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Old 08-05-2011, 11:49 AM   #21
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Here is the white steering wheel and simple dash gages. The wood trim around the gages has been replaced with a nice stained wood that now goes all the way across the dashboard. The gauges are (top) fuel, oil pressure, water temp, ammeter. The big ones on the bottom are speedometer, and air pressure. I sure wish I had a tachometer. Someday I will figure out how to install one.

The seat has been replaced.

On the horn button, it reads, "Ross cam and lever steering".

The door is air actuated. You can see one of the push buttons just inside the steering wheel next to the heat vent.


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Old 08-05-2011, 12:07 PM   #22
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This is one control desk that was removed. It was located directly behind the driver's seat so all one had to do was turn the seat around and use the desk. There were a bunch of wires going to it. 110 and 12 volt as well. Now I have to figure out where to route all those wires.






These are the wires. They are 110 as well as 12 volt. Presently they are capped off and residing under the musical instrument closet. I am sure that they are lonely all by themselves in the dark. They just want to be useful.



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Old 08-05-2011, 12:15 PM   #23
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OOPS, It appears that I may have double posted the above post. Perhaps it will fix itself.

Time to move on to the next photos.
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HA HA, All I had to do was wait for a few seconds. OK, Let's move on.
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View of the front passenger side. One more metal tray to remove. It is over the wheel hump. It has been replaced with a dog bed, which you saw in an early pic. I'll get more into details of that later.


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Originally, there was a diesel generator installed in the rear of the bus. It was not there when I bought the bus.

A friend made a slide out tray on which I set the 4.0 Onan that I removed from the Dodge motorhome. There are wires already in that bin so I can hook up the gen. to the power panels.

I will have to mount one of the gasoline tanks from the Dodge, under the bus to feed the generator. Here are all the related photos of that.





Bendable exhaust





Generator gone.





Generator installed.





Where the generator lives.


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The cabinet you see in the foreground stayed, as well as the one directly across from it (out of view).

The bunk trays and mattress pads are gone. One of the first building projects we did was build a large closet area with drawers on the passenger's side and a big shelf on top.

You can see some of the bendable 1/2 inch insulation that we covered all the wheel humps with. We used two layers and glued them with a spray adhesive . Caution: use adequate ventilation.

Directly across the closet, we built a twin size bed frame with storage underneath. You'll see it later.


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A big mess was had by all!


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The bus and my little pickup truck.


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It was still cold when we started working on this project, so I was using those camp heaters that you see on the floor.

You can also see one of the removed bunk trays and the water tank. I moved the water tank to under the fridge.

Now to the wood/coal stove. I found it on craigslist. It was only $200 and it had never been used. What a deal! It was lined inside with firebrick. I tossed and turned with the idea of keeping it. It is real sweet.






Ultimately, I realized there was no room for it as I had to have room for my recording studio, which left nowhere for people to sit. So I wrote a song for it-Ode To Stove. Here are the lyrics.
Oh my wood stove
will soon be leaving.
There's just no room for it
when you think of a couch.
Yes, there will be people coming over here,
and they will want to sit down.
Well, there's only room
for one small person on the stove.

I sold the stove for $200.
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