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Old 04-14-2020, 11:16 AM   #661
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You have a build thread???
SNIP...
Fair...
(if you ever make it out to our house you'll see where the bulk of my project time goes -- the house itself!)

I built the thread...?
It's hard to get excited about a social activity themed bus-build in these times...

...and while I've joked about the "Mobile SpeakEasy Bus" my wife (wisely) was not amused...

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Mine looks like it was as well. But all mine have just been flat flanges that slide on the compartment floor under a lip.
I wonder if yours originally had an 8D.
The original build sheets for our buses would reveal if the battery slides were indeed an option or not. An option only future maintainers would appreciate...
I can see a school board now scrutinizing the build sheet budget -- "battery tray slides? are they necessary...?"
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Old 04-14-2020, 11:44 AM   #662
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Fair...
(if you ever make it out to our house you'll see where the bulk of my project time goes -- the house itself!)

I built the thread...?
It's hard to get excited about a social activity themed bus-build in these times...

...and while I've joked about the "Mobile SpeakEasy Bus" my wife (wisely) was not amused...



The original build sheets for our buses would reveal if the battery slides were indeed an option or not. An option only future maintainers would appreciate...
I can see a school board now scrutinizing the build sheet budget -- "battery tray slides? are they necessary...?"
IDK- the kind i have are always gonna be about the same to get in and out. Not fun bot not horrible. If those bearings get rusty I could see that setup making it a lot harder to move. Now I need to see one in the flesh.
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Old 04-14-2020, 11:59 AM   #663
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IDK- the kind i have are always gonna be about the same to get in and out. Not fun bot not horrible. If those bearings get rusty I could see that setup making it a lot harder to move. Now I need to see one in the flesh.
That could be why ours are "missing" -- once the bearing rusts/jams it's even harder to slide than just the metal tray on the rail...

I was going to simply screw down some teflon blocks till Native told me about "these bearings" he's got...

Neither of course is relevant to me until the battery box itself is in no danger of falling off the body...
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Old 04-15-2020, 06:22 AM   #664
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That could be why ours are "missing" -- once the bearing rusts/jams it's even harder to slide than just the metal tray on the rail...

I was going to simply screw down some teflon blocks till Native told me about "these bearings" he's got...

Neither of course is relevant to me until the battery box itself is in no danger of falling off the body...
Might could be ... they are spec'd out in the Freightliner system. Use your DTNA login and you can find it in PartsPro. When refurbishing the tray, I had the dealer price the slides ... $200.00 or something like that. I decided to rebuild them for about $2.00 a bearing.
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Old 05-03-2020, 12:40 PM   #665
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Had an unexpected knock at the door. Guy was driving by and saw my bus. Asked if I'd sell it.

She's my baby, for now, though.
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Old 05-03-2020, 01:51 PM   #666
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apparently ive heard a lot of the auctions arent running? its bus buying season and im guessing more than ever people want the ability to bug-out and social distance.. people have seen me in my coffee shop / mobile office / dining room.. and now they want one..



alot of schools are talking that they are going to alternate days this coming school year.. each kid will have half E-learn and 1/2 classroom days.. they will go 2 days one week, 3 days next, etc.. so only hald the kids are in the building at a time.. im already hearing the rumblings that schools will be asked to reduce their fleet sizes.. as these changes may be somewehat permanent even as a tool to qwell colds and flu..



I suspect right now is a sellers market.. but that in 5 months you wont be able to give a bus away..
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Old 05-10-2020, 07:56 PM   #667
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I've found a cool use for the bus. its a social distancing chill area in my side yard for when friends stop by. I open up all the doors and windows and stick a fan near me blowing toward the rear. Guests enter the rear door via a stepladder and use one of the rear seats. I'm 10+ feet away upwind and enter through my front service door.
I'm wanting a piece of acrylic I can use across the center to act as a sneeze guard lol.

This may end up being "the social distancing bus"
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Old 05-10-2020, 08:36 PM   #668
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That's thinking outside the box.

How do you keep the bong sanitized? Or is it strictly 'roll your own'?
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Old 05-10-2020, 11:35 PM   #669
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That's thinking outside the box.

How do you keep the bong sanitized? Or is it strictly 'roll your own'?
It sounds like thinking INSIDE the box, er, bus.
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Old 05-11-2020, 06:06 AM   #670
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That's thinking outside the box.

How do you keep the bong sanitized? Or is it strictly 'roll your own'?
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Old 05-14-2020, 10:25 AM   #671
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got some steel cut today to seal over the holes from the roof hatch, strobe, and passive vent. I plan on installing a Fantastic deluxe unit I've had sitting around NIB for a few years. I have a cover for it so it can be used even in the rain.
I plan to install another roof vent as well or maybe a rooftop ac unit. I want good ventilation and air circulation.
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Old 05-14-2020, 06:36 PM   #672
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got some steel cut today to seal over the holes from the roof hatch, strobe, and passive vent. I plan on installing a Fantastic deluxe unit I've had sitting around NIB for a few years. I have a cover for it so it can be used even in the rain.
I plan to install another roof vent as well or maybe a rooftop ac unit. I want good ventilation and air circulation.
I got plain and galvaneal. If anyone with a Thomas wants to delete their hatch, strobe, or passive vent hit me up.
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Old 05-14-2020, 10:00 PM   #673
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I got plain and galvaneal. If anyone with a Thomas wants to delete their hatch, strobe, or passive vent hit me up.
I have already done that ... or I might be taking you up on that offer!


So is it starting to het up a bit in your town? I figure that is why you are installingthe fans now.
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got some steel cut today to seal over the holes from the roof hatch, strobe, and passive vent. I plan on installing a Fantastic deluxe unit I've had sitting around NIB for a few years. I have a cover for it so it can be used even in the rain.
I plan to install another roof vent as well or maybe a rooftop ac unit. I want good ventilation and air circulation.

We just got one ourselves. That thing is HUGE. For some reason it seemed smaller imagining it from given dimensions.



Are you adding any extra support around the fan, and/or positioning it alongside one of the ribs?
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I have already done that ... or I might be taking you up on that offer!


So is it starting to het up a bit in your town? I figure that is why you are installingthe fans now.
I just want to get the bus project moving a bit more and starting with the leaky stuff up top.
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Old 05-15-2020, 05:52 AM   #676
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We just got one ourselves. That thing is HUGE. For some reason it seemed smaller imagining it from given dimensions.



Are you adding any extra support around the fan, and/or positioning it alongside one of the ribs?
Just paneling over the hole and putting the vent fan in the center. No add'l support needed.
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Old 05-15-2020, 06:00 AM   #677
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The fan is light and does not really need more support, not a bad idea to stick some wood between the ceiling and roof though. A/c does need a proper frame made to hold. Installing a/c on a friends bus today.
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The fan is light and does not really need more support, not a bad idea to stick some wood between the ceiling and roof though. A/c does need a proper frame made to hold. Installing a/c on a friends bus today.
There are ribs and lateral stiffening rub rails making a square right where it goes anyway.
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Old 05-15-2020, 07:37 AM   #679
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That is convenient. Putting it on today? Time for me to get outside and get something done, good luck with your project. by the way a friend washed and detailed the outside of our bus yesterday, looking nice now.
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Nah, I'll probably be a week or so. Got rain on the way and I want to take my time with it. May use screws instead of rivets as I don't have a compressor here.
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