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Old 07-27-2004, 12:10 PM   #41
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All of the rust is just surface rust and comes off easily during sandblasting leaving a like new part. The only parts I have found to be pitted because of rust so far where the back of the covers of the side mirrors, but they look pretty nice now. And remember this bus is over 30 years old and has put up with many salty Iowa winters.

The KoolSeal definetly makes a difference but the coat is pretty thing, I need to paint on at least two more coats (two more gallons).
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Old 07-28-2004, 05:41 PM   #42
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Today I was finally able to find a local bus shop with used tires and got all 6 for free. [That saves $1000 ]

For the steering I got two Bridgestone R250 10R22.5 tires and for driving tires I got four Goodyear G124 10R22.5 tires.

I then ordered six brand new bud style 6.75x22.5 wheels which will have to be shipped in and arrive on Tuesday.

I sure hope this stuff ends up fitting in place of the old 8.25x20 wheels and tires I have on there now cause they look huge in comparison.
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Old 07-29-2004, 11:27 PM   #43
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Tonight I installed an electic radiator (pusher) fan and a thermostat. I wired it not to the ignition switch but to be on all the time. So the fan will always be on as long as the radiator is over 180 degrees and turns off when it is less.



I also installed the bus' first tachometer. Its a small model I mounted under the dash next to the radio.

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Today I mounted a voltmeter into the dash and mounted the CB below the dash to the left of the steering wheel.

The guages from left to right are: Vaccuum, Current, Voltage, Fuel, Water Temp, Oil Pressure, Spedometer, and Tachometer.

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Today I got the new 22.5" tires mounted on the bus, the brand new wheels look great and the radials ride much better.

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Old 08-04-2004, 07:14 AM   #46
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Greetings,
Looking GOOD!!!
OK, so fill me in on the skoolie logo.
Is it a stencil or hand done.
I think BruinGilda would like to show one off!
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Old 08-04-2004, 10:21 AM   #47
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Go to this thread:

http://www.skoolie.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=298

I printed the template I wanted to use on 11 x 17 paper and then cut out an outline of everything that was in black, then on a second paper I cut out everything inside the black that was white. I taped the paper up on the bus real good, painted the black, then taped up the other and painted the white parts inside of the black outline.

Here is what it looked like on the back of the bus, in case you hadn't noticed it.

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I put a second very thick coat of kool seal on the bus last night. This stuff is very bright white and feels like a pencil eraser when dry. I found you can buy it cheap at Lowes!
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On my recent trip to MN in the bus it got very loud on the interstate once you exceed 60 mph. So I decided to get all new exhaust. It does make a big difference but the engine itself is still very loud, I think I am going to get some dynamat.




For those with a loadstar I found this cool sticker under the wiper fluid bag, this info may be helpful to you.

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If you have been following my project you would know I've been having steering problems for about a year now, I finally got the truck jacked up to take a look at it. The steering is adjusted just fine, the problems I have been having are due to something much worse. The control arm is broken in half at the hole for the grease zerk.

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