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Old 05-06-2020, 09:17 AM   #21
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My local school district has a couple non-running front engine gassers for sale for $500. It would be a lot of fun to see them get banged up.
Don't know where you're at but here in the mid-waste they do school bus races on a figure 8 track -- as you can imagine -- carnage ensues...

And as I ease into my first cup of coffee I realize these folks would be a great source of extra windows (they have to be removed for racing) and metal...
Sorry for the random hijack -- going to start a new thread...
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Old 05-14-2020, 05:58 PM   #22
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Being retired and the last few years part of my job was inspecting school buses. The roof is structural.Un-like box trailers where the roof actually support the weight of the trailer and load. Cutting away some of the sheet metal and or ribs you would loose some structural integrity. However, the main purpose buses are built the way they are (like previously stated) is to protect the live cargo (the kids) in any type of roll over. However myself I would be leary about cutting or getting rid of any ribs.
Just my thoughts. Good luck with it.
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Being retired and the last few years part of my job was inspecting school buses. The roof is structural.Un-like box trailers where the roof actually support the weight of the trailer and load. Cutting away some of the sheet metal and or ribs you would loose some structural integrity. However, the main purpose buses are built the way they are (like previously stated) is to protect the live cargo (the kids) in any type of roll over. However myself I would be leary about cutting or getting rid of any ribs.
Just my thoughts. Good luck with it.
wanderlodges and commercial BB's have half the ribs.
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Old 05-14-2020, 09:57 PM   #24
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wanderlodges and commercial BB's have half the ribs.
I just learned today that Thoas Buit Buses calls what we call hat channel or rib ... "rafters".
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