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Old 04-22-2014, 08:45 AM   #31
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Re: *Two Birds* - 1992 Bluebird TC2000

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I find it somewhat difficult to find answers to some specific questions I have. I usually have to vary my search keywords many, many times and SIFT through loads of threads. And, more than once, I finally found what I was looking for, but only when I intentionally misspelled something the way I thought others might!! LOL I have given up and posted a query to the masses when my searching brought back zilch.
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Old 04-29-2014, 09:43 PM   #32
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Re: *Two Birds* - 1992 Bluebird TC2000

When I get to a computer I'll post some more pics. But... Here are some updates.

Last week and this week, we were donated lots of materials including cabinets and some barrels for collecting WVO that we're given to us by Founder's, our local brewery. We also got countertops, shelving, and more.

During that time, I was getting frustrated because our air hammer wouldn't work with our tiny compressor. After that, we made lots of calls to friends, told them the necessary specs, were told their compressor would work, and drove across town several times to find out it was in fact incapable. I think men are of afraid of admitting their compressor is too small Finally we located a compressor about 40 minutes drive away. I drove the bus down and chiseled off every rivet on the interior wall panels today. It was a long day and I am sore, but the air hammer and chisel made quick work of the rivets. I just used a cheap $20 husky air hammer from Home Depot and it did the trick. I am convinced this is the best way to remove rivets. I removed hundreds today, by myself. There were three different size rivets throughout. I'm so glad I removed the wall panels! Thanks for the tips. Ceiling is coming out Thursday!

I do have a question though. The bottom interior panel, even after removing the big rivets, would not come out. They were I'm there strong! It is a heavier gauge metal and I couldn't bend it to see what's holding it in. I found a couple spot welds hidden under the adhesive that I will grind away. Does anyone know how these panels are held in? They are the interior wall panels that meet the floor. I'll get pics up ASAP.

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Old 04-29-2014, 10:07 PM   #33
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Re: *Two Birds* - 1992 Bluebird TC2000

Someone else may respond before my post is approved...

Those panels extend past the floor and are structural in my opinion
Nat has a mspaint pic floating around somewhere detailing the construction of the bluebird body's
You could cut the chair rail lip off with a grinder to make the wall flat if you need to
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Old 04-29-2014, 10:45 PM   #34
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Posted a quick video to Instagram! Note: I put on some protective gloves a couple minutes after this

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Old 04-29-2014, 10:56 PM   #35
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Thanks for that vid clip. Now I know the next two things on my shopping list. I need a longer air hose and an air hammer. I have a crapload of rivits to remove too.
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Old 04-29-2014, 11:06 PM   #36
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Interior panels removed. Note the bottom panels that I spoke about in my previous post. All the rivets are removed, but the panels are still solidly fixed to the floor. Any ideas?

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Old 04-29-2014, 11:07 PM   #37
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Thanks for that vid clip. Now I know the next two things on my shopping list. I need a longer air hose and an air hammer. I have a crapload of rivits to remove too.
Make sure you have a BIG compressor. My friend's dad's 80 gallon compressor was cycling pretty consistently throughout the day. The specs of the tool call for 4.0 CFM @ 90 psi and an 8 Gallon tank. I don't think a compressor that size would handle the job. I don't know though as I don't have a lot of experience with that stuff.

Here's the air hammer I used:
http://www.homedepot.com/p/Husky-Medium ... /203463688
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Old 04-29-2014, 11:33 PM   #38
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My compressor isn't man enough for that job but I can take lots of breaks to let it refill. Still beats dozens of drill bits or spraying sparks all over the place. The compressor at work IS man enough for the job, but I am not about to drive an uninsured unregistered bus that still says school on it 33 miles one way. Time to see what used compressors I can find......
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Old 05-06-2014, 12:46 AM   #40
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Just a quick little update! Last week on Thursday I finished removing the rest of the rivets on the interior ceiling panels. It took me about a half a day to remove the ceiling panels and a little longer to do some clean up of tools and things. So... all and all, with an air hammer and chisel it took me (one person, first time using an air hammer) one and a half days of work. Not too shabby for 1000+ rivets. I HIGHLY recommend an air hammer to remove your interior panels.

Today, I cleaned up the bus, scrapped a whole bunch of sheet metal from inside and from my friend's shed, took some pics, and filmed a little intro video about our project for our website!

Ordered all the WVO conversion parts on Friday too, so they should be here this week! We ordered everything from WVO Designs (www.wvodesigns.com). I chose this company to work with because of their centrifuge products for filtering and dewatering the oil. After all my research, they seemed the best for our needs. After speaking with them about our project and tour, they decided to help sponsor us! So, WVO Designs components will be used to do everything from collection, to filtering/dewatering, and getting heated veggie oil to our engine. They do not supply kits, but high quality, individual components. When the time comes, I will do a detailed post about our WVO system!

Here's a quick picture. I will have some videos and things up when I have the time.

PS: I think we are gonna go with spray foam

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