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Old 07-21-2009, 11:20 PM   #21
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Re: RazorCityDen's 1994 Cornbinder

A few pics of the RV door opening.

The RV door/screen unit that I bought is out of an 07' fifth wheel and fits the opening with about a 1/2" space on both sides. When I get the step in I'm also going to cut back the ribs in the body panels so the door will fit tight. Building the step is going to be the "technical" part of this program, but I scavenged some sheet metal that's going to work fine. I made my stair well rough opening 20" deep and the width of the door. From the finish floor to the bottom of the skirt I have about 20" so that will give me about an 8" rise and 10" tread for two steps.

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Old 07-22-2009, 12:32 AM   #22
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Re: RazorCityDen's 1994 Cornbinder

Here are the 2"x2" square tubing braces welded in place for the door panel and window. I pulled all the window trim pieces off the doner bus when I got the window so it shouldn't be too much drama installing it.

I'm hoping to get the new stair well installed, the passenger side floor patched in and close her up this weekend

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Old 07-22-2009, 08:14 AM   #23
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Re: RazorCityDen's 1994 Cornbinder

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Keep up the great work! Can't wait to see the final product!
Thanks

Getting the exterior on it's way has been quite a scavenger hunt! You just wouldn't think finding another bus to loot parts off would be so much trouble, but when we finally found one we moved in like heavily tooled locus

It's going to be a big push this weekend to get the exterior squared away I want this thing painted before the weather changes! A trip today to the steel yard for some 1/8"x2" angle and then Fastenall for some rub rail sheet metal screws is all we lack.

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Old 07-22-2009, 10:37 PM   #24
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Re: RazorCityDen's 1994 Cornbinder

Door? What door?

We had a little time today so we installed the panel, rub rail and cut off the remainder of the stair well.

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Old 07-22-2009, 11:00 PM   #25
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Re: RazorCityDen's 1994 Cornbinder

Now that looks great! You are inspiring me to do the same with ours... Minus the front door makes it a totally different looking vehicle! Sweet - keep up the great work & photos photos photos!
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Old 07-23-2009, 07:47 AM   #26
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From the first time I saw SportyRicks bus, I knew that's what I was doing to do to our bus

It looks cool on the outside, but I think the biggest difference is the interior, that stair well takes up a surprising amount of space and changing the entrance and flow of traffic to the middle of the bus really changes the "feel" of the interior. It also changes the perspective from the drivers seat, giving a nice big 180 degree view and of course side by side seating for my sweetie!

She is now a Class A HD

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Old 07-23-2009, 12:03 PM   #27
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Re: RazorCityDen's 1994 Cornbinder

That look's fantastic. You've done a great job! I also am now thinking of a little revamping and get rid of the bi-fold. Again, great job. (keep the pictures up)
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Old 07-26-2009, 09:11 AM   #28
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Papa Bear if you have trouble getting parts for your door conversion, drop a line, the salvage yard I got mine still has some.

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Old 07-28-2009, 10:00 AM   #29
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Papa Bear if you have trouble getting parts for your door conversion, drop a line, the salvage yard I got mine still has some.

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Den, thanks for the offer. I have a lot of the interior close to done. Am still thinking (now) of the door on the side, just not ready yet. Your not that far away, if I decide to do it. I really do like the looks of yours without the bi-fold though.
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Old 08-03-2009, 11:01 PM   #30
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I made some progress on the RV door installation and I'm about 80% there.

I wasn't sure what I was going to build the metal well out of till a buddy gave me a stack of commercial shelving.

The shelves were already bent with 2" flanges on both edges, one edge being bent to make it more rigid, sort of an "I" beam arrangement, take a look at the picture and you'll see what I mean. All the cutting I needed to do was easily done with a jig saw and metal cutting blade using some angle iron for a straight edge saw guide. I simply ripped the shelf at the right width with the simple flat flange on top and turned the piece with the "I" beam around to support the floor and screwed the pieces back together. I did all the three sides the same way and then cut a shelf for the floor sealing everything with silicone.

The flat flange I simply slipped under the plywood sub-floor and screwed though the plywood, stair well flange and steel bus floor with 1/4 x 1 1/4" flat head sheet metal screws. The whole unit was very rigid even before the treated plywood got glued and screwed in. I'm not sure what gauge the shelving metal is but it's much thicker than the 20 gauge I used to fill the windows.

Before I lined the metal stair well with treated plywood, I temp fit the the sliding RV steps to make sure everything was going to work ok, and it did take a little fitting to get them where I wanted. When I got the fitting done I held them in place with a floor jack and drilled the mounting holes though the stair well floor and temped them in with a couple bolts. Once the well was lined I used three 3/8 bolts with fender washers on top and lock washers on the bottom per side.

I'm going to add another piece of 3/4" treated to the bottom of the well with the back side routed for the stair well bolts, before I put in the step and mount the door permanently. I'm not sure what I'm going to do in the well for finish floor, but with it wrapped in plywood anything will work.

This part of the project went pretty smooth, but took all day.

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