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Old 06-23-2009, 08:11 PM   #1
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Duckf00t's DONE!! Final Piece in... "Day-by-Day"

Well we finally started the conversion process. It will be a long one, first the bus is going to be a moving van. Then the plan is to make her into a self sufficent solar/wind veggie powered boondocker/ live aboard.

Started a blog for all to check on our progress- thanks for looking.
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Old 06-24-2009, 11:15 AM   #2
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Actually the tanks are from good 'ol e-bay. picked up the two of them for 138 bucks. I'll have o do a little modification to one- the other couldn't have been more pefect.

I found quite a few a few good sites and places to get anything you can imgine.
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http://www.cepex.com/ this a good place for valves for all your fluid needs
http://www.stcvalve.com/ This a good place to find air valves

The engine is the T444E, taking it to the interational place soon to get the governor taken out, amoung othe things I want done. Does anyone know if you can get a spacer to take out the clutch in te fan? I do not intend to run it in cold, so I want the fan to run all the time.
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Old 06-24-2009, 12:46 PM   #3
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Same here case-I ran it home without seats half tank of fuel- still 220... whats going to happen fully loaded in mountains.

yep 60 is all he's got- not that I want to run fast, but I do want the full potential of the engine if I need it.
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Old 06-24-2009, 03:02 PM   #4
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your temp. issues are probably more related to the thermostats than the fan, most modern engines are set up to run 210/220 degrees to help keep the emissions clean and maximize fuel burn. clutch fans are temp sensitive and only operate when needed to minimize parasitic power loss, operating the fan uses a lot of power and are usually needed only at slower speeds when airflow is minimal. the most efficient cooling systems use thermostatically controlled electric fans, on pusher model busses you can eliminate all of the inefficient mechanical drive system and install electric fans at the radiator.

case with your reference to painting, I'm assuming that you are involved in automotive collision repair, start looking at the different fan setups used on cars and find something that will fit your radiator, I'm running a 2 fan unit off a taurus in my jeep, no problems in 10k miles of wheeling. I aquired it because the plastic shroud/mounting was damaged in an accident, the shroud had to be customized to fit my application, so the damaged/junk/free fan was a bonus for me and if it ever fails, replacement fans are available at salvage yards and parts houses. the only other modification that may be needed would be a larger or second alternater and that would probably be a good thing in a conversion anyhow.
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Old 06-25-2009, 05:58 AM   #5
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Thanks Paul!!

I was going to ask at the international place what normal temp was- I drive a semi with the Detriot motor. It's nomal operating temp is 180, however it is equipt with a regen system to post- burn emissions. Makes total sense about the higher temp.

This is why I like this place, you get such knowledge- Thank again.

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Old 07-11-2009, 08:53 PM   #6
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Hey all did some work one the dash and wiring. It was exhausting, but worth it.







Check out the post on blogspot formore details
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Had some fun working on the beast.
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Old 07-12-2009, 04:42 AM   #7
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Good luck!! RE the wind, my goal has been to locate a crank up light plant with a dead engine. I plan to take the crank-up mast and mount it on the rear of my bus, use it to attach my wind generator. The masts for the crank up towers seem to be much lighter than the hydraulic ones. Hope you find this idea useful!! A bit hard to find, but I think the concept is worth the effort and wait!
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Old 07-12-2009, 09:29 AM   #8
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That sounds like a great idea. We have a mast I plan to use, my sons old basketball pole. Th neat thing is it folds up, and raises easy to set up. Now to find a cheap reliable generator to go on the mast. So many choices out there hard to figure which one is the best. Anyone out there have any advice?
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Did up the interior today.

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Old 07-13-2009, 09:13 PM   #10
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Got the floor installed today- check out the blog for all the details http://duckf00tbus.blogspot.com/
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