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Old 05-23-2017, 03:38 PM   #361
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I paid $8K for my 84 passenger Thomas! $6K for a shorty???? Someone's getting taken for the proverbial ride!
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Old 05-23-2017, 03:40 PM   #362
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That's the spirit!!!!!
Screw the high prices and dealers...
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Old 05-23-2017, 03:50 PM   #363
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NEW IDEA-
I have an extra rear door from Roll Your Own, that is in ok shape. Its easier to find parts for it, maybe the seal is easier to find/make?
Maybe I'll toy with the idea of putting the rear door from RYO where the WC door is currently on the shorty. Of course, I'll have to panel over and fab up some supprots behind it, but not too much work.
IDK, I've got so much on my mind.
I'd love to get some opinions ideas here.
I've got this to fix, but I think I've got this part figured out (paneling over it after cutting out the rust).

And the bottom left of the WC door has some serious cancer. Its fairly localized, so I could cut out that part of the door, but a repair panel is gonna be either expensive, or really hard to fab up myself.

Figured I'd post the pics again so we're all on the same page.

The door that used to be here is no longer needed for this bus, due to the roof raise and the more "RV" type of build we're doing on the big bus.

What yall think? I'm mostly pondering the WC door- do I keep it, delete it, or rig up the rear door from RYO to fit there??
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Old 05-23-2017, 03:50 PM   #364
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That's the spirit!!!!!

Screw the high prices and dealers...


I got my 2003 65 pax for $2K with a full tank and tune up! It's doable.


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Old 05-23-2017, 03:59 PM   #365
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I got my 2003 65 pax for $2K with a full tank and tune up! It's doable.


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I only paid $3800 for BOTH my buses!
For some reason, I find DEALS in the cold of winter in places folks don't wanna go, and that seems to be where the bargains are for me.
Colorado in Feb, KY in late Nov. Man, a cold bus ride home, but the deals are worth it.
Still can't believe what a bus this shorty is! $1760 with new tires and fresh fluids! YEEEHAW!
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Old 05-23-2017, 04:17 PM   #366
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About the only thing that's removing it now is...Klean Strip brand Liquid Sander and I got it at HD. $6.98 for a qt. It works pretty good. Careful with it and don't breath it in.
I originally bought it to scruff up my skoolie for the paint job and noticed it was also taking off the glue!
Thanks capt Squid and CB !

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Old 05-23-2017, 07:53 PM   #367
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Got my 2001 E450 for $2250 on craigslist from a dude that lived on a dirt road in northern wisconsin last August! Their out there!
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Old 05-23-2017, 07:55 PM   #368
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I've had good luck with a 3M stripper wheel chucked up in an electric drill. I did a repaint on a 35' Bounder MH last year and used the wheel (more than one) to remove the glue from the tape decal decorations on the rig--did a nice clean job with a slight bit of clean up with lacquer thinner in the hard to get at corners. I used a heat gun to get the decal to release followed by the wheel. I'd used the same technique to get the reflective Police stickers off of several patrol cars.

You can get the wheels and mandrels on ebay. Look for 3M 07498 STRIPE OFF WHEEL/ERASER WHEEL WITH HARDWARE 3M 7498 or such.

P.S. I've tried a couple of cheeeepo wheels and all they did was make me mad.

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Old 05-23-2017, 08:31 PM   #369
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I'm thinking about cutting an access panel inside to better get at the rear "butt cheek" on mine that's rusty.
Went out today and did some ospho application, some adhesive removal, and gave it a good bath with dawn before the rains come tonight and tomorrow.
After looking at my WC door REAL HARD for a hour, I'm waffling on deleting it.
IF if could find the rubber seal, or someone to make it for me, I'd be inclined to possibly repair the rusty bottom edge and guts and try to keep it.
But I'm on a time budget and steel is cheaper for me than anything else.
Choices choices choices.
I was also thinking about cutting out an access panel to really get at it. But I am running out of time and I don't weld (not that I can't teach myself) so, I don't know what I'm gonna do either. Here's what I'm dealing with
The second picture shows the back corner and i know all the rust is inter-connected. Ugh!! Dangit!
As far as what I think you should do....
If you can make the new door work without too much trouble then I'd say go for it. Try to weigh out which method is going to take the least amount of time and trouble. But, can you line the new door up and make it fit perfectly?
Maybe you should just fix the original door and be done with it. I dunno.


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Old 05-23-2017, 09:51 PM   #370
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