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Old 07-06-2010, 01:37 PM   #21
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Cut the cab off, cap the bare end, and cover the front corner with a piece of trim......it's wood, not brain surgery

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I agree. Screw the end on with some wood glue and add a few metal angle brackets inside and I think that thing will be fine. If the end will be exposed and you want it to be pretty, use dowels or biscuits instead of screws. Or easier still, counter sink the screws and plug with cut off wood dowels glued in. But you may take my advice with a grain of salt because my skoolie has a sort of "rustic/funky/homemade" theme, so I'm not so concerned about having perfect looking furniture.
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Old 07-09-2010, 10:00 AM   #22
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Old 07-09-2010, 03:56 PM   #23
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Did you bring the engine to normal operating temperature? I wonder if it is designed to only open based on temperature. I'd try that first, but if that doesn't work, I would be tempted to just get it open manually and keep it open permanently, unless you think you can get it working properly or want to pay a mechanic to do so. Worst that can happen with it open all the time I would think is that the engine will take longer to warm up. Better that than overheating.
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Old 07-09-2010, 11:05 PM   #24
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save those seats - the steel will come in handy later
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Did you bring the engine to normal operating temperature? I wonder if it is designed to only open based on temperature. I'd try that first, but if that doesn't work, I would be tempted to just get it open manually and keep it open permanently, unless you think you can get it working properly or want to pay a mechanic to do so. Worst that can happen with it open all the time I would think is that the engine will take longer to warm up. Better that than overheating.
My first thoughts were that it would open once the bus got running but I'm not sure if I want to take that chance, I'm not so sure if my temp gauge works b/c its never left cold, but I have never taken the bus out on the roads...so if it was reliant upon a broken gauge I would be in trouble, also 8.2 DDs have a tendency to overheat as I have read, however I cant just force it open because it is built into the air system...Help?

I got no clue but thoughts that come to mind. If your temp gauge is broke maybe thats why its not opening. its not reading hot so no reason for it to open? also if its ran by air cut and pump air into the system to get it to open.
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Did you bring the engine to normal operating temperature? I wonder if it is designed to only open based on temperature. I'd try that first, but if that doesn't work, I would be tempted to just get it open manually and keep it open permanently, unless you think you can get it working properly or want to pay a mechanic to do so. Worst that can happen with it open all the time I would think is that the engine will take longer to warm up. Better that than overheating.
My first thoughts were that it would open once the bus got running but I'm not sure if I want to take that chance, I'm not so sure if my temp gauge works b/c its never left cold, but I have never taken the bus out on the roads...so if it was reliant upon a broken gauge I would be in trouble, also 8.2 DDs have a tendency to overheat as I have read, however I cant just force it open because it is built into the air system...Help?
To troubleshoot temp problems it's handy to have one of those laser thermometers like this: http://www.harborfreight.com/automotive ... 96451.html

I would think you could safely run the engine for at least 5 or 10 minutes before it would even think about overheating. That would give you a chance to see if those louvers respond to the temperature if they were going to. You could monitor the hose that goes to the top of the radiator to see when your engine thermostat opens. Once that happens you are at or close to normal operating temperature. Unless the thermostat is malfunctioning. Anyway, the thermometer would give you a way to monitor the engine temp and give you a measure of assurance that you are not overheating.
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The air louvers should open when the engine warms up. They act as a thermostat. On my bus, they default to open, in other words, when the air supply drains off, the open up because they are spring loaded. When the bus is fired up and they get air, they will close until operating temp is reached. There is a quick connect/disconect on my system so they can be disconected and locked in the open position if needed. Not sure how your system is set-up, but I think you would be ok to run from a cold engine for a few min to check if they work without doing damage. DD has a good idea about the thermometer.
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Old 07-21-2010, 05:50 PM   #28
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I got half the seats out today! With a friend on the inside with a ratchet and me on the bottom holding the other ends tight, I got half of the seats (9/1 done today! Everything went well and there was no rust on any of the bolts!

Now, how/with what do I patch up 72 small holes with?


When I did the seats on my bus 84 passanger tc2000. I just unbolted the seat from where they sit on the lat piece of metal strip that runs down the length of the bus and and lifted and the bolts that where on ther legs snapped right off. I did all the seats in my 40' bus in about 3 hours
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Nothin to serious about it. get some puddy or tape and tighten the connections as tight as you can get it with some pipe wrenches. You might be able to get a home inspector to come over and get his leak detector out and go over the connections for a couple bucks.
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I like the color...

Looks like you got the same deal I did on the CL stuff...
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