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Old 12-06-2008, 06:37 PM   #11
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Re: First Bus

Wow! I don't know what to say other that My thoughts are with you and don't giveup. Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.
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Old 12-06-2008, 10:27 PM   #12
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If you are still having problems with the air opening door and it turns out to be in the valve above the door get some pictures and post. I have converted my door to a single swing door (pictures posted in Conversion Projects) and no longer need my valve assembly. Like others I will let you have it for shipping cost if it looks like it will help you. Good Luck with the bus. It is a lot of work but a lot of fun too.
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Old 12-07-2008, 02:07 AM   #13
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Nice pics! I like the white and blue color scheme. I might adopt it for my bus when I paint!


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Old 12-07-2008, 03:45 AM   #14
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The panel labeled "Trans/Air" looks like controls for an air conditioning system. Check out http://www.transairmfg.com/index.cfm . Have you tried playing with it while the engine is running? I'm guessing it's probably disconnected or otherwise non-functional, though.
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Old 12-07-2008, 09:38 AM   #15
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Re: First Bus

Hi James,

Welcome to the maddness...er...forum !!

WOW...what a pile of $#*! yo had to wade through! Like Elliot said you are through it now, and that in and of itself was half the battle! Besides, what you have invested in your bus thus far, is probably no more than what most of us initially invested in our own...so keep it and have fun with it!!!

As far as the foot control left of the steering column, it is probably your "high beam" dimmer switch for your headlights. My guess for the two radiator screens on the sides of the bus would be that they house the central air conditioning unit for the bus, and the switches on the control panel you were questioning are probably the controls for the A/C. As far as your "tractor" tire goes, it kinda looks like it came off of a 1950's or 60's style Army Jeep - like the ones used in MASH !!! I would definetely swap those out. Check with your local truck tire shop or even a highway truck stop that has a tire shop; they will often have good used tires that can be had for much less than buying new.

Good luck with the bus, and don't forget to have fun with it!!!

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Old 12-07-2008, 11:50 AM   #16
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You pretty much got the tire right, it is not a tractor tire, but it looks like a military issue truck tire. It's probably just fine, but I'd replace it, maybe find a new rim too and keep that tire for an emergency spare.

Aside from a frustrating experience and spending more money than you planned, you still have a great looking bus for a very good price. You could probably turn it around like it is and still make a profit on it. I'd stick with the plan and move forward as long as finances allow.
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Old 12-07-2008, 01:00 PM   #17
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First of all, I would park it away from those $200.000 motor homes. That will make your bus look MUCH better!

Sure seems like you need tires. And that military tire may not be rated for highway speed, which might make it illegal to have on there -- not sure. Also, I'm not sure about your wheels -- I cannot see for certain, but they may be split rims. Your data plate says the bus came with tubeless rims, but they look suspicious "from here" -- that poor slob might have "traded down" for split ones and a bottle of Ripple. Take a close look at all six -- I've seen buses with split rims on the rear and tubeless ones on the front. If you find any split rims, I recommend you replace them with tubeless ones. To identify a tubeless wheel: The valve stem has a nut at its base.
(I wouldn't bother to carry a spare, since it is not likely that you would be able to change it anyway. That 's what Les Schwaab is for.)

You have some flexibility with tire sizes. These days, the "high profile" tires like 11.00 are no longer much in use. Most 18-wheelers use "low profile" tires with metric width like 275. So when you go looking for used tires, you will most likely wind up with something like 275R/80x22.5, which is a common size on 18-wheelers. And guess what... 295/75Rx22.5 is the same height, and those two sizes are interchangable for our purposes.

The engine serial number is on the other data plate. Again, the engine could have been replaced, but it's a start.

For the power steering tank, I would look near the left headlights. Some vehicles use automatic transmission fluid, but I would buy "real" power steering fluid unless told otherwise. A telephone call to a Blue Bird dealer might settle it.

Give it a good scrubbing. You'll be amazed how much better it will appear as soon as you get rid of the greasy stain on the edge of the entry door.

Very likely the windows are "water stained", which is also a serious "attitude depresser". You can get a water stain remover. It's a fine abrasive powder that you mix with water and it requires a lot of rubbing, but it works. Be sure to follow the directions -- use a soft rag; NOT a scrubbing pad or you'll scratch the heck out of the glass.

If the rear end ratio really has been changed, that's an other big plus for your bus.
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Old 12-07-2008, 01:37 PM   #18
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No kidding Elliot!!! Blue Birds are great looking coaches, but when you park it next to a brand new Monaco, it can be a little depressing to see how much work you really have yet to do!!!
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Old 12-07-2008, 05:44 PM   #19
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First of all, I would park it away from those $200.000 motor homes. That will make your bus look MUCH better!

Sure seems like you need tires. And that military tire may not be rated for highway speed, which might make it illegal to have on there -- not sure. Also, I'm not sure about your wheels -- I cannot see for certain, but they may be split rims. Your data plate says the bus came with tubeless rims, but they look suspicious "from here" -- that poor slob might have "traded down" for split ones and a bottle of Ripple. Take a close look at all six -- I've seen buses with split rims on the rear and tubeless ones on the front. If you find any split rims, I recommend you replace them with tubeless ones. To identify a tubeless wheel: The valve stem has a nut at its base.
(I wouldn't bother to carry a spare, since it is not likely that you would be able to change it anyway. That 's what Les Schwaab is for.)

You have some flexibility with tire sizes. These days, the "high profile" tires like 11.00 are no longer much in use. Most 18-wheelers use "low profile" tires with metric width like 275. So when you go looking for used tires, you will most likely wind up with something like 275R/80x22.5, which is a common size on 18-wheelers. And guess what... 295/75Rx22.5 is the same height, and those two sizes are interchangable for our purposes.

The engine serial number is on the other data plate. Again, the engine could have been replaced, but it's a start.

For the power steering tank, I would look near the left headlights. Some vehicles use automatic transmission fluid, but I would buy "real" power steering fluid unless told otherwise. A telephone call to a Blue Bird dealer might settle it.

Give it a good scrubbing. You'll be amazed how much better it will appear as soon as you get rid of the greasy stain on the edge of the entry door.

Very likely the windows are "water stained", which is also a serious "attitude depresser". You can get a water stain remover. It's a fine abrasive powder that you mix with water and it requires a lot of rubbing, but it works. Be sure to follow the directions -- use a soft rag; NOT a scrubbing pad or you'll scratch the heck out of the glass.

If the rear end ratio really has been changed, that's an other big plus for your bus.

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am i the only one who wants to read the suicide note? also, there are free online websites you can use to translate....wonder what the words in romanian say?
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