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Old 03-03-2010, 09:51 PM   #1
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Well, I've had my bus for a while, but was on a missions trip to Mexico for a few months. I actually bought it on my way to Mexico, when my truck took a crap in Idaho, but that's another story. Anyway, here are pics of when I first bought it. I just finished removing the rubber tonight, except for the drivers area, and will be doing that area tomorrow and then removing plywood. The undercarriage looks immaculate, and the plywood is in great shape. There actually isn't any signs of rust anywhere on this bus, not even around the wheel wells. It is a Wayne 71 passenger with 144,000 miles on it For power it has a DT466 and an Allison MT643. I got it for $1500 and am absolutely thrilled with it so far! My family and I are in missions and not quite sure where we are going to settle, yet, so a home on wheels is perfect. Anyway, here are some pics of when I first bought it.



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Old 03-03-2010, 10:10 PM   #2
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Figured I would also post a pic of my first visible mod to the bus. I was tempted not to post this because it is redneck to the core, but I figured some of you might understand, haha... It's actually not loud in the cab, unless the winow's open, but I may still install some sort of resonator/silencer in the future. For now it is straight piped and seems fine. I have also turned up the fuel pump, adjusted the governor, and advanced the timing. Does pretty well for a bus!! I would LOVE to find a 4.10 rear for it, though, to drop the rpms a bit. It'll do 70 pretty easy now, but it's turning around 2700 to do it...bye bye fuel...

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Old 03-03-2010, 11:28 PM   #3
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Thanks!!

SInce it is being converted to an RV, I would assume the pipe is ok, since I see numerous exhaust configurations on RV's and they don't all exit behind the passenger compartment. I did get pulled over in South Dakota for still having it yellow, and he didn't say anything about the pipe. That is a good question though, if anyone could shed some light on this, it would be appreciated!
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Old 03-04-2010, 08:31 AM   #4
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Well, here is what I got done last night. As you can see, it is in pretty good shape. The plywood is a little darker in the back, but it still seems rock solid. I've poked all over and can't find any soft spots. I'm still planning on pulling it up so I can paint it. After I paint, I'll put down rosin paper, a layer of 1/2" pink styrofoam, and then if the plywood comes up nice enough, I'm going to try to reuse it over the styrofoam. Laminate will then be going over that, with a sound deadening underlayment. Let me know if you have any suggestions!



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Old 03-04-2010, 12:21 PM   #5
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Re: Jake's first skoolie...

bare minimum, you need to get a heat shield over that exhaust pipe, If tou get burned on it shame on you, if someone else gets burned say goodbuy to everything you'll ever own
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Old 03-04-2010, 12:59 PM   #6
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Yup, heat shield is in the works!
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I love it!! Another Wayne and its a high roof! Looks to be in great condition too. Keep the pics comin.
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Thanks Smitty, I just finished pulling up the plywood tonight. The hard part is that they all came up complete and are solid. There is a little splintering here and there, but not bad at all. The only problem is that there was a little dry rot around the edges in some spots. The rear edge of the rear piece was a little soft, so that one will for sure get replaced. They weren't wet, other than condensation on the bottom surface, they were just a little brittle around the edges. There was no glue and only about 10 nails per piece. Gah...decisions...I don't want to take shortcuts just because I am cheap, but this one seems valid.

Anyway, tomorrow I am going to tear up the drivers compartment and see what it looks like under there. Then, Saturday will be wire wheel and paint day (hopefully)! I'll post pics of the bare floor tomorrow. There was a little more rust than I thought there would be, but at least it was all just surface rust. I can't wait to get it cleaned and painted!
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Old 03-04-2010, 08:30 PM   #9
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Wow. That is a great combo you don't see too often on a Wayne dognose. DT466 MT643 Tranny, high roof (didn't know Wayne even offered a high roof), belly storage and bud wheels!!

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Old 03-08-2010, 11:55 AM   #10
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Thanks Busbozo and jaredg! Yes, I feel very blessed with the way it is outfitted, and I didn't even get to do any research before I got it!! Anyway, here are some quick pics I took of the floor. I would have loved to have cleaned it out and swept it, but I was running late and didn't have time. The floor looks worse than it really is in the drivers area because it is wet...I dumped some antifreeze when I disconnected the lines. I am redoing all the wiring, it looks nasty right now, but I have all flasher and door interlock wiring removed and blinkers and running lights all working again. I just wanted to start fresh with the electrical. I hate having excess wiring for things I don't need, makes troubleshooting ten times worse if there is a problem. Now I am just determining what my electrical needs will be on the bus. I guarantee I will have a full electrical schematic drawn up in microsoft visio before too long, haha...

Anyway, I have the paint I need for the floor and will be soon wire wheeling the floor, treating the rusty areas, and then painting. It'll have to wait though, as I am at my in laws for a week right now.





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