One of the things most bus owners hate to do with a passion is battery inspection and maintenance. I am no exception to the rule, mainly because on Eagle buses the batteries are a real booger to get to. They are shoved into a narrow cavity at the rear of the bus, and are some three feet deep (to the last one) and all of them have to be removed, one at a time, in order to service them.
Another issue I had to contend with is every bus owner’s worse nightmare, rust. I found some at the bottom of the battery compartment, so this had to be taken care of beside the maint. issue on the batteries. It wasn’t a whole lot of rust, but what I found was significant and required attention.
The tell tale signs are at the bottom of the picture, note all the holes in the paneling and un-used portals. This will be alleviated at this time also.
First order of the day, cut out as much as you can.
In this case, I cut out as much as possible, then built a plate and skipped the bondo.
I then built cover plates for the holes and covered all of them, the round caps are actually Snapple Bottle Caps, but whatever works, right? Once again, took the door over to the workbench and worked it up. The finished compartment looks like this. Double clicking on the photo’s will bring in close up views.
New panels and holes covered.
The louvered panels come from an old battery charger I cut up before throwing away.
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