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Old 10-30-2013, 09:33 AM   #401
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Just got caught up on your thread...looks awesome!! The front really turned out nice. So close to having a sealed up tin can to work on!
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Old 10-30-2013, 12:08 PM   #402
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Just got caught up on your thread...looks awesome!! The front really turned out nice. So close to having a sealed up tin can to work on!
Thanks, I hope between the next two evenings and Saturday to have the back done. At least I hope so.
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Old 10-30-2013, 01:40 PM   #403
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That flat spot in the back might be a good location for a fold down TV antenna or even a dome for a dish. You know it'll never get hit it is safely back there.

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If it does get hit, I have bigger problems.
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Old 10-30-2013, 05:52 PM   #404
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Went out to the bus this evening expecting a nice dry bus after the rain. I walked in to a nice wet floor right in the front middle. I looked up and said dang, I remove the vent and did not cover the hole.

That was the first thing I tackeled. Cut a piece of the 16 GA I had, drilled, primed and riveted it down with some butyl tape to seal it.



Now it shouldn't leak.

I took the tarp off the back and measured for the side straps. They will be 50" x 4"



I case some of you want to know why I'm going to the trouble of riveting a strap all the way across the roof. It just happens both places where I cut the roof, it is not attached. I figured it would be best before I weld to it to attach it to the supports.



I got both side pieces cut and the passenger side drilled before I had to start cleaning up. It gets dark to early and next week it will be worse.
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Old 10-30-2013, 06:23 PM   #405
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Nice job on the front! It looks like factory sheet metal.
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Old 11-06-2013, 05:27 PM   #406
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I finally got the roof done. After I pre-drilled the side and top straps, I marked the line on the roof so I could line up the straps to the support.



I put down the butyl tape and clamped the straps in place and then drilled and riveted. This worked much better.



Then I took a break and installed the air horn.





Boy do they sound good.

I used cardboard to make the template for the back panel. I found it easier to do each side separately and then tape them together..





Then I put it back on the roof to verify that everything lined up. I marked and cut the steel.





The steel lined up very nice. Now to welding. This piece welded much better than the front piece.I was able to start my bead on the thicker strap and work to the panel.





All that is left to do is paint. When I was done I blew the air horn and woke everyone up.
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Old 11-06-2013, 07:34 PM   #407
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That looks awesome. If the body filler doesn't work to fill the gaps, try urethane based seam sealer. I bought some of it from amazon (they also sell it at autozone) and it comes in a caulk tube. It cures but stays flexible and is crazy strong, made by 3m and is used for sealing panel gaps underneath cars. I'm using it to seal some gaps in the floor and the holes where the seat bolts were.
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Looks great!! I know it probably seems like it's taking forever to you, but man you are really buzzing along! I can't wait to see what you're going to do with the interior.

Also, the return trip is imminent! We're aiming to stop in Laurel MD again this weekend, not sure what night or time, but we're heading your way! I'll keep you posted when I know more specifics.
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Looks great!! I know it probably seems like it's taking forever to you, but man you are really buzzing along! I can't wait to see what you're going to do with the interior.

Also, the return trip is imminent! We're aiming to stop in Laurel MD again this weekend, not sure what night or time, but we're heading your way! I'll keep you posted when I know more specifics.
I PMed you my number. I will be working on the bus over at porkchopsandwiches in Urbana. I may have to drive the bus over.
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