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Old 02-25-2012, 05:17 PM   #311
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skoolie needs a facebook 'like' button glad to see you resolved your storage area/vegoil debate. i wanted to ask you if your bus had a governor on it or if you know about those things... a friend we've met in CA has an 86 Thomas International Shortie that wont go over 63mph because of the governor. I know you can take those off pretty easy but I don't know where they are located.. I'll get more specific info and post pics on my thread but I wanted to check with you also.
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Old 02-26-2012, 01:31 AM   #312
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Hey Dan, I really hadn't considered the possibility that my bus would have a governor. I think my speed is limited by my transmission/gearing. If want to push the revvs up I can do 70, which is about all I would really expect out of a school bus. It would be nice to have one of those 600 series trannies with overdrive and whatnot, but alas... Anyway, I've really never dealt with a governor, so don't know what they look like or where to look for it. On a diesel I would assume it was attached to the injection pump or somwhere just before or after the injection pump - but I'm just guessing here. I'm sure a google search would turn up the answer eventually.
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Old 02-26-2012, 07:47 AM   #313
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Re: Diesel Dan's Skoolie

Diesel Dan, you have a knack for making 2X4s look good inside your bus.
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Old 02-26-2012, 02:34 PM   #314
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Diesel Dan, you have a knack for making 2X4s look good inside your bus.
Thanks Rudy. I spend a lot of time cherry-picking 2x4s at Home Depot. The "look" they create in the bus reminds me somewhat of that "rustic" furniture from Mexico. You know, it looks kind of "chunky". And then if I can add some trim here and there it starts to take on a style of sorts.
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Old 02-29-2012, 12:59 AM   #315
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Lighting

For the past week or so I've been slowly working on additional lighting for the living room. Here is what I picked up at Home Depot:



I put the ropes lights up on the top edge of the upper cabinets so they would reflect a bit off the ceiling. I wired in switches for these lights which are located in the angled front part of the cabinets. This way I can turn on the passanger side rope right when I walk into the bus and not have to find my way through the dark bus to find a switch.



The rope lights are incandescent, but are very dim and don't generate any heat. They actually create more light than it appears in the picture; my camera just couldn't capture the actual lighting condition. They will be perfect for when the kids are asleep in the bunk room and my wife and I are watching a movie in the living room (using our ear phones of course) and want to have enough light to move around and to soften the glare of the computer screen in the dark.

I also mounted fluorescent task lights over the dining booth table and center of the couch. These will be used for reading and whatever else we might be doing in that space. These lights have built in switches so I just hard-wired them in to the circuit.



Sorry about the mess in there. I cleaned up AFTER taking the pictures. D'oh!
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Old 02-29-2012, 09:50 AM   #316
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Very good idea DD i like it alot
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Old 02-29-2012, 09:36 PM   #317
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nice!
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Old 02-29-2012, 09:52 PM   #318
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Love the lights!
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Old 03-01-2012, 10:27 AM   #319
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great work on the lights. looks very nice.
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I should post a picture of my 3 watt 12 volt light system... I have gotten rid of all the other 110v and 12v lighing so far except for two fixtures..
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