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Old 04-19-2010, 11:36 PM   #1
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MegaBus project

Hi all, Iím going to try take more pictures and post more here Ö anyhow, probably will change my name to megabus after my daughter Megan Ö I donít think thatís been used here yet.

Below are some pictures added to Picasa I will add comments to them soon.

http://picasaweb.google.com/11571894521 ... usProject#


Some of the photos are of:

Removed/Skinned windows
Removed old floor
Resealed emergency hatches
Installed Vantech floor
Removed rear heater
120 volt / 12 volt wiring
Some over all pics / engine pics

My bus is a 1997 Thomas DT466E 65 pass / dog nose.

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Joe!
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Old 04-20-2010, 09:28 AM   #2
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Thanks Smitty!

I'll be using for weekend camping trips, hunting, etc ...

Here are some Sketchup models (added more to the albumn), I can upload the actual sketchup file if anyone is interested ... if there is room for it. I think it's about 8MB. I think this is about all the more detailed I am going to get on my model/plans. I might draw the the table/chair/soffa component though. Who knows!

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Old 04-20-2010, 10:14 PM   #3
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Yes, to the right (toward front) of the bathroom will be 22x48 rv window, sink, and burner. Opposite side will be another matching window and a pop-up camper style table and bench seats that convert to another bed. Under the AC will be a drip pan, under that will be LP suburban furnace and an electric water heater. To the right of AC will be the coverter/city svc.

I have a Subruban water 5 gal LP/120V water heater, but the place where the anode rod goes in is super duper rusted out, I was blowing it out, and got a bunch of blue glass fragments coming out with dirt and other stuff. Seems in pretty rough shape, so I dont think it's worth cutting a hole in the wall to mount it. I think a 5 gal electric would be fine for weekend trips anyhow.

Planning to put in an external shower access somewhere in that general area too.

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Old 04-20-2010, 10:24 PM   #4
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On another note ... A couple times I have hit the ignition key and I just get a single click noise (maybe 1 in every 20 start attempts) then I try again and it cranks as expected and starts right up. Should I be overly concerned the starter is going out? I doubt that is normal.

Yet another question.... I took the fuse out for the buzzer for when the door or something is open, but now I'm wondering is that the same buzzer that sounds of when something fails .. like a brake sensor or something else? or are they typically different buzzers?
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Old 04-21-2010, 07:47 AM   #5
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Yet another question.... I took the fuse out for the buzzer for when the door or something is open, but now I'm wondering is that the same buzzer that sounds of when something fails .. like a brake sensor or something else? or are they typically different buzzers?
They're different buzzers. I assume you removed the one behind the switch panel under the driver's window. That's part of the body wiring, which is separate from the chassis wiring (all behind the front dashboard). The buzzer for chassis stuff (engine warning, brakes, etc) is behind your gauges.
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Old 04-21-2010, 08:31 AM   #6
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Yes, it was the buzzer to the left of the driver seat under the switch plate. Thank you both! Great info!
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Old 04-29-2010, 09:58 PM   #7
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Re: MegaBus project

Got a couple sheets of luan up!


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That's Jake, he is such an awesome helper!

I've got the windows and more luan to go up this weekend if the rain will hold off a little bit!

There are some more pics uploaded at the link in my signature as well!

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Congrats! Nice bus! And its got the 466! Great engine!

The intermittent starting issue is probably the shifter. Whenever it does not want to start, wiggle the gear shift a little. It has to be in neutral to start. And those can be very finicky.
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Thanks! I'll pay attention to that next time it happens!
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Re: MegaBus project

Hi everyone, been a while since I posted, keeping busy with work, bus, life, and everything else ...

Some photos of progress since the last post ...

Electric and Ext Shower


Master bunk, and Megan's bunk below ...


Me and my Megalope ....


Wife & half a bunk wall ...


AC # 1 framed in and 55 amp power converter & electric panel 30 amp svc


Driver side Window cut out ...


Framed and insulated


Paneled


Installed


Outside view of passenger side window


More walls and paneling


Top bunk bed


Bottom bunk with Lid opened



There are quite a few more pics added. They are in the same album .... in my signature ....
I have been slacking on the photo-taking.

We have completed two camping trips without incident ... one to Clearwater Lake and another to Sam A Baker state park, both in Missouri, at just under 200 miles each, One trip I averaged 7.4 mpg, the next I averaged 9.5 mpg. I averaged 10 mpg from kansas city to Festus (45 min south of St. Louis) when I bought the bus.
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