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Old 05-02-2016, 03:23 PM   #61
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Thanks Doc! I noticed your name...... are you pretty handy with the old oil cooled bikes? Cause I'm having issues with mine haha.

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Old 05-04-2016, 02:18 AM   #62
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Got all the seats and overhead racks removed. Pressure washed the engine and under the front end too. Pics of that soon.

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Old 05-04-2016, 07:42 AM   #63
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Looking good! Its officially a Skoolie now!

Hey: I think every bus owner goes through a cycle: first comes the adrenaline of the bidding war. Next comes the excitement of pick-up. Then the uncertainty of the drive-home. Then that moment when you go "oh sh*t what have I done!". Next up is the "rattle and hum" stage where you take-out the seats in a blind orgy to show yourself some progress. Then things tend to stop for a bit.

When you get to the pause point, get a sixer of beer and a lawn chair and a pad of paper. Sit. Drink. Get up occasionally to poke at something on the bus. Write down ideas that come to you. Do this sagely and with a calm deliberation. You are waiting for "help" to arrive.

No joke: buses are magnets. Somebody will show-up, swap stories, and soon you realize you are talking to a retired trucker/farmer/mechanic who had that very same engine in his dump/grain/fleet truck. Next thing you know he tells you what parts you need and where to get them at a discount. Then it turns-out his brother-in-law owns a wrecker service (first dibs on working used parts and discount towing to boot!). And he goes to church with a guy who works at a tire dealer....

You cant make this stuff up. Its EXACTLY what happened to me.

Lawnchairs and beer. Try it. And if nobody shows-up, you'll still be better for the period of quiet introspection and bonding with your new bus. ))
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Old 05-04-2016, 08:34 AM   #64
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GC has some sage advice, although I've gotten very little in the way of help.
NO ONE wants to mess with the tar, even for MONEY!
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Old 05-04-2016, 09:24 AM   #65
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GC has some sage advice, although I've gotten very little in the way of help
Same here, even after trying to bribe them with barbecue. At the start of this semester, I was even asked by one of my classmates if the bus was done and he wanted to borrow it for a roadtrip over summer break.
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Old 05-04-2016, 11:00 AM   #66
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Same here, even after trying to bribe them with barbecue. At the start of this semester, I was even asked by one of my classmates if the bus was done and he wanted to borrow it for a roadtrip over summer break.
Oh man, wow!


The worst part is when people do show up to "help" they usually just get tired after five minutes and stand aside drinking beers saying "you really don't need to remove all this tar" or "why do you wanna raise the roof"...
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Old 05-04-2016, 12:00 PM   #67
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Old 05-04-2016, 06:05 PM   #68
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You cant make this stuff up. Its EXACTLY what happened to me.
Good to hear somebody else say it! My vanity tags are YMCTSU. In my family it's pronounced "yakamatsu" and we tell people it's an old Japanese tradition.
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Old 05-04-2016, 10:49 PM   #69
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Took metal from seats to the scrap yard today, got $60 lol. Used it to buy 1.25" square tubing for roof raise. Got all the windows pulled. Me and bros went to town on the 6838364648383 rivets holding the ceiling skin up. Managed to get 3 panels down. Then the lady arrived and productivity slowed down. The boys left, and I was ordered to take a picture of her holding a hammer so it would appear she's helping when in fact........ well you guys know the story I'm sure haha.


And a pic of the now clean engine. I used this stuff from home depot. Zep Purple. SSSSUUUUUPPPEEEERRRR retarded strong. Must dilute. And wear a mask. But buddy let me tell you. It works!

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Old 05-04-2016, 10:53 PM   #70
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As far as being a magnet..... boy are you right. I have had friends messaging me in droves. Everyone wants to help! And sure enough, one of them has a mother who works at Gateway Tire! And can get me discount. Another's older brother turns out is a diesel mechanic!!!

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