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Old 01-14-2018, 10:38 PM   #51
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Old 01-21-2018, 07:07 PM   #52
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Marching right along.

Sick as a green-spotted dog most of the week, but managed to get some painting done, and re-installed this weekend. Doghouse, trim, bumpers, and front rims....this bad boy is starting to LOOK like something!

And Friday looks like it will be a red-letter day......new tires and the long-awaited trip to the Int. dealership to see what kind of magic can be conjured from the computer.

(....sorry about the focus.....when you're sick, you just kinda have to guess as to when everything looks clear... )


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Old 01-21-2018, 08:01 PM   #53
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That hood sure looks like "Cummins Tan".
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Old 01-21-2018, 08:22 PM   #54
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That hood sure looks like "Cummins Tan".

mine was faded exactly the same way on my red bus when I got it.. seems to be a navistar thing.
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Old 02-18-2018, 02:33 PM   #55
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Marching along.

Last week I got my 11R22.5s mounted front and back. Good clearance all around and stop-to-stop. Top speed went from 61 to 65 (tires WERE 265s).

This weekend I got all the wall skins and most of the ceiling skins down....skins and underside of roof are pristine. Hoping to use these ceiling skins again after insulating. Used the air-chisel "punch-and-shear" method.....worked fantastically well.

Someone had said that the wall skins couldn't be removed intact without removing the windows......mine just had a lip across the top, not tied into the window trim in any way. I did have to pry up the trim around the bottom of the emergency windows to get to the rivets under the trim, but that slid out easily as well. Just hammered the trim back down and re-screwed it down, as it won't be seen once my walls are in place.
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Old 02-18-2018, 04:45 PM   #56
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It's just certain models of bus that have the side panels pinned down by the wndows. Most of us don't have to deal with that issue.

Given how metal conducts heat/cold, you might want to reconsider reinstalling those ceiling panels. If you've got metal conductivity going to interior surfaces you'll continue to have dripping condensation and difficulty keeping warm during cold snaps.

On the other hand the ceiling panels could be used to create a RangeRover type roof on the exterior.
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Old 02-19-2018, 04:04 PM   #57
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I have only seen the inside metal wrapped under the windows on Thomas buses.

On the Bluebird it is pretty easy to remove the emergency windows, remove the metal, then reinstall the window.

I just did 4 of them and it took less than an hour.
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Old 02-19-2018, 05:42 PM   #58
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I have only seen the inside metal wrapped under the windows on Thomas buses.

On the Bluebird it is pretty easy to remove the emergency windows, remove the metal, then reinstall the window.

I just did 4 of them and it took less than an hour.
I took a window out to see how easy it would be to remove the remaining part of the sidewall.

At first glance it appears not easy. The wall doesn't go under the window, it is folded under another steel strip between it and the window.

What I did find is that if you have cut the wall a little too low, if you get hold of the loose end of the remaining sidewall with a set of vice-grips, it will tear off quite easily leaving only about 1/4" remaining. That can be left where it is.
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Old 02-19-2018, 09:46 PM   #59
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Given how metal conducts heat/cold, you might want to reconsider reinstalling those ceiling panels. If you've got metal conductivity going to interior surfaces you'll continue to have dripping condensation and difficulty keeping warm during cold snaps.

On the other hand the ceiling panels could be used to create a RangeRover type roof on the exterior.
I'm still thinking on it.....from what I've read here, I should be okay as long as the skins aren't touching or connected to the ribs. The other concern will be covering/filling 1.3 million rivet holes.

The roof will have a wooden deck.
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Old 02-19-2018, 11:06 PM   #60
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I've seen several other people try reusing their metal ceiling panels. Apparently it gets complicated. We're always ready for a success story.

Metal interiors are very durable but very conductive too.
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