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Old 01-19-2019, 08:41 PM   #21
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Yeah! So Awesome, I have the same bus! Well, mine is a little older, 1994 Vista 3600, and with the DT 408 rather than the 466 but other then that very similar!

Had to comment seeing another of the same, it's such a strange body style that you don't see it very often.

I'm very interested to see what you're going to do with the gauges, my water temp is the only one of mine that is not working, after replacing the thermostat its still not back so I'm looking into the sending unit, gauge and panel now.

Excited to see what happens to your bus! if you wanna see mine just look at my Instagram, ScottC.C , I have to get around to posting on here more often!
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Old 01-20-2019, 09:20 PM   #22
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Cleaning Up Wiring Part 1

So this is the first part of removing some non-used wires and components from the panel. So far, it still cranks and runs!

I had a Gatekeeper system with the cameras still in and all cables still left, but the DVR itself was removed as was whatever is supposed to be in the black security box in the front overhead panel. That sucker is hard to remove, still not got a single bolt out.

Anyways, the panel! I still have the 7000 series flasher unit in the panel, that's getting removed tomorrow. I removed the solenoid for the caution/warning lights (that activates the 7000). Decent amount of space freed up with that.

Second on the list was the security system wires. Many of them were cut off nearly completely, leaving only the ground remaining and attached. Five of these were a simply disconnect from the fuse bar, one was cut. The cut one was for the LED signals indicating if the ambers or reds are on.

I traced the GPS and cellular receiver to the roof, but had to pull the cables out the opposite way. I'm waiting until tomorrow to remove these units on the roof and seal up the holes.

I removed 37 feet of cables, and this is just from the drivers area to the outside fuse box. About 5 feet of each of the 5 cables I removed was just zip tied to remove slack, and stuffed into the plastic housing very badly. I have no clue how this system worked that long.



Installing Rear View Camera


I set up a basic rear view camera system just to see how I'm going to mount everything. Wired it into the 12v on/accessory so the camera and monitor are powered whenever the bus is on.

I purchased the following items on amazon, pretty sure I'm going to end up keeping the equipment despite it being quite cheap and very off brand.

Padarsey TFT/LED 7" display



Zosi White Dome Camera 720p


And some BNC to RCA adapters and a 50' cable for reaching the back of the bus from the front where the monitor is. Any BNC+Power 12v cable will do, just make sure you get a suitable length. I don't want 25' of slack, and going to end up getting a shorter cable for the rear cameras, and much shorter for the ones closer to the front.

The rear camera was placed right above the rear exit door, and I tested both near straight down positions and ~35 degrees. I'm going to end up getting a second camera for the rear - the first to view down to the bumper for backing up, and 35 degree one to view traffic behind me that my mirrors may not be able to see.

I'll have images up tomorrow, it's got far too dark already and I don't have much in terms of external lights.
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Old 01-21-2019, 03:04 AM   #23
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Old 01-21-2019, 08:13 AM   #24
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Cool idea on 2 cameras! always seems like you need to see up high and down low both.. I just wish there was a solution for keeping things clean on the back of a bus.. maybe one of those spoilers.. the dirt on the windows alone esp in winter on the back windows is crap.. not to men tion what a camera lense would look like..

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Old 01-21-2019, 08:14 AM   #25
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Cool idea on 2 cameras! always seems like you need to see up high and down low both.. I just wish there was a solution for keeping things clean on the back of a bus.. maybe one of those spoilers.. the dirt on the windows alone esp in winter on the back windows is crap.. not to men tion what a camera lense would look like..

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Find us a source for some cool spoilers, Chris!
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Old 01-21-2019, 08:22 AM   #26
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EC - those are still too new to be showing up in the scrap-yards.. well at least the adoption rate of them is slow so I havent seen them anywhere except brand new thus far and they arent cheap.. they are made by 'SEE II' I dont know if anyone else makes them or not.. from people that have them in the bus driver groups I talk with, they apparently work pretty well for helping to keep the backl of the bus cleaner..

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Old 01-21-2019, 08:37 AM   #27
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Too expensive new, but a used one would be a cool fnd.
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Old 01-21-2019, 09:38 AM   #28
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And...it will help keep the rear end planted at 200 mph!
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Old 01-26-2019, 08:52 PM   #29
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Subfloor Finished

Got the flooring done, and quite a few other small items. The drivers side electrical rail above the windows was removed, and the security camera wiring has been completely gutted. The wiring panel had some work done to it, mostly making some room by removing the solenoid for the flasher system.

Next is to convert the eight signal lamps to turn signals / brake lights, and the two forwards red lights turned into spotlights (for when parked, never driving).


Got 1.3mm self adhesive vinyl planks to lay down, going to lay down 60 square feet (got it for $20 at lumber liquidators, so worst case I just pull up). If these work for the next week or so, I'll finish it in the same flooring. If anything in the slightest goes wrong, I'm going with Armstrong 12"x12" or 18"x18" commercial vinyl tile, the kind you see in hospitals and schools.
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Old 01-27-2019, 02:55 AM   #30
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We also purchased that monitor from Amazon. Ours started behaving poorly after about 7 times plugging in the unit. I was wondering if you had any problems with it.
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