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Old 07-23-2016, 02:06 PM   #161
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I'm sheeting over all of the window openings, well, except the windshield, so that I can get windows that are better insulating. I will then cut holes through the sheetmetal and mount the new windows. That's the plan anyway. Hope it works out like I envisioned it. The driver's window will be first, and will be the most expensive since it will have a "T" at the bottom so I can slide it open and closed.



I'm debating getting double pane for this window, since the windshield is right there, and is clearly single pane. I'll have to work out some kind of barrier between the driver's compartment and the rest of the bus. I'm not a fan of having a wall there, but maybe something that I can click a panel into or drag a heavy curtain across.
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Old 07-23-2016, 03:13 PM   #162
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[QUOTE=RHOMBUS;111542]Yes, I'm a Firefly fan. Yes, the name "Serenity" has probably already been used before for a skoolie project, but she IS held together by love (hahaha). And rust.

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Old 07-23-2016, 05:19 PM   #163
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I love that window and wish I could use it in my application... mine are 24" tall vertical sliders.

It works great in theory... But, when I have back half slid forward (usual position) it creates 2 layers of glass and horrible window reflection to see driver's mirror!
Especially at night, I see the passenger's headlight pat reflecting
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Old 07-23-2016, 10:25 PM   #164
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I'm sheeting over all of the window openings, well, except the windshield, so that I can get windows that are better insulating. I will then cut holes through the sheetmetal and mount the new windows. That's the plan anyway. Hope it works out like I envisioned it. The driver's window will be first, and will be the most expensive since it will have a "T" at the bottom so I can slide it open and closed.



I'm debating getting double pane for this window, since the windshield is right there, and is clearly single pane. I'll have to work out some kind of barrier between the driver's compartment and the rest of the bus. I'm not a fan of having a wall there, but maybe something that I can click a panel into or drag a heavy curtain across.
I'm going with a wall behind the "cab" area.
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Old 08-01-2016, 01:54 PM   #165
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The past 2 days I've been working out the wiring diagram for the body to handle the following options I want to add:

- blackout rear brake lights
- blackout all marker lights
- blackout reverse light
- manually illuminate reverse lights
- illuminate front upper white lights (separate from headlights)
- illuminate front lower lights (separate from headlights)
- illuminate blue accent side lights
- "wink" circuit for upper rear and side lights (same principle as when a semi truck flashes the trailer lights after you let it pass)
- switch to include rear amber main round marker lights as part of rear illumination (for when I just want to where legal, if anywhere)
- switch to include upper marker lights into flashing hazard circuit (the lower ones area already included by default)
- LED indicators to monitor the circuits
- switch to turn off the LED monitoring

This is what happens when I work out how to do the trailer wiring.
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Old 08-01-2016, 04:20 PM   #166
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It sounds like you just need a big array of transistors or relays at the front and at the back of the bus so that the lamps can be operated individually or in small groups, and a bit of interface logic and a microcontroller so that the various lamps can be operated by their usual function, or overridden and forced on/off regardless of e.g. the brake or headlight switches.
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Old 08-02-2016, 01:35 PM   #167
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This is the schematic I just completed of what I'd like to do:


I'll put switches inline in each of three circuits going from board 4 (front power board) to board 1 (main body board) to interrupt the brake lights, all marker lights and the reverse lights. After that, it's just running a bunch of extra wires and switches to interrupt or include the lights after they leave board 1 and head to the back of the bus. I'm also doing some reconfiguring of the wiring as well.

In factory form, the "marker lights" are the front and rear triple lights at the top center of the vehicle and have their own circuit. The "clearance lights" are all of the rest of the illumination to include the parking lights and tail lights. I am splitting the lighting to "upper" and "lower" so the "wink" functionality I put in will affect the top lights all the way around except for the front.

All of the marker lights have been replaced with 3 mode lights except for the front and rear triples. These new marker can be illuminated dim (clearance), bright (blink) and colored (blue.) I also added a light on each side, midway down the bus, inline with the lower set of clearance lights that flash with the blinker.
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Old 08-12-2016, 08:29 AM   #168
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Awesome build so far! I will be watching this one for ideas? Was a Thomas a deciding factor for you? Would you have bought a similar Blue Bird? I am looking for your exact bus but would prefer a BB but a Thomas would be fine.
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Old 01-28-2017, 12:52 AM   #169
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How's the bus going? I've just picked up a 2002 Thomas HDX just the same as yours except it has the Cummins ISB 5.9 engine. Basically the same little intercooler and radiator. Had some over heating issues on the highway and it was near freezing outside.
I'm just waiting to get some inspections done for registration and I'll start pulling the seats out.
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Old 02-01-2017, 07:32 PM   #170
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Just touching base with the community. Was recalled to work for the railroad again, had to leave the bus in storage behind. It's been a real struggle. Nothing further to report.
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