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Old 02-12-2010, 07:38 PM   #21
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i like the black cplate is is aluminum or painted steel?
Which ever I can find cheaper. I was leaning towards aluminum because it is easier to work with.
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Old 02-13-2010, 07:59 AM   #22
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My daughter has one of those barbie skoolies. Tis my painting inspiration!
Now that grid steel done in pink would Rock!
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Old 02-14-2010, 07:35 PM   #23
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Here's a little bit better idea of what the floorplan will look like. I did not include any overhead storage in the drawings because I haven't really decided where to put them yet.
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Old 02-14-2010, 07:58 PM   #24
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I sure like your ability to show the floor plan in 3D! I am seriously computer challenged, still stuck in the pencil and paper days so I do admire someone that can use those computer assisted drawing programs to show an idea as clearly as your programs does!
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Old 02-15-2010, 02:33 AM   #25
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Okay, so I got bored and added the overhead storage to my design. I also added a few doors on the storage units, starting in the back. It is still not totally completed, but it gives me a really good idea what it will be like inside.
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Old 02-15-2010, 08:32 AM   #26
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Oh I hate you now. Seeing those made me fireup SketchUP so now all my day is wasted playing with 3D layouts instead of finishing building projects that are supposed to be ready to put into the bus once I pick it up. Bad man!
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Old 02-16-2010, 09:10 PM   #27
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Well...it is finally home! I picked up the bus today and drove it home. It was a little different than I am used to at first with the older industrial type transmission and super-low gearing, but once I got the hang of a true manual transmission it was easy enough to drive. Just had to learn that you absolutely cannot skip gears when going up or down, and that it starts out in second gear really easy on a level ground. Unfortunately, the speedometer does not work. The previous owner said that the needle started to bounce around instead of just moving steadily for a while, then just quit working all together. Any ideas what the problem may be and how to fix the speedo? It has to work, because I am not a good judge of speed on a vehicle I am not familiar with, especially coming from an Acura Integra to a school bus!
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Old 02-16-2010, 10:02 PM   #28
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Kinda what I was thinking, probably started binding causing the instability, then snapped and well, no more speedo. Is it possible to change just the flexible shaft inside, or do I need to get a complete new cable? Should I be able to get parts through Ford for this, or would I need to go to a truck parts dealer for the parts?
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So I pulled the speedo cable off of the back of the speedometer and pulled the cable out. It is completely intact. As a test I put the end of the cable into the speedometer and turned it by hand. The needle moves, so the gauge itself should be okay. When I put the cable back into the housing to the transmission it turned freely until the last inch so I would think that the cable is engaging the gear in the transmission. The only other thing that I can think of is that the speedometer cable was not pressed into the gauge itself far enough to engage. The retaining clip is broken and it seemed to come out with little effort. It just pulled off. I pushed it into the gauge as best I could, I just need to test drive it tomorrow to see if it works now.
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No clue what it could be but our oldie mercury GM had similar systems and eventually one after another thing died. Spedometer, tripmeter, odometer, then the right blinker stopped working. Never did have it looked at to figure the problem. Electrical?
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