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Old 01-28-2015, 05:39 PM   #1
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Resources for used parts?

In the next couple of month's I will most likely be purchasing a partially converted skoolie. Unfortunately, the previous owner removed some windows and just covered the holes with corrugated metal. I'm thinking that I would like put windows back in where they belong. Has anyone found a reliable source for purchasing used parts or OEM school bus parts online? I haven't found a school bus graveyard near where I am (PNW).
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Old 01-28-2015, 05:57 PM   #2
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Unless you happen to come across a boneyard that has some old school buses in it I think you will find it difficult to find used school bus body parts. There just isn't any market for used school bus parts. Most of the OEM school bus body companies made a lot of the parts and pieces that went into their buses. Even in a production line not everything will be the same.

Even still today, something as simple as a window is not as simple as it sounds. 9" or 12" opening, single or double hung sash, or width, or emergency push out are just a few of the permutations of windows.

Depending upon how many parts and pieces you need it may actually end up being less expensive to purchase another bus to use for parts.

Good luck.
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Old 01-28-2015, 08:49 PM   #3
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New windows from what I've seen are about $500 apiece. What you could do is to make your own but make them to be double glazed. All it takes is a rectangle with an aperture in it. That gets riveted onto the outside of the bus with silicone sealant underneath it. Then put the glass in with loads of rubber seals. Place a rectangular cutout behind that as a spacer. Might even glue it to the glass then another sheet of glass and glue that to the spacer. Then a final rectangle of metal with an aperture. Possibly even a spacer too. Not too hard and not too expensive. Use laminated glass though for both layers and if you can get it, the heat reflective glass.
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Old 01-29-2015, 05:31 AM   #4
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Or buy a sheet of 16 ga and an rv window.
Beats paying 500 bucks, which no one should ever do.
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