Originally Posted by Dave In Florida
Do you suggest bolting it together? Not welding it may be "safe enough" for normal travel, and fine compared to modern RV protection, I'd say welding is far safer if an accident were to occur. It doesn't take much to put a bus on it's side, and I'd sure hate for my roof to fall off in the process.
Welcome new member.
Here we go again.
Go back and do some reading. Look at the way the bus is put together from the factory. Down at the bottom of the chair rail is where you need to look.
The wall ribs never touch the floor ribs, and sure as hell are not welded to them.
The entire weight of the wall ribs are supported by nothing more than the rivets into the chair rail, and a few into the outside sheeting.
A armature welder welding on 16 gauge galvanized steel will do more harm to the steel than good trying to weld it.
There is nothing that would break my Bolted
Just for added strength, I also added por 15 paint between every one.
Por 15 paint is listed as a metal glue.
I don't take shortcuts. If welding was a better way, that's what I would have done.
Until you have taken a few buses apart to the skeleton with your hands, you may not understand.
Welding has it's place, this is not it.
This is eastcoastCB's build thread. If this topic needs to continue, I will start a thread "Welding VS Rivets".