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Old 05-25-2005, 12:21 AM   #1
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Well, I am throwing my hat into the ring so to speak. My bus is nearing completion and I have updated my website.

I still have a couple major projects left on the bus, however the list is getting smaller.

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Old 05-25-2005, 11:16 AM   #2
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Can't find a link to yer website - would love to take a peek!
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Old 05-25-2005, 12:24 PM   #3
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Sorry it wasn't clear Griff.

The link is available through the WWW buttom at the bottom of my message. Once at the site just go to pictures section. I hope this helps. I would love to hear what you all think. -Richard
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What is your door and the windows made out of?
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Old 05-25-2005, 12:54 PM   #5
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door and windows

The door is two sheets of five eighths plywood glued and drywall screwed together. The windows are from the split doors. I kept them because they are double paned and very solid. I installed them like they were stock. There are latches inside that are closed while driving. I resused the rubber air seals from the split doors to keep outside out.
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Old 05-25-2005, 08:11 PM   #6
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Looks like a really nice rig. I like how you installed the A/C. Bet you can't wait to go camping.
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Old 05-25-2005, 08:39 PM   #7
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Really Nice Work!

Wow, you have made a whole lot of progress, and it looks really good! I like the superstrong door lock. I especially like the paint color you have chosen. That's pretty much the color I wanted to go with originally (....but you live in Canada where solar gain is a GOOD thing much of the year).

Good job!
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Old 05-26-2005, 01:07 AM   #8
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doodlebus

yeah, it's coming along. I can't wait to get on the road. We'll be living in it for a couple months, so once we start we're in it for a bit.

The rest of the bus will be rasberry also with an aluminum colour as trim. It should look pretty slick.

There will hopfully be an aluminum roof rack going on once I get back from bc to recover what was found from the stolen bike chop shop.

I'll post more updates then.

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Old 06-01-2005, 01:19 PM   #9
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New engine

I realize that after all the discussion leading up to the descision to ge the engine rebuilt I never told you all how it turned out. Well...

It cost a bit more than expected because the mechanics at the bus garage had done a few mickey mouse modifications to the bus that were difficult to spot until everything was removed.

However the 366 small block coverted to propane is now great! I averaged 6mpg fully loaded (helping people move, both ways) through the rugged and high mountain passes in BC. She pulled solid. Cruised comfortably between 60-65 MPH. The governor kicks in then. On the passes I was passing big trucks, most RV's and recreational boaters (and volkswagons but that doesn't count ).

So, for those of you who were wary of sticking with this engine I must say it performed much better than anticipated. Over 3000 kms and all was good. Well, accept for the aluminum cover over the fuel pumps hole. It warped in Banff, so a mechanic came out from Calgary to replace it roadside. No biggie. There are worse places to sit on the roof and look at the scenery. .

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Old 09-10-2005, 10:07 AM   #10
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Well, we're here in Halifax.

almost 7000 km's and seven weeks later we are now on the other side of this huge country. I will post some more photo's of the bus once I figure out how to do so. Some updates from somone who lived in the front of their bus with a wife a two large dogs.

- Propane powered engines are a good idea in Alberta - ONLY!! What a pain. The bus was loaded down with our stuff and towing a 14' long pace american cargo trailer plus the roof rack was full. So it was working. The trip became where could we find propane to fill up with. The further east one goes the less automotive propane is available. Those that do have propane are open limited hours and the guy who certified to pump it has usually just gone home for the day. ARHHGG!!! We had a list of "all" the available vendors in canada which helped but was not always acurate. A few close calls. The closest was driving for 45 minutes on empty.

- Air conditioning is must. I have a 6000 btu home unit mounted in the living compartment of ours and it was barely enough. The roof rack made such a huge difference in keeping the heat off the bus. I would highly recomend one.

- Don't get cheap (like me out of nessisity) when it comes to your water system. I installed two pump style faucets (bathroom and kitchen). They work but are a pain because they are so slow. A water pump would make a huge difference.

- Buy good matching new deep cycle batteries. Seems obvious eh?

- Even a cheap genereator is worth it. We lived for free on a beach and surfed and swam for two weeks. All the while watching movies on laptops and drinking coffee. Good Stuff. It was days like that I appreciated all the work that went into converting a school bus.

- Truck stops are great. They don't mind overnight stays, are safe and have some of the cleanest showers I have seen. My wife and I were in shock. And they're free!!!

- Walmart parking lots are great. Free, easy to access and safe. Usually close to grocery stores and such also.

Gotta run. I'll upload some photo's in a few days. -Richard
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