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Old 07-30-2009, 10:56 AM   #71
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Hang in there Smitty. If you up and die-they win.
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Old 07-30-2009, 11:20 AM   #72
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I can totally relate about the doctors Smitty... 6-1/2 years old I had open heart surgery, a big deal in 1972, was born with a hole in my heart. At 23 I became insulin dependant, just out of the blue! Then the back... It hasn't been easy but I make the best of everything cause I never know what might happen next. I did just have a baby girl on mothers day, my wife & my first child! There are positive things ya gotta look forward to to help keep your head high!

Yea the Honda has a switch below the crankcase that gives it 4 low gears & 4 high. It is a 4 speed clutchless auto which makes it a sinch for anyone to ride!
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ezbme, that is one beautiful little bike you got there!
And such a sweet deal! Right place at the right time, huh?

Makes me jealous!
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Old 07-30-2009, 02:28 PM   #74
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ezbme, that is one beautiful little bike you got there!
And such a sweet deal! Right place at the right time, huh?

Makes me jealous!
Thanks!
Yea there is nothing like Freebies!!! (And boy do skoolies like freebies!) We took it in to a Honda specialist & had all the new seals put on it, carb rebuilt, tank flushed & let them ride it for a few weeks till we picked it up. Cost us $325 for the work & was well worth it!
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Old 07-31-2009, 08:11 AM   #75
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Hey Smitty, along with all other skoolie members out there... You'all are always welcome to come visit us for a spell if you are ever in New Mexico! Plenty of rural "Camping" spots to park your bus & enjoy nature, & a drink or two of course!

I am thinking I might wanna touch base with anyone that is along our route from Sebring Florida to Datil New Mexico... NEVER know what may happen on a 2,000 mile trek & can always use a helping hand if problems arise... *fingers crossed it is uneventful*
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Old 07-31-2009, 05:20 PM   #76
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Well last nite my wife & I & the baby were out in the bus for a few hours cleaning up & organizing the tools.... Is it possible to have TOO many tools?? I find it amazing how quickly the bus gets trashed when a new segment is started, no matter what it is. We are going to strap in the Cornwell box & it will stay in the bus when we get to the cabin. Buster is almost starting to look like a workshop of sorts! (might have to rename him)

The stainless steel hand-hold posts that were mounted vertically (currently wrapped in foam) & rails that run the length of the bus on the ceiling are going to be incorporated into the railing along with wood when we build the deck off of the side door of Buster once he is parked at the cabin & setup. They (the posts) will also be a part of the railing at entryway deck to the cabin. Figure I can also use the nice handrail that was at the steps/entrance to the bus on the steps of the bus deck... Ah the fun of reusing salvaged goodies!




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Old 08-03-2009, 11:33 PM   #77
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You know I look at everyones progress & I just can't wait to dig into our bus... Building a moving van slash office just isn't quite the same, although I enjoy every chance I get to work on it!
Well I had a little time to make a locking setup for the side door. I figure I am at the point where I need to secure the bus as we are starting to put valuables inside. I cut a piece of a bedframe to make the bracket, drilled it & filed the edges & rounded the sharp corners. Then painted it & used LockTite with double nuts inside to help deter someone from trying to loosen the bolts to get in. I will eventually weld the bolts to the bracket but right now I never have enough time! I also started to lube the transit windows as about 80% are really hard to slide. This bus had AC & I don't think anyone ever opened the windows but they are getting better...

Not too much progress but getting little things done. Still have to figure out what I am going to do for an inside latch for the front doors. I also need to get back inside to build the office desk/shipping counter & finish organizing the tools so we can start to load up our stuff for the move.



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Old 08-24-2009, 04:33 PM   #78
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Ok, well I got outside to work on Buster a little more!

When I joined skoolie I was warned that I MUST donate blood as the Bus Gods require it! Well the Gods must not have been on my side as I ended up dontaing more than just blood...

I stole Jim's (baadpuppy) idea of mounting one of the jumpseats that came with Buster at the entranceway for a co-pilot perch. He & I did a little bartering & he got the other jump seat I had & wants to do the same thing...

That said, I sanded, painted & found the perfect location to drill the holes & mounted this cool little seat.
After a days worth of work doing various things my wife & I were out in the bus, she sitting in the drivers seat facing the isle & me in the jumpseat facing her with my feet in the isle also. As we were enjoying a few laughs & talking about my progress I saw she had made some trailmix & it was sitting in a glass tupperware on the dashboard next to the instrument panel. Having the munchies, I leaned forward, rolling from my heels to the balls of my feet & grabbed the tupperware & rolled on my feet back to the seat that had quietly folded back up - which of course caused me to fall to the steps of the bus - but not after first landing on my left ass cheek on the metal edge of the floor where it meets the step compartment, I bounced then I nailed my head on the same edge, followed by a not so graceful backward roll down the steps, flailing & trying to catch my fall, went thru the doors & out onto the ground, all the while holding the glass tupperware!!! I saved the glass but really beat myself up on the fall, but luckily I survived with NO BROKEN BONES! I now have some sweet bruises & my ass is killing me! DAMN BUS GODS.....

So anyway, the morale of the story, beware of the Bus Gods & avoid doing backward rolls down the steps of your bus!

Here are some photos of the progress:

Seat before I did anything, not mounted yet...



After paint & bolting it down.

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Old 08-24-2009, 04:43 PM   #79
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We picked up 3 new monocrystalite 90 watt panels for the bus office (would that make it a buffice?). We were supposed to have all the same but the company messed up. It won't matter as they are the exact same specs, they just look different. I also started buying the wire, GFI outlets & boxes & other hardware to get this ready to install.

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you might consider using a bungie cord somehow to loosely "lock" the seat down when being used. Also, putting some kind of fold down panel to cover the steps would give the passenger a more comfortable place to put their feet, as well as preventing step rolling. Maybe combine the two so that when the step cover is down, the seat is down, and when you lift one the other automatically goes up. I'm sure there's a way to make that happen safely.

Sorry to hear about the injuries. I like how you got that mounted. I hope I can do a similar install when I get a round tuit.

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