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Old 11-07-2009, 11:03 AM   #21
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Re: from lurker to newbie with a bus: more progress

Under 10,000 miles on that thing - and they traded a lawnmower for it? Wow.

At $3000 the church got an excellent deal... but you got a STEAL! Good find.
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Old 11-14-2009, 08:35 PM   #22
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Well, last weekend I moved it to a new location closer to home and hopefully will get more work done on it. I had to pile up all the seats I removed back into the bus to move it and unload them again today.
I got all the windows and both doors removed today. marked the wiring and pulled it down. started pulling out the rest of the interior metal, lots of rivets to drill........more work tomorrow.
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Old 11-15-2009, 06:00 PM   #23
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Re: Toyhauler/camper project:

Today was productive, I got the old stairwell removed and the new door location partialy cut open.
one more ceiling panel taken down. never realized that drill was so heavy till I tried overhead for so long.....
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Old 11-15-2009, 10:57 PM   #24
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Yeah using the windows would be nice but, I see too many people that cant hardly give them away let alone sell em so I figured I should try to get a few dollars back from my purchase price. the windows had a few screws on the sides, take em out and they practically fell apart, the glass came right out no problem, no breakage.
my plan is about 1/2 way down the first page. Yeah I do plan on removing the door and bringing my co-pilot up next to me. Its something I have pictured doing since I first thought of a schoolbus a year or so ago. RazorCityDen did it well but I am going to try and keep from having any stairwell inside the bus, that will mean a bigger set of steps outside but thats ok, I have seen RV's with 3 & 4 step setups.
I was going to try and squeeze my toys in like it was and lift the roof later but I decided to do it now since its stripped anyway. so I figure somewhere between 12 -16" of lift is what I am going to do. angle the front down like mentioned in my previous postings.
I tried the angle grinder with grinding and cutoff wheels, didnt like all the sparks and I am trying to save the metal for another project. so I went back to drilling which is easy except the ones that spin on me. I used a sharp chisel on them to pop the heads off, they popped easy, I am going to try my air chisel next time I get out there.
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Old 11-16-2009, 11:22 AM   #25
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Re: Toyhauler/camper project: New pics 11-15-09!

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... Yeah I do plan on removing the door and bringing my co-pilot up next to me. Its something I have pictured doing since I first thought of a schoolbus a year or so ago. RazorCityDen did it well ...
SportyRick also did a great job on moving the door - check out his pics in the gallery.
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Old 11-16-2009, 08:01 PM   #26
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I found sportyrick's pics, yes it was a good job too.
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Old 11-16-2009, 11:56 PM   #27
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Re: Toyhauler/camper project:

I wasx looking around at Ikea cause someone mentined something that they have but no pictures... But I figured out what to do with the extra window glass...



I figure that those with wives will get some use, and those who have just about anything Signed can use it... or those who have something worth showing off...
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Old 11-26-2009, 09:49 PM   #28
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Re: Toyhauler/camper project:

Got some more progress done today, yes I worked on my bus on Thanksgiving! weather was fair so why not.........anyway,got all the interior metal/fiberglass out along with some rivets on the outside and the steering wheel is off now.
I just wanted to say the air hammer was by far easiest for me with those rivets! I had a punch ground down to knock the core out, then followed by a sharp chisel. Had to re-sharpen now and again but much easier than drilling or grinding to me. drilling meant I had to knock out the core anyway plus all the bits I would use and over half the rivets started spining before I was done drilling off the head! the the grinder, all those sparks and the metal/disc dust everywhere plus the discs were a couple bucks each.in three hours you can see I got all the panels out much faster than the other methods, try it out if you can, you may like that method, you may not but experiment anyway!
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Old 11-29-2009, 07:04 PM   #29
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Re: Toyhauler/camper project:

got all the rub rails off this weekend and started on opening up the rear for my ramp.
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Old 12-15-2009, 12:05 AM   #30
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Can't wit to see what is next!!! You have been a cuttin fool...
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