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Old 06-18-2015, 10:52 AM   #251
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Outstanding workmanship! --- That should make for a lot of very usable space.

And like you, I'm gonna wait till everything under the bus is pretty much complete before I attach my new side panels.
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Old 06-18-2015, 08:36 PM   #252
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Thanks everyone. The smaller square frames are for access for assemblies I'm building for the fuel fills and stabilizer jacks. I also scored some cool gas cylinders while in China for the storage bay doors.
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Old 06-29-2015, 11:54 AM   #253
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Ok, I just got an estimate on the sheet metal to cover the cargo bag framing and roof raise. $128.00/5'x10' sheet of galvanized 16 ga. Needless to say, $1000+ is a bit, well,a lot more than I was planning on. Anyone have any more economical solutions?
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Old 06-29-2015, 12:17 PM   #254
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Ok, I just got an estimate on the sheet metal to cover the cargo bag framing and roof raise. $128.00/5'x10' sheet of galvanized 16 ga. Needless to say, $1000+ is a bit, well,a lot more than I was planning on. Anyone have any more economical solutions?

1) what are the rough dimensions of your vertical breaks?
2) are they consistent lengths between verticals? *hard to tell in pics.
3) how tall are the finished skirts going to be?

seems like with that rear taper, you'd be able to divide a sheet diagonally. and use the remainder of material on the other side.

I know this doesn't answer your "different solution" question.... but there's too many variables unknown. The dimensions might help some others brainstorm with you.

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Old 06-29-2015, 02:27 PM   #255
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Old 06-29-2015, 05:54 PM   #256
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Really no need for galvanized. And it is a RPITA to paint (it has to be well etched to even accept paint) and toxic to weld. Just try to stay close to the original skin thickness with plain hot-rolled steel and it should be cheaper.

NOTE...I don't know about your year, but for a long time BB used an odd, proprietary sheetmetal...something like 15 gauge...16 will work fine.
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Old 06-29-2015, 08:28 PM   #257
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I've got a 1995 AmTrans. The body panels are galvanized. I'm not planning on welding any of it. The wire I got was for having 5'x10' sheets sheared into 3'x10' & 2'x10'. I would then take the 2'material and brake a 1" flange along the edge. Most of the sheeting in the basement storage bays will be cut away for the door openings so even if I had a rigid material like a plastic or stiff like Formica would work. I'm not trying to stop bullets, just have something that looks nice. Not relying on the skin for strength either. That's coming from the framing.
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Old 06-30-2015, 01:19 AM   #258
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No, steel just cost money. No way around it.

For me the entire bus is galvanized, so the sheeting steel I got was too.

I payed around $87 a 4x8 sheet of 14 Gauge.

Also the galvanized sheets were only $7 more per sheet. Not bad because they did not have to get painted right away, and a cheap undercoating.

Welding should never be a issue due to buses having the outer skin Riveted on, not Welded on.

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Old 06-30-2015, 07:47 AM   #259
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Why not plastic sheeting ? The stuff they use for landfill liners comes in rolls and was at one time pretty reasonable. It comes in Black, however you could wrap it with vinyl afterwards. Just a thought.
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Old 06-30-2015, 02:08 PM   #260
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Call me crazy but everything on my bus functions and I have lots of work to do converting, I can't understand why extra wiring is so upsetting to folks, guess I'm from the "if it works don't fix it" camp.
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