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Old 11-03-2014, 10:19 PM   #11
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It's gotta be a bear working on it all tipped over like that.
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Old 11-04-2014, 10:19 PM   #12
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Sorry about the sideways pictures, that should be fixed now.
I post the pictures from my phone so that messes them up i guess.
The plans for the electrical i previously mentioned are:
340 watts of solar power
3 100 amp hour deep cycle battery
3000 watt inverter
battery isolator between the starting batteries and house batteries.
transfer switch and between a 2400 and 3600 watt generator.
the alternator on the bus is 140 amp so i should be able to run 600 watts or so off it while on the road.

this should be a pretty decent system.
any suggestions? Thanks.
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Old 11-05-2014, 08:20 PM   #13
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if you try run over 75 amps, the standard 160amp alternator will over heat. its not designed for prolonged high amp usage. our bluebirds started using a constant high amp alternator in 2007 they will max at about 225 short term but carry 175 for extended time. but they cost about $850. just food for thought.
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Old 11-23-2014, 08:03 PM   #14
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The bus is in it's final resting place for the winter, due to the fact that it got stuck on the only patch of ice on the feild.
Overall the conversion is going to plan except that the bus is burning oil now. It used to only smoke for a few minutes on startup but this time it smoked the whole time. We let it idle for 30 minutes to charge the batteries and to oil the engine before the long Canadian winter. Could it just burn oil idling and once the pressure builds up a higher rpm's the seals get tighter? If it's not the turbo I could not care less about it buring oil.
It is mostly painted now (that was before it snowed of course) there is still some yellow around the front window, the sides needs to be sanded and get a heavy second coat (lots of drips).
Happily I discovered that the rating on the trans (5 speed spicer) is 7k above my GVWR (24000 lbs) so I can do some serious towing. I found a 12k lb hitch for $207 with free shipping, with all the wiring, break controller, and ball mount I'll run $450 installed if I do it myself.
Another thing on my list is to make a roof rack/ deck. I plan to drill holes and then put U bolts through the "rub rails" (?) on the roof, will this be strong enough?

One last thing,
Does anyone know what fuse is for the overhead clearance lights on a '97 3800? I replaced one of the fixtures and now none of them work.
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Old 11-23-2014, 08:10 PM   #15
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The smoke may not be oil burning. A crappy injector could do it. How smoother does it run at idle? What color is the smoke?
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Old 11-23-2014, 08:31 PM   #16
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Blueish smoke, runs not bad (better than the spare parts bus witch hardly smokes even at startup)
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Old 11-24-2014, 06:21 AM   #17
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hank, please tell us about the paint you are using. did ya roll it, brush it, or spray? lookin good so far.
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Old 11-24-2014, 05:22 PM   #18
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I used your average tremclad rust paint. Not having done much reschearch I bought it beceause is was at the "ReStore" for $20 and it was $65 at homedepot. I used partially a brush and part roller. DO NOT use a brush no matter how light I put it on it dripped really badly. The roller went on with no drips at all.
In the spring I have ALOT of sanding to do to make it not look as bad is some spots.

Ps. Notice how there is never any close ups of my bus
It's by design...
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Old 12-30-2014, 10:11 PM   #19
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Over christmas i was in "The States" visiting family and picked up some swag for the bus.
I'm going to do 2 plugs on each wall of the bus. Romex wire is 14/2 plus ground, extension cord wire is actual 12/2, no ground.

On the way back to Canada my car started running on 3 out of 4 cylinders at a time. I was making something like 17 mpg with a 1.7L gas engine and I went through about 1/2 a gallon of oil.
It has about 200000 mi on it and 14 harsh canadian years but... No rust, tranny rebuild, breaks, linkages, suspension, CV boots, not to mention new parts on the engine. I'm planning on a new engine but that's at least another year away.

I might try to get back to the bus in February if it doesn't snow too much more.
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Nice bus. Wish you luck on your project. Just remember 14 gauge is meant for light loads not running any serious appliances. Fine with those 15 amp breakers, not with that 20a.
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