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Old 06-06-2010, 07:22 AM   #1
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Tips for making under-bus storage?

Hoping to take a crack at assembling the storage bins under our bus soon. Anyone have any tips to constructing these things?
We have a welder, and an assortment of the usual power tools. I bought a bunch of angle steel from the scrap yard, and was thinking that it would make the frame, and then use plywood for the sides, seal up the joints, coat it all in oil based paint.
We have the doors already, and they aren't on the bus yet, I only cut one opening so far, as an exercise.
I haven't figured out the best way to assemble it yet, on bus, or off. Probably off, eh? Then lift into place and bolt up with threaded rod, or something.

Thoughts, tips?
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Old 06-12-2010, 02:23 PM   #2
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Re: Tips for making under-bus storage?

I am planning on building mine storage using angle going all the way across the bus. Then screwing galvanized corrugated metal as an outer skin and lining it with 1/2" plywood for strength on the inside. I have a RE bus though so I don't have to deal with exhaust or a drive shaft. It will be one big compartment accessible from both sides.
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