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Old 06-23-2011, 04:10 PM   #21
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After getting cozy with the tape on the floor you might even consider full-sized cardboard mock-ups. I've seen a few rigs developed that way that turned out very livable. Just cardboard & tape, but it really gives a sense of what works best where. Google SletchUp is great fun and a tremendous help but the virtual version won't tell you where you are going to bang your shins and bump your head like real, live 3D will. Just a thought.
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Old 07-07-2011, 12:47 PM   #22
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Now that's how it's done! Very nice work.
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Old 07-08-2011, 10:52 AM   #23
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Just gotta' ask...did you pre-heat the sheet metal while attaching it? Otherwise it is very likely to "oil can" during temperature changes.
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Ya on plasma cutter - so handy.
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Old 10-29-2011, 07:10 PM   #25
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Nice Rivet Work Guys!!! --- Did you keep count of them?
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Great job on the roof raise.
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Old 10-30-2011, 02:47 PM   #27
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Awesome job, and this is exactly the bus type I want when the right deal comes along! Now I know what it will look like after I raise it.
Question: can you supply the details on the purchase (where you bought it from, the price and the condition of the bus)? I'm a few hours north of you in Va. Beach, VA and want to find a source for a reliable bus at a good price in the region.

Keep the pics coming of the progress, looks great!
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Old 10-31-2011, 03:07 PM   #28
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Very nice work guys.

Looks great!
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dgorila1, you should check the local school district auctions, our bus actually came from VA. If you intend to go the dealer route you might want to check out Sonny Merriman, they're in VA I know. Honestly if you have the ability to bide your time and scour a bit, then you probably should. I once read somewhere about of a bus mechanic with their ears to the ground snatching up two buses like this for $1000 each.
Great, thanks for the info. I have Sonny's website bookmarked and plan to stop by his place if I ever make it up his way. The local districts here only use dog noses, and I have never seen them advertising an auction of the old buses. Not sure if they are sending them somewhere else or if I have just never caught them at the right time. I'll have to check around with the various city fleets and see when their auctions are.
Can't wait to see your progress. As I said yours is exactly the style of bus I want and I need to raise the roof also to get headroom (I'm 6'4"). Added benefit is the plan to put in a bunk for my daughter with a "work area" under so she'll have her own personal space to escape to. She's excited and can't wait until we can make the dream happen.
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dgorila1... I thought you were considering a highway coach? Or are you just flip-flopping around, keeping your options open until something turns up? As for a roof raise... If you use a center aisle layout, you might be able to get away with a clearstory instead of a full raise. Some of the military buses and college buses have higher roofs.
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