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Old 11-27-2014, 09:47 AM   #31
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Re: Finally Bought Another Bus!

Happy turkey day to all!
I'm finally making good progress with the rivets and panel removal. My Ward/AmTran is spot welded all along the top edge of the galvanized side panels. I'm now a PRO at removing rivets, the grinder isn't even used anymore.
I quit taking pics and just worked till dark thirty again yesterday. Today is my first day off, although technically I went out to the bus this morning and put up all my tools and checked on things.







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Old 11-29-2014, 05:15 AM   #32
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Looking good! Sounds like a strong runner too!
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Old 11-29-2014, 06:14 AM   #33
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Thanks, and yes its a very good running bus. Starts with no fuss or drama even below freezing. Anything that will make an 800 mile maiden voyage should be good!

Yesterday I popped off more rivets. I'm almost done with the side panels. I hope the ceilings arent so tough, my back and neck are tore up!
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Old 11-29-2014, 07:41 AM   #34
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Hi CB, You're making nice progress! I was wondering, under the padding that was at the top of your side panels (bottom of window) was there a flat piece of aluminum, mine does and I can't see if there is a lip in it or how it's attached I'm hesitant to start prying on it and messing up the window above
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Old 11-29-2014, 08:22 AM   #35
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I don't have the aluminum trim strip. It could be spot welded under there, but I'd have to look into it.
If you're getting rid of it, then I'd say just carefully peel some away and go slow till you figure out how its held on there.
My guess would be that yours is spot welded like mine and they put the trim on there to cover the spot welds. I just trimmed below the spot welds with an air chisel. Works great.
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Old 11-29-2014, 08:39 AM   #36
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Sounds good, I'll give that a try, thank you.
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Old 11-29-2014, 08:06 PM   #37
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Great bus!
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Old 11-30-2014, 05:52 AM   #38
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Thanks again to all for the kind words and encouragement. These BIG projects can be very stressful. Yesterday I spent about five hours on getting the rivets off of ONE interior panel. The center pins were all corroded from the years of moisture and refused to be driven out. Brute force with an air chisel was the only cure. Problem is my compressor is a cheapo 6 gallon Bostitch. Oh well- its free/borrowed. Two or three rivets and I'm having to let the compressor catch up. Otherwise its just pissing in the wind below about 100psi.
Although its been a real witch of a job, I'm glad to be getting these panels off. The mold and grossness behind them is definitely something I want out of there before i go living in this full time, which is the plan. I'm hoping the ceiling panels aren't as difficult, but I suspect otherwise.
I'm looking at how the windows are put in, and contemplating my options as far as paneling over them. I'm determined to get rid of ALL the school bus windows and replace them with better sealed, better insulated units. Probably little RV slider units.
I LOVE the Ward. What a bus!
Been a fan of anything International since my 73 Scout Terra pickup in high school. That was one tough truck, and its still on the road (and off-road) today. That 345 was amazing.
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Old 11-30-2014, 07:18 AM   #39
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On another note- I'm going to look into removing the warning buzzer for the exits and windows. I don't think there is an ignition lockout.
Anyone with a Ward/Amtran have any knowledge of this to share?
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Old 12-04-2014, 02:28 PM   #40
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I ordered two 29" squares cut from 14 gauge steel to cover the holes that will be left from the roof exits. I just threw my tape up and measured enough so that there would be plenty of extra material. I think 16 gauge would have been fine, though. I think I'll use 16ga for covering up the window openings.
All the side panels are out of the interior, and I am about to start on the ceilings. I'll be happy to be done with rivet removal.

Oh and on another note- Rural King has a sale going on till the 13th. I need one new battery. I went in yesterday and the group 31 they carry is made by Exide and the sale brings the price down to $70!
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