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Old 04-11-2019, 10:19 AM   #1021
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I followed Elliot's example and I had the same rattling so, from the inside, I tack welded along the top in 4places in each window opening.
Here's to hoping that won't be needed with one row and spray foam. That might make welding difficult. Maybe I'll take it for a spin thru some Baltimore streets before foaming. Some of the potholes are near as big as the bus.
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Old 04-11-2019, 01:18 PM   #1022
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I had concerns when hanging side skins also. I have them tucked up under the hat channel, but with out removing the rivets from the drip edge and running the metal up there to secure would be a major amount of extra work. There is nothing to secure the top of the new skin to the top of the bus. So my plan also was to tack weld down along the top of the skin and then seam seal it.
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Old 04-12-2019, 07:31 AM   #1023
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I had concerns when hanging side skins also. I have them tucked up under the hat channel, but with out removing the rivets from the drip edge and running the metal up there to secure would be a major amount of extra work. There is nothing to secure the top of the new skin to the top of the bus. So my plan also was to tack weld down along the top of the skin and then seam seal it.
To each their own but just NOPE!! And yes it was a lot more work taking that single row of rivets out. Not much easier putting them back as it turns out either. I'm not looking for nor an I getting a show room finish by any means but I'd be worried about the weld marring the outside. That and I trust rivets more than my welding.
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Old 04-22-2019, 07:25 PM   #1024
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Time to take the worn-out turn-signal switch by the horns.
But I cannot even get into the horn button to remove the steering wheel so I can work on the turn signal switch!

The fluting sure looks like it is meant for a hand to simply grip it and unscrew it. But there are more notches than I have fingers on one hand, so maybe not. Or I am not strong enough.

Who has done this job -- successfully?

(Photo is actually of Albatross, but same type steering wheel.)
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Old 04-23-2019, 12:43 AM   #1025
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And of course... soon as I overcame my Fear Of Scratching Anything, the horn button lifted right out of the fluted knob.

(Also, I asked a pro. )
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Old 04-23-2019, 06:47 AM   #1026
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And of course... soon as I overcame my Fear Of Scratching Anything, the horn button lifted right out of the fluted knob.
Good deal.

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I'm more interested in this. Who is this pro of yours?
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Old 04-23-2019, 06:11 PM   #1027
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Well, strange as it may seem... this culturally deprived community where I live... actually does have schools, and even buses, and a technician or two. But I am careful not to make a nuisance of myself to them.
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Old 04-24-2019, 06:57 AM   #1028
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Well, strange as it may seem... this culturally deprived community where I live... actually does have schools, and even buses, and a technician or two. But I am careful not to make a nuisance of myself to them.
Smartass!!


I'm not sure where the bus yards are here. I know of a couple of spots they get parked at but there's no garage there. Not sure how they would feel about answering questions either or wandering around in their yards. I don't know any even casually. I do have a skoolie maintenance forum bookmarked somewhere.
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