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Old 06-25-2019, 11:35 AM   #1
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Door security

Hi All,

So I have the OEM doors that came with the bus and was wondering about removing the glass, then covering (maybe partially) it with sheet metal and riveting it closed.

I currently have a surface mount deadbolt in place at the bottom of the door along with a newly installed T handle for the cable release (no air door) which also has a lock. So I have 2 locks on the door from the outside. I'd like to either put up diamond mesh or perform a full window delete. Thoughts?

P.S. I do not have the capacity to weld.
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Old 06-25-2019, 12:42 PM   #2
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Your profile doesn't tell us what kind of bus you have so I am not sure if this applies to you.

The glass in my service doors provides visibility that I would dearly miss if covered it up.

Have you done much in-town driving in your bus?

You may find that you come to appreciate the glass in the lower portion of the door.
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Old 06-25-2019, 01:54 PM   #3
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None right now, under construction.
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Old 06-25-2019, 02:07 PM   #4
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If you are able, I would suggest putting some miles on the bus before you too invested in the build.

Find any mechanical gremlins that could derail your project early.

I put about 1500 miles on my Bluebird before starting conversion. I drove it on the Interstate empty, around town and finally used it as a moving truck hauling all of my household stuff over three passes in late July.

I have moved forward with my conversion with some peace of mind with the mechanical condition of my "foundation".

Just for belt & suspenders, as soon as the roof raise is completed we are going to take another road trip just for grins.
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Old 06-25-2019, 02:09 PM   #5
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Aha, I took it on a 6 hour interstate trip.

From the DC area to the mountains of WVA. Rt7, 81, 64
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