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Old 11-30-2010, 07:59 PM   #11
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Re: Once more into the breach, dear friends...

Take a look at my build... It will give you a really good idea of what Olive will look like...
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Old 11-30-2010, 08:28 PM   #12
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Take a look at my build... It will give you a really good idea of what Olive will look like...
Where do you think I got the idea? :P

I love that short flat-nose look, too. You've done awesome things with it.
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Old 12-01-2010, 03:09 AM   #13
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Well then, I vote Olive...
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Old 12-02-2010, 01:40 PM   #14
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Metal Mania

Just got back from Alro Steel with 13 60" x 31" pieces of .040 aluminum, painted on one side, primed on the other for a grand total of $187.79 out the door. I'm a VERY happy camper right now. .040 is a little thin, but since it will have some stiff foam glued to the back of it, I think it will be fine. The shop clerk said it was used for trailer skins and took me straight to it when I mentioned what I was doing with it.

60" will span two windows with an inch or so of overlap and 31" will slip up in below the raingutter and beneath the rub rail at the bottom of the window. I also picked up about 50feet of 1x1x1/8 aluminum angle to put at the top of each window instead of just letting the sheets flap around up there. Will post a diagram & pics after I do the first one... probably this weekend with the weather the way it is.

Anyway, if you're looking for cheap metal, I highly recommend shopping in the 'usable drop' section at your local local Alro Steel. Good people and good prices.
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Old 12-08-2010, 12:41 PM   #15
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Re: Once more into the breach, dear friends...

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Your bus is progressing nicely, you'll really start noticing the change, and see the biggest difference once you start framing the interior. You'll also notice it (interior) will get a lot smaller, and in a hurry too.
yep. already starting to notice that as I bring more tools, table saw, etc to work indoors. This is #2 for me and because of the shrinking space issue you mention, I've got with a lot more 'open' floor space on the floor plan with lots of storage in and under things.

Progress this weekend was pretty good... to the point where I took off Monday and got a little more done. First up was getting one side ready for the sheet metal. The entire top rub rail was loosened so that I could slip the new metal down in between it and the lower siding for a shingle style overlap. This will ensure that water just keeps on going down the outside. There is some ugly grinder stuff to clean up, but I'm not too worried about filling it in before painting. The rear was similar, but easier since I removed the last little bit of rub rail entirely...
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Old 12-25-2010, 05:04 PM   #16
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Re: Once more into the breach, dear friends...

Between playing Santa and digging for the right calculations to figure out this radiant floor thing, I got the sheet metal up on the driver side. Today I got out and wiped down the painted strips and the area around them with acetone, then buffed them up with a scotch brite pad. I had a quart or so of rustoleum gloss white from the other bus and it rolled it on. It matched up to the new metal and the old paint just fine. It's not the final color, but it will keep the word 'eyesore' from being bandied about... I hope.

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Old 12-26-2010, 01:36 AM   #17
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Re: Once more into the breach, dear friends...

Nice...

Just making it "look" better will keep a lot of people happy... You can have an ugly car that runs like a raped ape and it's just a piece of junk in the driveway... Then you can have a broke down hunk of garbage that is pretty sitting in the same spot and no one will ever complain... Stupid??? Yes... But, that's just how it is...
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Re: Once more into the breach, dear friends...

Looking awesome so far ZIM!
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Frankendoor!

Thanks! Been getting some good time in, but nothing else ready for pics quite yet. Currently, i'm building up a single piece door from the existing two door frames.... more to come!

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Old 01-07-2011, 09:04 PM   #20
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More sheet metal & the door...

Still chugging away at the door... I had planned to pick up the channel for trimming the edges today, but it wasn't in stock. It will be a few more days before I can get started back on this again. Also, once the channel is on, the wood jam will be measured and I'll order square aluminum tubing to the closest dimensions possible to replace the wood.

There was also time today to pull the driver side window and skin it over with the same aluminum I've used everywhere else. 2" foam behind, and I'll need to make up a hot foam cutter to contour it with the bus's interior profile.
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