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Old 02-13-2005, 01:19 PM   #1
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Bus is home-Work begins!



We're back! What a trip. Sometimes I thought I was outta my tree doing this. Anyway, the bus had evidently been sitting around for several months before they put it on the market. Quick check through the records found that only minor things had to be replaced/repaired. Biggest concerns are the leaky windshield window (rubberseal is shot in several places), alternator cord rubber will need to be replaced before any major trip as will a couple of rubber joint seals. Engine itself is clean which surprised me. Tires are good enough for rest of this year (two have been retreaded) but all will have to be replaced before Burning Man.

Inside the bus....YUCK! Dirty dirty dirty. Months of dust everywhere unfortunately its also in the fuse box, all over the dash, and the battery box will need to be cleaned. Battery is good and holds its charge well. Rubber floor has gotta go-too many cracks and peels to try and keep. Some major rust areas but the body itself is in pretty good condition. All in all for a 16yr old bus I'd rate it as very good. Made it cross 850 miles with no problems (thank Hermes for that!)

Top speed-67 MPH Best Speed-Between 60-62 MPH.

Question- Is there ANY way to make that freakin' petal easier to press down? My leg is still aching from miles and miles of having to stomp the petal down just to get moving.
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Old 02-13-2005, 02:16 PM   #2
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You can make the pedal easier to push down by changing the throttle return spring. If you do replace your spring I would suggest replacing it with two spring for safety reason. If one spring comes loose or weakens your bus won't run away from you. One neat trick is to use two different sizes of springs, one that fits inside the other so they can connect to the same place and not interfere with each other.
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Old 02-13-2005, 03:23 PM   #3
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Thanks, Steve.

Already I'm purchasing stuff for it. Got the pump for my alternative plumbing now gotta order those barrels. Joanns is gonna provide for some nice curtains (cheap that I can sew).

What to do about rust spots? Front wheels have no mud flaps and because of this all the water etcs have caused rust damage. What have you all been doing with rust?
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Old 02-13-2005, 04:13 PM   #4
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When i first got my bus, i'd "change feet" every so often. I had to go from the right to the left foot pushing on the pedal. I'm not sure why there is such a strong throttle return spring on these things!

Now I use an alluminum stick that fits between the dash and the pedal. I can use the stick for high idle mode when parked, or can put it at varying speeds depending on conditons. With the 6.6 liter ford, i drive the bus with the throttle all the way to the floor when cruising. The stick of alluminum is actually a piece of window trim from inside the bus. It's very thin and about 2" wide.

I know it's not the safest form of "cruise control", but it has worked well for me. All it takes to remove the stick from the pedal is to nudge it with my foot ever so slightly, or just grab it with my hand. I've traveled over 10,000 miles this way.

Just a thought...i know it's not for everybody, but does seem to be the norm among most skoolie owners i talk to.
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Old 02-16-2005, 10:39 AM   #5
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sounds like ya should be lookin' for a used/junkyard aftermarket cruise control system

i installed one on my old H.S. buick for $20

as long as you can get a reading off the speedo i can't see how it'd mind being in a bus
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Old 02-18-2005, 10:52 PM   #6
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I myself aren't interested in CC. I'm totally into making this a simple conversion-I need little flash and bang.

I know the high ticket items are really for surviving Burning Man's bi-polar weather.
Can a battery bank and a converter be enough to run the appliances?

I've been looking at that as an alternative incase I can't get my hands on a silence running generator.
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Old 02-19-2005, 07:49 AM   #7
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How much power do you need? Briggs & stratton has a nice QUIET little portable generator Model # 1532 that puts out 900w continuous 1000w peak. I used one during our last hurricane power outage & it ran my house refrigerator, portable TV, and a couple table lamps with out flinching.

They can be had for between $350 & $450 depending on the dealer.

I plan on getting one or two for my bus. They're really compact, runs between 3 & 6 hours per 1.2 gallon tank (depending on load), has 2 120v 15a outlets and 1 12v battery charger.
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Old 02-20-2005, 05:55 PM   #8
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Rain stopped me..

...but I got two of six screws out. I took a long time getting started reading the directions, putting the grinder's wheel on, the trip to ACE, dressing up like a mummy so nothing got injured, etc etc. I took the longest removing one screw because I hadn't found a method that worked. Now that I have one, it should go a little faster. Now if only the weather would cooperate.

I side with others-go with the grinder, it will make removing those seats way easier. Can't wait to get two of those seats out, my back isn't holding up as well as I'd hoped. Ah well.
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Old 02-27-2005, 01:59 PM   #9
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Pictures!!

Okie day, TCD's pictures are up in the gallery.

What is that thing on the air filter? Any guesses? Drove TCD yesterday to find air filters and check out this rv salvage place recommended by an co-worker.

He was right on the money with that place. They freakin' have everything-including about a 1000 different kitchen sinks/bathroom sinks.
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Old 02-28-2005, 12:40 AM   #10
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anyway more...

Got three seats out today. Between the concert I went to last night and a bout of stomach sickness, I'm so sore even breathing hurts Didn't stop me doing this. Gotta get those out no matter what! Wish this ugly task would do itself.

Well, got one surprise when seat number two came up-part of the floor is warped up enough to break through the thinning rubber. urgh!
Won't know the full damage until two more seats come up. Anyone else have this problem?
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