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Old 01-05-2014, 07:07 AM   #51
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Some of the RV windows from my donor are taller than the height of the standard skoolie. Anyone have any suggestions whether I should remove the rain gutter and go up a bit to accommodate them or cut into the rub rail? I'm leaning on removing the rain gutter since I really don't want to effect the structural integrity any more than needed by removing or cutting the rub rail. Maybe lower the entire rub rail? I know I will have to remove the rain gutter and top row of rivets to blank in the windows and replace them while skinning to tie it ll together but just wondering who has experience either way and how it went.
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Old 01-05-2014, 08:42 AM   #52
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I raised mine, but a Bluebird doesn't have a rain gutter. I did remove the entire section above the windows where a rain gutter would be. By putting the windows higher you don't need to stoop so much when looking out.
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Old 01-05-2014, 10:49 AM   #53
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By putting the windows higher you don't need to stoop so much when looking out.
Yea this is what I was thinking as well. Since I'm going to have to do new rivets in places I couldn't see the value in having a rain gutter since there's going to be far less windows than stock.

On another note, is there any disadvantage to removing the bottom seat mount rail? If this can come out without creating structural issues it would eliminate the removal of most of the rivets required to simply remove the inner side panels.
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Old 01-05-2014, 11:29 AM   #54
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I did add a rain gutter to keep so much water from cascading over the top of the new windows, a potential leak spot.

I left the chair mount rail in. It is a handy place to mount things to (one of the few truly straight and level places in the bus) I kind of use the space below it to run wire and water pipes in.
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Old 01-16-2014, 05:20 PM   #55
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Thanks guys for the info. Yea, we're gonna keep the chair rail and work around it. I don't want to remove any possible support. I finally got to taking out the lower inner panels. Trashed out my air hammer. It was, after all, 30 years old, RIP. Guess you could say it went out with it's boot on. Anyhow, I found one rusty place that had rusted through from the inside (result of that nasty insulation they use in these things, what were they thinking?) which should be an easy fix when I get my epoxy out.



I did have one causality in the process. Gotta love an air hammer in the close proximity of window. No problem though, I decided not to use any of them. just too much air can come through them for a full time kinda thing.



Now, when I get some time, to drill out the headliner rivets!! Oh joy!!
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Old 01-18-2014, 05:49 AM   #56
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I really admire the folks stripping to the core and going for the fulltime status... Right now if I decided to full time in ours(wife thinks I am whacked out of my mind) I would have to winter way,way south.....and then snow bird it north in the summer

Insulation and thermal breaks make the biggest difference

Great job so far..keep it up
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Old 03-09-2014, 04:53 PM   #57
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OK gang,
IT's been a while since I last posted. Been real busy around here getting plantings and our small farm ready for spring. I haven't laid aside our project in the least, just need to get some things done so I can devote some time to it. I'm currently working on designing the frameworks to hang dual fuel tanks. I have a couple semi truck 115 gallon tanks that I have to slice off lengthwise to make them fit. They are 26" diameter and 53" long. I'll fit them in a 20" x 29" cavity under the floor just outside the frame rails. It'll give me about 90 gallons each tank with a range over 1800 miles. I'm going to remove the lower skirt panels and replace them with lower ones with storage boxes. This will still leave me 16" ground clearance the full length of the bus except for the axles. The only place where something will hang down will the the water tank (55 gallon drum) between the frame rails behind the differential. The front fuel tank frame will also be the mounts for the forward stabilizer jacks. The rear ones will be incorporated into the rear bumper mounts. I said all this to ask a question. The muffler hangs down a bit lower than I'd like and I would personally like to remove it and go straight pipe all the way and exit just forward of the right rear wheel. Anyone done this? If so, what were (if any) the issues?

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Old 03-09-2014, 06:16 PM   #58
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Hey Nat,
I'm not going all the way back. Gonna make a turn and go out just ahead of the rear wheel (eliminate some really weird unnatural bends). I know Diesels aren't quite as loud as gassers either especially with bigger pipes (mine looks to be 3-1/2"). I want to keep things as simple and trouble free as I can and that huge muffler is heavy and just in my way.
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Old 03-09-2014, 09:25 PM   #59
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Just a note --- It is my understanding that in most states, diesels are not required to run mufflers and can run straight pipes. That's what I'm planning on doing. Saves on money and backpressure. And as you noted, with large diameter pipes, they aren't all that loud.
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Old 03-14-2014, 04:58 PM   #60
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Been spending a lot of time under the bus looking at ways to hang tanks, change exhaust and such (it's what you do when short on cash, obsessed with the project and want to do something!!). I'm looking over the cooling system and the rear heater hoses. They sure do make things complicated on these things. Is there a source out there that shows a good diagram of the heater system so I can make a good strategy as to what needs to come out, what needs to get re-routed as I make changes. Needless to say, when I'm done this thing is going to be much easier to work on and much simpler all around. I'll bet there's 100 feet of useless hose (dry cracked to boot) and 1000 ft. of wire that's coming out of it in short order!!
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