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Old 02-01-2016, 07:28 AM   #1
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My attempt to test fit check.

Too many hardware is involved in this conversion project, can't keep up in my head. It becomes especially difficult to visualize everything in my head when I don't have physical bus parking anywhere near me.

Any anyone tried computer aided drawing to do fit check? I was looking for autocad or any dimension drawing of floor below the chassis, so that I can begin making parts for fit check. Google doc or their drawing is like their browser, can't be used.

I appreciate all kind of help.
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Old 02-01-2016, 08:12 AM   #2
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Old 02-01-2016, 11:32 AM   #3
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superdave,

I looked already. Perhaps you can help me to locate it. I'd appreciate it.

By the way, one of my favorite song lyric goes something like, ".... down by the river of the Ohio.."
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google's "SketchUp Make" is the best 3d planner i've used. you can down load a school bus model right into your plan.

and its free and easy to learn.

depending on the model you choose, you can probably get most of what you need.
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Old 02-05-2016, 02:43 PM   #5
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Do have any idea what it means by "fit check?"

As I've stated earlier, google things are usually toys like their browser, after all these years nothing is new from Netscape, other than turning search engine into commercial ads... I don't know why google does so many useless things. All they can do well is to capitalize someone else's hard work, and make their own because they tap onto unlimited money printed from the US FED.
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No idea what kind of bus you have but there is a dimensional drawing of a Thomas transit type here: http://www.skoolie.net/forums/f9/bus...html#post79401
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I also googled school bus dimensions, school bus specifications, and school bus blueprints. Each one yielded a decent number of dimensional drawings under the image tab. But since you have an aversion to all things google, I guess you might bing or yahoo it, but I wouldn't know the results of those search engines.
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Normally, people do fit check to ensure their design will mechanically fit, free from any interference. In order to do this, all dimension must be known down to mil (one thousands of an inch) scale. This is to ensure you don't waste money buying parts or making something without specific details that must be modified later, or looking for parts that will be easier to install.

As I've stated, google drawing is for.. I don't know who can actually use such loose drawing format in any practical application. If we just want to visualize the concept, that is only good use of google docs, we normally use our head.
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Old 02-05-2016, 06:22 PM   #9
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Down to the mil measurements do not exist on paper for skoolie builders I'm sure. You could contact the manufacturer for those details but I doubt that they will afford you the time of day.
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I can just about guarantee that no matter how careful you are with your preliminary plans you'll be adjusting dimensions and locations when you actually start building. Many a "perfect plan" has been derailed by the problems encountered mounting tanks and running drains while avoiding frame rails and wheel wells.

My advise is to think about what you want in your bus in general terms but don't spend too much time worrying about fractions of an inch, and definitely don't build much before actually getting a bus.
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