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1970 Eagle-05 Bob Hunckler 2-9-06  
Hello,

I teach at a Community College in Michigan. Our college owns a 1970 Eagle-05 coach that we have used as a mobile computer lab. The coach has been sitting idle for a few years but we want to try and make the best use of the coach-- perhaps a traveling science lab for marketing, etc..

I am somewhat familiar with Eagle coaches and I realize that they are prone to rust especially underneath the coach. This bus is no exception. There is considerable rust in the luggage compartment.

Here is my question (for anyone reading this): If we put our welding students to work on this coach and added new steel framing as needed, would we be getting in over our heads? I guess I really do not know much about the chassis of an Eagle coach. I don't want to compromise the integrity of the frame. With enough student labor, could we bring this coach back to life, or would we be setting ourselves up for failure? As with any Community College, we cannot spend thousands of dollars on rebuilding a 1970 coach. I'm trying to come up with some creative answers while being realistic at the same time.

Thanks for your help.

Bob
Re: 1970 Eagle-05 Keith 2-17-06  
Hi Bob, I don't have a Eagle, but really I think that all that framing is straight sqaure tube and should not be expensive, or difficult. Plus, those students are learning, you need to remember that's worth more than money. If upon inspection all looks good and strong, a buyer I don't think will care who did the work as long as it's done right. Have faith in those kids Bob! They'll do ok. All the best, Keith
Re: 1970 Eagle-05 Jim 4-18-06  
Just make sure you have an instructor who knows All about working metal. It looks simple but each weld must be done in the right sequence. If done wrong it can put stress on the metal. Anyone with fabrication experience should have that knowlege. If the welding is done wrong it can be corrected with heat. It is better not to have to do the stress relieving. The frame has a lot of reduntancy built in to it also. Just be careful & take lots of measurements.

I have a '69 05 with some rust issues, www.eaglespirit.us. I have 20 years as a construction Boilermaker doing metal fabrication & I'm a certified preasure vessel welder.
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