Once again awesome job! How did you get the wife to agree to full time living in a skoolie? I've been working on that for several years with not a bit of luck Thanks.
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Thanks John! We used rivets on the window sheeting. No panel adhesive but that might not be a bad idea at all.
If I recall correctly, we spent like $4500. Bought it from a private seller in Oregon. Fly and drive craigslist kinda thing.

Good luck with the wife.... I've got no advice there... I was one of the lucky guys that found a girl who loves to travel just as much as I. Full timing in a skoolie is just a means to an end.
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Old 02-01-2013, 12:01 AM   #162
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Thank you syke...
No problem.

The wife and I are headed up your way later this year. We'll be sure to drop you a line when we start heading east from Seattle.
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Old 02-01-2013, 12:12 AM   #163
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Re: Great White Buffalo - 92 BB All American RE

Do that... I have parking here for at least another bus... Maybe will have some progress by then!
Actually, coming along slow but steady.
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Old 02-01-2013, 08:26 PM   #164
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Slow and steady works...
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Old 02-02-2013, 10:22 AM   #165
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Well at least I have it half right. Got the "slow" part down really well.
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Old 02-25-2013, 12:26 AM   #166
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Quick update...
With the help of a good friend, we were able to get a metal swing out door built for the bus. I think it turned out great and the wife loves it. Way stoked!





The factory bus door was heavier than expected.


I should be able to removed most of this door operation mechanism stuff. The wife and I have already started talking about ideas for our new found shelf.


We used leftover window skinning sheet metal for the door.















I will post some more pictures once I get it finished up.
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Old 02-25-2013, 02:04 AM   #167
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Re: Great White Buffalo - 92 BB All American RE

Door looks great! And it doesn't matter how long it takes, as long as you're happy with it near the end (I say near since I know these projects rarely end! ) Thanks for the update, looks awesome
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Old 02-25-2013, 07:06 AM   #168
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Awesome work on the new door!!! It looks super. And with a new shelf, you'll have room for more stuff
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Old 02-25-2013, 09:13 AM   #169
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I've said it before and I'll say it again...I am really envious of buses with straight sides when it comes time to build a door! Great job Syke...looks very professional.
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Old 02-25-2013, 09:41 AM   #170
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your door looks great. i want one of your homemade doors, it looks strong.
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