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Old 11-08-2017, 01:17 AM   #1
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Doris the skoolie

Since our last post we have purchased a bus, drove her home and started on demo. Now itís time to start our conversion diary.

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Won at govdeals for $2471 including sellers? cut
Itís a 76 passenger 1996 International amtran genesis FE 7.6L diesel 4 speed transmission, not exactly sure which one, maybe someone here can inform us? Since being used in Colorado it has salters and retarder, air brakes, air ride seat and, 3 underside storage bins- thatís everything significant I can think of right now.

As mentioned weíve started demo- have all the seats removed, started ripping up the floor and removed all the screws from the interior side panels, figuring out how to remove them is another story. But I have a question, we planned on scrapping the seats but since steel isnít worth anything we thought of another possibility, can the steel tubing from the seats be used as the support/frame for a 1í roof raise? Is it strong enough? Weíd love to reuse it if we can. What are your thoughts?
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Old 11-08-2017, 01:20 AM   #2
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Sorry about the crooked pictures, still figuring this out. And the bottom 2 are the seats for reference.
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Old 11-11-2017, 06:17 PM   #3
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The seat frames appear to be fairly stout, I think they would support the weight of the roof if welded into place well, I don't think they will give as much support as the original ribs or even square steel that fits inside, the main hurdle I see with reuse is attaching the new skin to a round bar. You would have to add something flat to the part facing outward to fasten rivets, But that would add some integrity.
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