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Old 07-25-2009, 09:17 AM   #61
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Thanks all for the helpful input from everyone. I am learning everyday!

I will take your advice Lee & clean everything today & put a charger on the batteries & see what comes of it... I understand when hooking up a charger or jumping these batteries it doesn't matter which one I connect to correct? Thanks again, I hope they still work as I really don't want to outlay a couple-few hundred bucks for new batteries!

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As long as all your connections are tight and clean, it makes no difference which one you attach to charge or "jump".
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Old 07-25-2009, 10:49 AM   #62
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Thanks all for the helpful input from everyone. I am learning everyday!

I will take your advice Lee & clean everything today & put a charger on the batteries & see what comes of it... I understand when hooking up a charger or jumping these batteries it doesn't matter which one I connect to correct? Thanks again, I hope they still work as I really don't want to outlay a couple-few hundred bucks for new batteries!

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As long as all your connections are tight and clean, it makes no difference which one you attach to charge or "jump".
Best of luck!
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Thanks Lee!! I am about finished cleaning all the connections & had to add distilled water & will be hooking up a trickle charger in about an hour & will let it run most of the day. Fingers crossed - hope it makes a difference!

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Old 07-28-2009, 05:20 PM   #63
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Well I haven't done too much lately... Worked on the batteries, cleaned everything with steel wool, tightened all connection (1 positive - 2 negs were loose) & topped off with distilled water & put an 8 hour trickle charge on it & Buster started right up!

I also installed a closure to the 2 front doors & it locks! I had to cut it down length-wise & drill new holes. Cost me $10 for the gate lock, & about $2 for the nuts, bolts & washers. I then sprayed it black & it holds very well!

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Old 07-28-2009, 07:11 PM   #64
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Thanks vanguy, I am happy with it!

I will in the future combine the 2 doors hinged at the front & will add a nice door handle & latch... Now I have to figure out the inside closing setup. I may be able to use the same gate latch for the inside on the opposite door. I have a vintage cast iron Coke bottle door handle that would look killer for the inside door pull handle! hmmm

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Old 07-28-2009, 09:19 PM   #65
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.....I still don't fully understand why someone would want to convert a school bus into an RV and then spend major $$$ just to make it NOT look like a bus. To me it kinda kills the "coolness" factor....
I would. I don't think it kills the cool factor. It adds to it.
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Old 07-29-2009, 05:43 PM   #66
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Hey Smitty, I would like to see that door if you ever come across it again!
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Old 07-29-2009, 06:46 PM   #67
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I am SO tired of doctors & their ever present need to feel like they are gods! I have had a bulging disc in my spine for many years. I went (after numerous other doctors took a look at me) to the Hershey Medical center in PA (supposedly the best in the industry) & their only solution was to operate... that meant going thru the front of my neck to replace the bulging disc with an artificial one! Not try therapy first, lets do the $100K operation!

I looked at the long list of possible problems that could occur - heres a few of the worst:
loss of movement of my head side to side
my voice could change OR I could lose it completely
partial paralysis or even better yet, TOTAL paralysis!

They insisted I needed to do this surgery & said I would not be able to function after 5 years or so, but only after I sign a waiver that states they are not liable for the outcome! ARE YOU F**KIN NUTS??? I continued to live with the back pain & finally visited a chiropracter that a friend recommended that took care of me naturally with no surgery! Now granted the pain still comes & goes but hey I am still in one piece & able to do things I could do 20 years ago!!!
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Old 07-29-2009, 08:48 PM   #68
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Well I have been contemplating where I want the Honda CT90 to be stored on the bus... A steel channel on the front of the bus seems to be the best place but I don't want to damage the bike from road debris as it is very nice original condition (but then again it IS a dirt bike!).
There are 2 heavy steel brackets on the front of the bus for what might have been a bike rack in it's day. I figured I might be able to rig something up. The bus sits so low in the front that I might just get away with a channel as the motorcycle only weighs about 180 lbs & it is no problem to lift the front & rear separately. Or a tilt-down ramp that holds the wheel in place whe the bike is on the rack. I know they sell these but they are expensive & all the racks I have seen are for box receivers & I want something a bit more sturdy. Hmmm...





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Everyone I spoke with that had or knew someone who had back surgery said "don't do it, you will never be the same"! I took their advice... Glad I did!

The Honda does have a side ignition... good thing your dad didn't lock the forks in the turned position tho...that mighta been tough to pick! Course you could'a done hard left turns all day long!

I like the old Honda. We bought our 2003 Nissan Frontier Crewcab in December from a guy in Jacksonville. When we went there to check it out he had this Honda sitting in his garage partially apart (he was replacing seals) & I commented that my dad had the same bike when I got my first dirtbike at age 6. He noticed that I was spending more time looking at & talking about the bike than the $10,000 truck we were buying. When my wife was inside he said "back the Nissan into the garage for me". I looked at him kinda perplexed & said ok. He proceeded to put about $400 in Honda parts in a box into the truck & asked me to give him a hand loading the motorcyle! Basically he needed the room to park his wifes Mercedes & his Escalade & gave me the title & said have fun, its complete! So I got an original 1973 Honda CT90 that has the original owners title & manual included with only 3200 miles on it for FREE!! SCORE! I am still tickled to this day... It was like getting the Nissan for only $8500... However you look at it I was happy & man it is a blast to ride!
You remember the High/Low switch on it? Makes it an 8 speed... Will climb trees in low!
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It's pissin me off because I get worse, and if things don't happen soon (SSI), building a skoolie will be totally out of the question. I'll already have to pay for a fair amount of help, just in moving heavy stuff....which I ain't happy about.

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I was wondering why you were without a bus & now it makes sense... Sorry to hear about all the troubles & we all hope it gets better for you! Us "skoolies" might have to band together to help build yer bus!
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