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Old 06-17-2010, 05:46 PM   #101
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Grea buys! Best I got done today was seasoning the six new cast iron pieces I picked up for $20 at a garage sale!
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Old 07-13-2010, 02:42 PM   #102
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Grea buys! Best I got done today was seasoning the six new cast iron pieces I picked up for $20 at a garage sale!
I love cast iron cookware for the non-stick properties, but they take a long time to heat up on the stove, so perhaps not the most efficient choice for a skoolie. That said, I still plan to use some smaller cast iron skillets in my bus that are thinner metal than the larger ones I use at home.
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Old 07-15-2010, 03:50 PM   #103
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I've been continuing to work on the front part of the cabin. Finishing off the stairs, engine cover/hutch, I re-installed the grab-rail on the passanger side and dressed it up a bit with wood paneling, and I'm currently working on the couch. I bought a used RV jacknife couch, but it needed to be re-stuffed and mounted on a new base. So I've spent the past three nights working on that. I only get to work about 2 hours per night, so progress is slow. I ran out of 2x4's last night so made a run to Home Depot at lunch today to get wood, stain, and various electrical tidbits. I think I will use 120v recessed lighting for the bus. I will use the compact flourescent bulbs. I think that is a good compromise between efficiency and not having to run 12v DC wiring all over the bus in addition to the 120v AC wiring. I plan to be plugged into shore most of the time anyway. I'll get around to taking some pictures soon - maybe after I stain all the woodwork I've been doing and have the couch put together. Next task will be the dining booth which I will make out of the existing bus seats and a table top that will fold out from the wall.
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Old 07-20-2010, 06:06 PM   #104
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Living room progress

Here are some pics of recent progress:

I built the basic frame for the couch to sit on:





And then conducted extensive quality testing:



The couch is a jacknife couch/bed from an RV which I had to restuff. I put an electrical box in the middle of the seat base. Underneath will be a storage area and also provides access to the fuel tank sender and pickup. You can also see in this picture that I've reinstalled the grab-rail and dressed it up with some wood paneling.
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Old 07-20-2010, 06:13 PM   #105
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I got my wife out there cleaning up the seats:



Since I will be covering the chair rails with insulation and paneling, I had to make a support for that side of the bench seats, which will be facing each other in a booth configuration as you can see in my mock-up pic of the living room:





Nothing is bolted down yet, and the couch frame needs to be covered in paneling to close in the cabinet underneath. The table will fold out from the wall. I will also enclose the bottoms of the two dining bench seats to make storage areas. One thing I've gathered from reading this forum is you can never have too much storage.
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Old 08-18-2010, 11:16 AM   #106
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I drove the bus to work this morning. I'd like to say that I did this because it's a good idea to fire up the beast and drive it around once in a while, but the reality is that my other vehicles are not currently operational. *sigh*

So I've never really tried to max out the speed until this morning. Result: Sustained 67mph at 2700rpms and the engine heating up to 210F. I can cruise at 60mph at 2500rpms or 55mph at 2300rpms and the engine stays closer to 200F. I sure would like to to be closer to 2000rpms at 60mph though. I also think I may have some restriction on my gas pedal. I insulated behind there and it feels like it may be stopping before I reach the end of it's range. The ambient temps will be around 100F when I drive home this evening, so we'll see how well the bus likes sitting in traffic on a hot day.

Conversion-wise there isn't much to report. I've been busy working on my other vehicles, and try to get a little bus work in here and there. Still trying to get the "living/dining room" together: wiring, paneling walls, installing seats. It will look very similar to pics in my previous post of the "mock-up".
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Old 08-18-2010, 07:47 PM   #107
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Well, the ride home was a little hairy. The route was much more hilly and the temperature 20 degrees hotter. The bus was happy to sit in traffic and idle, but when climbing the hills it got up to 215F and at times as high as 220F. I was about ready to pull over, but just in time the traffic would stop and idling would cool it off. I realized when I got home that the valve that allows the coolant to go to the heaters from the engine was shut so that's why turning on the heaters wasn't doing any good. But still, the engine should run at a reasonable temperature without me having to turn on heaters.

I'll have to do some research on this overheating issue before I take any major trip.
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Old 08-18-2010, 10:37 PM   #108
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What axle does it have - your are right to want to lower your cruise rpm - its good for the engine all the way around - lower temp - less wear and tear and better mileage. still it looks good
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Old 08-20-2010, 09:32 PM   #109
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hello dan..

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got my eye on a bus just like yours...nice find
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YF: I'll have to check out the axle to see what I've got. Is there a marking somewhere that I can look for? I think I actually have the original build/delivery paperwork from the school district, so it might be listed in there.

This weekend I hope to make some progress in painting the bus. I've already started doing some sanding. At a minimum, I want to get the roof painted, and the rest of the body sanded and spot-primered.

I'm also starting to work on the electrical closet. The passenger rear corner of the bus will be the electrical closet, and right in front of it will be a closet (where the wheelchair lift door is) that will hold two 55gal oil drums for my extra WVO for long trips. Unfortunately that will be a lot of weight on that corner of the bus. Probably 800 pounds of WVO, and then another 300 pounds of batteries. The other back corner (driver's side) will have a grey water tank and a generator mounted underneath. I hope this isn't too much weight so far behind the rear axle...
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