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Old 12-14-2013, 06:09 AM   #31
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Hey Gsragtop,
I'm not that terribly far from you. I live near Andrews (used to be much closer to you in Mt. Pleasant). A bit of a drive but nothing like across the state. Would love to meet you sometime. I'll try to PM you my home number. Do you have a skoolie?
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Old 12-16-2013, 11:53 AM   #32
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Nice bus, check out what I did with my door situation. Newfiedogs, look for Hank,youlubdabus
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Old 12-16-2013, 08:53 PM   #33
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Hey Newfiedogs,
Nice job. I'd love to get any photo's you might want to share concerning framing and such (maybe we can swap email addy's and I do a dropbox thing). Did you have any structural issues framing n the larger windows? I know my wife would like us to use the windows out of a donor travel trailer we used fo years with the family but fell apart around itself.
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Old 12-17-2013, 07:59 AM   #34
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No problem,
I will dig up what I can find on framing on our project. It may take a few days but you never know it may spark an idea on your end. I love this forum, we are all crazy about these things and are here to help out our fellow addicts.
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Old 12-17-2013, 08:13 AM   #35
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THANK YOU!! I see you're an AmTrans kinda guy as well. Any particular issues you had that I should be on the look out for? Lori and I will ultimately be full timing in it so I know what you mean by crazies. Some think we are but others think it would be cool o make that kind of transition, just not sure they can (or will give up a lot of "stuff". Personally we're looking forward to downsizing!!
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Old 12-17-2013, 11:36 AM   #36
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Well,
Rear main seals in these are fun, that was the first in depth experience for me. It was not too bad with help from people here.
Other than that, I have had to replace the trans (545) with a rebuilt. That lump of fun happened to us almost into Canada. The mechanic said that it had the wrong 545 in it to start with. Drove it for two years to find that out? That just says the school or others before me had done that. Who knew! I would like to add a trans cooler to it in the near future .
These things are all cobbled together at some point the only way to avoid that is buy a new one off the line. But who could do that, right?
The door idea that you have would be great but the climb in would get old before the paint was dry. Just my opinion and that is why I like this place. The thing you have to think about too is the structure of the front end. If you took a front hit there would be not much there to protect you and the one screaming next to you. I had thought about doing the same but changed my mind.
The cab over style of body that we both have seems to me to sag over time. I wanted to add structure to it that is why I went with the midship door idea. I had to add a lot of steel tube to do so but feel safer. Also the electrical relocation on the drivers side would be a huge time suck. The window that I installed on the passenger side is the same as the drivers off a doner bus. I had to flip the panels to allow for the drains to work right i think.
We have had ours to Canada several times, Alabama and many others and have not looked back for jumping into this addiction. You will be the most popular rig in the campgrounds and that's what it's all about. The thing you have to keep in mind while converting your bus, stand back from the mess and ask yourself if what your about to do next will keep you from getting out and enjoying it. The conversion never really ends.
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Old 12-17-2013, 11:59 AM   #37
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. You will be the most popular rig in the campgrounds and that's what it's all about. The thing you have to keep in mind while converting your bus,
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..... is that if you are a "loner" and don't like conversation with strangers...don't ever stay in a camp ground (everyone wants to look inside)

OR you can buy a pre made S&S

finished it for you .........
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Old 12-17-2013, 12:23 PM   #38
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Mine has the MT643 trans and yes a trans cooler is in my future. Yea, service on any of this type configuration is trouble. I spent most of my career working on engines in unnatural places. As far as relocating the electrics, I was already planning on that as I plan to totally remove all the electrical (except strip the engine harness) and anything to do with the body. THe engine electrics will be on their own system and the rest of the house whether AC or DC will be on a separate set of circuits altogether. I spent over 25 years as a boat mechanic and have redone several boats (including ones sent to shows) for others from the hull up. Looking forward to doing it on my own for a change. There are several things about hose locations and such that just plain lack common sense. For instance, who was the moron that thought it was a good idea to run the cooling hoses under the front cross member? Seriously? Does one think just because you put a plastic cover on it it will not magically drag? It will be a challenge but I think I can do a much cleaner job 9most of it will simply be eliminated. Kinda wondering how the cab can sag though. Thanks for the heads up on it. My wife and I are both truck drivers kids and grew up climbing in to the seat. Not planning at this time to do a lot of traveling as it will be our "Residential Vehicle". We'll still keep access to the rest of the bus from inside though. I just didn't want anyone to have to climb over the doghouse to get in. I have found it very cumbersome. On another note, do you know where I can get my hands on a digital service manual set for this bus? I hear you on the visitation thing. Nothing catches the eye like a skoolie whether well done or otherwise. They're kinda like goats, you either love them or hate them. Not much middle ground. Thanks for all the info, It is greatly appreciated!! Now I just need to get some things done here so I can move it into the shop!! Not planning on cutting the roof for the clerestory out in the wide open spaces.
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Old 12-17-2013, 12:30 PM   #39
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..... is that if you are a "loner" and don't like conversation with strangers...don't ever stay in a camp ground (everyone wants to look inside)

OR you can buy a pre made S&S
We've stayed in our share of campgrounds over time when the kids were little in our travel trailer. While I do think it will happen from time to time, we're really looking forward to trying our hand at boondocking (hopefully with some friends). Gonna set it up to do both for sure. Kinda strange, the older I get the more solitude I seem to crave. Not that I'm anti social (I wouldn't be here if I were) just really like the quiet. Maybe I'm going all hermital and all.
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I have always been "a social butterfly" since we have had the bus....my wife is so...so..."butterfly-ish" she is not shy anymore; when we roll onto the scene she knows what happens next ...oooh....oooh....don't tell her but I have noticed she dresses "nicer" when we roll into a campground....she's first on the scene...goes for backdoor (she has already checked levels in bus)....and hits the backdoor in a: dress,skirt; or mini skirt(I wish ) and proceeds to get blocks out...(I am inside cooling turbo, getting electric checking tools out (fluk meter,multimeter and plug in polari light checker)its) funny when you hear a next door campsite "a city girl/woman say...honey don't let her do that"
And I get of the bus and Lisa has a couple folks around her wanting to help...wives are like "honey...this...honey that... hahah...Lisa knows all that...or she has me ME!! Ahahaha. It's all part of the skoolie game
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