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Old 06-10-2009, 03:45 PM   #21
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Re: 84 Thomas - The Yankeflyer

I've posted pictures of the progress to date here, in the gallery. Progressive refused to renew my insurance this time. I'm sure this subject has been discussed somewhere in this forum. I could use a good lead on insurance providers.

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Old 06-11-2009, 03:51 AM   #22
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Gmac?
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Old 06-13-2009, 12:01 PM   #23
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I used GMAC to insure my bus, as a bus, and it took about 15 minutes and for only $20 a month.
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Old 06-17-2009, 04:40 PM   #24
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Ok GMAC insured me - cost a lot more than 20 dollars a month - two or three times that.
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Old 08-25-2009, 10:42 PM   #25
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tfdfyrman-the next time I'm out on the road, I will let you know so that I can come by and see your project. And of course you're welcome to see mine. I'm parked at my family's acreage southwest of Guthrie. Man I miss that Arizona weather.

I sure like the work you are doing on the bus.
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Old 12-17-2009, 03:59 PM   #26
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It's amazing and inspiring to see how many people have started school bus projects and lots of very skilled work going on.

I hope to finish mine over the course of the next 12 months.

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Old 12-18-2009, 11:45 AM   #27
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I would love some more info on the axel swap. Is it discussed anywhere?

what type of rig did it come out of?

how difficult was it to fit in?

and also, is your coolant fan direct drive? I have an 84 blue bird that mine is hydro powered.
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Old 12-18-2009, 01:39 PM   #28
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The axle came out of a beer delivery truck that had been scrapped out. It had been used in a conventional set up as a reardrive axle. So to use it in my pusher configuration I had to turn the axle upside down drill and tap new vent hole and gear lube drain and fill plug holes. To use my old drive shaft we had to use a blowtorch to cut off the old U joint. In that process and torqing the shackle bolts down to 800 ft.-pounds I broke a lot of tools including the torque multiplier of the mechanic who was mentoring me on the project, a good guy and I found a new part for his torque multiplier.He used to say he could have done the job in nine hours in his shop. It only took me nine months in my defense, I must add that I was parked on the North Carolina coast behind the best hot dog stand in the world http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&e...ace+NC&spell=1 just a few miles north of Wilmington and not far from my old stomping grounds as a young Marine stationed at Lejeune. The last time I'd been in that area I was 19 and had the rest of my life before me. So every time I took the old Porsche out for a drive, a 1967 912 and almost 40 years later, it was a great trip down memory lane.

Retirement is good http://yankeflyer.spaces.live.com/ I have pictures of the axle swap and the rebuilt Ohio Drive not much detail mostly just couple glamour shots.http://yankeflyer.com/Mobilestudio.aspx I must admit to being pretty proud of that axle swap job. I spend a lot of time on my airplane project http://lazair.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=902 I hope to get back up in the air this coming spring and summer. I must confess that my last time out Tucker flats got the best me and I bift it pretty bad.

The next thing I hope to write about is that I've hooked up my plumbing freshwater to gray water.
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Old 12-18-2009, 04:37 PM   #29
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I've updated my pictures at the gallery http://www.skoolie.net/gallery2/v/Skoolies/84+Thomas/
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Old 12-24-2009, 02:18 PM   #30
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A winter's day here in Oklahoma, a good day to update the bus project. It just can't go without saying again how impressed I am with everyone's work, you can spend all day here getting inspired to start your own project.

This is your basic 20 gal. water tank that fits under the bed, looks like there's room enough for two. The waterline will go straight to the tankless water heater. Inlet fitting and door for the body to tank should show up in the mail soon.
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