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Old 12-02-2013, 10:43 PM   #581
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Howdy Jack...Naw, the Bikini Team was so disappointed that you couldn't make it they all got dressed and went back to Sweden to mourn.

Just hacking away at a mix of "little stuff" for now. Still waiting on my buddies to come by for the next engine fitting so I can start fabbing some mounts & such. Dropped some plans off at the local sheet metal shop for two more interior panels. I have been playing with the exterior skin and need to get them all drilled as well as pick up a few hundred self-tappers to mount them with. Have one interior side fitted and need to do the other while I'm waiting on the crew to find time to maneuver the big package. Also hoping I can talk a friend with a plasma cutter into helping shape the new wheel well openings in the rear. Would probably go a lot smoother than with the chain saw.
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Old 12-03-2013, 08:25 AM   #582
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Hey Tango, thanks for the update. BTW, did you happen to notice that the Team stole your camera on the way out the door? Jack
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Old 12-03-2013, 10:26 AM   #583
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Hmmmm...I thought that one gals bikini bulges looked kinda odd. No wonder she was so quick gettin that bigass fur coat on! But I'll console myself with the thought that it has "gone to a better place".
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Old 12-04-2013, 09:01 AM   #584
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Hey Jack...just wondering...are the sides on your rig square to the floor & flat? The "walls" on mine have the slightest outward curve (which I didn't even notice until I tried fitting a few things). And it complicates the fool out of every little project. I'm re-making the box that fits around the fuel filler for that reason right now. Dummy that I am, I threw one together way back before noticing the curve so now that I'm ready to install it, it's a "do-over". That issue alone has me losing sleep thinking about finishing out the interior. If I can figure a way, I just might try and square the walls before taking on the build-out but the curve is so danged subtle I may have to call in a ship builder to work it out.
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Old 12-04-2013, 11:21 AM   #585
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Hey Tango, when you say slight outword curve I get the impression that the roof ends up being sightly wider than the floor--is that what happens? My bus has a slight curve in the walls which causes the roof to be slightly narrower than the floor and that did cause extra work when I built the slide out and the pneumatic door but couldn't be anywhere near as hard to work with as what I think you are talking about. Jack
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Old 12-04-2013, 03:36 PM   #586
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Howdy Jack --- the wide point on mine seems to be right about the bottom of the windows (mid-point up the wall). I think the roof & floor are probably about the same width but that little bit of arch/bulge in the center of the wall certainly does complicate things. And your are correct sir. The door was truly a b***** (how many letters in "bear"?). What made it even more interesting is that the leading edge of my door frame is straight! Even more fun. Still waiting on a friend to finish up a couple of spacers for the reefer hinges I want to use to mount the door. He has a home machine shop that has to be seen to be believed. The guy can make his own ball bearings and has done some specialty work for NASA...but these two little aluminum spacers have been in the works for nearly a year now cause he keeps re-thinking ways to do it more cleverly. Engineers. What can I say.
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Old 12-04-2013, 03:50 PM   #587
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A sign in my buddies machine shop:

"There comes in every project to shoot the engineers and start production."
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Old 12-04-2013, 06:21 PM   #588
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YA! --- Thanks dwarf...I just gotta send that on to a few people I know. THANKS!
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Hey Tango. Sure am glad I'm not an engineer!

I think I'd ad enough metal to the walls to square things up on your bus and build from there. Easy Peasy--I don't have to do it

What are you going to do with your windows? I can't decide whether to keep the originals or replace them with residential. Should they be double glaze? Do I want lift or slide? Because of the pop top I have plenty of ventalation so maybe I should go with fixed windows? I don't know why this has become such a quandry--I only have three 36"X19"X1 1/2" windows left anyway. Your thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks Jack
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Hey Jack ---- For me I guess it's a personal thing. A combination of whim & necessity. I am keeping the two forward windows as is, putting steel deletes in #3 on each side, and still trying to figger out what to do with the little radiused windows at the back of the bus.

The two originals drop down from the top about 4/5's open and will likely get new glass as well as weather seals & solar screens. Really no way to keep water/rain from entering the body panel the way they were designed but I've hopefully accommodated that with proper drainage, galvanized body spacers and rust-proofing. Why put up with it? I just like the way the old windows look. The newer double glaze units make a really big difference in keeping the temperature stable inside and are a great choice if going the replacement route but I just can't let go of the past.

The deletes are fitted 16 gauge steel and basically hide the location of the shower on one side and a cabinet on the other. They'll get welded in place, filled and painted along with the rest of the body.

The quandary over the small back windows stems from the way the framing is arranged. As near as I can tell, the only way to weld up the deletes in front of them would make it impossible to ever repair the glass in the rear ones. They share a common frame. I am having a "glass guy" come by to see if a little cutting and "readjusting" can resolve that dilemma without too much drama. As sure as I decided just to "take a chance" on them...they would be the first to get busted which would basically require disassembling the whole interior to get to them. Don't want to go down that road. Have even considered going with acrylic bullet proof glass all around since there is so little, but we'll see.

How about you? I'd like to hear your thoughts as well. Your plan is unique among skoolies as is the quality of your design & workmanship so I'm guessing you have some equally unique thoughts in this area as well.
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