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Old 06-18-2011, 11:21 AM   #11
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Hi Guys --- on mine, the square tube inserts ran from the floor up to just above the top of the windows (right where the curve begins) and he still recommended the stagger. All I can say is that it turned out to be very stout with no evidence of any flexing issues. One more thing...when you do get ready to start cutting the top loose, make sure to run several crossbraces from side to side, both above and below the cut line. Otherwise, both the freed top and the body sides can torque out of shape. The ribs are under a lot of loaded stress from the tension in the riveted sheet metal. I used about six lengths of 1-1/2 square tubes with 6x6 plates welded to each end so they could be clamped securely in place. I have also seen a couple of folks tack weld them directly then cut them loose once the top was re-attached. Bit of a pain to work around, but without them the whole bus can twist way out of alignment making the top difficult if not impossible to ever get back in proper position and straight.
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Old 06-18-2011, 03:07 PM   #12
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One thing I would do BEFORE cutting the roof is jack the bus up from the chassis to relieve the weight from the suspension, make sure it is straight and level and then make the cuts. Probably the factory does something like that when building the body in order to remove stress points and make sure everything is nice straight and level. If your bus is sitting on uneven floor the body is twisted already. Ditto for unevenly inflated tires. Or unevenly worn tires. Or.... whatever else.
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Old 06-19-2011, 10:30 PM   #13
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Hey!. You guys look like slaves in the Roman empire rowing the Emperor's boat!. (sorry, couldn't resist).
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Old 06-20-2011, 09:58 AM   #14
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Bravo - good job - it will be a feature project here at the skoolie website - great pics
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Old 06-20-2011, 05:10 PM   #15
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Just thinking aloud: May it be worthwhile to replace those two gigantic air ducts in the back with electric fans mounted on grilles where the side access doors are?. Here in Broward County we have a fleet of brand new NewFlyer articulated buses that have a big electric fan and 4 or 5 smaller ones filling the entire grille opening on the left rear corner facing the street. It would free a lot of space in the rear.
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Old 06-20-2011, 06:17 PM   #16
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You really don't want to mess with the cooling systems on those RE buses. Maybe add additional cooling, but I would not remove what's there and modify too much.
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Old 06-21-2011, 07:54 AM   #18
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Well, it is just an idea. This is the way the world progresses. Somebody comes up with something; if it gets implemented it might work.... or end on a screw-up of epic proportions!.
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Old 06-22-2011, 10:52 PM   #19
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do you plan to remove the chair mount along the bottom of the wall?
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Old 06-23-2011, 12:22 PM   #20
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I used a plasma cutter to cut off the rail and and a grinder to clean the edge. I finished the whole bus in a couple of hours.

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