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Old 02-21-2015, 04:01 PM   #221
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My understanding of rub rails on Skoolies is that they are there to add side impact resistance and so are structural. They tie the ribs together and to the sheetmetal and their deep corrugation design makes them much stronger than any flat panel. Way back when, they were often referred to as the "torpedo belt".
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Old 02-21-2015, 10:07 PM   #222
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I'm not sure how crazy this sounds, but I've been planning in my head the next roof lift and conversion before I've even finished the one I'm working on right now...

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I'm so glad you mentioned this.

Yes you could.

You also notice that near the middle of the bus body, right above the wheel wells, that sheet of outer skin had ribs pressed right into it? That's the profile you mention.

After reskining the sides of my bus, and doing a tin roofing job, I started thinking about contraction and expansion. Roofing tin has ribs pressed into it every 6 inches or less. I always thought this was just for strength, and rigidity.

Well it turns out both the roofing tin and the sides on my blue bird bus were both ribbed to give the steel somewhere to expand to without oil canning just like you mentioned.

So, for those of us who are reskining the sides after window removal, having a metal shop press ribs that match the rub rails into the new sheets would reduce the amount the new steel tries to buckle / wrinkle, and eliminates the need for rub rails.

One more advantage, is the fact that rub rails collect crap behind them, cause rust to start. With the new one piece panels with rub rails pressed into it, all seams will over lap the proper direction, keeping the water and road grime out.

The next bus I build, I will be reskining the entire sides, and implementing the one piece panels with built in rub rails.

Maybe I will even used polished stainless steel for a chrome look.

Slowly this site is evolving the skoolie conversions. Better idea's, Better methods, Better materials.

Just look at how many of us are doing roof raises now.

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Old 03-01-2015, 03:01 PM   #223
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Great job on the under bus. You gave me some great ideas for my own bus. Thanks
for posting these up!.
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Old 03-02-2015, 08:10 PM   #224
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Nice work on the access doors!!
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Old 03-03-2015, 11:02 AM   #225
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Thanks for the comments guys. I'm overseas right now (details to come when I get home) but can't wait to get back into the project!! Only gonna be home a week though and then back on the rod for a week.
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Old 05-28-2015, 04:57 PM   #226
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Hey Sojourner,

how are you doing?

Any updates on the bus?


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Old 05-28-2015, 07:36 PM   #227
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Thanks for asking. I've been traveling a lot since the last of Feb. (Iraq, TN and China) and with things being busy here in the spring on the farm to boot I haven't had near the time to work as I'd hoped. THings are settling in a bit though and I can't wait to get my hand back in it. Trying to get a window unit AC converted to a basement mounted central air unit as well as making the door frames and doors from scratch takes time. I'm also trying to determine what batteries I want to use for my solar setup so i can build the battery storage trays in the basement as well. I'm hoping to get the undercarriage, brakes, and seals as well as roof raise done by this fall. I nee to go back to work at the weld shop I worked at before getting laid off too. I have access to some cool machinery there to hep with the metal forming although it's not a sheet metal shop. My basement doors will probably be 16ga. 3/4" square tubing frames with a fusion welded infill of 14ga. This will give me a strong frame to mount the gas springs on. Nothing would make me happier than to be working on the interior during this coming winter. While in China I did score some gas springs to use on the basement doors as well as some samples for soft close cabinet door hinges. Still trying to find the paddle latches I want though and just about to order the bullet hinges for the basement storage doors.
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Old 05-28-2015, 08:04 PM   #228
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Trying to get a window unit AC converted to a basement mounted central air unit
please update us with pics for this mod


I can't imagine a window unit having enough force to push much air through the ductwork... I bet that ductwork needs to be super insulated, since it's exposed to external heat... doesn't seem like it'd be as hot as some attics I've been in, though.

Just installed an 18,000 btu window unit (in the wall) of a rental about an hour ago, and you cannot feel the air flow more than 10-15 feet away
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Old 05-28-2015, 09:11 PM   #229
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Also, Lori keeps mentioning the desire to make the exterior look like the old "woodies" with ood side panels. I keep telling her this is a very bad idea with moisture settling in between the wood and metal. I saw a car the other day though that had some vinyl on the side that looked like wood. That gave me an idea, I just might be able to get a similar look (nothings like the real) without all the maintenance issues using a wrap company or vinyl stick on kinda thing. Gonna have to give that some thought.
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Old 05-28-2015, 09:18 PM   #230
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For sure the widow unit blower is nowhere near strong enough. Here's what I'm hoping to use to boost it a bit:
Suncourt Inductor 6 in. In-Line Duct Fan-DB206 - The Home Depot

I'll be posting photos as I get to making the mods.
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