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Old 05-25-2016, 02:07 PM   #61
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Dry rot in the sidewalls is potentially dangerous and not something you want to overlook for long. When they go...they go big time.
thats why im getting new tires.. 6 of them... it looks like I have a bunch of room between the tandems so im hoping I can go to an 11R22.5, the tire man should know hopefully..

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Old 05-26-2016, 08:40 AM   #62
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did a little bit of work to the DEV..

first off I decided to take the plunge and open up the wiring compartment.. I found a carpenter wiring diagram.. which is cool.. my wiring is a lot simpler than i thiught it would be.. it should be straight forward to yank out all the old school bus flasher wiring and such.. will also give me some extra switches to work with for various items I may want to install.

I dont think this looks too bad compared to someof the bus wiring ive seen.. thats a project AFTER the A/C...



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Old 05-26-2016, 08:48 AM   #63
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Next I got my Air conditioning coils mounted under the bus.. and figured out how im going to route my freon lines and wires to it.. I didnt want a skirt mounted unit as the skirting on this bus doesnt have the bottom support (snow bank rail).. to do a skirt condenser I wouldve lost 2 of the supports on the skirt.. so I opted for an under-body mount style. slightly oversized for the job.. mainly because I know there will be quite a bit of road heat underneath the bus.. airflow is good.. I powered up the fans as a test and they do move lots of air even in the tight quarters.. miunting wasnt bad.. I only had to make 2 brackets to get it to fit where i wanted and clear everything..

when you are a single guy you do what you have to for extra "hands".. to hold stuff..




and now it supports itself time to pipe it in..



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Old 05-26-2016, 09:18 AM   #64
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Ohh!! That looks fun - what are you up to with those boxes of goodies?!? Is that a mini rooftop condensing unit?
Looks kinda like the inside of a walk in cooler evaporator.

Where did you buy your a/c system, did it come as a kit and what did it cost? Looks like a great setup for any conversion.
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Old 05-26-2016, 10:28 AM   #65
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I bought it from ProAir LLC... the kit I got is a 53,000 BTU kit With heat.. (I didnt order heat specifically but the inside unit I got came with it)..

this is an Engine driven system.. so its not designed to provide service when the Bus is turned off.. (but for me since my main interest is in the bus being on the road or idling parked for short periods.. it works perfect)..

the kit is actually designed for an E-350 Style Bus.. the indoor unit I got has no vrnts or such because im ducting it to the various areas.. its a nice little square box and will be house in a cabinet in the area of my bus where the work table goes and mini frig and network gear..

I paid $2750 for the whole system (half of what TK or Transair wanted).. it came with everythung and I mean everything... fittings, hose, vents, ducts, plenum, wires, relays, switches,.. compressor of my choice..and indoor and outdoor units. (the DTA360 needed a V-belt drive).. the only thing it did not come with was my engine bracket.. I had to source that from elsewhere since my engine isnt real common.. )..

they have all different kinds of gear available and kits. these guys do a lot of OEM work for manufacturers... when I went to pick my system up they had about 50 of the new Nissan taxi-cabs getting rear A/C added.. its actualy a nissan factory option but ProAir does the work for Nissan...

obviously i'll know better how it works once I get it hooked up and running..

which by the way I got the compressor bolted up.. pics will be coming for that later but I have an apointment with a tire man first to see what we can put together for new rubber..

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Old 05-26-2016, 12:24 PM   #66
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Amen on the extra hands thing for anyone working alone.

Impressive job. I want one, but in Oregon I'd probably be using the heat function more than AC.
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Old 05-27-2016, 06:29 PM   #67
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Got my Freon piped in today and evacuated down to 500 microns... will check it in a little bit to see if I lost any vacuum.. I cant charge up the system till i wire the electrical in.. these new Burgaflex BurgaClip linesets are MUCH EASIER to put together than my old crimp style.. will see how they hold up



YES!!! the nice man in the brown truck brought me a whole set 5 volumes of the 1991 IHC service manuals for my chassis.. that will come in handy!! includes service info on the fuel injection system too!



oh and I finally scribble scratched a sort of layout for my bus.. ha! im the High tech one and then i dont use CAD to draw my bus.. just a piece of paper with some lines on it... i'll blue tape it to a window...



time to spend time wiring up that A/C.. it got up to 90 today here... good weather to use an A/C.

also went to the tire shop today... gonna take it in tuesday so we can test fit some 11R22.5's.. hoping I can.. 10R22.5's are so much harder to come by... looking at some nice Uniroyals...

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Lookin' good Cadillac! --- Just wish you were closer so I could pick your brain. I am just beginning to try and figure out some dash air. Since I have so little space, I tried looking up "compact evaporator dash units". Only saw one and I have no idea if it is any good or not. All I have to start with is the compressor. An '02 Ford Expedition FS10. It was one of few that would fit the adapter I had to use. Lots more to put together, just need to find someone that knows more about this stuff than me.

Which would be just about anything.
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Lookin' good Cadillac! --- Just wish you were closer so I could pick your brain. I am just beginning to try and figure out some dash air. Since I have so little space, I tried looking up "compact evaporator dash units". Only saw one and I have no idea if it is any good or not. All I have to start with is the compressor. An '02 Ford Expedition FS10. It was one of few that would fit the adapter I had to use. Lots more to put together, just need to find someone that knows more about this stuff than me.

Which would be just about anything.
For the dash unit vintage air is one I would look at.. I used one with a friend in a cutlass where he wanted the race car appearance under the hood so he wanted a flat firewall.. Void of the ugly GM air box.. We got a unit to fit in place of the glove box behind the dash.. Heat air and defrost.. For the condensor we would use a smaller version of mine .. Like a single fan unit under the bus to keep the heat load off of your already crowded engine compartment.

The fs10 is a good compressor as long as you don't get a used one.. They are notorious for Black Death .. New ones are good and the system will be all new so it will give you many years of service..

On this job I discovers burgaflex lines which are so easy to crimp compared to the old ones.. Well we will see how good they are when I pressurize nitrogen up to 150 psi and leak test.

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Old 05-27-2016, 08:58 PM   #70
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The comp is new, so let's hope for a few years there. The biggest problem is that I don't have any under dash area at all, so I will probably have to hang something off to one side or maybe even overhead. The smallest unit I have seen so far is this one...

All New Mini-Kooler AC ONLY small unit

Decent "claims" but no idea if it is worth it or not but shouldn't need a lot of output if I can direct it all on the pilot's seat.
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