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Old 06-15-2009, 09:49 PM   #11
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Thanks Big Bird! It feels great to be working on it...

Thats great you just got a bus also! I am addicted already, just hoping the whole insurance issue works out or the bus will be grounded...

The sunshade - I will have to check tomorrow on the brand - I think it is stamped right on it. It is an insulation used for under the carpet, inner doors, firewall & ceiling of street rods (what we used it for) to insulate & help to eliminate any rattles, especially with high-power audio systems. It is a thin foil covering a thin sheet of plastic inside & insulates pretty well. The downfall is you can damage the foil pretty easily. I need to put some kinda tape border on it to protect it better. I made a huge difference in the direct sunlight!

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Old 06-18-2009, 09:05 AM   #12
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Looks like it works well! It's June in Florida and the bus is as hot as a fire cracker...LOL. When I put the alternator in yesterday, I was drenched!
Where in Florida are you located? We are in Sebring... Here is a link to similiar insulation as to what I have... http://www.calcarcover.com/product.aspx?id=234&cid=76
The insulation is marked as follows; FHC 15/30, (ASTM E84) FBF PACTIV.
I hope this helps you cooool down... Man I am sick of the humidity already & its only June!
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Old 06-23-2009, 03:43 PM   #13
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Well I am trying to decide what I am going to do with the main door as I cannot get it to shut without a 6 pack of bungie cords! I am considering using angle iron to connect the 2 doors together as one to make it more of a traditional door but the way they are hinged it might just be a pain in the *ss to do... I really do not want to put in an RV door unless I have to as I like the factory doors on the bus. I guess I just have to start to tear it apart & see what it looks like & whethe I can do this or not... Has anyone else combined the 2 doors as one & added a locking latch mechanism before?? I would love to hear how you did it!

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Old 06-23-2009, 06:02 PM   #14
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Has anyone else combined the 2 doors as one & added a locking latch mechanism before?? I would love to hear how you did it!

Jonathan
See the thread "New door... would 32" exterior steel or fiberglass work?" We're having a pretty lively discussion about the problem...with photos! MY photos!
I had read the thread above before but the problem is my doors open differenty than a typical skoolie, although I like the simplicity of the idea!... I have 2 doors, both hinged that open outward. I would need to take the left door off of the hinges & the pin it rotates on & then I would be able to combine it to the right door, as one door. The problem I see is I need a good solid latch to close the doors as my seals need alot of pressure to compress them when closing the doors. I am wondering if anyone has taken off a door similiar to mine & was there any hassles to it? I will probably just start tearing it apart to experiment with different ideas...Here are some photos!






Here is a bus I saw in the galleries - Watson 1, similiar to what i want to do...



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I am also following the door/lock thread... I called Bluebird and they have locking/keyed handles for both the back and handicap doors. I think I'll go this route as it will be an easy fix. The front door is still an issue and why I am following the above mentioned thread. I too am contemplating bolting the doors together as I don't like the idea of an RV door, so keep me posted on what you do

We are in Orlando!
I would like to see some photos of the locking keyed handles... Your doors open to the inside & to the front correct?
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Old 06-23-2009, 07:47 PM   #15
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Thanks for the link to the parts, I may have to pick up some things!
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Old 06-24-2009, 11:21 PM   #16
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Today I found a little time to work on the bus & decided to look closer at the door...
I disconnected the air linkage competely to allow the doors to move freely. I want to keep it simple. Besides, I can't fully close the doors from the outside using the air setup. I figure with the linkage disconnected I may just be able to install a slide latch that locks on the outside & another one inside. This will keep the seals tight against the door & eliminate the whistling I was getting & keep the inside dry.

Well after I disconnected the linkage whch allowed the doors to move freely I realized that the forward door hinge was bent on the bottom not allowing the door to open all the way. So I got out the big hammer & a block of wood & started banging away at it. I got alot of it straightened out but ran out of daylight - will do more tomorrow. After looking at the hinge setup I think I may be abe to combine the 2 doors & use the existing front hinge to support the whole door. This way it will be a much better seal & It will open & close like a standard door. I can also add a nice locking latch.

NOW what to do with the air cylinder that I am taking out...maybe a battering ram!
Oh that reminds me. I need to disconnect the cylinder & was wondering the best way to do this? I would prefer to block the airline before the joystick (controls the door) that is mounted in the console. That way I can remove the joystick completely. Is there an easy way to plug an air line? Any recommendations? Thanks!

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Old 06-26-2009, 10:19 PM   #17
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well my doors are identical i believe to your doors. i have a 90 safe t liner. ( see gallery "G bus" for photos) an i know what made my door misaligned, it was when i ran it into the gas station on the way home from buying it. hehehe but seriously i dig the transit style and am still very excited about my project, and understandably jealous of the AC and low profile of your bus. The State highway patrolman who did my inspection described it as "sorta like a transit bus, and looks like one but it is a school bus" i think he was basically a member of the general public as his area of expertise as he is a theft recovery guy.
anyway i posted because i wanted to let you know on my bus it is very apparent which is which when i open the fuse panel and wanted to let you know i will be searching out some way to plug my air lines to the school bus sighn and the swing arm, both of which are removed and i think one of them leaks air because in 24 hours my tanks are completly discharged.
If i find any sourses or plugs i will let you know and please do the same if you find anything out.
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Old 06-27-2009, 02:58 PM   #18
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well my doors are identical i believe to your doors. i have a 90 safe t liner. ( see gallery "G bus" for photos) an i know what made my door misaligned, it was when i ran it into the gas station on the way home from buying it. hehehe but seriously i dig the transit style and am still very excited about my project, and understandably jealous of the AC and low profile of your bus. The State highway patrolman who did my inspection described it as "sorta like a transit bus, and looks like one but it is a school bus" i think he was basically a member of the general public as his area of expertise as he is a theft recovery guy.
anyway i posted because i wanted to let you know on my bus it is very apparent which is which when i open the fuse panel and wanted to let you know i will be searching out some way to plug my air lines to the school bus sighn and the swing arm, both of which are removed and i think one of them leaks air because in 24 hours my tanks are completly discharged.
If i find any sourses or plugs i will let you know and please do the same if you find anything out.
I will let you know if I find anything also on the plugs - or even the best way to do it for that matter.
I just read your posts. Nice Bus! I have really become a fan of Thomas busses, of all kinds! Although I too am partial to the low profile Transit Liner. I cannot find any photos of any Thomas Transits that have been converted - driving me nuts!

Sounds like you had a good ride home for the most part! I didn't hit anthing but I did get to witness a sweet triple axle, $775,000 tow rig in action when my bus died & wouldn't start at a red light during rush hour.... I had driven it 35 miles from the place I bought it before it quit

Anyway, I think I am gonna use a hinge from the other door to fix the lower hinge that is bent as I cannot straighten it. Should be an easy swap. I am going to do the door changes & combine them soon - am excited to see how it comes out. I may use a door closer like Big Bird used also... I like the idea of it shutting automatically...
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Old 07-07-2009, 10:43 PM   #19
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Well I finally found some time to get out to the bus today & got some work done!

My friends are in town from Austin Texas & Mike asked me if he could help with anything on the bus... Little did he know what he was getting into with that open-ended question HEHEHE... needless to say I put him to work!

This is Mike in the trashed bus - still clean...


While I grinded the seat bolts out Mike removed the many seatbelts that were bolted with the thread-lock type nuts (can't remember what they are called) that just didn't wanna come out!




These are some of the many industrial shelves we will be installing soon thanks to a friend of ours - FREEBIE!



Most of the seats are out...what a mess!



This is what is under the seat cushions in the back...



And later in the day she is starting to look respectable!



I figure everyone should show their mug in their bus at east once! This is me finishing up for the day. Can you say Grungy??!

Mike removed the front wall also, looks so much better!





We are going to install shelves from the seat behind the drivers seat all the way to the back of the bus...
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Old 07-07-2009, 10:45 PM   #20
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Who knows CAT engines? I added some photos to try and ID if this is a turbo or not (I am not a diesel guy)... Can anyone tell by the photos if it is or not??




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