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Old 10-29-2009, 11:14 AM   #21
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Last night I tore apart more of the interior stuff. Pulled out those bars that you hold onto when standing, and starting working on seat bolts and pulling up all the tin that hides the heater hoses and blowers. It looks like I have 4 separate heat zones, each with it's own blower, working off 3 heat radiators. One blower for each side of the windshield and the front area, another that ducts to about halfway down the bus, and another that goes all the way to the back. Once I get the seats out of the way I'll take pics and add them to this post.

I think I'll keep all of them: the ones that are used for defrosting the windshield for obvious reasons, and the mid-cabin heater really doesn't negatively impact my floorplan since I will have a dining booth there. Someone had an idea in another post to use a heater to dissipate engine heat when it starts running hot, and I actually did that on my way home from picking up the bus. I will likely set my rear heater up to blow into my garage area so I can use it to keep my spare WVO barrels warm, or alternately open the rear window to let the hot air escape outside if I just need help with cooling off the engine.
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Old 11-02-2009, 01:03 PM   #22
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those convex blind spot mirror are worth there weight in gold even the ones in front if i were you i would keep them
sounds like your coming right along

post sum pics im a visual person
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Old 11-12-2009, 12:13 PM   #23
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This morning I got the bus inspected and did the title transfer, including re-titling as a motorhome with no problems whatsoever! I feel lucky considering the ordeals other people on this site had to go through. The place that does the inspections is also my mechanic so they know me and didn't hesitate to list it as "motorhome" on their inspection documentation. Then I went to my local branch of the tax office where there is never a line at all. Paid my tax, got my plates and motorhome designated title, and was out of there in 15 minutes. Yay!
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Old 11-12-2009, 01:39 PM   #24
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This morning I got the bus inspected...
What all goes into an inspection? When I get my bus to the shop, it will have to have an inspection too, and I was wondering what kind of stuff they look for so I can be ready. Any advice is appreciated!
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Old 11-12-2009, 02:10 PM   #25
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This morning I got the bus inspected...
What all goes into an inspection? When I get my bus to the shop, it will have to have an inspection too, and I was wondering what kind of stuff they look for so I can be ready. Any advice is appreciated!
I think that probably varies from state to state. My inspector was not evaluating whether or not it met any kind of criteria to be considered a "motorhome", he was just checking all the same things he would as if it were a car inspection, like lights, horn, wipers, brakes, etc. So I didn't have to worry about having a bed, sink, toilet, non-yellow paint job, or whatever other requirements other states may have. I think Texas has pretty relaxed requirements for our situation.

When he finished checking things, and was at the computer completing the documentation, I asked him to list it as a "motorhome" when that screen came up, and he was like: "sure, you can call it whatever you want". But then again, the guys at this garage know me so that may have been why it was so easy. And when I got to my local branch of the title/tax office, and asked them to title it as a "motorhome", the guy was like: "okay, here ya go". No questions asked. They just wanted my money.
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Old 11-16-2009, 01:46 PM   #26
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Progress on interior tear-out!

I made good progress on tearing out the interior yesterday. Removed the seats and most of the wheelchair hold-down plates. For those bolts accessible from underneath I prefer having one person inside with impact wrench, and one person underneath with wrench/socket/vice grips. It went really fast using that method. I'll have to use the angle grinder for the bolts that were inaccessible, but I really dislike that method. It takes longer, and then there's all the dust/noise/sparks/projectiles, etc. The only advantage I see is you don't need an assistant.

Here I am relaxing after an afternoon of bus seat removal.

I still have two more wheelchair plates to remove (16 bolts each!) with the grinder, and also the wheelchair lift. I won't take that out of the bus, but just move it around as I'm dealing with the flooring. Same thing with the front electrical console. Hopefully I can just pull the plywood out from under it somehow, treat the rust, then slide the new plywood under it... Yeah, right... like it will be that easy!
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Old 11-16-2009, 02:01 PM   #27
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Sticker removal hell

Man, those big "school bus" stickers on the front and rear of the bus were a nightmare to remove! I used a razor knife, because anything less sharp wouldn't do any good. The stickers on the sides weren't as bad because they were just individual letters. Using acetone and steel wool seems to work okay to get the remaining sticky residue off, but I'm open to hearing other suggestions...



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Old 11-16-2009, 10:50 PM   #28
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Dan: if you take a heat gun to any and all stickers it softens the glue and they will come off real easy with a blade or razor of some sort. Sportyrick
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Dan: if you take a heat gun to any and all stickers it softens the glue and they will come off real easy with a blade or razor of some sort. Sportyrick
I can't believe I forgot to use the heat gun! I actually have one! Oh well, maybe it will help to get the remaining glue off.
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This morning I got the bus inspected...
What all goes into an inspection? When I get my bus to the shop, it will have to have an inspection too, and I was wondering what kind of stuff they look for so I can be ready. Any advice is appreciated!

One good thing about Kansas is.......WHATS an inspection??? Evedintly here in KS we are on the honor system and they will take your word for it. Unless you are titling something from another state. Then they check the VIN numbers against the title. You go stand in line and pay. And your on your way!
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