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Old 04-15-2013, 11:11 PM   #21
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yes, my bus was rubber on metal,and it was a pain getting the rubber up.
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Old 04-17-2013, 01:25 AM   #22
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Not sure what it was glued down with but it's tough to get off!
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Old 04-27-2013, 08:05 PM   #23
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Since the weather has been a bit nicer I have been able to spend a couple days working on the bus. I now have all the outside lettering off and just need to get the residue off. I purchased some "Goo Gone" and hope that will remove as easily as it says it will.

Next I have been working on the floor, and have taken the driver seat out which was the last of the seats. Now I am using a flapper sanding disc to get the rust off and prep the surface by the wheel wells for some sheet metal hole covering. I was considering putting fiberglass/bondo in the holes first then pop riveting the sheet metal over that for a more permanent repair. Any thoughts on that? Overkill?

Once I have the holes covered I will silicone each and every bolt hole then cover that with aluminum metal tape before putting rosin paper down followed by insulation and T&G 3/4 " plywood. I think that should give me a good solid base to build on. Suggestions?
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Old 04-29-2013, 11:00 PM   #24
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I have 3 major holes at the edges of the wheel wells. I can see the tires and ground. I was considering putting fiberglass/bondo in the holes first then pop riveting the sheet metal over that for a more permanent repair. Any thoughts on that? Overkill? Suggestions?
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Old 04-29-2013, 11:08 PM   #25
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Cut out bad...weld in good.
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Old 04-30-2013, 09:29 AM   #26
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cut holes to make them neater...paint.....then silicone a pc of clear plexi-glass over the hole...then you can have a clear bottom bus
ugh...oh....the wheels on the bus go 'round and round............
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.cut and weld in new is the best route to take(altho not as neat as my first idea)
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Old 06-09-2013, 08:56 PM   #27
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I am looking for some insight as to the best way to replace the standard mechanical entry/exit doors on a school bus. I know from talking to the local contractor store that I need a 30" pre-hung which will give me a half inch on both sides to trim it out. However the doors are all too short. What have others of you that have replaced the original with a house type door done? Any ideas would be appreciated! Thanks!
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I replaced my folding doors with an Anderson 4000 series storm door and had to build up my bottom step since the door was about 4" too short to fill the doorway. I used layers of plywood to build up the bottom step but slathered up the boards with fiberglass resin to seal out the inevitable water leaks. I had planned to use rot proof PVC boards to build it up but I also had to extend the lower step about 1 1/2" past the edge of the existing step and the PVC isn't as rigid as plywood. The Anderson 4000 doors have a three point latch with a key lock and laminated glass. I'm real happy with ours so far.

I briefly thought about dropping the door down and trimming out the top of the opening, but we would have to duck our heads to avoid hitting the top of the frame.

This picture shows the door hung in the opening but the bottom step unfinished.

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Old 06-10-2013, 03:14 AM   #29
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That looks really nice. I had wondered how the gap could be filled and knew I didn't want to have to keep ducking every time we went in or out.
I had wondered if there was a "clean" way to extend the door bottom itself. Nice job!
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Here's the finished stairwell. The 4" difference in the first step has never been an issue. I did spend a fair amount of time making sure water couldn't get in below the step or if it did, it wouldn't do any damage.

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