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Old 04-16-2017, 09:29 AM   #1
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Little black box and rear heater removal

After removing the seats and ripping up the rubber flooring, I'm left with a somewhat decent sub floor and a few things to either remove or repurpose. The rear heater is something I'd like to remove. This particular model has a two hoses going to it and a series of low voltage wires. What I'm concerned with are the tubes. I'm assuming thats some sort of radiator fluid in those. What is the process of removing this like? Are there any videos or walk throughs anyone could provide?

Another one is the photo, that is, what I'm also assuming to be the data storage for the camera system already on the bus. What I don't have are keys to open the thing. What's a good way to open that thing up without destroying what's inside? And would it be possible to continue using that system post conversion?
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Old 04-16-2017, 09:41 AM   #2
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After removing the seats and ripping up the rubber flooring, I'm left with a somewhat decent sub floor and a few things to either remove or repurpose. The rear heater is something I'd like to remove. This particular model has a two hoses going to it and a series of low voltage wires. What I'm concerned with are the tubes. I'm assuming thats some sort of radiator fluid in those. What is the process of removing this like? Are there any videos or walk throughs anyone could provide?

Another one is the photo, that is, what I'm also assuming to be the data storage for the camera system already on the bus. What I don't have are keys to open the thing. What's a good way to open that thing up without destroying what's inside? And would it be possible to continue using that system post conversion?
See my post on your other thread. It isn't a high security box. Just tamper resistant.

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Old 04-17-2017, 01:16 PM   #3
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For the coolant lines, just cut them and drain. Then you can either reinstall the hoses and heater later, or loop them together under the bus. Don't forget to add more coolant. We are adding our heater back in.

That black box contains a VCR lol. There are 4 screws under the bus. Easy removal. Good luck.
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Old 04-17-2017, 01:38 PM   #4
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I think that black box was a small gun safe just in case the children became unruly.
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Old 11-08-2017, 04:10 PM   #5
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Whats the point in looping the hose/coolant lines? I think i read on another thread that its to be able to heat where the driver seat is or the front of the bus?
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Old 11-08-2017, 09:21 PM   #6
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follow the coolant hoses under the bus from the heater in the back to near the front of the vehicle. You need to pay attention to how they are routed and connected up there in the front. There likely is a foot-heater for the driver, also, so the loop from the engine may include a branch to that. My bus and others have shut-off valves at the motor for the heaters. I suggest you close them when removing the hoses, if you have them. If you are not using the heaters at all, keep them closed.

Don't let all your coolant/antifreeze fluid drain out, unless you plan on flushing the whole system. Either way, be sure you properly refill the system and don't have trapped air bubbles that will surface to the motor head when you go over that mountain pass... If you are not absolutely sure, get a pro to help you or pay one.

If you leave the heater in the back and ever open the lines for it, you will almost certainly need to bleed air from the connection back there at the heater. Possibly needing to disconnect one and filling the hose with coolant until it fills the whole circuit and trickles/pours out of the heater. Then reconnect the hose, and proceed with filling the engine.
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