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Old 11-23-2014, 01:13 AM   #21
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Re: New here. Here is my Bus. Dialup warning.

Digging this back up 7 years later. Much has changed in my life during this time.

I really have not done much with my bus over the last 7 years. Used it to move myself and a few people but that is about it. It has become mostly a storage unit for me.

But that is all about to change.

I will go back through this thread and fix the dead picture links shortly.

Last time I moved it I noticed one of my air bags had rotted out. I am about to order two new ones to fix that problem. I am also about to replace all the exterior lights with LEDs and rewire them all. There is a short in the stock wiring for the roof marker lights. I eventually plan on rewiring the whole bus as you can tell a bunch of people have attempted to work on it and fix little things making it a rats nest. But that is the life of a former military vehicle.

I am not going to really do much to the interior at this point. Just getting it ready to take the first real trip in it early this coming year.

I need to build a hitch for it to tow my car hauler as the Suburban will be in tow on this trip. And wire in a 7 way RV plug on the back. I plan on installing a small battery bank and a pure sine wave inverter/charger for the trip. I need to rebuild the air wiper motors and switches to get them back functioning 100%. I also need to install the air ride seat I have had for it. Somehow one of the headlights developed a crack in it while it was sitting and it started ingesting water. I threw in a new set of 4 silverstars to try and help the night lighting. I would have liked to put LEDs in but it was not in the cards this time around.

The exterior has not really changed except the paint it likely a bit more faded. Repainting the bus is on the list of future projects that needs to be addressed.

I will try to start taking some photos of the progress I am going to do even though it will be pretty boring. You are SOL on the headlight swap.

I am sure I am forgetting some things but it is likely they will pop up as I commence.

Oh, this bus does have fiberglass insulation in between the inner and outer skins. I was not aware of that when I purchased it way back when and did not see it mentioned previously.
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Old 11-23-2014, 08:20 AM   #22
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Re: New here. Here is my Bus. Dialup warning.

Its really cool that you still have and use the bus.
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Old 11-23-2014, 01:24 PM   #23
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Re: New here. Here is my Bus. Dialup warning.

WOW talk about reviving dead threads

awesome bus, the back doors would be awesome opening from bedroom onto a rear deck
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Old 11-23-2014, 02:32 PM   #24
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Re: New here. Here is my Bus. Dialup warning.

Real nice bus!
I also love those fold down seats.
What part of the country you located?
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Old 11-23-2014, 07:27 PM   #25
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Re: New here. Here is my Bus. Dialup warning.

I am in the Kansas City metro area. I still have all the folding/reclining seats. At some point I will be getting rid of at least some of them.

Forgot to mention I am also removing the air powered bus door for an RV one. I want something that will seal and lock.

Besides the headlights I have already installed here are the parts that have currently come in so far.



Battery switch, 10 300amp ANL fuses, a 7way RV receptacle, 6 rolls of 3M Super 33 electrical tape, and 75' of (2 10ga, 1 12ga, and 4 14ga) trailer wire. Still waiting on shipments to arrive.
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Old 11-23-2014, 07:42 PM   #26
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Started a ruff prototype for the hitch I need to build. The space between the frame is 28" and the frame is 3" wide. I need to have the top of the hitch 8.5" below the frame to clear the ramp the resides under the bus. I have some 1/4" 6" C channel which I have in the design. I need to dig through my metal pile and see what I have laying around to see if I can make work what I have or if I need to buy some different metal. I need to add gussets still but I did not want to waste a ton of time on it until I know what metal I will be using.

The design will likely change a little once I iron that out. I do not really like the ascetics of the spacers under the C channel. If i can order some 10" channel and it is not too expensive I might go that route. The whole unit will be built with 1/4" steel. I do not think the frame flexes much on this bus but I do not feel like measuring everything and running the stress tests.

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Old 11-24-2014, 03:57 PM   #27
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Had another box show up today. They shorted me one amber. They said it is on the way now.

Most of the lights for the bus and some for my trailer that need replaced and added to. Also adding a brake away to the trailer since it does not have one.

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Old 11-29-2014, 08:40 PM   #28
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Re: New here. Here is my Bus. Dialup warning.

You can only use 20" tires. If it has 8.25 x 20s on it now, go to 9x20 or 10 x 20. You can't use singles on the rear. Reliably anyway. That's a cool bus!
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Had another box show up today. They shorted me one amber. They said it is on the way now.

Most of the lights for the bus and some for my trailer that need replaced and added to. Also adding a brake away to the trailer since it does not have one.

Very nice. I love when a package shows up.
Where did you order the lights for your bus?
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Old 12-05-2014, 03:37 PM   #30
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You can only use 20" tires. If it has 8.25 x 20s on it now, go to 9x20 or 10 x 20. You can't use singles on the rear. Reliably anyway. That's a cool bus!
I am aware of that. I want to swap to more modern axles so I can get rid of the Dayton style wheels and go with Budds. It has just not happened yet.
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