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Old 02-01-2005, 08:32 PM   #91
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np..after working with plastics and fiberglass I'm a big fan of both *S*
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Old 02-02-2005, 06:13 PM   #92
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I e-mailed the acrylic glass company and found the mirror i want costs about 2.00 per square foot. I need about 64 sqft making the total about $128 plus shipping. Or...Home depot sells the same material for $4.00 sqft.

I guess it depends on how much shipping is gonna cost.....and how much patience i have. I'm excited about the mirror, I think it'll look great!
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Old 02-02-2005, 06:19 PM   #93
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I took the bus in to the local high school vocational technical center today to get the lifter pump fixed on my bus. Diesel fuel has been getting mixed into the crankcase oil for some time now. I believe the lifter pump diaphragm is the culprit, caused by running the wvo line at high pressure.

The shop plans to also remove the injectors for inspection/cleaning. They promised me some photos of the injectors. It'll be interesting to see if there is any bad wvo residue left over. I've burned about 1,000 gallons of wvo, and about 1,000 gallons of diesel in the past year.

When/if i finally retire this motor, vo-tech wants to do a complete tear down and inspection to see if there is any serious damage caused by wvo usage.

Hopefully i get the bus back soon so i can finish the reconstruction project. There is definately light at the end of the tunnell now.
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Old 03-23-2005, 08:11 PM   #94
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Finally got the bus back today!

it's been a good month and a half that it's been gone.

Now the real fun begins as i finish up the reconstruction project.
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Old 03-24-2005, 12:40 AM   #95
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Don't keep us in suspense!

Well, what did the injector inspection show? Is there any evident gumming or residue in the parts of the engine they inspected? Obviously it was in running order when you got it back, so the problem with the pump must be cured, which is great.
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Old 03-31-2005, 07:55 PM   #96
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I had the bus worked on at the local high school vo-tech, students worked on the bus while being supervised by a diesel mechanic.

They were only able to remove one injector..the rest of them apparently were stuck in the cylinder head. They took it out and tested the spray pattern and said that it was fine. Unfortunately i wasn't able to get any photos. They didn't notice anything else wrong, besided the O-rings on the lifter pump. They were destroyed by the high pressure 12 volt pump feeding veggie oil to the system. I have since purchased a low pressure veggie pump that should solve the problem for good.
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Old 03-31-2005, 08:03 PM   #97
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The electrical wireing that i did originally was a complete mess! Not because i lack the skills, but because i was too lazy to do it right the first time. I cut out hundreds of feet of wire and have completely re-wired the entire bus. Including the inverters, all 110 volt lights, circuits, outlets, and switches. Plus the brand new car stereo with pioneer speakers, and i reworked all of the non-stock 12 volt systems. This has been the biggest part of the remodel job so far. IT took several 8 or more hour days to finish the electrical.
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Old 03-31-2005, 08:10 PM   #98
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the area behind the jacuzzi is about 6 feet long and originally housed the four 55 gallon drums used to hold the excess jacuzzi water when in transit. I now plan to mount the drums under the bus to give me more room inside. That's if I am happy with the lack of clearance i'll have. The drums will hang well below the body of the bus.

The rear most section of the bus will become the VIP area with seating, storage, and a bed. It'll be separated from the rest of the bus by a plexiglass water-wall.

still waiting on the floor guy.....

The front of the bus will basically contain the tv/entertianment center and a series of benches with storage underneath. There will also be a microwave, killer house stereo system, lots of rope lights/ blacklights,

Between the jacuzzi and the rest of the bus is now a glass block half wall. it's about the same height as the jacuzzi. The steps for the jacuzzi and for the entrance to the bus will be diamond plate alluminum. This stuff is crazy expensive right now, but it sure looks good.

Tomorrow i'll pick up another pair of 6volt deep cycle golf cart batteries giving me a rating of 220 amp hours. I'd like to keep adding batteries so i don't have to run my geni or idle the bus engine when parked. I don't do much boondocking, mostly I just drive to a party or event and hang out for a few hours or possibly a day. If only i could store more engergy cheaper! Batteries are expensive.

In the next week or two i should have plenty of photos. I'm extremely happy with the way the bus is turning out!

I hope to have her back into service by the end of april.

Wish i had the money for a honda eu2000 geni, and an air X wind generator. I still have not given up the idea of using a small 4 cylinder auto engine to charge batteries with a severly oversped alternator(s). The engine could also be used to heat the water in the jacuzzi while producing electricity.
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re: roofrack or balcony

How is your bus-top balcony holding up? I loved the idea and not being a welder I apreciate the simplicity of your desingn. I am planning somthing similar. If you were to do it again is there anything you would do different? Do you have anymore photo's of it's construction or it finished? Thanks. -Richard
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I was planning on putting mirrors on the bedroom walls, always thought that was cool even as a little Kid. I see that they an curve the sheeting so may be neet for the sealing as well. :P
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