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Old 02-29-2016, 07:11 PM   #41
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Absolutely fabulous! I love these older builds! Check on ebay for some surplus places in Indiana and Michigan, you can most likely find a surplus low profile ac for a few hundred bucks and it will have minor issues like the cover was scratched.

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Old 02-29-2016, 08:03 PM   #42
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The replacement glass finally showed up, and it looks like the replacement seals I found will work perfectly.



I'll try to get it installed this week.
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Old 03-01-2016, 09:56 AM   #43
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Basement A/C's are great if you have he room underneath. On my shorty there was no room for such a set up so I had to rig what you see below. A standard window unit fits inside the steel box and vent out the rear. The top of the box will be flush with a roof rack that'll stand just a few inches above the existing bus roof. On the interior it only hangs down right in front of the back door where you have to duck anyway.


Like you, I could not stand the way conventional RV A/C's look. Especially on the old curved roofs.


The new window units are extremely efficient and cheaper to replace than having a typical RV unit serviced.

Just a thought. Keep up the good work.
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Old 03-01-2016, 02:09 PM   #44
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Nice workmanship on the sheet metal, Tango!
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Old 03-01-2016, 03:56 PM   #45
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Basement A/C's are great if you have he room underneath. On my shorty there was no room for such a set up so I had to rig what you see below. A standard window unit fits inside the steel box and vent out the rear. The top of the box will be flush with a roof rack that'll stand just a few inches above the existing bus roof. On the interior it only hangs down right in front of the back door where you have to duck anyway.


Like you, I could not stand the way conventional RV A/C's look. Especially on the old curved roofs.


The new window units are extremely efficient and cheaper to replace than having a typical RV unit serviced.

Just a thought. Keep up the good work.
That looks very good. I have a cabinet that I could put a window style unit in. I would need a unit that would draw and exhaust out of the back, with no side vents. That's on the list of things to consider. For this summer, I'm probably going to use what I already have, and concentrate on getting it usable. A new air conditioner might be next winters project.
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Old 03-01-2016, 03:57 PM   #46
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In other news, the rear glass fit. The new window seals worked perfect.

The rest of the seals and the glass for the rear door are now on the way.

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Old 03-01-2016, 04:12 PM   #47
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You may have done it, but it's a good idea to treat any rust and throw at least some primer on the metal before installing new windows. Especially a unit that old. I am having to do that with mine.
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Old 03-01-2016, 04:26 PM   #48
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You may have done it, but it's a good idea to treat any rust and throw at least some primer on the metal before installing new windows. Especially a unit that old. I am having to do that with mine.

Amazingly enough, there is no rust in the window frames so far. I'm kind of shocked, because I assumed there would be. I'm leaving the original paint intact, it's worked well for 59 years, I'll let it keep doing its thing. It probably has all kinds of lead and other fun toxins to help keep the rust at bay.
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Old 03-01-2016, 04:32 PM   #49
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Outstanding! And Roger the lead.
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Old 03-01-2016, 05:30 PM   #50
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Basement A/C's are great if you have he room underneath. On my shorty there was no room for such a set up so I had to rig what you see below. A standard window unit fits inside the steel box and vent out the rear. The top of the box will be flush with a roof rack that'll stand just a few inches above the existing bus roof. On the interior it only hangs down right in front of the back door where you have to duck anyway.


Like you, I could not stand the way conventional RV A/C's look. Especially on the old curved roofs.


The new window units are extremely efficient and cheaper to replace than having a typical RV unit serviced.

Just a thought. Keep up the good work.
Mount some colored LED lights inside the a/c grille for a different look!
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