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Old 06-27-2009, 09:02 PM   #21
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Re: First timer Road tripping project!!!

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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.
What he said! Its easy...
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Old 06-30-2009, 10:46 PM   #22
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Re: First timer Road tripping project!!!

well bad news today! i have been kinda busy and gotten some stuff done and i will post those pictures later on the forum.
Today i got the timing done on my 12v cummins. on valve number 12 the furthest one back, i ignored my instincts about tightness and proceeded to crank down on my tourque wrench long past it clicked from the 18 ft-lbs the adjusting screw requires. it snapped right off and fell to the parking lot under the bus, so now instead of cleaning up the valve covers and buttoning the whole thing up i am searching the internet for parts and advise on how to take the rocker arm off and replace the valve adjusting screw when i find a new one.

this should be much longer and telling my number 6 exhaust valve exactly when to burp out the blackness
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Old 07-08-2009, 12:17 AM   #23
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It has been a few days but i have been busy chasing a fuel problem, doing regular maintenance, and getting the plywood floor cut and set in place.
I bought a Saw and some other stuff including some lock appratus but havent actually installed them yet.
Moved to my friend's driveway to use his power and tools while i do the bulf of the framing and such. should move quickly from here on out.
Check out my photo gallery for the recent work! http://www.skoolie.net/gallery2/v/Skoolies/G+Bus/
Has anyone built their floor directly on plywood? i was wondering if i should get blue foam, i am trying to save headroom and money...


Current copilot until i mount one of the salvaged fake leather tahoe seats for my lady
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Old 07-10-2009, 08:14 PM   #24
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Re: First timer Road tripping project!!!

I have been watching your thread. I have a Thomas with a cummins as well but it is a front engine bus. USAA told me right away they would not insure an RV. I ended up with State Farm @ $90/six months for our State's minimum.

I sure wish i had those boxes you have. I am going to have to build some which will take a significant amount of time. It will include skirts around the entire bus as well.

Keep the pictures coming....and trust your torque wrench(what a bummer).

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Old 07-10-2009, 11:31 PM   #25
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Re: First timer Road tripping project!!!

thanks for the encouragement. what i did was tightened it past 18 lb/ft with my regular ratchet, then when i came back with the torque wrench it clicked immediately and i didn't notice when it did.
oh yes the belly storage will be handy for gear. mine actually need quite a bit of welding to get them to close and latch all sealed up but it sure is a great start! I will probably partition it for black water/ propane/ and other storages.
and i have been finally building up the inside with stolen ideas from this forum and updating my photo blog pretty regular so here it comes next couple of days will be update city.
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Old 07-16-2009, 10:56 PM   #26
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Re: First timer Road tripping project!!!

well i am back and i have finally actually done some non demo and non cosmetic work. i got the engine put back together after i overtightened that adjusting screw and took out the old thermostat and replaced it with a new one. bus seems to be driving much smoother since i have done the maintenance the last few weeks and have run the tank dry with additive and since filled it to a half again.

I have not gotten up to highway speed since i have cleaned out the radiator fins and switched the thermostat. I am hoping it breaks the 55mph barrier. If not then i just hope i can drive longer than 15 minutes at a time without losing power.

lots of great stories to go with the pictures in the gallery. I have had a long week or two as just recently i have begun to have migranes.
Sweet mixed Vascular/Stress throbbing that made me consider a self inflicted full frontal labotomy, with a power tool or firearm. luckly my sweet GF dragged me to the emergency room after much council with my stepmother( Careear RN) and my associates. one MRI and who knows how many uninsured dollars later and now i am taking an over the counter advil migraine every day and it is working so far.

Anyway here is one pic to peak your interest and check my gallery for the details. and the deals, Man i have been getting the sweet deals, RV specific, flooring, fabric, woo hoo
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Old 07-16-2009, 11:19 PM   #27
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Re: First timer Road tripping project!!!

thats a cool dining table!
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Old 07-17-2009, 12:02 AM   #28
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the middle section /self contained toilet/ is what really gives it the functionality i am looking for in a table
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Old 07-17-2009, 08:53 AM   #29
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the middle section /self contained toilet/ is what really gives it the functionality i am looking for in a table
Now that is multi-tasking at its finest!!! In one end, out the other!
I haven't been able to view your album till today. Looking like you are making some progress!
And good to hear your doing well!
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Old 07-18-2009, 11:51 PM   #30
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well yesterday the neighbor showed me his plasma cutter, MIG welder and scrap steel and art projects. he told me to head on over anytime and to "think up some projects" well after i left from cutting out some stuff and doing my first welding ever i though up like 15 things i want to cut out, bend, and weld!!!
I rode out to buy a generator from my buddies mother in law. turns out it was a coleman power-mate 5000 maxa er! its a 10hp tecumseh? engine with a 5gal tank, its loud as **** but it sure does make some power. started right up. had a tune up a few months ago for hurricane season (i live at the beach wilmington nc) and she just doesn't think she will use it so i got it for 100 USD.! !!!

I know it works for sure because i took it over to the donation travel trailer and powered up the fuse panel/. Then i reached in there with my hand, spun the fan on the coleman rooftop and wouldn't you know that S.O.B hummed on and started putting out stank breeze. then it turned into a tepid wind, and gradually an Air Conditioned vent!!!!!

Has anyone renovated old appliances after a period of sitting around? i know the basics of cleaning changing fluids and lubricating but if there are specific do's and dont's then please let me know. i plan on recovering everything from the trailer into my G Bus.
Another favor please???????
If anyone has a 1981 or similar coleman mach iii rooftop ac unit could you please send a picture or a link or something i am having trouble getting the front panel directions because my plastic label is sun bleached completely white.
new pics on the forum maybe tomorrow ill post a teaser on here when i add to the gallery.
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