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Old 02-03-2018, 10:34 AM   #101
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Kingpins-

Meritor- the people who make most of these axles- has the no-ream kingpin kit- anyone try it? ~$450

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I wish those were available back in the day.
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Old 02-03-2018, 10:38 AM   #102
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I wish those were available back in the day.
It sure is a job you don't forget.
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Old 02-03-2018, 10:55 AM   #103
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It sure is a job you don't forget.

Yep. I described my ordeal briefly earlier in the thread.
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Old 02-03-2018, 12:01 PM   #104
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Photos of the ac compressors on the short bus.

One belt goes over just the lower compressor and the other belt goes over both compressors.

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Old 02-03-2018, 12:23 PM   #105
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great pics thanks!! yeah you have a double compressor kit.. there are brackets that connect the ears of the top and bottom compressor together and you have a double groove adder pulley on your crank.. mine is single.. there are lot more parts to your bracket kit than mine.. unfortunately bracektry systems are the only ones that still make one for the 444E.. and its $1000.. I havent found any 444E's with dual A/C in the junkyards to be able to snag the brackets..
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Old 02-06-2018, 02:59 PM   #106
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Ah, another drinker of the Earl of Grey!! It's great iced as well!!
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Old 02-06-2018, 08:42 PM   #107
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Took a break from demolition to go ahead and put paint down on top of the primer on the floor. Should be dry enough by morning to get back inside.

Meanwhile my air system is really doing a good job for me. I spent a bundle on air tools, and I've used most of them already. I added an 11 gallon tank and some regulators and valves as well.

One tool I got was an air riveter. It seems that rivets might actually be good for filling the bolt holes in the floor. A little silicone caulk, pop a rivet in, just a small bump left.

Which brings me to my next decision point, what to put on top of the metal floor. Based on my current knowledge, I'll be doing some 1/2 inch rigid foam board, 1/3 plywood on top of that, and then we're looking at bamboo flooring, 1/2 inch thick, click together.

My concern is that my floor isn't perfectly flat, and that the flooring may not set well. I've seen other buses where good money was spent on flooring materials and it is lifting up. Also, the rivet method of closing the seat holes means there's a little rivet head bump, although the foam board may just negate it by denting a bit.

Anyone have comments on my floor layers or the click together flooring? This is for sure not an area of expertise for me!
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Old 02-06-2018, 09:16 PM   #108
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Took a break from demolition to go ahead and put paint down on top of the primer on the floor. Should be dry enough by morning to get back inside.

Meanwhile my air system is really doing a good job for me. I spent a bundle on air tools, and I've used most of them already. I added an 11 gallon tank and some regulators and valves as well.

One tool I got was an air riveter. It seems that rivets might actually be good for filling the bolt holes in the floor. A little silicone caulk, pop a rivet in, just a small bump left.

Which brings me to my next decision point, what to put on top of the metal floor. Based on my current knowledge, I'll be doing some 1/2 inch rigid foam board, 1/3 plywood on top of that, and then we're looking at bamboo flooring, 1/2 inch thick, click together.

My concern is that my floor isn't perfectly flat, and that the flooring may not set well. I've seen other buses where good money was spent on flooring materials and it is lifting up. Also, the rivet method of closing the seat holes means there's a little rivet head bump, although the foam board may just negate it by denting a bit.

Anyone have comments on my floor layers or the click together flooring? This is for sure not an area of expertise for me!
Without hurting any feelings, I'd not do what most of the folks do whose buses I've been in. They go with cheap stuff. Laminate, osb, low grade ply, etc.
A layer of foam board with some GOOD ply on top followed by vinyl is what I'll be using. Superdave had that and it was NICE. Flat, SOLID, and just really a great finished floor.

The minor abnormalities will be absorbed by the foam board. Don't sweat those lil rivets, man!
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Old 02-06-2018, 09:41 PM   #109
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I'm for sure spending rather than regretting. I've been taking with a friend about the bamboo flooring and he thinks it will be good as long as I give it a little space to float.

The plywood I was planning to use is 4 ply pine, 1/2 inch thick, I saw some others that were more expensive but as of yet don't see what you get for the money. Maybe someone will correct me.



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Old 02-06-2018, 11:36 PM   #110
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the plywood i was planning to use is 4 ply pine, 1/2 inch thick, i saw some others that were more expensive but as of yet don't see what you get for the money. Maybe someone will correct me.

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Looks like a Negative on the floor. Dunno why, might not be structural; we aren't spanning here.



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