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Old 03-01-2012, 06:26 AM   #1
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2012... The Year of Renewal

Cheezy title, but it's true. I just brought my second bus home --(but that's a story I'll tell when I have more time)--, and I'm ready to do this again!

Just a quick rundown... it drove great! Kept a steady 60 mph on the interstate at about 2200 - 2300 rpm. Was easy to drive - well, except for the air ride chair, but I'll get to that later. It was rainy, dark, and a little scary. But we're here, and I'm very glad to be home.



Now it's off to work... more later!
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Old 03-01-2012, 08:35 AM   #2
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Good job, well done.
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Old 03-01-2012, 10:35 AM   #3
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I have had several air ride chairs over the last 20 yrs. For me, only the really expensive ones worked as well as i liked. That being said, my 91 Thomas one aint near as good as my last one...but its way better than nothing, given the driver's seating of the pusher busses.
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Old 03-01-2012, 03:26 PM   #4
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Old 03-01-2012, 09:17 PM   #5
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SO… ANYWAY… Here is a better shot of the bus parked next to the house, annoying the neighbors.


This afternoon I built a couple of wheel rests for it to park on from 8ft – 2?x12?. The boards were super heavy when I bought them, but now that they’ve dried out they’re a little lighter. Considering how heavy the bus is, I decided to run back to the lumber store and pick up 8 more 8ft – 2?x8? boards to help support the bus. There were two 14ft 2?x6? boards hanging in the garage rafters that have been there for years. I finally found a use for them!


Each wheel will rest on a 4? pad of wood spreading the load out over a 2ft x 8ft area. Each pad is made of layers: two 2?x12? over two 2?x8? boards with a 2?x6? in the center.

Simple diagram showing how the tire platform is constructed.

This should allow the boards to flex a little yet still spread the weight of the bus over a larger surface so it doesn’t sink the the soft ground. If this was a drought year, it wouldn’t matter. But we’ve been blessed with rain, so I have to be thankful and work around the softer ground.

I do realize the piece of wood spanning the distance between each platform will probably break as soon as I drive over it. But that’s not a big deal. The main purpose of the longer wood is to maintain each platform’s distance so they don’t scoot forward as I’m driving over it. I’ll also secure it to the earth with a large 1/2?x 12? nail at the front of each platform.

If I’m lucky, this will all be good and I’ll be able to reuse the platforms when it’s time to move the bus fully into the back yard. Until then, it will just have to do.
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Old 03-01-2012, 10:24 PM   #6
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i will be watching...congrats
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Old 03-01-2012, 11:45 PM   #7
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Haha i know how that goes with the neighbors haha, anyways ya! keep us posted
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Old 03-02-2012, 07:13 PM   #8
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Aurg! Rain and More Rain! I truly hope tomorrow afternoon clears off. I must get this beast parked beside the house. The neighbors are tactfully looking the other way right now, but they are also definitely not talking to me either (which could be good... and could be bad).

Maybe I'll just be brave and back the beast up far enough to move the boards in place, then drive it over them whether it's raining or not. Then I can get inside and start taking measurements and drawing up floor plans.
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The neighbors now realize that to, "keep up the the Jonne'ses" they have to go out and buy a bus...
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Old 03-03-2012, 02:04 PM   #10
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Even though it was still raining a little this morning, I decided to go ahead and try to back the bus out of the current muck. This would give me enough room to drag the tire platforms into place so I could finish the build (they're too heavy for me otherwise).

The bus cranked right up sweet as could be! And he backed up pretty nicely too. I felt super optimistic and got right to work finishing the platforms.

A couple of hours later I was done. The boards were in place, the rain was holding off a bit longer, and I was ready to move the bus into place.

First attempt... not so good. I kept getting stuck at the rut in the driveway. Backing the bus up once more, I climbed out and threw another block of cement in the mud, then tried again, going a bit faster this time. The beast moved forward confidently... then slid sideways a bit... I about had a heart attack as the house loomed inches from the driver's window... then we settled back into the rut... and STOPPED.

<sigh>

Crawling out, I looked at where we landed. The bus actually made it over the first platform with no problem. But when the rear wheel hit that stupid rut, the front tires just didn't have the traction on the wet wood to keep moving forward and we stopped cold. I tried rocking it out of the rut once, but it was a no-go. We were SO Close! Only 10 foot more would have put it right where I wanted it.

But it's all good. The bus is much farther in the "side-yard" and I now have plenty of space to park my truck in the driveway too.

And that's enough adventure for one day!
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