Originally Posted by EastCoastCB
Properly welded, its one piece of steel. what is the shear strength of a rivet or a bolt?
However, pieces in a bus body need to stay flexible so that they don't crack, rip, ect.
Also, no weld in any bus I have ever seen was welded properly.
Galvanized metal, haste of production, lack of surface prep, welds in poor locations, ect.
If a multi million dollar bus manufacture can't get the welds right in a production shop, how do you think your little Chinese welder is going to do welding outside in the elements, with a unskilled do it DIY guy running it?
Bus body's are build with rivets for a reason.
This is pointed at no one directly
. This is posted mainly for the new members.
I'm trying to emphasize to the new folks that you don't need a welder to do a roof raise. Far too many fear and don't raise the roof due to this non sense.
Let's open possibility, not close the door on them.