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Old 12-30-2014, 11:57 PM   #21
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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.
Sorry, i will clear up some confusion...

The 15 amp breakers are the branch circuts and the 20 amp is the main imput one. I know 30 would be ideal but the bus wont be all fancy, all i will have is microwave and fridge and i only have a 3000 watt generator any way.
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Old 12-31-2014, 11:04 AM   #22
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For sure, just making sure you weren't undersizing your wire. You might run into issues running the microwave and the fridge at the same time over a 20amp feed, but that depends on their size.
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Old 03-22-2015, 03:23 PM   #23
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Up here in centeral canada the snow has finially melted, but i cannot complain. This last winter was one of the mildest I can remember.
All the snow had melted off the feild where i park the bus...except for a 3 foot tall rock hard snow drift encircling the bus.

The bus batteries were a little low so i jumped them with another battery, unfortunaly there were no pictures taken. The bus started preaty well, but as usuall it was smokier than i shought it should have been.

I made progress with the clearance marker lights not working.
I removed the wiring raceway until i came to a marker light, the marker lights are wired using plain white wire.



The wire was traced through the swich panel until i found the conection (note: one wire runs the marker lights forward of the driver, the other one rear)
Dispite not being used since it was in school bus service, there is a surprising number of spliced wires, taped conections, and even some extension cord wire running up into the dashboard!



The circut got hotwired with a booster pack to test the wiring harness



This last picture is of the second bus. It was going to be spare parts and storage, however the plan now is to convert it to suit the needs of 4 people and the original bus to sleep 1-2 people. The second bus or "Dirty canadian II" has the exact same engine (T444e tuned to 175hp) and transmision (5 speed Spicer) but was a wheel chair bus.

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Old 03-22-2015, 07:19 PM   #24
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Sweet, a two for one special.

I'm watching.

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Old 03-22-2015, 10:59 PM   #25
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I have to confess something....

These are not my busses. The busses belong to a close friend who also owns the land they sit on. I am helping the owner convert them, and I get to use the busses sometimes (and the land).

I am in high school, that is why I sometimes seem inexperienced. I originally left that and that I don't own the busses out because often people don't take me seriously because of my age.

Seriously, I get laughed at and ignored at auto part, hard wear...ect stores. It's not like I'm full of **** either, I usually have a clue.

I hope to some day live off grid with my shop and a bus. I guess you could call this practice.

I suppose you are wondering why I'm saying this now? I like the truth that's why.
I just HATE not being totally honest.
Everything should be 100% true now.
No BS.

I hope that I have not lost anyone's trust or anything. Every thing I have said mechanically or the like is true.
I never meant any harm, I just.... I don't know.
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Old 03-22-2015, 11:08 PM   #26
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Hey man, good on ya! I wish I had such an opportunity during my high-school years.
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Old 03-23-2015, 03:47 AM   #27
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Just a note on your automobile, you should check your PCV system. PCV stands for (positive crankcase ventilation) It is a system that keeps a slight vacuum on the crankcase by pulling all of the gases that blow by the piston rings out and returning them back through the intake. If the the pcv valve gets plugged up with sludge it will create a pressure on the crankcase and start oil blowing back up past the rings as they are designed for the slight vacuum on the crankcase. 80% of the cars that we worked on for oil usage were repaired with a new PCV valve with a few more that had plugged hoses or pcv tubes.
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Old 03-23-2015, 04:41 AM   #28
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I have to confess something....

These are not my busses. The busses belong to a close friend who also owns the land they sit on. I am helping the owner convert them, and I get to use the busses sometimes (and the land).

I am in high school, that is why I sometimes seem inexperienced. I originally left that and that I don't own the busses out because often people don't take me seriously because of my age.

Seriously, I get laughed at and ignored at auto part, hard wear...ect stores. It's not like I'm full of **** either, I usually have a clue.

I hope to some day live off grid with my shop and a bus. I guess you could call this practice.

I suppose you are wondering why I'm saying this now? I like the truth that's why.
I just HATE not being totally honest.
Everything should be 100% true now.
No BS.

I hope that I have not lost anyone's trust or anything. Every thing I have said mechanically or the like is true.
I never meant any harm, I just.... I don't know.
You're probably much cooler and more level headed than I was at your age.


No worries, bud.
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Old 03-23-2015, 07:16 PM   #29
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More pics. ;)

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Old 03-24-2015, 05:49 PM   #30
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Hopefully there were pictures in my fixing the lights post. I was on a different computer earlier and there were no pictures, but on my laptop all seems fine.....huh.

Here is something that I worked on yesterday. We needed to make some battery cables, but if you have ever priced out terminals for them....you know. Pig Iron P.A. (otherwise known a Princess Auto) wanted something like $10 a pair! Goodness knows that I cannot afford that.

1 hour later and some old 1/2 inch copper pipe some one had painted and ijust saved myself $60.

Here shows what the 1 1/2 inch pcs. of pipe looked mostly formed on a 1/2 inch bolt. The flattened contour eventiallt got rounded to make them look more store bought



The forming "process"


Removeing the formed pipe from the bolt


curring a slit into the copper


The finished product!

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