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Old 10-21-2015, 10:08 PM   #11
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What Tango said, and I'll add it's all about boxes and triangles. On the other hand, if you don't plan to drive it, then no problem--scrap the inside steel and simplify your build out.
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Old 10-23-2015, 02:40 PM   #12
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I'll be keeping the inside steel to be safe. Going to try and insulate/buffer to reduce heat transfer. Thanks for the input. Greatly appreciated. Now I just need some free time.

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Old 10-24-2015, 10:22 AM   #13
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The biggest advantage to removing the steel is that you can replace the fiberglass with more effective insulation and save 1.5 or so inches of headroom.

Ive pulled the inside skins of many buses and never worried about losing strength. Skoolies are overbuilt, and loosing the inner steel shouldn't ever be a problem. Ive replaced the steel with wood strapping for my ceiling frame and spray foamed over that. My roof is without a doubt more stout and rigid than stock now.

Lots of opinions on here. If you want to be warm, id ditch the ceiling.
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Old 10-24-2015, 11:04 AM   #14
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Crude blueprint of inside measurements. But should work for you.



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Thanks, that's perfect!
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Old 10-25-2015, 01:15 AM   #15
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Awesome, glad it helped Ham.

No physical changes to the bus, nooooooo time. but I did get this beauty in the mail... officially registered with the state of Oregon as a motor home now!

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Old 02-24-2016, 08:15 PM   #16
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I'm dying to see an update on your bus. I have almost the same bus. Mine is a 1978 IH Loadstar 1700 with Carpenter body.
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Old 03-16-2016, 07:34 PM   #17
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That's awesome schoolbusbliss! Are you in the process of converting?? Long shot, but have you found any sort of manual/blue prints/wiring diagram for the Carpenter body?

Very little progress. My winter plans of build the bus... became a road trip through Nevada/Utah and some scuba diving in Nicaragua... (I cant complain!)

I did get a free set of new 22.5" Rims/Tires for the front end, replacing my old 20" tube style. Ive also gathered up new marker, signal, and brake lights of the original variety. I couldn't stray from the classic look... I like it to much. Next 2-3 weeks I plan to remove windows, black out back three on both sides with 16g cold rolled steel. Order up windows for the remaining five and hopefully get them installed so I can take the bus on its first road-trip up into BC/Alberta with a friend!

Ill get some picks up when I get to working. Weather here in Oregon has been terrible...

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Old 03-18-2016, 04:35 PM   #18
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This bus is a tank. I love it.
I don't think you need to worry about your interior. Heating won't be as efficient if you keep it, but it's a tiny bus, it won't take much heat anyway. The structure might not be as strong if you get rid of it, but with the short wheelbase this bus is super stout anyway.
Do whatever you want.

I will say, if you don't like it with the metal, you can always change it later. Putting the metal back in is not so easy.
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Old 03-22-2016, 09:31 PM   #19
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Thanks! I love it as well

Im actually going to use the interior roof sheeting for my exterior window covering. At least two sheets of it. They are just long enough to cover the back three windows on both sides. My plan is to eventually closed cell spray foam the interior. That will add any lost structural integrity. And like you said its a lil brick **** house anyways.

Thanks for the input!
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Old 05-14-2016, 12:26 PM   #20
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Hey, I just noticed that you asked me a question.

All I have done so far is get the seats and rubber flooring out. I am going to convert mine into a weekend camper. It will be super basic to start with. I'll put in new flooring and just camp in it like that for a while before I decide what else to do with it. But the interior metal will probably all stay.

It is about to be used as a moving truck and then put into storage while I stay with my in-laws and look for a house to buy. So I won't get to work on it for a while . Also hoping to get some new wheels and tires for it eventually. Anything new going on with your bus, Trask?
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