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Old 06-04-2015, 11:24 AM   #21
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Old 06-08-2015, 07:22 AM   #22
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Made some progress this weekend. We put new tail lights on the bus. I used a grinder to grind off the aisle bolts for the seats. I had to use a socket wrench to disconnect the bolts from the wall (my knuckles are pretty busted now). I still have one seat left that I'll have to drill out the allen bolts. There's also a really long allen bolt by the stairwell/handrail on the front most divider/seat-back thingy that I'll have to drill as well.

It looks like I may be able to make use of some of the scraps. I took the padding/vinyl off of the seat backs (bundled it up and put it on the curb. We'll see if it's still there after the garbage men come today). There's a fair amount of sheet metal that I may find useful. We cut down the seats so they'd store better in my garage. I'm thinking I may be able to make some basement type storage under the bus using some of these scraps. I also thought they'd be good for making mounts for the tanks.

The plasma torch doesn't cut down the scraps as fast as the sawzall.

I'm thinking of removing the heaters entirely. Those strips along the base of the walls get in the way. Has anyone done that before? What are the challenges with that?

I also got some pics of the wheelchair lift working for Craigslist. I'll probably drop the price a bit and hope someone wants it in the next week or two before I take it to the scrap heap. I don't want it taking up too much space in my garage. The guy that owns the storage unit I'm parking at has a forklift that I'll be able to borrow.
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Old 06-08-2015, 07:45 AM   #23
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Bring lots of buckets, because you'll have around 40 feet of coolant in the hoses. Some of the builds have left the heater and built around the hoses.
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Old 06-08-2015, 08:37 AM   #24
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I'm thinking of removing the heaters entirely. Those strips along the base of the walls get in the way. Has anyone done that before? What are the challenges with that?
If you do, I'd make the trip from Katy to get them. I'm getting ready to pull the trigger on a bus to convert into our tiny home. We'll need heaters to keep warm in the winter.

Let me know, and I'll drive up there.

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Old 06-08-2015, 09:52 AM   #25
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If you do, I'd make the trip from Katy to get them. I'm getting ready to pull the trigger on a bus to convert into our tiny home. We'll need heaters to keep warm in the winter.

Let me know, and I'll drive up there.

Thx,

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Sounds good. We'll see what happens when we get to that point. It may be easier to just work around it. I think this week we'll be worried about getting those last couple seats and the wheelchair lift/anchors out. I'll probably get it weighed after we take the lift out, but before we pull up the floor.
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Old 06-08-2015, 10:21 AM   #26
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M1031 --- So...you have the sweetheart in the bunch picked out?
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Old 06-08-2015, 11:58 AM   #27
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I gave my WC lift to a gentleman that needed it. He attached it to his front deck on his house and runs a solar/battery setup. He can barely climb steps so it's a big help.
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Old 06-08-2015, 08:57 PM   #28
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We pulled the heater from the rear of the bus. Cut down the hose and looped it back onto itself. We didn't really loose much anti-freeze at all.

We also kept the electrical wires hooked up that went to the rear heater. I'm not sure of Hubby's plans for it though.

This way we still have the heater up by the drivers seat to keep the driver warm and if push comes to shove I have plenty of blankets to wrap me & the dogs up with. Though the dogs generate enough heat all by themselves.
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Old 06-08-2015, 10:26 PM   #29
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M1031 --- So...you have the sweetheart in the bunch picked out?
Yep, it's in California. Praying the bidding doesn't go insane......
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Old 06-09-2015, 07:23 AM   #30
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Yep, it's in California. Praying the bidding doesn't go insane......
I saw on Craigslist a while back that someone had some CFISD buses. There's a slight chance that I rode one of those years ago.
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