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Old 07-22-2017, 09:53 AM   #631
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We're gonna patch that rear butt cheek on the shorty, then do some more welds on RYO just for good measure.
I'm still going back and forth in my head about the rotten door bottom. Seems like an rv door could be had for what the stupid seal for the factory door will cost. That'll give me more "rv cred" for looking more rv-ish.
Maybe replace the wc door, rear door, AND service door with RV stuff???
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Old 07-23-2017, 06:53 AM   #632
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Ok so after much pondering and sitting in the bus during a torrential storm, I'm finally made up my mind.
We're going to be paneling over the rear door and replacing it with a small RV compartment hatch and a small window. The WC door will be paneled over and replaced with the largest RV/trailer door that we can find to fit the opening.
THe $300 seal that's stupidly designed and ugly just wasn't sitting right with us.
The upside is this will make the bus more unique and more RV-ish.
Since the factory parts are unavalable or prohibitively expensive, we'll just customize!
GLAD I don't move too fast on my personal projects. I change my mind halfway through and am always glad I waited and pondered. RYO has been a long slow project, but I'm VERY happy with how its going.
Some folks like to throw it all together, some of us like to go slow and deliberate.

An idea I've kicked around in my head is finding a rusty but mechanically sound bus of similar year with a DT466e. Ideally I'd like to find someone who will swap engines in exchange for the other bus and the 444e. I wonder if that's even something that would happen.
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Old 07-24-2017, 09:56 AM   #633
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well- the WC door seal ended up being ordered anyway, so I guess I'll be dealing with that.
The back door is definitely going to be reworked, though. Small rv door or even hatch door and reskin on the rear, for sure.
Onward!

Parts is spensive!
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Old 07-24-2017, 12:59 PM   #634
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The WC door will be paneled over and replaced with the largest RV/trailer door that we can find to fit the opening.

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well- the WC door seal ended up being ordered anyway, so I guess I'll be dealing with that.
Make up your mind already!!

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The upside is this will make the bus more unique and more RV-ish.
I'm ok with unique. Not ok with more RV-ish. Yuck. Your bus and your money but I want to keep mine as little RV (on the outside) as possible. The fancy shiny RV stuff on the inside is ok tho.
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Old 07-24-2017, 02:10 PM   #635
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I'm just gonna roll with it, however it goes. The parts guy who finally put in the order for that seal made the decision lol.
I'm not as anal about all this stuff as the average forum member. I don't even have a 3d bus layout! Or a floorplan.
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Old 07-24-2017, 02:10 PM   #636
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I think a hinged at the top, flip up rear door with hydraulics would be very cool if it was tall enough to stand under.
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Old 07-24-2017, 03:17 PM   #637
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I'm just gonna roll with it, however it goes. The parts guy who finally put in the order for that seal made the decision lol.
I'm not as anal about all this stuff as the average forum member. I don't even have a 3d bus layout! Or a floorplan.
A $300 decision he made expecting me to pay it. Um, ...

Tango has the right idea. After you get the flip up door, have Chris rig up the remote and sensor from one of the mini van doors... foot activated or something fancy.
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Old 07-24-2017, 06:35 PM   #638
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Dude- I TOLD him to order it. It took him a while to FIND the part and he'd ordered it before I could cancel after I'D changed MY mind.
I'll just roll with it, I'm nowhere near as obsessive as the majority of folks on here.
Tango has amazing skills and ideas.
I'm more into KISS.
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Old 07-25-2017, 09:09 AM   #639
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Dude- I TOLD him to order it. It took him a while to FIND the part and he'd ordered it before I could cancel after I'D changed MY mind.
I'll just roll with it, I'm nowhere near as obsessive as the majority of folks on here.
Tango has amazing skills and ideas.
I'm more into KISS.
Ah gotcha. That's different than "I'll get back to you."
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Old 07-27-2017, 02:04 AM   #640
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I was wondering if anyone knows where i can pick up a couple of side mirrors for my bus. I have a 1990 international 3800 short bus. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks
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