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Old 04-25-2015, 11:51 PM   #1
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Design contest for rear opening on my bus.

I am having a design contest to help me find a way to have a full width and height opening on my bus. The winner will receive $25. I want the design to be clean. What I am saying is I don't want things held together with bubblegum and duct tape. No shadetree designs please. I'm not sure what the response will be so I figure I will run this for a month maybe two. Any suggestion will be welcomed.
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Old 04-26-2015, 10:12 AM   #2
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At the back, or the side?

What kind of door?

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Aren't the front / rear end caps of the bus (especially up top) like super structurally integral to the bus body? Do you have a picture (preferably plural) of your bus? I understand the appeal of doing such a thing, but I feel like it would be easier to make it so like 3/4 of it opens and leave the section by the roof intact. I am sure it is possible but I would take the easy way out personally, haha.
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I assume you already saw Elliott's Millicent tailgate?
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What I am saying is I don't want things held together with bubblegum and duct tape. No shadetree designs please.
Come on man! Now I can't enter!
I was thinking 'bout breaking out the 'ol gas ax and makin' some half a** boards to frame in the rusty doors off this old step van I drive by.....

I'll have to think about this.
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Old 04-26-2015, 08:58 PM   #6
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At the back, or the side?

What kind of door?

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I am open. I am think(loosely) about barn doors. Maybe one side smaller than the other for a man door. As far as height, it doesn't need to go to the top of the curve on the roof. The purpose of this is if I want to put something larger than the rear door, I don't want to struggle with shifting the object trying to get it through the opening. Oh yeah, it needs to be in the rear.
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Aren't the front / rear end caps of the bus (especially up top) like super structurally integral to the bus body? Do you have a picture (preferably plural) of your bus? I understand the appeal of doing such a thing, but I feel like it would be easier to make it so like 3/4 of it opens and leave the section by the roof intact. I am sure it is possible but I would take the easy way out personally, haha.
That works but I plan on reinforcing with square tubing. The only pancakes I like are the ones you eat.
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I assume you already saw Elliott's Millicent tailgate?
I am familiar with Elliot's bus but I don't think I want a ramp. I'm thinking forklift loading. I had an enclosed trailer once with a ramp and it was a PITA to load with a forklift.
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Come on man! Now I can't enter!
I was thinking 'bout breaking out the 'ol gas ax and makin' some half a** boards to frame in the rusty doors off this old step van I drive by.....

I'll have to think about this.

LOL. I have plenty of duct tape. I don't need to pay someone to show me how to use it.
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Not having a ramp makes it easier.....my first thought was a ramp, since I assumed you wanted the back to open to bring in something BIG.

Personally, if I was to go thru the trouble of cutting into the back I would definitely have it so I could just open it up from the top, preferably with hydraulic "thingies" (sorry, I'm just a woman who doesn't know all them fancy names for things), so it doesn't just open and knock some sense into me and have me a nice back porch (with a canopy for rainy days).

Also, having a nice level spot where you can work on whatever it is you plan to bring on board, without having to kneel down and/or bend over. I picture having the "new door" sheet metaled for ease in cleaning and walking on and of course with rubber sealing all around for creating an air type opening and protection for myself while it's open.

Darn, sure wish we had the health and time to do something like that on our bus.

Sorry I don't have pictures to show you what I mean, but it seems pretty straightforward.
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