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Old 04-23-2017, 05:32 PM   #221
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Got the side cut and the old air tank out. My bus used to have airbags in the front suspension.

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Old 04-23-2017, 05:37 PM   #222
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wow front air.. interesting... where was the compressor? was it on the engine at one time?
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Old 04-23-2017, 06:31 PM   #223
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wow front air.. interesting... where was the compressor? was it on the engine at one time?
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From what I've been able to gather it was kind of an air shock type system just with air bags in the front coils. You just adjusted the pressure with compressed air.

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Old 04-23-2017, 07:15 PM   #224
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Wow you went pretty quick on that one. Looks good. To bad with that tank. Could have been handy.

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Old 04-23-2017, 10:03 PM   #225
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From what I've been able to gather it was kind of an air shock type system just with air bags in the front coils. You just adjusted the pressure with compressed air.

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On most of our mini-buses with the GM chassis van/cut-away chassis that had the independent suspension we put air bags inside the coil springs to help support the front end.

Most of those buses were a lot more bus on top than there was truck underneath. We had continual problems with suspension parts wearing out and breaking. We had one rear shock mount break so spectacularly that it drove right up through the floor.

IIRC all of air bag installs had an air line that went to a tire valve under the hood or in the skirt. We filled the bags with shop air and had no way to increase the pressure from in the bus.

I don't know which state your bus saw service or what rules and regs are used. I know that here in WA state the State Patrol that does all of the school bus inspections would have required some sort of factory approval for that addition. And unless that change was some sort of factory option I doubt the factory would sign off on the change.
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Old 04-25-2017, 08:43 PM   #226
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Pretty good for a non-craftsman like me. Going to use foam or tape to seal it then coat with bedliner or plasti coat.
Broke my drill bit making holes for the rivits. Hopefully finish my door tomorrow. 10" x 24" x 36"

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Old 04-25-2017, 09:05 PM   #227
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There are certain drill bit sizes that are nonexistant in three drill bit sets due to this bus.

Any storage is good storage. Was that marine grade ply by any chance?
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Old 04-26-2017, 07:34 PM   #228
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Exterior plywood. Wife is going to spray plasti-coat or some other sealant inside and out. Not the best but good for a couple years.

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Looks great, any thoughts about locks?
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I made that same door on my first bus, but I had a propane tank behind it. Nice job.
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