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Old 07-26-2014, 12:04 PM   #21
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Cool bus but I want pictures of the MOG!!!
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Old 07-26-2014, 01:06 PM   #22
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Easiest way to look at your insulation is to pull a section of the panels above your windows. What is above your windows is probably the same as in the ceiling. If you have speakers in the ceiling, you can get a peek at a tiny bit there by removing a speaker.

Our bus was remarkably rust free compared to the Eagle and what some others have posted here. Also the insulation does vary from non-existant to stuff like we have. You need to keep in mind that there is only about 2" of space in the ceiling. So get realistic, even 2" foam is not going to do a great deal. The biggest cause of heat transfer is the lack of thermal breaks. If you don't make thermal breaks then it makes no difference how much or what type of insulation you use. You will still have a huge heat sink.
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Old 07-26-2014, 07:54 PM   #23
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Everything coming along...with all those seats out, look at all that space for your imagination to fill!
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Old 07-26-2014, 11:17 PM   #24
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So I guess I'm pulling down the interior roof panels. I thought about leaving them up until after raising the roof to get more rigidity, but decided they'd just get in the way more.

Also since there will be a height transition in the front, they will get in the way for that too.

I don't mind some marring and scratching around the pop rivet area, so I am finding this is the fastest removal process:

With an air impact point tip, knock out the center of the rivet.
Next, use the same tool and bit to work the rivet loose so it's head is no longer flush to the sheet.
Finally with a giant pair of flush cutters (they have handles a foot long) work under edge of lifted rivet head and squeeze, then while squeezed rotate 90 degrees and pry/roll the rivet out, removing it like you would a nail with a claw hammer. I can take down a whole row of rivets in about 15 minutes that way.
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Old 07-27-2014, 01:06 AM   #25
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I was able to knock a whole sheet of rivets in less than 15 minutes with just the air chisel. I also removed 900 lbs of steel between the seat frames and the roof panels alone.
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Old 07-27-2014, 09:31 PM   #26
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Got the ceiling panels removed. That's a lot of rivets.

I think I've got my cut lines figured out. Sorry for the shaky ms paint line. My intention is to ramp it up to keep a neat looking "face" on the front of the bus, and on the rear, ramp down directly into the giant stamped structural member, so I'm not actually cutting or messing with it. It seems pretty seriously engineered.

Here's the front cut line. I'll have to fabricate a new solution for holding the seat belt, should be easy enough:
Ninja edit: I may jump one more spar rearward to avoid having to mess with the seatbelt system as much.


Here's the rear cut line. I'd rather just not mess with the structure around the engine bay, windows, and engineered header in the rear. Externally, the high roof will ramp down into the forward edge of the engineered end cap structure.


I'm all ears on opinions with this, or if you have a better suggestion for a rear cut line. I'm relatively determined to keep the front end short, so it doesn't look like a beluga whale.

One more glory shot, no more interior roof panels!

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Old 07-28-2014, 08:10 AM   #27
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Wow, you have amazing progress in less than a week. At this rate you'll be done before snow flys.
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Old 07-28-2014, 06:01 PM   #28
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I got the vehicle title and registration completed. Use isbmotorhome (MH) and vehicle type is bus/40.

I had no problems at alpine licensing in issaquah. No inspection, etc.

Kent licensing wanted scales, emissions, and wsp inspection.


That was my experience, take it for what its worth.
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Old 07-30-2014, 12:18 AM   #29
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Removing the inner wall skins. Live right now!
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Old 07-30-2014, 10:33 AM   #30
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wow, you are making rapid progress, keep it going
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