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Old 02-19-2010, 09:38 PM   #1
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New guy, building a 1992 TC2000

New member here, my name is Steve, and I have just brought home a 1992 Blue Bird, TC2000. I don't know a lot about it yet, but am pretty handy with a wrench, I own my own auto repair shop. It is a Cummins with an auto trans, was 72 passenger before we yanked the seats. Looking to build a weekend rv/party bus for our own private use. Plans include 2 sets of folding bunks at the rear, small restrooms, both his and hers, a very small kitchenette, and some long benches/couches along each wall. We will use this for traveling to NASCAR races for the weekend, football games, and the day trips during the summer to go swimming at other cities nearby.
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Old 02-19-2010, 09:58 PM   #2
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Welcome,
Looks great!!!!!!!!!! Good luck.
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Old 02-19-2010, 10:50 PM   #3
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Welcome! Where are you from? What races do you go to, or plan to go to? I have an Infield site at the June and Aug race at MIS every year. Currently I have no bus, but I'm working on it. Mainly its for Nascar but it will also part time as a camping RV for the family.

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Old 02-19-2010, 11:06 PM   #4
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We always make it to the Kansas race, and both races in Texas. The spring race in Texas will be our first outing with the bus. We have a ton of work to get it ready, but have 2 months. There are about 8-10 of us that will put in time on it. we have a very close family and friend circle. We do everything together, including the Texas race. Those guys want this bus built just as bad as I do, so I have plenty of help.
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Old 02-20-2010, 05:52 PM   #5
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Anyone know where I can learn more about the lighting system on my bus? With the key off, and all switches off, I hear a humming noise from the drivers feet area, and the rear lights of the bus all stay on. I have to disconnect the battery every time I kill the engine to keep the battery from draining. The rear lights all stay on while driving as well.
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Old 02-21-2010, 11:46 AM   #6
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Different states have many regulations about what lights have to stay on during operation as a school bus, and some have warning buzzers and lights that come on if the back emergency door is not shut properly, but it cannot be locked shut, etc. So it is rather bothersome to have to trace out each circuit and determine what it does or does not do when the key is on or off. But that is about the only way you can find out what does what and when and why and where
Then you can rearrange your lighting and warning buzzer circuits to do what you want them to do when the ignition is on. I had a Ward/IH bus that had a red light over the rear door that stayed on all the time when the ignition switch was on. There was no way to turn it off, except take the light down or the bulb out. I suppose it was for an emergency exit indicator. But it was annoying anyway.
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Old 02-21-2010, 04:53 PM   #7
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Does your bus have hydraulic brakes or air? Hydraulic brake buses have an electric motor that runs when you step on the brakes with the engine off, it lets you stop the bus if the power assist fails. You said the rear lights stay on all the time, if you mean brake lights then I'd guess either your pedal is sticking or there's a problem with the brake light switch (loose switch or short circuit).
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Old 02-21-2010, 05:12 PM   #8
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It has hydraulic brakes, I will check into the switch. Funny thing is, the reverse lights were on as well.
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Old 02-22-2010, 11:44 PM   #9
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Nothing exciting yet, got all the seats out, rubber and plywood gone, had a good solid steel floor with mimimal rot. We cleaned it up, and went with 2 coats of roofing tar, since that was readily available, then the rmax insulation, and 3/4 tounge and groove plywood. We now have 33 feet of nice flat floor to work with!
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Old 02-28-2010, 12:07 AM   #10
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I want to build some big time storage underneath. Anyone got some real good pics of some other builds? I think genset, propane storage, and such on one side, and clean storage on the other is a plan.
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