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Old 04-02-2005, 10:03 AM   #11
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I stopped into a heavy duty (semi) truck wreckers the other day with the thought of picking up a few used boxes for storage under the bus. He was a bit confused by my questions. "You want to put a what, where?" was the line of dialog. I liked the look of the storage containers on the trucks and thought those would do a good job. He quoted me $300 each on a 2' square checked aluminum box. These were tool boxes on the truck. Super overbuilt and would last a very long time. But $300 ea seemed a bit steep for me at this point.

I have seen different sized compartments under these machines. Tool box, battery boxes and other such places. Has anyone had any positive experiences with aquiring these used at a resonable price? -Richard
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Old 04-02-2005, 11:19 AM   #12
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I haunt regular auto boneyards that permit pulling your own parts. There's ALWAYS something there with work boxes/underbed boxes on it.
I'm not prepared to work miracles recovering something full of holes, although properly redone it would be feasable to reline it with sheetmetal, and use the hole-y box as sort of a frame.

No, I look around, on weekends when I'm not doing anything, there are several boneyards in my area (around Boston MA). Some of the larger yards get up to 100 cars a day.

Flat bed trucks, pickups, all sorts show up. I've been lucky that a lot of trucks of similar age to my '90 F150 have been showing up lately...had to get a power window motor.

The way bone yards are run can differ tremendously from one to another.
One I go to, Rich's Auto Parts in Hudson MA (don't have the number to hand, google it) has numbered rows, and when you ask for a part, they'll print out for you a list of vehicles for you to check. They have their own numbers on each vehicle, and they have good 'inventory' control of their stuff.
They use wrecked buses for parts storage, including some city buses that probably date from the early '50's.

Others are just a jumble of piled wrecks, vaguely divided by brand, type and so on.
BTW, one boneyard, Holland Auto, Treble Cove Road, Billerica MA 800-557-5790 has a sale on the last Saturday of every month, any tire on a steel wheel is $5. I've seen split-rim wheel/tire assemblies that would work on some buses (mostly Budds), both steering and recap tires in good condition.

Woburn Truck Parts, 1095R Main St. Woburn MA 781-933-1546 uses bus frames for holding stacks of rear ends, front ends, you name it. I wandered their yard a few times, looking for stuff for a friend. Pretty good sized yard.
I think I'll post some of this info on the bus boneyards forum page.
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Old 04-02-2005, 11:44 AM   #13
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Steel boxes I've seen go for around $30-75 each, depending on their size/condition. And that's in yards that let you pull the boxes yourself. Some yards in my area will pull the boxes for a few bucks extra.

For example, pulling a equalizer hitch off a wreck (for my truck) was $35 if I did it myself, $55 if they did it. Cheap Bastard that I am, I pulled it myself.

Shop around, have cash in pocket, and ask if you can have a couple bucks off (it doesn't hurt to ask).
I use battery-powered tools (9.6vdc Makita mini-sawsall, drill etc.). big honking breaker bar and sockets, cold chisels and hammers to remove stuff. I find cutting/breaking the frozen nuts lets me remove them with a slightly oversize (metric) socket. Vice-grips are gifts from the Gods.

BTW, I also scarf up any of that protective corrugated plastic wire-loom cover you see on cars, I'm sure there's going to be a need for a lot of it! That kind of stuff ALWAYS gets crushed with the leftover wrecks, so it's nearly free.
Oh, and I found (for $10) a LOT of aluminum curtain rail/track with hangers and roller slides, came out of a couple wrecked RVs. I like the look of curtains, they're quieter/more insulative than blinds. Lined curtains also block light if you, uh, need to sleep in late.
I likewise salvage DC lighting fixtures (including fluorescents), anything I think may be useful. I scarfed a number of BRIGHT white interior lights from a wrecked ambulance, they light the interior of my truck cap ($50 used) and side toolbox ($77 used), the lights cost me $5 each, they retail for $40 each.

That brings up a thought, installing 12vdc lighting in the under-mount boxes....except the ones with propane or gas in them, that is!

Yeah, maybe my handle should be Cheap Bastard, but I love 'shopping' boneyards.
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Old 04-05-2005, 12:48 AM   #14
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Yeah I know what you mean about bone yards. I love them also, I drive my wife nuts with all the stuff I get. When we moved out of our house I had to dump a ton of stuff. The guys that came and got all my metal items really got a deal. I already have the name cheap bastard.
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Old 04-15-2005, 09:24 AM   #15
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I am in the middle of constructing my boxes now... I went to RV Surplus and picked out some nice RV storage doors that where un-used and un-painted. they also had locks on them w/ keys. I plan on fabing up my boxes to fit those doors and then will mount them up to the bus body subframe.

I am lucky because the family business is a metal fab shop. So I had me some custom boxes made to fit the doors and my specs on how low i want them to hang. I am hoping it looks good when its done. We'll see. I will post pics when I finish the installation.
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Old 04-18-2005, 10:13 PM   #16
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Was in a boneyard in Waltham MA today (check yer yellow pages), saw a couple NICE aluminum pickup side boxes, all shiny and everything. They wanted $50 each. For a giggle I priced them new, $250 Each. Grab them, guys!

These are the 8 foot long, two door variety, about 18 inches tall. Nice. Hope someone grabs them.

They were also cutting up some Grumman cube trucks, large sheets of aluminum that dould have been used for SOMETHING on a bus.....custom boxes, maybe?
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Old 04-25-2005, 01:17 PM   #17
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My Cargo Boxes are In!

Finally, my cargo compartments are in. This may have been the biggest project I'll have with my bus, but everything fell together smoothly and they look real nice now.

There are 4 boxes total, 1 slightly smaller than the others. Check out my installation notes and photos at my website here...

http://www.dammitandy.com/bus/05-spring05.htm

Here is a pic also.



Good luck to everyone else who is or is going to install cargo boxes of their own.
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The boxes look sharp. How much do you think thay wold cost to have them made? Just curious.
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Old 04-25-2005, 04:09 PM   #19
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they do look good!
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If you're worried about rust, why not make them or have someone make them out of aluminum? It won't rust and it's lighter weight. www.jomacltd.com makes custom aluminum boxes but I'm not sure what they cost, or you could always look for a local fabricator. I have never done it but I imagine welding aluminum isn't super easy.
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