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Old 09-21-2015, 10:07 AM   #11
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Was the fuel tank under that patch? If so, you might want to keep that hole accessible! It provides convenient access to the fuel fittings and sending unit. If you build over it and need to access those items then you'll need to drop the whole tank.. Those buggers are awkward and heavy!
This particular patch was on the opposite side from (what I assume is) the fuel tank panel. It was clearly done by a bubba in the school motor pool based on the sloppy saws-all cuts and the piece of scrap steel screwed and glued over the hole. It comes up from the storage bay and through the corrugated metal layer of the floor right beneath the emergency exit door.

The other panel, I tried to get it up to peek and see if it looks down to the fuel tank but could not get it open, it looks like this was a pretty good lock-tite and epoxy job holding that panel down, probably from the factory. I'll get a couple of pics tonight if I get a chance.
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Old 09-21-2015, 10:31 AM   #12
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FWIW my factory fuel sender access panel looks REALLY bubba'd.
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Old 09-21-2015, 05:25 PM   #13
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I'd agree with Nat on the use of a welding helmet myself. There are a wide variety of them that also have some method of flipping the tinted glass or electronic controlled tint glass away and having some form of safety glass to look through unobstructed. (and they're not terribly more expensive than their non-flip cousins.

I prefer this one in particular myself as it's basically a fireproof paper with an internal slider for the tinted welding glass:
http://www.amazon.com/Huntsman%C2%AE.../dp/B009SB5RHS
All of that makes it insanely light even compared to 'light' plastic composite helmets.

But, if you're not planning to work with hot metals in welding or other brightness intense methods, the simple full clear face shield would probably be a lot more efficient/cheaper. I just went with this option since I do actually weld and fabricate and it's easier to keep the same helmet on through all of that.
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Old 09-21-2015, 09:37 PM   #14
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Here is the bubba hole coming from the storage bay



Here is what I assume is the panel over the fuel tank



While I was there, I yanked a couple more seats. Found this in the second to last row



And there is another one about the middle of the bus.
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Old 10-03-2015, 04:31 PM   #15
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Week 4

First major milestone accomplished: The danged ol' seats are out and gone.





I listed them free on Craigslist. Having no takers all week, I loaded them up and took them to the dump. All 1,460 pounds of them (.73 tons by the scale at the dump).

With the seats gone, I was able to get some good measurements. 88" wide from inside chair rail to inside chair rail. 365" from the edge of the engine bay at the floor to end of the last window behind the driver. I'm figuring on finished floor space of 7x30 feet.

Previous costs $2560
New costs
October space rental $100
Costs of seat disposal $180

Total so far $2840

Excelsior!

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Old 10-03-2015, 09:25 PM   #16
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Congrats and welcome! Sounds like you are doing everything I just did! Bus life is amazing. Your hard work will be rewarded handsomely÷
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Old 10-04-2015, 05:45 PM   #17
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Hi guys! Late to the thread.

Where did you get that bus for that price?
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Hi guys! Late to the thread.

Where did you get that bus for that price?
I bought it at auction from publicsurplus.com. It was a retired bus from the Arlington Washington School District. The final bid price was $1800 and change and the auction fees made it about $1900. They had 5 or 6 of the same model around the same age all for bid at the same time. The cheapest of the batch went for less than a grand and a couple got up to about $2500.
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I bought it at auction from publicsurplus.com. It was a retired bus from the Arlington Washington School District. The final bid price was $1800 and change and the auction fees made it about $1900. They had 5 or 6 of the same model around the same age all for bid at the same time. The cheapest of the batch went for less than a grand and a couple got up to about $2500.
Thanks! What is the interior height of your bus?
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Old 10-04-2015, 06:10 PM   #20
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Thanks! What is the interior height of your bus?
77.5 inches from the floor to the highest point.
The wall starts to curve into the ceiling at 63 inches from the floor.

That's as it is right now. I expect it will be different after I remove and replace the floor and remove and replace the interior ceiling.
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