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Old 05-23-2016, 12:53 AM   #31
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That's a good story to have. I like the hotel room itops station.
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Old 05-23-2016, 08:45 AM   #32
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Paint turned out great! ...any more pics?
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Old 05-23-2016, 08:52 AM   #33
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That is a great looking bus!
A little jealous of your paint job
Can't wait to see the mockups with the cardboard. I love your idea of the "patio" setup.
I wanted to so something similar on mine from the back emergency door, but the bed is now there. Maybe in the future....

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Old 05-23-2016, 08:46 PM   #34
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Ok, I got the air compressor fixed and drove my bus 650 miles home yesterday without issue... for all the fuss about AT545's and a small engine like a DT360.. I ran 65 on flat ground without issue.. up in the mountains of tennesee the slowest I ever got was a brief 53 MPH.. topped the hill and no issues coming down the 6% grade.. I dropped the 545 down to L3 and it grabbed a hold of the engine nicely and slowed the bus right down on the curves.. I never even touched the brake pedal..

oh yes I feel at home in the driver seat... (dont worry the bus was stopped).



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Bird Strike!!! only casualty was a mirrot that was no good anyway.. it was cracked.. oh and ther wires came unplugged, the terminals didnt even rip off!



takin a Break to sit on the ground in the sun and write some code.. give the Bus a rest in the hills..



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Old 05-23-2016, 08:58 PM   #35
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when I picked up the bus and was driving it.. I thought the exhaust sounded a tad bit loud... and I could really hear the turbo...

so now that it was cooled down and at home.. I got under the bonnett.. and well i found the 2 rear exhaust manifold bolts just Missing!.. of course I thought the worst.. that someone had twisted them off in the head... but no!.. they were just.. well gone!..

so what are the chances that the manifold gasket was still intact there? well actually pretty good.. I put 2 new bolts in the holes, tightened them up and went for a drive..

awesome!! now I can Better hear the kickass whistle when the gear shifts from 1 to 2.. I LOVE that sound..!




so now the next little annoyance to catch is the fact my fuel pump Sometimes loses prime.. esp when the bus is hot and sits for a short time.. it will start right up.. run for about 10 seconds then falter.. sometimes it will catch itself up... other times I have to go prime with the hand pump.. then it runs like a champ!.. it will run for hours and hours ... in fact on the drive home after I had stopped twice and had to reprime.. I just let it run the rest of the trip...

this evening when I started it.. it had sat overnight.. and it missed a few beats but I never had to manually re-prime...

I did find one fuel line with a drop of fuel on it.. so I can assume im getting drain back perhaps...

since the DT360 most all of the fuel components are on the SUCTION side of the fuel pump you dont always see fuel where there are leaks... im going to try tomorrow reseating the fuel filter and water separator cans.. as this bus never lost prime the srveral times i drove it prior to picking it up.. I had a mechanic shop service it a day before I picked it up.. and the fuel filter and water separator were replaced then...

if I cant track it down I'll install a Low pressure electric pump coming from the tank which would allow me to re-prime.. and also to place those fuel components on a slight positive pressure to see if they might leak and show me where the issue is.. I could also place very light pressure on the fuel tank as a test.. you cant place much as you can damage it.. but enough that those parts may very well show a drop of liquid..

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Old 05-23-2016, 09:35 PM   #36
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Nice to have a face to go with the posts, man.

It's too bad our schedules didn't align while you were in town. Glad to hear you made it safe and had a great time though.

For a bus like yours a 360 and 545 do the job just fine. I'm shopping shorties on a major budget and have already accepted that whatever I end up with have one.

Keep the pics coming, its a nice bus man.
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Old 05-23-2016, 09:49 PM   #37
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hey the good thing is im looking at apartments in florida.. so ill be back and forth quite a bit.. I look forward to when we can meet up even if I dont have the bus with me..

I saw a nice shortie blue bird for sale on my way home.. it was a 5 window.. i didnt even know they made a conventional that short.. I didnt stop to look at it as I knew i would have 2 busses!.. it was pre 90 since it had the hump in the hood so would be mechanical.. probably gas though... maybe 345? I think IH used the same engine as the scouts in some of their smaller truck chassis..

georgia and tennesee are decently kind weather wise to bus bodies.. at least looking at the age of some of the stuff I saw being run still for school while I was stuck in forsyth.. the bus drivers liked to lunch at the shoneys next to my hotel so i saw a lot of different busses.

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hey the good thing is im looking at apartments in florida.. so ill be back and forth quite a bit.. I look forward to when we can meet up even if I dont have the bus with me..

I saw a nice shortie blue bird for sale on my way home.. it was a 5 window.. i didnt even know they made a conventional that short.. I didnt stop to look at it as I knew i would have 2 busses!.. it was pre 90 since it had the hump in the hood so would be mechanical.. probably gas though... maybe 345? I think IH used the same engine as the scouts in some of their smaller truck chassis..

georgia and tennesee are decently kind weather wise to bus bodies.. at least looking at the age of some of the stuff I saw being run still for school while I was stuck in forsyth.. the bus drivers liked to lunch at the shoneys next to my hotel so i saw a lot of different busses.

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Old 05-23-2016, 10:09 PM   #39
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it sure looked like those middle ga busses were being run long.. they looked good from the outside but were definitely aged and sun faded.. at least that small county district..

I made the big part of my drive on sunday so I didnt get to see many school busses on the road.. other than some being transported as they had cars being towed.. (maybe BGS bringing busses back.. they said they had a bunch coming from tennessee i think)..they were headed opposite of me and I just got a glimpse..

saw one bluebird skoolie briefly.. it was white and hunter green ribs.. didnt recognize it from here.. it was a late 80s bluebird international.. I ran by it at a pretty good clip.. guy didnt wave back.. looked like a decent conversion.

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Old 05-24-2016, 09:00 AM   #40
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Oh yeah baby!! Let the real cOOl fun begin!!!



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