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Old 09-29-2006, 05:13 PM   #191
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well, nothing is ever as easy as it seems.....but i had a busy day yesterday.

I seem to have lost or more likely thrown away the original rear bus heater fans and shroud. I did locate the unit from my old bus. It didn't really fit together perfect, but that's the actual intended purpose of duct tape. Before i could do that however, i had to make the fans work. Niether one would spin freely, so i tore the unit apart, cleaned up the motors and freed the shafts. One motor works great now, the other one is non-reparable...well, perhaps some new brushes would fix it, but i dind't have time to tear the motor down.



In it's final incarnation i think i'll work at straightening out the heater grill a bit.
Here is the unit installed:



I also ducted the stock bus heater to allow it to provide heat to the seating area. I used flexible dryer vent ducting and some fancy furnace vents. That seems to work quite well. I drove the bus about 30 minutes to work today, the outside temperatures were hovering around freezing and i stayed nice and toasty warm inside the bus.





I got this fancy radiator from a pontiac grand am that the fire department used for vehicle extrication. I should have taken a photo of me with the jaws of life trying to open the hood of the car, but i guess that's a story for another day

The radiator is connected to the boiler. Currently it has jazucci water running through it, so it does not produce as much heat as a heat as it would with 160 degree water. I'll probably add a secondary pump and thermostat system to allow the boiler to run hotter water when not heating the jacuzzi. I attached a radiator fan to the back of the radiator, this thing kicks out a ton of heat even with 110 degree water. I still need to build a cabinet to hold the radiator and make a screen for the front of it, but it's a good start.

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Old 09-29-2006, 05:56 PM   #192
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Do you have a zoomed out version of this or can you explain whats going on here, I'd like to see how it looks and where it is in relation to everything else.

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Old 09-29-2006, 05:58 PM   #193
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That would appear to be a heater vent boot with a grill over it to me.
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Old 10-03-2006, 06:10 PM   #194
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I'm considering taking the plunge and transfering my bus from RV status to a commercial vehicle so i can startup a limo service. I'd have to get new plates, a commercial drivers liscense for me, and talk to the insurance guy. A friend of mine and i have been talking about this concept and i think it could be fun AND profitable. I'm still thinking about the option, but at this point it is a really good possibility.

and on a side note:

i took some new photos to help explain the ducting better, i'll post them later
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Old 10-18-2006, 05:37 PM   #195
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updated my website:

http://geocities.com/blackplaguetour/
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Old 12-29-2006, 06:44 AM   #196
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i have been on vacation from the bus the past few months. I really need to get back to work and "finish" things up.

I would like to have the bus finished and ready to sell on ebay by the spring.

The last of the big projects is the convertable roof above the jacuzzi. I think i've decided on a final design. It'll pretty much just hinge in the front and a small atv winch or electric linear actuators on the roof will open and close the roof while parked. The bus cannot be driven with the roof in the upright position.




I also want to add an air compressor to once again make the front door open/close by remote keyless

Add electronic cruise control

mount a hose reel to keep garden hoses nice and tidy

Touch up a few things, like re-treading the front stairs

replace broken/cracked windows

add a flat panel TV/DVD player

add twin chrome exhaust stacks on the roof with small (3-5 foot) user friendly flame throwers.

overall, the bus is currently in excellent shape.

to sell the bus on ebay, i first want to shoot a short amateur video of the bus. Think music video/car commercial. I also want to have a photo shoot with some hot model girls. bus photos always look better when there are hot women in the camera frame. The photos hopefully will suggest that if you own this bus, you too can attract incredibly hot women.....come to think of it, having the bus has attracted incredibly hot women! where do you think i found the girls for the photo shoot? lol

be interesting to see what kind of price THIS bus fetches on EBAY

the original black plague went for over $7,300. That was with my zero feedback rating as I was a first time ebay user, and an engine that had almost 300,000 miles on it. The new bus is much nicer than the old one from the powertrain to the interior. if you google "black plague bus" or "jacuzzi bus" the first 4 or 5 hits all come back to my bus which i think is pretty cool. my ebay rating is now around 30 with 100% positive feedback.

then it's on to the tour bus.......
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Old 12-29-2006, 06:57 AM   #197
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. . .The last of the big projects is the convertable roof above the jacuzzi. I think i've decided on a final design. It'll pretty much just hinge in the front and a small atv winch or electric linear actuators on the roof will open and close the roof while parked.
Have you considered splitting the roof down the center longitudinally, hinging at each side, and using struts with bearing-eye rod ends attached - one end to the roof halves and the other end attached to the jacuzzi frame? That way you don't need the extra winches or actuators, it would open as the jacuzzi rises, and close as the jacuzzi sets.
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that whole jacuzzi rising through the roof project never really worked out. I wasted a lot of time, money, effort, and energy on that portion of the project.
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selling your bus

Did I miss somthing? I thought you were looking into running it as a business and now you're selling it. What happened?

Did you get sick of skoolie's?

The coach you plan on getting, is it going to be an rv or a party bus?

I wish you luck on your future projects, and hope you can sell it for what you would like.

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