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Old 05-10-2014, 10:33 AM   #21
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I put a bid in for that bus in the earlier part of the action but forgot to bid when it was ending. I'm gonna look for a similar unit but I bet I won't get as good as a deal as you.
I'm going to borrow some of your ideas too probably
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Jake, be glad you didn't get it. The Canadian bus company, that their agent was selling it on eBay for, never transferred the title out of the State of Wisconsin, to a Canadian title. Nor did they do the Customs entry paperwork bringing it *back* into the US legally. So, I had to go to the US Customs House to get the Entry Form, EPA statement, and NHTSA declarations stamped (really easy); now I have to get a court order stating I'm the bona fide owner because they never changed the title and because NJMVC won't do an "insufficient evidence" request for a "foreign" vehicle.

Check govdeals.com. I saw some pretty sweet buses for sale, relatively inexpensive, there.
Wow, glad I didnt get it then. The ebay seller didn't list those problems, If you have too much trouble then Id go back at him. Thats pretty bad.
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Old 05-15-2014, 08:30 PM   #22
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As for registration and titling, its now in the hands of the Atlantic County Superior Court; the papers were filed this week.

But I'm still working on her. Slowly pulling out the seats, lots of bolt heads to grind off, and sadly limited help with them. Pics this weekend.

I did swap out the rear brake & turn signal lights, and 3/4s of the flashers today with Maxxima 7" LED lights. My plan is to have the rear flasher lights tied into the brake and turn signals. They're held in with two screws each recycled from the old lights. I have more LED back up, tail and clearance lights coming next week, along with replacement LEDs for the front turn signals. The headlights to be replaced with Hella headlamp conversions.



I was thinking about ordering a couple of Tiger Foam DIY 200 board ft spray foam kits for the ceiling and walls, while using foamboard for the floor. I think the cost would equal out to about the same in foamboard insulation.
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Old 05-16-2014, 01:09 AM   #23
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You have to do something with that exhaust pipe! it obviously met a driveway that didn't like it. More importantly, smashed in that far it's choking your engine! Backpressure is your enemy! I know it's only a pickup, but when I junked my 3.5" factory exhaust for a 4" performance exhaust I gained 1.5mpg. You'll never gain that much in a bus but your engine will sure breathe easier if that exhaust pipe was round again.
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Old 05-16-2014, 07:00 AM   #24
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You have to do something with that exhaust pipe! it obviously met a driveway that didn't like it. More importantly, smashed in that far it's choking your engine! Backpressure is your enemy! I know it's only a pickup, but when I junked my 3.5" factory exhaust for a 4" performance exhaust I gained 1.5mpg. You'll never gain that much in a bus but your engine will sure breathe easier if that exhaust pipe was round again.
Its on the list. Along with new starter batteries, a full service on the engine, replacing another section of exhaust pipe from the turbo to the muffler, new undercoating, tires...
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Old 05-19-2014, 07:34 PM   #25
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Forgot the "before" photos-


Looking aft from the front


Looking forward

Did a paint test today

Needs less white and more blue. Either my formula was wrong, or I screwed it up when I mixed up the paints. I was trying to go for "RAF Azure Blue"


Turned out to be more "Robins Egg" or Baby blue than azure.

And I finally settled on a floor plan, after going through and taking measurements for everything.
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Nice BIG bus

I would keep rear escape hatch for ventilation in bed room, remember to insulate and thermally alienate the beds floor from engine surround, that can one huge heat sink
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Nice BIG bus

I would keep rear escape hatch for ventilation in bed room, remember to insulate and thermally alienate the beds floor from engine surround, that can one huge heat sink
75 pax, 35-ish feet to play with inside. I may, however, tweak the floor plans as construction *actually* begins. Like we all do
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And I finally settled on a floor plan, after going through and taking measurements for everything.
Like the design, but where's the fridge?
Almost identical to my latest iteration, but I put the fridge beside the dinette.
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And I finally settled on a floor plan, after going through and taking measurements for everything.
Like the design, but where's the fridge?
Almost identical to my latest iteration, but I put the fridge beside the dinette.
II'll be tweaking the floor plan here and there, but I'll probably put a small fridge next to the stove. Ikea's got a really nice butcher block countertop that's a hair over 6' long.
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Small fridge now near the stove. Which is too big, but unfortunately, Visio doesn't allow me to tweak the stove.

Some minor work done this week. Battery tray was pulled, scrubbed, Ospho'd, primed and covered inside and out with two coats of spray-on bedliner, along with its locking pin, which got a new stainless steel and nylon bolt, nut and washers. Swapped out the two dead batteries for a new 8D, but ran into a potential issue with the battery (see here). Just waiting for the retaining bar to dry (scrubbed and Ospho'd today) before hitting it with primer and bedliner. Did the same thing, save pulling it off, with the back bumper.

I do minor stuff on the bus during the week, and major on the weekends, because I don't have a key to the house where I'm keeping her, so I can't reset the circuit breaker if it pops while running the compressor.
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