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Old 04-21-2015, 12:10 PM   #471
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Specifically, it hardly expands/contracts at all. It is an extremely rigid material. When doing things like skins over metal you just need to elongate the holes a tiny bit. Metals expand/contract "a lot" - but only relative to not moving at all. They don't grow inches. You only need to make a round hole 1/16" or so longer to allow for it, depending on what you're doing. There are some side benefits, though, like no galvanic corrosion, it's waterproof, can never rust, etc.

This only applies to exterior skins - which may not be the best use, anyway. It's almost never a problem with smaller things. Fiberglass does take some work, and the work is directly proportional to the piece size. It's REALLY good for doing things like trim work, making ducts, supports, mounting brackets, etc. It's SUPER good when making odd shapes, things you'd need a bending brake and some experience to make out of metal. You guys that are good at welding probably wouldn't get as much mileage out of this, but it's amazing what you can make.

I'll post some videos of this soon when we finally get to work on ours.
Three years ago I bought a project boat and completely rebuilt it. I gutted it all out, floor, stringers, everything right to outer shell. I used to build a copy/replica boats when I was kid, but it was all on a small scale. From my experience rebuilding my boat I can say it wasn't so straight forward.

There are many little things you need to know how and why and why not.... when it comes to fibreglass.

Most people don't even know the difference between epoxy and polyester. Using fibreglass is easy when you know what you are doing and it is easy to screw everything up.

Most of us used or tried to use Bondo car putty but not many know that Bondo is a polyester resin with filler and small tube that comes with it is a MEK catalyst. Here is a very good article about it:

What Exactly is Body Filler?

Most people have no idea that you can use epoxy over polyester but can't do it vice versa....

Most people have no idea that epoxy "welds" to wood but polyester doesn't bond too good to wood, hence many boats have delaminations here and there...

Most people don't know that strong epoxy is very sensitive to UV but weaker polyester holds UV much better.

The whole polyester/epoxy industry is very complicated. People mix up terminology, call things wrong way, creating even more confusion....
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Old 04-27-2015, 12:23 PM   #472
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Master bed

Some photos of the folding full bed.

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Old 04-27-2015, 01:58 PM   #473
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I came across this cool video, might be useful in building convertible spaces:

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Old 04-27-2015, 02:11 PM   #474
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That is pretty neat!
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Old 05-28-2015, 05:55 PM   #475
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Hi all,

HOW is the Broccoli Bus doing?

Any updates?

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Old 05-30-2015, 05:34 PM   #476
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It's doing ok, but I have had some other priorities forced on me lately. I've been working a little bit here and there on the kitchen cabinets, and we're awaiting the arrival of our fridge.

I have been concentrating on our house, to list it on the market this summer. I'm terrible at task switching so it's a week or two of one then the other.

Here are some photos from a week or two ago. My wife wanted to try out the flooring material to see what it would look like. The metal shavings and crap from building stuff finally got cleaned out for the first real time, so the kids came in to play.

You can see me mocking up the drawer dividers for the kitchen. I am building a bunch of drawers that utilize food service pans. So basically, the drawers are open frames capable of supporting weight, then you drop the pans into the frame.

I attached a combination of pan sizes to give you an idea.








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HOW is the Broccoli Bus doing?

Any updates?

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Old 05-30-2015, 11:00 PM   #477
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You said that 6th gear is locked out. I have the same transmission- when I bought the truck it was a 5 speed. so after warranty period was up my allison dealer gave me the 6th gear with the plug in of a computer. Id check it out- for a couple of Franklins you can get some better gearing. I always use the shift pad to negotiate the short hills- it seems easier on the unit- CLUNKING is BAD for the allisons.
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Old 05-31-2015, 03:18 AM   #478
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I agree- clunking any large spinny heavy metal thing is bad.

You don't happen to have a recommendation in the seattle are where I can donte a couple franklins to a shop to reflash the computer do you?

I figure I could just bring the computer itself, nothing else necessary.


Obligatory clunking of a spinny thing:

https://youtu.be/vROdVsU_K80?t=15
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You said that 6th gear is locked out. I have the same transmission- when I bought the truck it was a 5 speed. so after warranty period was up my allison dealer gave me the 6th gear with the plug in of a computer. Id check it out- for a couple of Franklins you can get some better gearing. I always use the shift pad to negotiate the short hills- it seems easier on the unit- CLUNKING is BAD for the allisons.
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Old 05-31-2015, 06:25 AM   #479
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I agree- clunking any large spinny heavy metal thing is bad.

You don't happen to have a recommendation in the seattle are where I can donte a couple franklins to a shop to reflash the computer do you?

I figure I could just bring the computer itself, nothing else necessary.


Obligatory clunking of a spinny thing:

https://youtu.be/vROdVsU_K80?t=15
I tried to call local Allison dealer in Langley BC. I explained them that the bus is not going to be a commercial vehicle but an RV and I want to have 6 gear unlocked.

They told me they need to get a letter from bus manufacture, which will say it is safe to do so. They explained me that it can potentially increase max speed and they need to make sure brake system will be able to handle the speed blah blah blah.

I tried to explain I need 6 gear for fuel economy and not for high speed, but they didn't listen to me....

To me this is a pure BS, this is my vehicle and my responsibility to follow speed limits, etc...

So, please keep us updated....

I do have plan "B" making my own Arduino box, which will control when and how to shift to 6 gear... but why to reinvent the wheel?
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Old 05-31-2015, 07:06 AM   #480
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I tried to call local Allison dealer in Langley BC. I explained them that the bus is not going to be a commercial vehicle but an RV and I want to have 6 gear unlocked.

They told me they need to get a letter from bus manufacture, which will say it is safe to do so. They explained me that it can potentially increase max speed and they need to make sure brake system will be able to handle the speed blah blah blah.
Its because of liability laws, Vlad. Why not just email Blue Bird and get the letter? PCS was able to do that with his Thomas, and there are probably several others who have as well.
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