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Old 10-22-2015, 07:31 PM   #31
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Another vote for cutting the body off-and put a beavertail car hauler deck on it.
OR (crazy talk here ) something I've seen before-graft a camper on it. The one I saw was done by a craftsman that restored antique cars- the build quality was excellent. Can't remember the brand -but it was way better than your average sticks+staples.
That has actually been done a lot with Isuzu/mitsu cab over trucks and used as expo vehicles, basically remove tounge/axles and build 3 point mounts

A little too much wt for a 1 ton chassis though...I think
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Old 10-29-2015, 11:48 PM   #32
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So sorry man, that's truly a shame. I hope you figure it out, myself would probably scrap and start over. Looks like more rust than ceiling!
My apologies though, thats really terrible. I will definetely rethink any spray foam in my bus.
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Old 01-08-2016, 08:25 PM   #33
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EDIT: Sorry, didn't mean to drag up an old post. I read the original posting date wrong.

I am not an expert, by any means, but I have dabbled quite a bit in the hot rodding world of sheet metal fabrication.

My opinion: if its me finding this, stop everything. It's a bus, not a rare antique vehicle that you'll never find anywhere else. Don't spend another dime on it. If the mechanicals are all solid I'd try to make some money back parting it out and find another one for your conversion.

If you're attached to it, I suppose it is possible to refurbish it, but it would take a lot of work, money and dedication just to get to a back to where you thought you were at before finding this mess.

It's a shame, and I'm sorry you had to figure this out after you already paid for it. This specific reason is exactly why I was a total NAZI about the inspections I made on prospective busses. Next time, I suggest you bring a magnet and a Small screw driver. A magnet that loses its ability to stick can show you where bondo was used. The screw driver will show you where the metal is thin in floor boards and what not.
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Old 01-09-2016, 09:33 AM   #34
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EDIT: Sorry, didn't mean to drag up an old post. I read the original posting date wrong.

I am not an expert, by any means, but I have dabbled quite a bit in the hot rodding world of sheet metal fabrication.

My opinion: if its me finding this, stop everything. It's a bus, not a rare antique vehicle that you'll never find anywhere else. Don't spend another dime on it. If the mechanicals are all solid I'd try to make some money back parting it out and find another one for your conversion.

If you're attached to it, I suppose it is possible to refurbish it, but it would take a lot of work, money and dedication just to get to a back to where you thought you were at before finding this mess.

It's a shame, and I'm sorry you had to figure this out after you already paid for it. This specific reason is exactly why I was a total NAZI about the inspections I made on prospective busses. Next time, I suggest you bring a magnet and a Small screw driver. A magnet that loses its ability to stick can show you where bondo was used. The screw driver will show you where the metal is thin in floor boards and what not.
All this needs is new sheet metal over the ribs, like skinning a shed, and almost entirely overtop too. I have a guy who said he'll do the welding work for free even. That leaves me needing only to buy the sheets of metal and material for prep work. Is that reall all that expensive?
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Old 01-09-2016, 09:42 AM   #35
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Steel isn't terribly expensive. Labor is the real killer.
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