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Old 02-19-2014, 09:39 AM   #191
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[quote="somewhereinusa"]Well the weather has been bad and I'm not likely to work out in it so I thought I would detail work done.
I have three battery banks and I wanted an easy way to monitor them. I built this little panel to be added to the original driver switch panel. I have a lot of room since I took out a lot of switches having to do with school bus things.

Here is the panel itself.


The run position shows start system voltage when engine is running. The other three positions are for start batteries, house batteries and the aux is for the bank I have for computer batteries. When the engine is not running the panel is off until you push the button below the meter. When engine is running, with the switch in the run position the meter is on all of the time. You can also check the other banks while engine is running by switching to the appropriate bank and pushing the button.

I built this junction block to be installed in the wiring junction box accessible from the outside under driver side window. It will keep the strain of big wires off of the back of the meter/switch assy.



Detail of back of panel.



The complete assy.



We're expecting another 4 inches of snow this afternoon, then it's supposed to warm up the rest of the week. Hopefully I can get back to working on the bus next week.

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i love the blue bird logo on the panel as well. i will need a battery monitor in the future, i will need to get one with a Wayne logo though
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Old 02-23-2014, 05:44 PM   #192
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I wanted a panel mounted USB power/charging port, bot couldn't find any I liked. They were way too expensive, and ugly. Here's one I built for about $2.00 with parts I had laying around. If you run right down to your local Radio Shack, I'm assuming a price more in the $15 range.



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These are really easy and quite simple. If you want to do your own I've posted the schematic here.http://www.somewhereinusa.x10.mx/usbSchematic1.pdf
It will work with input voltages from about 8 to 35 V dc.
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Old 02-23-2014, 09:40 PM   #193
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I like it, looks really well made.

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Old 02-23-2014, 10:13 PM   #194
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Sorry the link works now.
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Old 02-23-2014, 10:38 PM   #195
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For redundancy, and easy viewing pleasure, Somewhereinusa's diagram.




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Old 03-18-2014, 11:29 AM   #196
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Old 03-18-2014, 01:33 PM   #197
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This is an awesome bus build. It's enjoyable to see all these custom built parts you make, and they look so fantastic. Thanks for all the documentation.
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Old 03-19-2014, 06:59 AM   #198
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Hello,
I went to your website (cool by the way) and was looking at your cruise control. I am assuming you've got an electronic controlled engine? I didn't see any interface with a means to hold the throttle. I've got a 1995 AmTran with a mechanical DTA408. Would love to figure out how to have this control a mechanical throttle.
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Old 03-19-2014, 08:24 AM   #199
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Hello,
I went to your website (cool by the way) and was looking at your cruise control. I am assuming you've got an electronic controlled engine? I didn't see any interface with a means to hold the throttle. I've got a 1995 AmTran with a mechanical DTA408. Would love to figure out how to have this control a mechanical throttle.
I have an air throttle, the beauty of this system is that it attaches to the foot pedal, so it will work with any kind of system. It uses the GM cruise actuator which is electric so no vacuum needed either.
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Thanks for the quick response. My next question is, I looked for somewhere in the schematic that would indicate where the actuator would be wired in but didn't see it. Am I missing something? I could be momentarily going brain dead (has happened once but that was unverified) . I'm assuming the speed sensor input could be picked up off the electronic speedo signal (I believe is coming from the transmission (MT643)? Also, been checking a bit on the web and can't find any conversations about this conversion. I'm wondering who's done it and if there's any photo's of such (some of us think in pictures). I'm a total DIY kinda guy but have learned, sometimes it's not necessary to make the mistakes myself and take the time to learn from others. I'm actually one of "those guys" that reds through instruction manuals before doing a task (and I will not give up my man card for doing so!!).
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