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Old 01-24-2018, 06:45 PM   #1
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Our second bus build, WanderLounge

As promised, this is our new build thread.

For those of you who are new to this bus, it's a 32 foot 1997 Bluebird TC2000 FE with a Cummins 5.9 and AT545 transmission. I rode my scooter 600 miles to get it and drove it back home the next evening!

Our previous bus build is here: http://www.skoolie.net/forums/f27/sp...bus-17338.html

I've got a list of initial things to fix. There's an air leak (a rubber hose), 2 bad tires, the tachometer doesn't work, and the throttle return springs don't exist!

Since we aren't rushing through this build, I'm going to be documenting it on my new boog site, and Hillary will be trying her hand at running an Instagram channel. I've got a lot of DIY I intend to put into this thing, and I'll be documenting my successes and failures alike. We sure learned a lot with the short bus but this is an entirely different beast!

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Old 01-24-2018, 06:47 PM   #2
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Old 01-24-2018, 06:50 PM   #3
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After reading dozens of tire threads on skoolie.net, I'll be purchasing 2 of whatever tire the local shop can get for me at a good price and not worry much about the brand. It has four Roadmaster (by Cooper) and two Samson tires on it now. The driver's side front and passenger side inner rear are both in bad shape, the others look like new. I won't drive it again before I install a set of throttle return springs though!
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Old 01-24-2018, 06:55 PM   #4
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Not a bad idea to do like Ricky Racer and add one of these...


This is my "gas pedal" (diesel, actually) but the doohicky that sticks up is a manual return so you can pull back on the cable with your toe if a spring goes South. Many race sanctioning bodies require them and not a bad idea for any rig.

Just a thought.
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Old 01-24-2018, 06:58 PM   #5
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Not a bad idea to do like Ricky Racer and add one of these...


This is my "gas pedal" (diesel, actually) but the doohicky that sticks up is a manual return so you can pull back on the cable with your toe if a spring goes South. Many race sanctioning bodies require them and not a bad idea for any rig.

Just a thought.
I was thinking about doing something like that and bypassing the throttle lock system it has... But I'll try the springs first and see if that solves it well enough!
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Old 01-24-2018, 07:04 PM   #6
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Ya...you still need springs. The toe thing is simply a fail-safe device.
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Old 01-25-2018, 04:19 PM   #7
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Today I put a couple custom length springs on the throttle. It's too much tension for long term use but for a temporary fix it's all good! A quick test drive around the block and it was a lot easier to deal with... No more motor trying to pull me around on its own!
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I often had to remove the throttle pedal assembly to "bench clean" them on our TCs when I was still working for the bus company. Road grime and weather would bind up the pivots. If you clean those pivots and lube them with a good synthetic anti-seize the throttle will move like glass with stock return springs.
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I often had to remove the throttle pedal assembly to "bench clean" them on our TCs when I was still working for the bus company. Road grime and weather would bind up the pivots. If you clean those pivots and lube them with a good synthetic anti-seize the throttle will move like glass with stock return springs.
I was going to say that if you have gas pedal tension issues, the cause should be addressed and a not a crutch added because it is cool looking.
The old vintage Bigfoot pedals are always cool and only $10
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Old 01-25-2018, 07:08 PM   #10
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The spring issue was because there were no throttle return springs! So I went from 0 springs to 2 not quite perfect springs. I also applied wd40. Now the pedal is hard to press because the springs are overkill.

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