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Old 03-29-2010, 01:38 PM   #91
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Just from the looks of the bus and surroundings, do you live in west or south Austin. Lived there for 4 years and loved it. Off E 38 1/2 st and then Bastrop. Just asking.
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Old 03-29-2010, 02:06 PM   #92
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Just from the looks of the bus and surroundings, do you live in west or south Austin. Lived there for 4 years and loved it. Off E 38 1/2 st and then Bastrop. Just asking.
bus is looking good.
Good eye! Yes, I actually live in southwest Austin, or actually a couple miles outside the city limits. Been out here for around 12 years and lived in the city for several years prior to that. Love it! Doin' my part to "Keep Austin Weird".

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Old 04-01-2010, 12:30 PM   #93
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Re: Diesel Dan's Skoolie

Bus looks good...there is a driver I work with who is originally from Austin...I'll send her back to do my part to keep your beautiful city weird
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Old 05-20-2010, 11:48 PM   #94
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Man, my project fell off the first page of the forum... that means I gotta post something! So progress has been slow. I've been working on some non-priority things, I guess 'cause they're more fun? Anyway, I'm almost done with the stairs...





So I plan to stain the whole stairwell, steps and trim the same color, then put several coats of eggshell polyurethane. I figure the various shades of darker and lighter wood will still be distinct from each other and yet the stain will pull it all together.
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Old 05-20-2010, 11:57 PM   #95
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I'm also building a hutch/cabinet thing to go over the engine cover. I still need to add some more trim, a rail around the top edge to keep things from rolling off, and then stain/polyurethane. I insulated the inside with 1/2" foam insulation. I think the engine noise is reduced, and the heat less noticeable.



You can also see a bit of the laminate flooring I am using. It's a cherry color.

Lastly, I scored some free paneling on craigslist. Enough to do the whole bus! (Thanks, Cara!)

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Old 05-21-2010, 12:11 AM   #96
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Oh yeah, I also scored some parts for my WVO system. I got a huge 150 gallon aluminum diesel tank from a dump truck. I'm not sure if I'm going to use it though because I think it will only have about 6" or 7" clearance from the ground when mounted. I want to put it right behind the battery box on the driver's side. Here is the monster:



I also got a Racor 12v heated fuel filter with water seperator, extra filters, inline pump, a 6-way Pollack fuel selector valve with switch and wiring, and some heater hose. All used from craigslist again.



So far I'm only into the WVO system for about $350 and all I need now is a tank heater/heated fuel pickup, another 12v inline heater to put just before the injection pump, and some assorted tubing and fittings. It looks like I'll come in well under $1,000 on the WVO system.
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Re: Diesel Dan's Skoolie

DD,
Beautiful work on the steps and the cabinet. The woodwork looks nice and really maks the entry pop!
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Old 06-17-2010, 12:16 AM   #98
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Got some 6v house batteries today

Someone on craigslist was parting out a golf cart and I got the 6 batteries for $200. The cart was running and the seller claimed they were all good and that two of them were "like new". I noticed that a few of them have slightly bowed looking sides, as if some internal pressure has made them balloon out. It's not that dramatic, but it makes me a little nervous. Has anyone encountered this phenomenon? Would some malfunction cause this, or did the plastic just get deformed by the Texas heat? I figured for that price I would take my chances. I could see that at least two of the batteries had a 2007 date on them. What is the typical lifespan of these things? I will probably use 4 of them in the bus, and the other 2 will power various things I use in the garage for pumping WVO and such.

Did I mention I also scored a brand new 15,000BTU Carrier rooftop air conditioner the other week? For $300 I think I got a great deal. It doesn't have the inside assembly though.

I also bought a bunch of electrical supplies like romex, outlets, switches, breaker box, etc. So mostly all I need to complete the electrical system is a battery charger, inverter, and generator. Oh, and the time to actually install all this stuff! I may wait on the generator, since my only need for that is running the AC while on the road in the summer. I don't think we'll take a major trip this year though.
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... I noticed that a few of them have slightly bowed looking sides, as if some internal pressure has made them balloon out. It's not that dramatic, but it makes me a little nervous. Has anyone encountered this phenomenon? Would some malfunction cause this, or did the plastic just get deformed by the Texas heat? ...
Usually when I see a battery that is bulging it is caused from freezing. A dead battery left out in the winter can freeze, expand inside, and cause the case to bulge. Not sure what your weather is like in Texas in the winter, but a freezing battery seems unlikely to me in Texas. Best way to prevent freezing is to keep them charged up, a fully charged battery will not freeze. Hopefully they all work out good for you, that is one heck of a good deal, even if you only get 4 good ones!!!
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Someone on craigslist was parting out a golf cart and I got the 6 batteries for $200. The cart was running and the seller claimed they were all good and that two of them were "like new". I noticed that a few of them have slightly bowed looking sides, as if some internal pressure has made them balloon out. It's not that dramatic, but it makes me a little nervous. Has anyone encountered this phenomenon? Would some malfunction cause this, or did the plastic just get deformed by the Texas heat? I figured for that price I would take my chances. I could see that at least two of the batteries had a 2007 date on them. What is the typical lifespan of these things? I will probably use 4 of them in the bus, and the other 2 will power various things I use in the garage for pumping WVO and such.

Did I mention I also scored a brand new 15,000BTU Carrier rooftop air conditioner the other week? For $300 I think I got a great deal. It doesn't have the inside assembly though.

I also bought a bunch of electrical supplies like romex, outlets, switches, breaker box, etc. So mostly all I need to complete the electrical system is a battery charger, inverter, and generator. Oh, and the time to actually install all this stuff! I may wait on the generator, since my only need for that is running the AC while on the road in the summer. I don't think we'll take a major trip this year though.
Are the batteries similar to a normal car battery? If so go to AutoZone and have them check to see if you have a dead cell. If not do a voltage check with a voltometer. See if you have less than 10 volts. If so, put the battery on the slowest chage and in a well ventilated area (preferably outside in the evening) and let the battery drip charge overnight and check while using a face shield and rubber gloves, among other acid protecting equipment, in the morning (just in case there is a discharge of acid). If you get the smell of rotten eggs before checking the battery, don't bother checking because it's bad.
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