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Old 08-27-2018, 11:50 PM   #11
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Good job!

Its always a great idea to refinish the battery compartment and tray.
Thanks ECCB,

There will be more surface rust treatment on the frame a wheel wells but overall its not in bad shape.

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Old 08-28-2018, 12:13 AM   #12
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Fixed the link (needed the end quote inside the URL tag):

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galloping_Goose_(railcar)

That does look like a really nice bus.

I'm sure some folks here know what the axle is in it (Rockwell, Dana, etc.) which should help in making a swap. The ratio stuff is simple math, if you want to go 80 instead of 60, the axle needs to be changed by the same ratio. 7.17 * 60/80 = 5.38. Need to confirm that's acceptable for actually driving, but the math is that simple.

(And the B300 is using all six gears, right? 60 MPH in sixth with a 7.17 axle seems reasonable, but I didn't do any math....)
Thanks ennonne,

I'm narrowing the new ratios down to 4.10, 4.44 or a 4.78. I dont need the bus to go much faster than 65 but I want to get the rpm down. Top speed was around 60 but that was hitting govern rpm. I drove 50 most of the time. My 6th gear is locked when I downshift the display goes to 4. I started another thread for the gearing here:

http://www.skoolie.net/forums/f39/op...ing-24002.html

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Old 08-28-2018, 07:06 AM   #13
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Andy’s autosport calculator
https://www.andysautosport.com/learn...r/calculators/
It gives 100 rpm splits for known gear ratios.
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Old 08-28-2018, 07:13 AM   #14
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Sorry missed you started another thread for gearing
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Old 12-05-2018, 09:40 PM   #15
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AC Ducting and Luggage Rack Demo

So small progress is being made. The AC ducting and luggage rack is out! It opens things up a little. Also I removed the very nice Infinity speakers. Those will be going back in for a bumping sound system.

The seats and interior sheat metal removal will have to wait another 5 weeks until the 10 lb lift limit imposed by my recent surgery has expired. If we get some warm weather I'll work on degreasing the engine bay.

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Old 12-06-2018, 07:56 AM   #16
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wow those are some nice speakers!!!

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Old 12-06-2018, 10:08 AM   #17
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wow those are some nice speakers!!!

-Christopher
For being 18 years old they still sound really good. They were powered by a 4x75w alpine amp and cheesy 20 gauge or smaller speaker wire.

I dont think they ever got pushed very hard being on a bus.

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Old 12-06-2018, 11:45 AM   #18
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I had a high end set of Kappa 5's in my old Honda!
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Old 01-08-2019, 11:33 PM   #19
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Destruction has begun!

Today we got alot done on the bus! The seats are out. The floor is out and ceiling panels are gone.

We got lucky and the seats were bolted with self taping bolts so there was minimal crawling around under the bus and the spray foam seamed to keep most of the bolt threads from being too rusted. The seats came out in about an hour and a half with one person running a cordless impact.

The biggest PITA was getting the rubber and plywood floor up. It was stuck down really well with a multitude of small nails. Long steel pry bars popped the plywood up up. A cordless cut off wheel took care of the nails that would break off when you tried to pull them out. We also removed the heater and heater hose. The heaters will be reinstalled with new hose. The floor was alot of work and took the most time.

AN AIR CHISEL IS THE WAY TO GO FOR CUTTING OFF RIVOTS. With two of use working one used a hammer a punch to knock out the mandrel and the other cut off the rivot heads. When the chisel was sharp you could go through a rivot in less than a second. It will make you giggle. Wear good eye protection as rivot heads fly everywhere! The ceiling came out in a couple hours.

Tomorrow we will pull the sheet metal off the walls and pull out all the insulation.

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Old 01-09-2019, 06:05 AM   #20
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dang too bad you live all the way out west!.. i wantt hose seats!!!



lookin good, you made short work of gutting out that bus!!

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