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Old 02-11-2017, 05:29 PM   #11
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Old 02-13-2017, 01:48 AM   #12
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Patching holes in the floor

Do I just use pieces of sheet metal to patch the holes in the floor? If so what gauge? I know nothing about sheet metal.
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Old 02-13-2017, 07:57 AM   #13
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I used caulk around the hole and cut pieces of uluminum flashing. no screws
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Old 02-13-2017, 07:58 AM   #14
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Do I just use pieces of sheet metal to patch the holes in the floor? If so what gauge? I know nothing about sheet metal.
I have seen people use a variety of things... Weld in 16-20 ga metal, rivet in same, fiberglass. For the bolt holes in the floor a lot of people use caulk or JB weld or something similar.
IMO it's not what you use, it's prepping the area to prevent future issues and sealing the hole.

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Old 02-13-2017, 08:49 AM   #15
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Welcome Kevin and Jose!

Like others said, let the name come to you as you work on her. I like Mistress though!

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Old 02-13-2017, 09:01 AM   #16
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The bi-metal effects of combining steel and aluminum make them a bad choice. Unless totally isolated they in effect create a battery and will accelerate oxidation. Best option is to cut out then weld in appropriate gauge similar sheetmetal.
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Old 02-15-2017, 02:53 AM   #17
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The bi-metal effects of combining steel and aluminum make them a bad choice. Unless totally isolated they in effect create a battery and will accelerate oxidation. Best option is to cut out then weld in appropriate gauge similar sheetmetal.
I think I will weld sheetmetal patches. Is 20 gauge thick enough?
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Old 02-15-2017, 03:25 AM   #18
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Fluid Changes

Today I changed the oil in the bus. The oil change was very simple. Also did the fuel filter and fuel/water separator. I bought CAT parts and all went well except I had two problems. I couldn't get the fuel/water separator to come loose. My neighbor came over to help me.

I had a filter wrench, but neither of us could get it loose. I was afraid we were going to break the base where it screws on. I ended up hammering a long screwdriver through the filter and that didn't work. I was just tearing the filter. To get the dang thing out I pulled on the screwdriver while my neighbor pulled on the filter wrench. It took both of us to get thing free.

The second problem was the CAT fuel/water separator didn't fit. It wouldn't screw into the base and I didn't want to strip it. So I cross referenced the Luber Finer filter that was on there and it is a Detroit Diesel fuel/water separator on a CAT. Someone installed a Detroit Diesel base for it. I didn't want to leave the bus without a filter installed seeing as I ruined the old one getting it loose. I was so afraid the fuel lines would fill with air. Luckily an O'Reilly's had the Wix version of the filter 25 miles away.

I put the new Wix fuel/water separator on and primed the fuel system. The bus started right away and I ran it for 15 minutes. No air in the fuel system. I was so happy.

Tomorrow we start ripping out the floor. Oh what fun.
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Old 02-15-2017, 01:04 PM   #19
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We bought it off of Craigslist from a man in Houston, TX. It is a retired Katy ISD school bus.
you wouldn't know what number the bus was by chance would you? I work for Katy ISD, and curious to find out if that bus is one I've driven in the past........

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Old 02-15-2017, 02:53 PM   #20
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you wouldn't know what number the bus was by chance would you? I work for Katy ISD, and curious to find out if that bus is one I've driven in the past........

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Hey M, my short bus came from Katy. #811.
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