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Old 11-08-2014, 11:42 PM   #11
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Old 11-09-2014, 01:01 PM   #12
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I see you raised the roof. I am leaving my roof low and will just have to stoop a little. This is a budget bus!
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Old 12-22-2014, 03:20 PM   #13
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What is the thickness of the original sheet metal?
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Old 12-22-2014, 06:37 PM   #14
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I'm really not sure. It seems pretty thin, which surprises me.

At the moment I'm still fixing things the previous owner didn't do or rather did badly.

There seems some shiney galvanised steel on the inside of the body that looks additional to the original specifications. I'm working my way toward that now, removing 1/4 inch plywood that's been screwed onto it with 2 inch screws. I'm not sure what's underneath this - what the hillbillies have done.
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Old 12-22-2014, 07:05 PM   #15
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I was pricing 4'x10' sheets of 20ga. cold rolled steel today. Was quoted $63.72 (tax included) a sheet. 18ga. was just a few dollars more.
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What is the thickness of the original sheet metal?
something like 15ga.
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Old 12-23-2014, 06:19 AM   #17
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I was pricing 4'x10' sheets of 20ga. cold rolled steel today. Was quoted $63.72 (tax included) a sheet. 18ga. was just a few dollars more.
That's much better than Lowes, they want about 30 for a 24"x24" square of 16ga.
But the shop I worked in would cut the steel for you if you bought whole sheets. I'd go 16ga for windows. That's what I'm ordering.
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Yeh, big box building supply stores WAAYYYYY over charge for metal products. Unless you're seriously in a time-pinch it's worth going to a metal shop and buying from them. Metal fabrication shops often sell raw steel products as part of their business. For this purpose, I'm kind of lucky to be in a steel town. There are many places to buy steel around here.
For comparison I recently bought several lengths of 1.5"x1.5"x0.125" angle. Home depot wants ~$3 per foot and only had lengths up to 8'. A local metal shop sells it for ~$1.25; has lengths up to 16'; will cut it free of charge; and only charges you down to the exact inch that you take home. You don't have to pay for an 8' chunk when you only need 7'. It really adds up!
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Yeh, big box building supply stores WAAYYYYY over charge for metal products. Unless you're seriously in a time-pinch it's worth going to a metal shop and buying from them. Metal fabrication shops often sell raw steel products as part of their business. For this purpose, I'm kind of lucky to be in a steel town. There are many places to buy steel around here.
For comparison I recently bought several lengths of 1.5"x1.5"x0.125" angle. Home depot wants ~$3 per foot and only had lengths up to 8'. A local metal shop sells it for ~$1.25; has lengths up to 16'; will cut it free of charge; and only charges you down to the exact inch that you take home. You don't have to pay for an 8' chunk when you only need 7'. It really adds up!
Boils down to that same formula:

1. Price
2. Quality
3. Speed

Pick two.

Unfortunately at HD and Lowes you're lucky if you can get one.
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Many bus bodies are (for whatever reason) the oddball 15gauge sheet metal, but going with 16 is fine. And you definitely need to go to a real steel supplier or you will get scrooged royally. Steel ain't cheap these days, but it's a whole lot cheaper anyplace but a big box.
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