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Old 03-07-2011, 02:36 PM   #31
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whats the price ?????? iam looking
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Old 03-07-2011, 05:58 PM   #32
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Re: My new B700 Thomas

Might want to keep the factory heaters...they're essentially free heat and really keep things warm in the winter!
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Old 03-08-2011, 10:36 PM   #33
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whats the price ?????? iam looking
The starting bid is $1000 and the Buy It Now price is $2000.

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Might want to keep the factory heaters...they're essentially free heat and really keep things warm in the winter!
I'm going to be keeping a couple of the factory heaters, but not the two front ones. They are huge and inefficient size-wise, so I am going to eventually replace them with an aftermarket unit that is about 1/4 the size of the driver's side heater. I'm using one of the front ones, the passenger side one for now, but it is going to come out to make foot room in front of the soon-to-be-installed passenger seat.

The space that was used for the driver's side heater, I've used for my new subwoofer enclosure. This is just a temporary enclosure to give me some decent sound until I get around to glassing up the one that will be permanent. When I make the new permanent enclosure, the switch console will be built into it, but will take up just a small space near the front diagonally. Behind that will be 2 power point for the phone and GPS power. There will also be a cupholder and a small tray for little stuff that I want to keep at hand but not sliding around.

This is the temp sub enclosure I have been building. I don't have a picture of it installed since it is dark outside now that I've finished putting it in. I'll get a picture in the light maybe tomorrow. I know that plywood is not a good material for a sub box because of it's density, but it works for now until I can get the good one built. I just want to have some tunes in the bus while I'm using it for other stuff until the interior construction starts. It's very likely that I'm going to be moving back to Missouri to do the construction since one of my sisters owns a small acreage out in the country and said that I can do my building there. Having a decent sounding stereo system will make the 1600 mile trip actually enjoyable!











Paint is still wet here.


Gasket made from foam camper shell tape. I've been using this for years and it works great! If you look closely, you can see the clear silicone around all the seams inside.


This is how it sits in the bus. The switch console shown in the last picture sits on top of the sub box.


This is the switch console next to the driver's seat after having taken the heater out that was under it. I have also taken out the white metal panel behind the the console. The new sub box covers the entire area that the metal panel covered.
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Old 03-08-2011, 10:56 PM   #34
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Re: My new B700 Thomas

I took a few pics of the sub box tonight, but they didn't turn out so great since it's so dark in there. But at least you can kinda tell what it looks like now.

And it DOES sound good! At least as good as can be expected using plywood instead of MDF.







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Old 03-08-2011, 11:41 PM   #35
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Re: My new B700 Thomas

U gonna rub of on me, I got. Band pass that I could add to my bus.

Looks real nice!
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Old 03-09-2011, 07:37 AM   #36
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Re: My new B700 Thomas

your work on the enclosure looks good - nice job
I question your placement of it (not good for your hearing ability long term) - but that is your deal-your bus

My real question is how long did it take to remove the ceiling panels? rivits or screws?
Have you noticed or do you think you have lost any structural integrity?

Finally, do you plan to reinstal original roof panels, luan or something else?

keep up the good work!
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Old 03-09-2011, 10:42 PM   #37
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This bus, a Thomas, had screws for the interior panels. My last bus, a Bluebird, had rivets. With my battery drill, it took maybe an hour to get all the screws out and the panels taken down. When I did the Bluebird, I gave up drilling out the rivets after a couple of hours and just used a cold chisel on them.

I really don't think it's going to be a big deal as far as structural integrity. I'm sure that even after taking all the interior panels out, it's still probably 3 times as strong as a typical RV! My last bus, I took all the panels out to replace the fiberglass insulation with extruded foam and I'm doing the same on this one. The R-Value of 1 1/2 inches of extruded foam is around 7.5, probably at least twice what the fiberglass was. I have no plans to put the metal back up. I'll probably be using T&G pine for the ceiling since the wood only adds to the R-Value. Not a huge amount, but certainly more than the thin metal! If by chance I do end up putting the metal back in, I'm still going to use T&G on the ceiling.
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Old 03-10-2011, 03:54 PM   #38
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I question your placement of it (not good for your hearing ability long term) - but that is your deal-your bus
I've been trying to figure out what you meant by this and the only thing I can come up with is that you have been misinformed about speaker size, frequency response and the db levels they produce. Just because it's big doesn't mean that it's any more damaging to hearing than a small speaker.

It's the sound pressure level (dB) that produces damage. It really has nothing to do with the size of the speaker or the frequency in Hz. A 6 1/2 inch speaker producing 150db at 3000 Hz is just as damaging as a subwoofer producing the same db level at 50Hz. The placement of my sub is no more damaging to hearing than the speakers that are in your car. It just depends on how loud you turn them up and the SPL they produce.
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Higher frequencies are far more damaging to your hearing than low frequencies. I have experienced many high powered competition style vehicles that produce in excess of 170db of LOW frequency SPLs and while it may actually hurt pretty bad at the time, I can still hear just fine. Its the higher frequencies that leave your ears ringing.
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Old 03-11-2011, 01:17 AM   #40
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the speaker placement comment was tongue in cheek, i assumed since it was large you would play it loud...
never mind,forget my comment.

and thanks for the answers to my "real"questions
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