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Old 06-06-2009, 10:28 AM   #11
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Re: First timer Road tripping project!!!

well got lots of painting done and all the extra seats are at the county dump (free) scrap metal sold and inside almost all stripped out!!! noo i am wondering what is the best insulation to put under my laminate hardwood floating floor that rides on felt? foamboard insulation or rubber mat? i will be searching for any advise on the forum just wanted to be sure i get a good idea about what i should do before i start.
also did you guys fill in the holes left by the seat bolts and if you did what did you use to seal them?
New pics on the Gallery see link above in this post
Lastly i named it "G Bus"
went out to get it all put back together for the drive back into town. i got the painting mostly done first coat on and i gotta get it off my buddies farm before his wife gets back and maybe bring it back for big involved work in the near future, like converting it to WVO!!!
new pics in gallery http://www.skoolie.net/gallery2/v/Skoolies/G+Bus/
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Old 06-09-2009, 10:20 AM   #12
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Re: First timer Road tripping project!!!

well they keep hassling me. But I am in violation of lots and lots of city ordinances about parking and oversize vehicles.
so I am looking for a place to go. Where have other people parked there skoolies?
I dont own a house so I'll have to rent something or leave it out in the country at a friends.
Well maybe i should have thought about it more when the first question most people asked when i told them about the bus idea was,
where are you gonna park it?
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Old 06-10-2009, 10:09 PM   #13
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Re: First timer Road tripping project!!!

Good to hear your stoked on a WVO conversion! As for parking I'm sorry I can't recommend anything......I park mine on the street or in my yard somewhere. I had to respond after hearing of your six-point turn-around, for it made me remember the somewhere in the range of twenty point turn I made to sufficiently get mine into the far corner of my yard. I wish I had a time elapsed film of that turnaround! HEHE! Good luck with your ride! RECYCLER
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Old 06-15-2009, 10:59 PM   #14
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well i gotta update to keep my name near the top of the forum cause i haven't asked a lot of questions or gotten a lot of feedback maybe ill learn how to put pictures directly on here instead of posting only to my gallery to make it more comment friendly.
i have been in florida helping my parents move into their new home (regular not nursing) and it has been alternately fun and stressful.
My bus is currently looming over my friends house on the other side of town from where the cops tried to tow me. I will take a picture if i remember to because it is kind of funny how it dominates the house. anyway as soon as i get back i will be attacking the title situation and moving it to a circuit city parking lot right on the main drag of wilmington. will post when i get back.
Also i do have a question about removing a governor, i think mine is really messing with me. I am going to do a tune up when i get back (oil, valves, filters, Diesel kleen, ect.) But i would love to find out how to remove the "Compucruise" at the same time. anyone know which wires to connect or cut because i cut the green one and the bus wont run without it.
i started a thread in conversion discussion and a picture can been seen in my gallery, titled " G Bus "
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Old 06-23-2009, 10:07 AM   #15
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getting into the mechanical problems on my bus yesterday and trying to get all my parts together to stage the "Housecar" inspection for the title.

I discovered that my bosh rotary style injection pump has a cold start aid called a ksb that advances the timing by 7 degrees until the engine is warm.
The sensor was disconnected and counterintuitively this means that the ksb was functioning since i bought it. this is not good. so i bypassed the sensor by running a jumper wire from the fuel cut off soleniod and again the bus runs and i will post the changes if any.

well i just rolled the dice on this one and tested the wires going into the control box (compucruise computer) and found two of them have power with the ignition on and bus not running. so i cut every wire and connected those two together.
it happened to be a green one and a blue one that was not in the insulated shiny wrapping. the bus still runs and i will repost about any changes in speed but i think it has been disabled as it is on the floor of my saab.

Also i will search but does anyone have any advise on testing equipment to be salvaged off of a camper trailer? i have a donor and have free range but i don't want to spend two days pulling it apart only to find that the components are rubbish. so if anyone has experience on what to look for in a coleman rooftop, two way fridge, gas range, ....
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Old 06-24-2009, 05:05 PM   #16
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Re: First timer Road tripping project!!!

got it all inspected and will be posting some new pics in the next few days. it is now completely legitimate and legal. liability insurance, house car title in the mail, license plate and registration. all i need is to get a safety inspection in the next ten days and i should be golden.
all it took was all day today from waking up at seven am and staging the bus for the conversion inspection, to driving accross town to my house and printing the proof of insurance card to show the dmv.
i pay $17.34 a month or so for 30k 50k 30k liability or somthing through USAA i flirted with the girl a little bit now lets see if she sends me a cannecellation form in the mail in two weeks or whatever.
anyway thats exciting to be totally legit and i think exempt from the CDL endorsement that would normally go with driving a 30000 lb GVWR vehicle. with air brakes
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Old 06-27-2009, 11:53 AM   #17
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got it all inspected and will be posting some new pics in the next few days. it is now completely legitimate and legal. liability insurance, house car title in the mail, license plate and registration. all i need is to get a safety inspection in the next ten days and i should be golden.
all it took was all day today from waking up at seven am and staging the bus for the conversion inspection, to driving accross town to my house and printing the proof of insurance card to show the dmv.
i pay $17.34 a month or so for 30k 50k 30k liability or somthing through USAA i flirted with the girl a little bit now lets see if she sends me a cannecellation form in the mail in two weeks or whatever.
anyway thats exciting to be totally legit and i think exempt from the CDL endorsement that would normally go with driving a 30000 lb GVWR vehicle. with air brakes
We had setup insurance initially with USAA for our bus & the day we went to pick it up we called USAA & they informed us they no longer insure RV's & connected us with Progressive for a discounted rate for insurance... Then we insured it with Progressive & they later cancelled us (2 weeks) & told us they no longer insure RV's or bus conversions... SO just a heads up, we now have insurance with GMAC, signed up online with no hassles - YET! Just thought I would share that with you as you may run into problems with USAA...
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Old 06-27-2009, 01:03 PM   #18
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i will surely update if/when they cancel me. i feel like they may but i am only concerned that they will do it on one days notice, without time to get new insurance i will get a fine from NC for allowing my insurance to lapse or uninsured motorists. this is why i cant use my old car plate but had to buy a new plate. i cancelled the insurance before i turned in the registration and they said i would have to pay the fine to get my old plate "reactivated" or something, so hopefully they will notify me mid month so i can get new insurance before they drop my ass!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 06-27-2009, 03:37 PM   #19
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i will surely update if/when they cancel me. i feel like they may but i am only concerned that they will do it on one days notice, without time to get new insurance i will get a fine from NC for allowing my insurance to lapse or uninsured motorists. this is why i cant use my old car plate but had to buy a new plate. i cancelled the insurance before i turned in the registration and they said i would have to pay the fine to get my old plate "reactivated" or something, so hopefully they will notify me mid month so i can get new insurance before they drop my ass!!!!!!!!!!!
You should get notice... Progressive gave us 30 days till it would be cancelled. There may be a law that prevents insurance companies from doing this too.
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Old 06-27-2009, 07:28 PM   #20
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well i gotta update to keep my name near the top of the forum cause i haven't asked a lot of questions or gotten a lot of feedback maybe ill learn how to put pictures directly on here instead of posting only to my gallery to make it more comment friendly.
Posting pics is super easy. Log onto photobucket.com, register an acct. upload your pics from your computer onto their server. Be sure and automatically resize them to 640x480 (this is the size that fits best on message boards) when you upload them other wise you will have to do it later. Once you get them on photobucket, move you mouse over the pic, a drop down pulls up. Left click on the "img" link, highlighting it, Then right click, copy, then paste on here. your done.
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