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Old 09-29-2013, 05:12 PM   #321
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Today was stressful. I decided to make one more adjustment to the cardboard template to get a better fit. Then I laid it out on the 16 GA steel sheet I had and marked it for cutting.




The first cut was as stressful as the first cut on the bus.



I clamped it up with 2x4's to prevent the steel from vibrating.



Making the final cut. I hope it works.



I marked a line down the center and scored it with the grinder. I used the cut off wheel and let the weight of the grinder do the work as I moved it down the line. It cut about half way through.



Made for easy bending.





The shadow is miss leading the gap is only about 1/4". Close enough, I still have the piece the was cut from the bottom. after it is welded in place I will use tracing paper to trace the gap and cut a new piece and weld in.
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Old 09-29-2013, 05:18 PM   #322
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Two thumbs up. Looks great.
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Old 09-29-2013, 05:23 PM   #323
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I marked the top of the front piece and cut it about 1/4" from the line. I will do a finish cut when the top strap is riveted in place.



Now that the front piece is close to the finished size I'm able to trace out the top strap. The Thomas roof it in three pieces, and since I do not have a piece of steel long enough. I'm going to do my top strap in three pieces also.



This is the middle top strap, the hardest one to do. The rest are straight.



This lines up nice. I was hoping to start welding today but after spending time looking at it all and deciding how to proceed. I figured I should rivet the top strap down first. Then do the finish cut on the front and weld in place. Then cut the side pieces to fit and weld. The problem is my tape does not come in until Wednesday.



Almost there.



Man that 1/4" gap sticks out even from here. I hope no one makes fun of my bus.

Edit: I forgot to add the the windows fit nice and flush to the front piece.
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Old 09-29-2013, 07:59 PM   #324
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If they make fun of your bus, tell them: "I did it myself. I'd like to see you try it . . . . . "
Great job. Carry on . . . .
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Old 09-29-2013, 08:35 PM   #325
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You think the last first cut was stressful---just wait 'till you start to cut out for the windows! Its fun to watch your ideas come into fruition you do nice work. Jack
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Old 09-30-2013, 08:05 AM   #326
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I love the steady progress, looks awesome. Great solution to the slope! And I agree with Jack, the cut for the windows will be worse
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Old 10-01-2013, 08:44 AM   #327
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I have a lot to do this week. My new dual pane windows came in and the rub rail to cover the old emergency door. I have to make a list of things I need to get done over the next two weeks. I wanted to take her out camping when I finish the roof, but with the government shut down the state parks are closed.
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Old 10-01-2013, 09:23 AM   #328
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Yeah... I'm a little concerned about my upcoming trip. We were planning to drive through the Tetons and Yellowstone on the way home :/
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You have serious drive to get this done. I feel for you having to cut that with a jig saw. Keep at it, your doing great.

And F$CK the US Government. Find a way to enjoy your time without them dictating where and when you can go.

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Old 10-01-2013, 09:56 AM   #330
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You have serious drive to get this done. I feel for you having to cut that with a jig saw. Keep at it, your doing great.

And F$CK the US Government. Find a way to enjoy your time without them dictating where and when you can go.

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This.

William your bus is amazing to me. Love seeing all the progress! I am driving up to Massachusetts in two weeks, i wonder if you are on the way? Would love to see it in real life!
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