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Old 04-15-2009, 09:07 AM   #11
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Re: Scotts first bus

IIRC, federal law mandates that headlights are not fused, but use an automatic circuit breaker instead, the circuit breaker is usually an integral part of the headlight switch with power being supplied from the main buss connection rom the battery to the dash/switch panel. check for pwer into and thru the headlight switch and then follow the wires to the dimmer switch etc.

rethink my advice, check for power and ground at the headlight bulbs first, it's easier than chasing down the harness and switches, and most susceptable to weather induced corrosion, then go to the switch.
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Old 04-16-2009, 01:51 PM   #12
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Haven't gotten much work done, have to go to my regular job five days and only get to play two.... i really think it should be the other way around!
In this pic the dog is letting me know what he thinks of my driving skills, or lack of them. I backed over my own 911 marker sign backing it in and punched a hole in the tire.

Right now I am trying to get the fuel gauge to work. When you set it on the drivers side tank it says it is full, when you select the other it says it is empty. I poured ten gallons in each after draining them and it doesn't seem to register. Going to take sending units out today and try to figure out how to test.
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Old 04-17-2009, 01:50 AM   #13
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Ok, I think we are well on the way to getting the fuel gauge situation figured out. One of the sending units was bad, so am shelling out $45 plus shipping for a new one tomorrow.

I finally got one of the windows to come out. There must have been a half a tube of sealer holding it in, but pried it out without breaking glass so am pretty pleased. I am going to replace some of the windows in certain spots with metal panels and insulate them on inside. a few in the bedroom area, the bathroom area and behind any storage type areas.

metal panels are free for the taking around here, they call them freezer doors, and you have to pay the dump to take them, so I just keep my eyes open when driving my transit bus and go pick them up after work. (with the owners thanks usually) 20 minutes with cutting wheel and there you have it, panels for covering window openings.
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Old 04-30-2009, 01:44 PM   #14
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OK, haven't updated for a while, so I thought I should.

We have been busy inside and out on our bird. I have been pluggin away at removing the rubber flooring to expose the rotten wood underneath.

Looks bad, but is coming along pretty well. I am welding up a heavy , homemade scraper to help separate the rubber from wood and wood from floor. I will attach a pic of the monster tool as soon as it is done. About half the screws holding the trim on will not come out, so am grinding heads off and will use vice-grips to get out what is left behind. On good weather days, I work on the outside of bus. I took off the stop sign and the wire thing hanging off the front bumper. Disconnected ( NOT CUT!) the wires to air control valve for both items, and discovered that I had nothing to cap off the air lines. Trip to hardware store....

After plugging lines and cutting and riveting patch panel over small hole in side of bus where stop sign was, I discovered that my stop lights in back would not go out! Even with key off and out of ignition, they stayed on./ As it was too late in evening, I just thru the battery disconnect switch and went in for the night.

Next day, I tackle the light issue. I looked into the switch panel and could not figure out how I could have messed up the wiring in there. Bright idea alert! I opened the back panel so I could see the lights from drivers area, pushed down on the break pedal, and when I let up the lights went off....kindof. Seems the switch in pedal action is sticking, so now I know what needs to be fixed Nice to know what it is instead of racking brain wondering.

Still haven't figured out the fuel gauge issue, but that might be left for a pro to look at later in build.

Still drawing up and considering floor plans, have a few ideas, but nothing definite. We have decided the shower will sit in the middle of bus because it offers the max headroom, and walkway will be down drivers side to access the bedroom in back. We will also try to have two water heaters, one for shower and one for kitchen sink. These will be gas fired and on demand.

I am also playing with the idea of creating a plumbing nightmare. I want to think about using grey water to flush toilet. I would need an additional tank, but storage room is not an issue, I have under belly cargo holds that will provide the space with a lot of bracing. I think I would have to plumb from sinks and shower into grey water tank, and then have a demand pump to the toilet and into black water tank. I will have an exterior drain for grey water for when we are at RV dump facility, but the option of using this water instead of fresh is appealing. Any ideas about this? has anyone else done this, or is it a common practice?

As always, thanks to all the experience out there that inspires us all.

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Re: Scotts first bus

Scott, I've had a similar problem with brake lights staying on in my thomas.

Turns out my brake pedal doesn't fully return to the at-rest state, and keeps a little pressure on the switch... depending on where it stops, the light may be on or off. I now have the habit of pulling the pedal back up at all times with the heel of my sandals.

I'll fix this on mine before I start driving it out of the yard again. I suspect careful lubrication and perhaps some spring adjustment will fix it.

Your demolition is looking good.

recycling gray water for toilet flushing is a sound conservation technique. I don't think it'll be that difficult to rig up either.

Good luck!
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Old 05-01-2009, 12:50 AM   #16
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Vanguy, what a great idea! I am just getting ready to hang some waste tanks, and in a skoolie I've found it to be a "problemo".

Now if nobody takes a dump until the the dishes are washed, problemo solved.
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well, i knew I would say it sooner or later as I got older....NICE TOILET!

I also had another thought while looking at shower stalls at home depot today. A remodel guy was standing next to me so I told him what I was doing and he suggested I put down concrete board and then use tile to create my own shower stall. No loss of head space cuz you put it right on the floor. I mentioned vibration and he said to use "Eagle grip" instead of grout. He said this is a very good glue for tile that is put on walls. I think I will look into this some more, sounds like a good idea.

What do you all think?
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Old 05-06-2009, 01:35 PM   #18
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OK, I have had a few e-mails from people who think I am mistaken about my bus being a diesel pusher and an All American.....?

Is it really that rare to have a rear moter in an AA?

To quell this nonsense here is a few pics to show that in 1984, Blue Bird did in fact make an All American with the power pack in the rear of the bus.

Getting kindof tired of getting snotty e-mail about the bus sitting in my back yard, so I am blocking incoming e-mail from the three folks who worry about it.
I don't want to bring down the super positive attitudes of almost all the people on this forum, so I hope this puts to rest the VERY few users who doubt the type of rig I have....


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Old 05-06-2009, 01:57 PM   #19
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Nice rig you got there. And I wouldnt care what someone else thinks just enjoy your bus and what it is going to be. Just ignore the few..........
thanks for the tip with the grey water , since i didnt install my plumbing yet I might take that route too since i have extra tanks and a pump laying around.
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Thanks

The gray water idea came about from a camping trip we took a few years ago in a friends RV. people were using the "Indoor facilities" and we ran out of fresh water...quickly..
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