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Old 08-11-2011, 06:23 PM   #231
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I did not want to get greasy doing this job so I put plastic bags on my sleeves and then put on latex gloves.








AND NOW! Here is the new hose installed. It has the perfect curve.


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Old 08-11-2011, 06:25 PM   #232
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One of the things I inherited when my dad died (a year ago), is a GPS unit. It is a Sony. It is a very great device.

I wanted to hook it up in my bus. My bus did not have a 12 volt receptacle.

I was going to use an old receptacle, but I did not have the connector to connect the positive terminal.








Feeling somewhat disheartened, I started to put my tools away when I realized I could MacGuyver a socket.

I remembered that I had a splitter for 12 volt sockets. Plug one end into the lighter receptacle and you had two sockets.

I cut one of the sockets. It has 8 inches of wire. I have many terminals with which to connect to wires.

I connected to one of the many circuit breakers located on the panel to the left of the driver's area. Many of those circuits have been rendered inop.

I grounded the neg. wire to the metal of the bus. I used an Adel clamp to hold the socket.

I now have a socket for the GPS.




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Old 08-11-2011, 06:27 PM   #233
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When I bought this bus, there had been a diesel generator in the back. The exhaust for that generator was piped in to one of the bus exhaust pipes.

When I installed my gasoline powered Onan generator, I put the exhaust on that 1 1/2 pipe that was welded to the bus engine tailpipe.

I later discovered that there was quite a bit of exhaust coming out of that tube.

I did not want that diesel exhaust to enter the engine of my generator, so I disconnected the generator from it.

That left a hole where the bus exhaust would come out of. I fabricated a sleeve and cap which Danno welded onto the tailpipe thereby stopping the exhaust from coming out of that hole.


I was under the bus today and checked the adjustment of my brakes. I am happy to report that they are in very good adjustment.

I am more happy to report that ALL the mechanical issues I could think of have been addressed.

I am ready to roll. Yippee.

Gonna take some test drives this week. Gonna get my front tires installed.

It's getting scary close to leaving time.
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Old 08-11-2011, 06:29 PM   #234
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Shawn came over today and we managed to extract the bus from the wet ground it was parked on.

I got it to the gravel driveway and washed the outside. I used Simple Green cleaner, a brush on a handle, and rags. I parked next to the water spigot for rinsing.

Here are some pics of the mess I had to get out of. It took many tries of jockeying back and forth.

As you can see, while barely making it up that grassy (wet) grade, the drivers side wheels were churning.






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The bus is immensely cleaner. It took us two hours of scrubbing and rinsing. It looks great.

Once again, Shawn has been a great help.

Here are pics of the bus in the driveway and pics of it being washed.








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I had the front tires mounted today.The guy also checked the air on the back tires. It cost me $25 apiece to get them mounted plus 8 a piece for leaving the old tires there. I also gave the kid doing the job a ten dollar tip. $76 altogether.

I also spray painted the blue lenses in the front of the bus white. I also painted over the remnants of the writing on the side of my bus.

It felt good to drive the bus.

Very quickly I got the hang of where I was on the road. Only twice did I slip off the right hand side of the road.

I've got big tires and I've got a big motor. Get in my way, and I'll run you over.

I will post pics of the tire change later.
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Buddy likes to sleep in the closet.






TOMORROW I GET THE FRONT TIRES MOUNTED!!!!
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A couple of weeks ago, when the bus was still parked beside the shop, I had this view of a dogwood tree.

The swirly thing you see on the dashboard is an art piece that I made decades ago. It is comprised of a rug beater (made from cane) that I cut the handle off of and then inserted into a wooden candlestick holder.

I call this piece Neck With Brain.




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I have eight plastic bins of canned foods. That's over 150 cans. I also have another 100 cans which are stored on a shelf, in a closet, AND inside my oven.


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This is my bathroom As you can see, it is not finished yet. Here you see storage for my two oil filled electric radiator heaters.

The valuable items here are my wire collection.

On the top of the pile is 75 feet of Romex attached to a box that has the three pronged receptacle for a thirty amp RV wire.

Underneath that is 100 lbs of copper wire. Some of it is 30 amp RV wire, and some of it is 50 amp RV wire.

This stuff (6 gauge and 8 gauge, and 10 gauge) will come in handy when I wire my photo-voltaic system.

I will also be able to make up several wire feeds to my bus.


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