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Old 08-07-2011, 04:13 PM   #151
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Today, the propane tubing was run, and the three catalytic heaters were installed. Shawn did all of the work today, as I was busy finishing a thread about my brother's Volvo C303 military vehicle that he turned into an extreme expedition vehicle.
This first pic is of the back of the fridge, where we had to install a 3/8 male tee to tap into the propane line to feed the bedroom heater.







Shawn went to Home Depot today to get some parts, and decided to buy this nice tubing bender. I am glad we had it for today's project, but it is a tool that I will not use for a long time now. Here is what it looks like. It was $12.



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Old 08-07-2011, 04:19 PM   #152
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Here is one of the heaters installed on one of the kitchen cabinet doors. Yes, it can still open, a little.






Here's a heater at the foot of the bed. Dig the exposed copper tubing! I could hang a towel on it. That was the only way we could run the feed to the heater. I kept the same design element on the front room heater as well.






This is a view of both the bedroom heater and the kitchen heater.






A couple of views of the front room heater.








Oh, look, There's my pretty girl Emma.
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Old 08-07-2011, 04:24 PM   #153
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Hi, Y'all. I have moved to the boonies of Tennessee and will not be doing any more work on the bus until I get things straightened out. I no longer have access to the shop I used to work at.

Fortunately, most of the carpentry work has been done. Now comes the plumbing and electrical. It may be a while before there are new pics, unless of course, you want to see the underside of the bus.

Please reply if there are any specific parts of the bus you would like to view. I do have electricity and a water source. The toilet is hooked up to the waste tank. I have a portable tank on wheels with which I can drain the waste tank into a septic line. I have internet capability, but no phone. I guess I am camping out.

I had the opportunity to drive the bus 100 miles altogether to get here, where I am now parked. It was somewhat nerve racking. I kept too far to the right hand side of the road. On narrow country roads, I found myself almost running into ditches.

I will have to learn how to drive this thing better. The bus ran great. I must say, though, a diesel engine and air brakes, are WAY different than my little pickup truck.

The very next project that I will tackle is getting the big brake lights in the back to work. I will have pictures of that project. It will be a mind bender as I totally suck at electrical stuff.

I DO have a temporary electrical panel set up (30 amps) that handles one roof air and will handle two electric heaters. I also have the propane heaters hooked up. So, I will make it through the winter.
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Old 08-07-2011, 04:27 PM   #154
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These next many posts will be dealing with the mechanical aspects of my bus.

I wanted to tell you all that I found two Bridgestone 16 ply steel belted and steel walled radial tires for the front of the bus for $100 each They look brand new.

I will have them mounted at a later date. I think, just for kicks, I will take photos of my nice (almost new) tires.

I hope you don't think that is too dorky. I know that they are just tires. They sure are pretty though. OK, so I'm a fanatic.

Hey, while I am at it, I'll take some of under the bus. There are three air tanks under there. I presume they are for the air brakes. Perhaps there will be things under there that you brainy guys can explain to me.

I can also show you how we shored up the waste tank. Gee, another (albeit no so glorious) expedition in the "never ending story".

There is a door on the driver's side that has nothing inside of it. I sure would like to know what that was for.

I also think there is an oil pan heater and another type of heater for the engine.

Has anyone ever heard of this oil additive called MotorKote? I got some.

I was also told to add one quart of transmission fluid to the tankful of fuel to raise the sulphur level. What's up with that? I have not done that yet.
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Old 08-07-2011, 04:30 PM   #155
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It does make sense that that door in the front is for access to steering. By the way, It is not easy to drive because there is a lot of play in the steering wheel. I will investigate to see if that is something I can adjust.

On the horn cover, it say Ross Cam and Lever steering. I have no idea what that is. I remember on my 1959 Ford pickup truck, I adjusted the looseness by loosening a jam nut on the steering box and tightening the screw down a little. That fixed it.

I know nothing about this big beasty I now have. I will have to get in there and look around. Usually, I can figure things out if I look at it long enough.




Here is a strange thing. First of all, the only brake lights I have right now are two little lights (4 inches in diameter). They are where the license plate is. There are also big brake lights and turn signal lights above that. Shawn and I are going to try to figure out how to hook those up to the brakes.

The weird thing is that when the motor is running and the parking lever is on, those little brake lights stay on. I find that odd.

It will be a challenge, yet rewarding when we get that stuff straightened out. Shawn did say that my turn signal lights work. Those must be the big yellow lights.




So, if I understand this correctly, if I was to lose air pressure while driving, a spring mechanism would put the back brakes on automatically.

At least I could steer off the road, or at the very least not crash. Does that spring mechanism lock the back brakes full on?

I admit that I am ignorant about the mechanical aspects of this bus, but with looking and studying, I will know a lot. It is kinda like teaching myself how to play accordion.
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Old 08-07-2011, 04:36 PM   #156
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Yipee, it was sunny today. It inspired me to clean the house (bus), do some decorating, and crawl under the bus for some photos. Let's start with the decorating.

This is an abstract piece I made. The red corner pieces came from an old lampshade. Those pieces are 90 years old. I hung this piece on the top window of my back door.






Here again is the piece you just saw and to the left, in the kitchen window is another. I call that one, GoldenRod, The Tree Of Life.

As you can see, I had not cleaned the kitchen countertop yet. That came later.






A close up of GoldenRod.






In one of the bathroom windows, I hung my flying saucer. This one also won a ribbon at the famous Wilson county fair.






In the front room, at my control desk, behind my little tree, you can see a round, colorful piece.

Hey! What's that screw gun doing in the picture?






Before we go outside, Here a photo of Buddy and Emma. Emma is on the engine cowling.


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OK, Let's have a look at the almost new tires I got for a hundred dollars a piece.







Shawn seemed to think that there was not enough tread on them. To me, they look like those Michelin tires that came on those tour buses I have seen.





A view of one of the sides. They are 11R 22.5 size.


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Let's go to the bus now. This door is in the front on the driver's side. I call it the door to nowhere.







Here, that door is opened.






There are some big steering arms in there. I hope I got a picture in here of the "drag link". I know what tie rod ends look like. I'm thinking that the drag link is the rod that connects the two wheels together, but what do I know? Maybe the "drag link" is a website for men who wear women's clothes.
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Dive, Dive, Dive! We'll start at the front and work back.


The white thing is the back of a loudspeaker mounted on the inside of the front bumper. To the right of that are the bus horns. On top of the speaker is part of the steering. What part, I don't know. This is what's on the other side of that metal wall when you open that little door in the front.







Oil filters. The oil, oil filters, transmission fluid, and transmission filter were changed about 100 miles ago.






This is a Cat 1160 motor. People tell me that that is a GOOD motor. I wonder what that rectangular box with the silver thing on the side of it is.
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More in the front.


Well, this looks pretty boring. Exhaust pipe transmission pan, and that little box on the right as we are looking at it. I don't know what that is. Oh yeah, this bus has springs for suspension. The shock absorbers are probably original. Do you think it would be a great improvement in handling when I replace the shocks?






Front wheel, driver's side.

Big springs, old shock absorber, air brake actuator. What do you call that big steering rod that is connected to a small arm? It looks pretty clean under there. I think this bus was well maintained. The kingpin would be what holds the wheel to the axle, right? I know that on cars, you jack them up and wiggle top and bottom to check looseness. I'm gonna have to get Big Boy Wrenches to work on this thing!


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