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Old 07-15-2013, 06:53 PM   #1
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Our project bus begins

After a couple of years considering a skoolie project we finally took the leap and purchased a 1992 Thomas Saf-T-Liner. I will post progress photos as we go...
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Old 07-15-2013, 07:03 PM   #2
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Congrats on the bus...now you just need to score some wheels and tires!!
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Old 07-15-2013, 07:51 PM   #3
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I didnt realize the picture posted. This is the driver side steer axle, holy rust!!!
It appears this bus was under about 4' of water. Major wire wheeling going on. New canisters, auto slack adjuster, gabriel shocks. Removing rust from everything and then primer sealer and paint.
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Old 07-16-2013, 10:26 AM   #4
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Well done!!
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Old 07-16-2013, 03:57 PM   #5
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It sure looks like you know what you are doing.

There are many warnings about taking those air brake canisters apart. Apparently the spring pressure inside them is very powerful. I have been told that if you take them apart, you can be seriously hurt.
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Old 07-16-2013, 04:16 PM   #6
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that what the rod for in the air canter ,don't take apart with out that rod in it,,,it pull the cam back and hold it in place so u cand take it apart ,the only thing in side is what they call a rubber pancake and spring,u can rebuild it by replaceing the pancake...there are two size and the pancake is mark to the size..all new canters have the rod if not some one has taken it out,,they are shipped from the factory with one,,,and when u get it back together leave the rod in it and run the nut down to the housing.
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Old 07-16-2013, 04:26 PM   #7
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I am planning to get info off my front axle and brake parts so I can look for manuals online...this weekend.

I hope to start on tear down in 3 weeks after next camping trip
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Old 07-22-2013, 07:55 PM   #8
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I am not a mechanic nor do I offer the following as anything other than an observation. Always follow manufactures recommendations and/or consult a professional when working on braking or any other systems.

The air brake canisters on the front (steer axle) do not have spring pressure other than the internal spring used to return the pushrod when air pressure is released. The rear brakes, or maxi's, have a double canister configuration, just like the front brakes but with an additional, STRONG spring in the second can that allows the brakes to be automatically applied when air pressure is reduced (emergency situation) or the parking brake is applied. You are right, do not try to pull these apart, it could cost you dearly. These brakes need to be fully caged with a proper tool in order to adjust the slack adjusters.
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Old 12-28-2014, 01:38 PM   #9
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Been working on the project for a while, thought it about time to update with some photos

http://www.skoolie.net/forums/members/2010-albums576.html

the above link should take you to the album

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Old 12-29-2014, 06:19 AM   #10
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Beautiful bus. You're absolutely doing it all right. But you know that!
LOVE it!
I'm going a similar route with my 92 Senator. RV windows look nice.
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