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Old 09-01-2009, 12:58 AM   #91
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cant wait to see buster in person tomorrow man. looking forward to it. now im gonna go look at that timbuk finger pic. haha.
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Old 09-04-2009, 05:31 PM   #92
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Well we are down to 10 days till moving day! It has been absolutely hectic trying to get everything done that we need to... I need to hire a couple of talented folks to help me out!

I have been busy on the bus & have taken a bunch of photos but gotta get outside before it rains (again dammit) to get as much done as I can! Will post updates with photos later tonight...well maybe if I am still awake!
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Old 09-04-2009, 11:41 PM   #93
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Oh we WILL Git 'r done! oops...dun

Well it has been a battery week (from hell)... Picked up the solar battery bank from Batteries Plus. Got four 100AH AGM batteries for $660 before taxes. Normal retail was $279 each but they gave me commercial cost since I bought 4 - score, only $165 each!! Should be more than enough power for our needs. They county uses the same batteries for the solar powered flashing lights along the roadway(turn ahead etc).If I could just figure out how to get those dang metal boxes open without getting caught!








Was planning on starting on building the frame for the 3 panels along with wiring & installing the solar components but was interrupted by a non-starting bus... YUP, pretty much dead & it just was not gonna start. Took the batteries to Napa to have them tested... One had 335 cranking amps, & the 2 others were registering 490 & 710 out of 925... Not good, not even close!

SO I bought three more batteries to the tune of $270 before taxes & got the 1150 CA batteries as an upgrade to ensure I can start this beast in the cold. Went ahead & installed all three, cleaned all the connections, sprayed them with WD40 & only then did I realize, I had an oddball lower cranking amp battery mixed in! ****! So I took it out, returned it & to make up for it they gave me 2 Napa Racing - Michael Waltrip Nascar hats... I wanted them to throw in 4 cables to connect the batts together but nope, I got hats! They are nice hats tho...




So yea... I spent over $1000 on batteries... yikes!

I realized that it was just too easy to see all of the inventory on the sheves through the windows from the outside & that just might be too tempting to a thief & I Needed to do something about it. So I decided to cover the windows with the same aluminum insulation that I am using on the front window as a sun shade. It worked out well covering the rear 4 sets of windows on the drivers side & I left the very back small set of windows uncovered. There is more, but gotta take some photos!




Can anyone recommend a good degreaser to clean all the crap off of the wheels?

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Old 09-05-2009, 12:25 AM   #94
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I tell ya Jonathan...sucks that you had to buy those 3 other batteries....but they do look good under there dont they. I have been using a ton of purple power. Napa sells it in gallon jugs. Works great, and is water based so it wont hurt the earth. Really strong degreaser. I like it.
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Old 09-05-2009, 08:58 AM   #95
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It feels good knowing I won't have battery issues anytime soon.

Wasn't Greased Lightning the name of the car in the movie? Thanks guys, I will try one of these on the wheels... the aluminum is too nice to be covered with gunk!

Well I took Smittys advice (again) from a different thread & bought a cheap motion sensor alarm with wireless magnetic door sensor for the side door. Works pretty well but is cheaply made. More of a deterant if someone decided they wanted to get inside the bus & it does scare ya with the 105db alarm. The only problem with it inside is the bus is so well built it is hard to even hear the alarm outside, unless both doors are open! It comes with 2 remotes with a decent range & all the directions in Chinese - SWEEET!
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Old 09-05-2009, 09:16 PM   #96
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I forgot to mention that the bus battery day began with a nice flat tire on my Truck!
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Old 09-05-2009, 10:43 PM   #97
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I have been searching & searching for photos of a Thomas Transit Conversion for quite some time & FINALLY found one! I really like how this came out. I think it was just the shell for sale with no interior, but what a grea start!

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that looks awesome man. would be great looking bus for ya. love the paint matched a/c shrouds. that is just a hot looking rig. would never guess it was a transit bus.
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I love that door. I wonder where someone could find one like that.

nice looking bus. any luck finding information about the conversion in that search?

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I love that door. I wonder where someone could find one like that.

nice looking bus. any luck finding information about the conversion in that search?

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I agree...makes me drool! The door is really nice, looks like it belongs but no further info. I contacted the website that this bus came up on in the image search to see if they still had it for sale as I want to see more! It gives me some great ideas as to what ours could look like!

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