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Old 11-15-2012, 12:12 PM   #21
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Re: 1983 GMC Ward 66 passenger (Bigasspimp Mobile)

If possible, I'd like to see some photos of how the previous owner installed that RV door. It looks like another nice piece of work that you don't have to fool with and I have to assume some metal work was done to make the bus doorway a bit smaller for a perfect fit.

Now I've seen RV doors in skoolies before but I've always questioned the legality and safety of having that tiny window, which is usually opaque glass. Makes for a big blind spot. Any plans to change out the door window for something larger and clear?
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Old 01-20-2013, 12:36 PM   #22
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@ Henukaw.... just curious what engine do you have? I have not drove my bus on any kind of longer trips other than the drive home from the purchase... which was about 70 miles or so...and I was kind of shocked at how the gauge moved. But to be honest its a big OLD bus. Its not going to get 30 mpg. Not what type of cleaning it needs but heres a tip... If you have a lot of oil on the motor, spray it with some oven cleaner on a warmer day. The use a high pressure sprayer to hose it off. Does a very good job. Dont doubt your abilities. If you can do those simple things the more complex ones are nothing more than lots of simple ones. Engines are logical things. I think your right that flap is for fresh air intake.

@ skoolz out.... I can take some pic of the door install if you wish. I dont think its the best job in the world. The inside looks like a hack job in my opinion. The door has a bent hinge pin so Im going to have to fix so I dont have to list the door up to have it close. So if I cant fix it I will be doing another install and will document it. Let me know if you want to have them here or if you want me to send them to you privately? I dont really document things that was done previous but I have not problems showing others what has gone down. As more glass or view able area.. yeah at times I think it need it but the trade off is.. How safe is it? Since its far away from the driver I dont think its too much of an issue but thats me.

The previous owner put a KILLER set of semi truck side mirrors that give a good view of the side and blind spots. Which makes me think as long as the bus is maybe some observation camera on the side may be in order?

Let me know if I can help you guys out in any way.
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Old 01-20-2013, 07:11 PM   #23
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Small update on the bus. I have started the process of whats needed to finish up the window skinning. The top of the sheet metal is too short to rivet it to the lip of the bus so my plan is to weld in some strap steel and weld it to the body so i can rivet the top of the skin so it cant flex. Heres what Im working with to start off with.




Here is a piece of the strap steel I am going to weld in.....






here is a quick look at whats going to be happening down the line






Ill post up some more when we weld up next weekend.

Thanks for looking.
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Old 01-20-2013, 09:44 PM   #24
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Appreciate the pics...
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Old 01-20-2013, 09:59 PM   #25
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No issues. I plan on updating next weekend when we start welding up.
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Old 01-21-2013, 12:26 PM   #26
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It might be worthwhile to post some pics of that door, even if it was a sloppy install. Someone here with experience might have suggestions on how to salvage it so you don't have to tear it off and start from scratch.
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Old 01-21-2013, 01:49 PM   #27
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Re: 1983 GMC Ward 66 passenger (Bigasspimp Mobile)

I have a 366 in my bus. We drove down to Arizona from Montana back in November, and along the drive I got anywhere from 3.5 - 8.5 mpg between fill-ups. It was a 1,100 mile trip. A few times it was very hilly with strong headwinds, and sometimes nice smooth roads losing altitude with the wind behind me, so the mpg varied pretty drastically. Overall, I'd say our bus gets about 6-7 mpg, unless road conditions are less than ideal. I really like going downhill, as this 366 surely is a dog. I'm sure it pulls great... just no balls.

I also got to keep the engine revved up (I have no tac, so no idea on the rpm's) and my sweet spot is right about 65 mph. I found that the governor kicks in at 75. My bus is an automatic, with the overdrive gear kicking in around at 45, so that last gear takes some time to get the bus moving along on the highway. Once at cruising speed the bus drives along pretty well.

I have that same flap under my drivers window, and for the life of me cannot figure out what it could be for.
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Old 01-21-2013, 04:29 PM   #28
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I've always thought those air flaps were an intake scoop for a vent located by the driver. Could also be a fresh air intake for the front heaters, like what would normally be hidden under the cowl at the base of a car's windshield.
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Old 01-21-2013, 09:18 PM   #29
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@ skoolz out Ill see what i can do to get some pics of the door up. It works ok. Just the upper hinge pin is bent so the door does not fit square. I have to lift it up to close it. Right now its not a huge deal cause I dont go in and out of it a lot but once we get it functional I will need to sort it out. From what I can see of the door they disassembled it and welded in some rectangular tubing for the framing. and used some self taping screws to get it to all come together. I may have to take one of the parts down to get to the back side and access the top hinge to see if I can get that pin out and bent it back so it will align properly. More on that as tackle that beast.

@Henukaw thanks for the info on the 366. I think its a dog of a motor also but it does have its good points. It does torque up well to get a big bus going. I dont think its suppose to be a neck snapping motor or any type of a speed demon. I have been reading and I dont think there is a lot we can do to improve on it. I have considered maybe a tall deck 427 out of a medium truck maybe but that all depends on price. I expect about 6 to 8 mpg also. I am considering a 2 speed rear end to try and get the revs down but thats a later project. Hooking up a take is VERY simple on these motors. If you need help Id be glad to help you. I am a gauge freak so I like to know whats going on. The only thing I dont have that I will install will be a trans temp gauge.

Not sure what that flap does but all of what has been said makes sense. I think a fresh air intake is the ticket.

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Thought I would fling this out and see what you guys think.... Once I get the strap steet welded in and it all riveted up. I am considering spraying some lizard skin on the skinning (from the inside) to seal it up? Here is a link to the product. http://www.lizardskin.com/ What i want to make sure is there will be no way that any water can come in to the walls. Not sure if there is a better product to do this or not. But if I seal it up and hit it with the polyiso I dont think it will be a huge need for more than that to quieten down the road noise but want to make sure the water STAYS OUT!

Let me know what you think
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Old 01-21-2013, 10:43 PM   #30
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Hey Bapos --- check your friendly neighborhood auto paint supply house for "Seam Sealer". Good stuff. It goes on from a caulk gun, fills well and stays flexible. Then do some mixed thermal & acoustic insulation on the inside. I plan on coating just about my whole bus, inside & out, with a couple of coats of Hy-Tech thermal insulating beads (in paint), then some acoustic barrier materials. Without some sound deadening, a bus can easily turn into one big diesel powered speaker.

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