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Old 05-12-2016, 05:23 PM   #21
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I tried a bison burger once.. didnt care for it.. was at a restaraunt..
im adventurous in many ways but food is NOT one of them.. I want plain jane all the way... if I eat a burger its with cheese and bacon, no pickles,sauces,lettus,mayo or any of that junk...

im definitely a product of the take-out-world we live in.. when I travel i do try and hit up local restaraunts as opposed to chains all the time.. but I tend to pick them carefully and read the menu on the door if its posted...

I rarely drink alcohol.. the occasional whiskey unless ive got to drive even a block within 8 hours then nada..

I drink a lot of espresso, water, soda(pop in ohio), and Iced tea...


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Along with funyuns, cheeto's, and Cool Ranch Dorito's......sounds like a programmer's diet right there!
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Old 05-12-2016, 05:32 PM   #22
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Along with funyuns, cheeto's, and Cool Ranch Dorito's......sounds like a programmer's diet right there!

you got it!! and cant forget the late-night Pizza!!

and on the road its Free "embassy suites endless breakfast buffet..."

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Old 05-12-2016, 09:55 PM   #23
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I tried a bison burger once.. didnt care for it.. was at a restaraunt..
im adventurous in many ways but food is NOT one of them.. I want plain jane all the way... if I eat a burger its with cheese and bacon, no pickles,sauces,lettus,mayo or any of that junk...

im definitely a product of the take-out-world we live in.. when I travel i do try and hit up local restaraunts as opposed to chains all the time.. but I tend to pick them carefully and read the menu on the door if its posted...

I rarely drink alcohol.. the occasional whiskey unless ive got to drive even a block within 8 hours then nada..

I drink a lot of espresso, water, soda(pop in ohio), and Iced tea...


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One thing you don't have to worry about with me and Roxanne- we DON'T use ANY condiments. Two people... hating ketchup, mustard, mayo, even ranch dressing, man.

We're also big on tea and coffee. Rarely drink. A sixer a month, MAYBE.
I do have some REALLY nice corn liquor stashed away, though. For that once or twice a year I'm really in the spirit.

Don't do restaurants too much any more. I've been entirely gluten free for years now and don't even look back. I'm a Celiac sufferer and its brutal. Been making ridiculously dank food at home and feeling better than ever.
Once in a while I get a bit wistful when I pass a Krystal burger, but I prefer not having migraines and some really disturbing digestive symptoms.

The hardest part of my return trip with the bus was finding anything I could eat while on the road. None of the deliciously horribly truckstop food is edible to me and I'd run low on provisions.
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Old 05-13-2016, 06:26 PM   #24
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Nice looking bus! Paint job looks good, I like the brown. Looking forward to your build.
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Old 05-14-2016, 08:49 AM   #25
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Hot an email from ProAir that my Air-conditioning system is now ready and awaiting my Pick up in Elkhart indiana.. depending on how my bus runs wen I begin my trip back I may just drive from florida to elkhart indiana, pick up the A/C system parts in the bus then head to Columbus Ohio..

after some back and forth, and thanks to the folks at BGA school busses for letting me take pictures of another DT360 bus that has A/C, I was able to get the correct Compressor bracket ordered, and it will be at my house before I arrive home.

also got a nice height adjustable High back Driver seat for the bus.. Not asn air ride seat.. ive been told by more than one professional bus driver that guys like me with short legs dont do well in air seats so i didnt opt for that route.

its red / brown and not green like the rest of my seats, However I plan to SEM my green seats read anyway..

I cant remember when carpenter changed from tan walls and red / brown seats to the green / green that my bus is.. but it was likely the redesign in 1986.. I liked the red seats better..

I think mine are called "Blackgreen" which isnt bad but i like the warmer colors better..

I also got a couple cheapie 4 leg seats to use in my pseudo dinette / booth area.. since this area will be in front of my wheelchair door (purposely..ill explain in a moment).. I needed 4 leg seats as theres no chair rail here..

why place a backward seat and a table in front of my large side door? when i stop and am sitting working on the laptop, if its a sunny day, i'll align the bus so I get siun in te nice large windows.. AND if its warm out that door will be opened.. im going to have a roll-up retractable screen made that will slide across the opening when im parked and the door is open.. thus giving me the feeling of being on a patio but still indoors next to my work stuff.. (and the heat or A/C as needed.. yes with the door open)..

since the dinette will convert to a Nap-spot i can also leave that door open, screen closed and have the effect of sleeping with the windows open.. should work nicely..

Pictures once i get the bus, get it home and mock up with cardboard and paper...

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Old 05-21-2016, 05:08 PM   #26
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And my friends, My little Bus LIVES again!!..

as some of you all know, I embarked on my journey from St pete to Columbus ohio.. and got about 450 miles in when i lost Air Pressure in the Air-brake system...

having been totally unprepared to personally try to work on, diagnose, and fix any issue like this.... the only prep work I did was to save some links in my tablet for mobile repair services, should I have a break-down.. well that happened on weds..

in the mid morning driving, I got an alarm that my compressor was no longer outputting air..

on my bus the air Alarm sensor and the air gauges are sensed in different spots.. the air alarm is right after the air dryer.. at the "wet" tank.. at this point my pressure over a few minutes dropped from the normal 120--110 and about to 100 and then the alarm went off and the air pumped back up to 120 and I got the "swoosssh!" from the air dryer...

wierd fluke?? maybe... or.. maybe not!... so I kept running... and about 3 hours later.. I got the alarm again... and the pressure continued to slowly drop... once I saw 90 I headed for the next exit... got the bus pulled off safely completely out of the way at a gas station... before I reached 60 PSI... at 60PSI your brakes wiill begin to stop you whether you want or not... I think I was at 70 or 75 so i cut it close!..

having no knowledge of air brakes.. I enlisted the help of truckdown.com and got a mobile repair service out... their tech changed the governor... no change... we took the air output line off the compressor and guess what... NO AIR.. so he deemed the compressor as SHOT!..

he called his office with some numbers and then proceeded to remove the old compressor from the bus.. even before getting confirmation from his office that they could find one..

well they couldnt find one anywhere... finally one was supposedly located and ordered.. (I had already book a room at the hotel as soon as I broke down..)..

oh but wait now they call me back and tell me they cant locate the part... or they did but its a week out... they ordered it anyway.. really?

so im out there googling... my bus dealer is helping out with cross referencing me part numbers we can use.. but bam. past shipping hours..

thursday comes along and ive found several part numbers and locations where htey could be ordered from.... I hand all that to said service company... later in the day they call and say "yep we got parts coming"..

friday AM, i get a call at 830 or so and think "yes lets go".. OOPs.. sorry the part never got shipped... the part number didnt reference so they didnt ship it..

so I call Bendix directly (they make about all the parts on my bus air system).. talk to a GREAT guy there who confirmed what i did that the correct part was in fact ordered and would work perfect.. oh and then explained how he knew exactly what was wrong with my old air compressor and that it could be made to work rather easily until i could get home and rebuild the head on my air compressor.. Grrr!! because the service tech had removed my old unit and taken it with him.....

since it was friday now everything had to be ordered saturday delivery.. and alas today a new COmpressor arrived.. .the exact part number I SPEC'd out.. the tech put it on and bam! i have beautiful air pressure once again!...

through all this the wonder of my career really shines... that being I can work anywhere I have internet access.. so I unbuttoned my suitcase and set up my Mobile DEV lab in this very nice comfort suites hotel... which even has a bar that kept me calm with a crown royal or 2 throughout this adventure...

and hail to the Shoneys next door with a fantastic breakfast Buffet (including crispy bacon!)..

in effect only thing I was missingthat I really wanted was ESPRESSO!.. I'll be getting one someplace very soon!..

oh yes I believe I need a DRINK... and the lady behind the bar obliged



my Mobile DEV lab setup in the hotel yep work as usual for me and my TWO mobile hotspots..



Ok lets get this bad boy fixed up!!!



and yes.. we have AIR!!! never thought id be so glad just to have Air in a rusty old tank under the bus as I am today!



this has been an adventure.. and yes my friends the BIG GRIN on my face is back as I put that little bus in D and headed off for a test ride... I just LOVE driving a bus!!
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Old 05-21-2016, 05:58 PM   #27
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Glad you're up and running again. That'll slow down your work for a while.
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Old 05-21-2016, 05:59 PM   #28
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Oh, I was going to ask if you took 75 or 77? I really had to refresh my geography on the right coast since I live on the left coast.
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Old 05-21-2016, 07:35 PM   #29
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Oh, I was going to ask if you took 75 or 77? I really had to refresh my geography on the right coast since I live on the left coast.
I took route 75 since the bus came from the west coast of florida.. it takes me up through many major cities... route 77 is what I often take if im going up from the east florida coast.. daytona, launderdale, etc.. it tends to be faster... in a car that is.. but much slower in a truck or bus because the mountains have much taller hills to climb...

driving route 75 you run into a few mild hills in the tennessee and southern kentucky but otherwise its pretty flat.. theres more cities so you can get hung up in traffic... I plan on taking off about beginning of daylight tomorrow morning and running as long as I can before I get sleepy.. I may make it to columbus, I may not..

of course psychology plays a part.. you know how it is.. you fix something and you then fixate on that for the next XX number of trips or miles.. even though that is now the LEAST likely thing to break... but its psychology...

in a regular car I can drive florida to ohio in one shot... However in the Bus.. im attentively listening to every sound, watching every needle, noting every movement, etc.. which means the brain and body wear out more quickly.. of course that gets less and less the more I drive.. and really i should just crank up the bluetooth speaker and just drive...

it definitely feels GOOD to be back in the driver seat of a bus again! not just after the breakdown but in general...

I really have no idea why I pretty much let the last bus sit... it spent almost all of its time in the garage after I got it... psychology played a big part in that bus... everyone including my parents said I was crazy for wanting to just "drive around in a bus"... I gave in.. and parked it except for the rare occasion where a "need for a bus" arose... like a group picnic or a parade or a classic-commercial vehicle cruise-in...

this time my attitude and excitement are different... and thus perhaps I have different friends now too that are all about "oh cool a bus... this is gonna be fun... ".. even down to me driving it to the Classic christmas decorations convention in New york this summer all decked out interior in vintage christmas.. even that group is pumped about it...

Pizza outings, IKEA trips, ball games, amusement park outings, the christmas show, Trip to Bronners in michigan, Parades, all things my group of friends and family members are all talking about how fun it will be in the bus...

I find theres a lot more bus enthusiasts than I ever know.. I watch youtube video after video of people excited about just having a bus.. many of them bought the school bus they rode to high school in.. one guy has the GMC transit bus he rode to work in for 10 years every day..

and of course all of those here that are building up busses into something you just cant buy anywhere... from mild to wild.. minimus to maximus...

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I still like to listen to the engine while I'm driving too. It sounds like a well oiled machine.

Well here's hoping you make it home so you can relax finally.
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