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Old 07-06-2010, 02:15 PM   #61
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Re: The Silver Snail...

Got the parking brake toggle switch done! Now my DVD works like a champ. Yes, I am a nerd.
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Old 07-08-2010, 04:01 PM   #62
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I remembered the other night that a few years ago I bought some white indoor/outdoor MTX bookshelf speakers. They're identical to the Realistic ones I was using to "test" my system. Both of these speaker pairs have mounting brackets with them. So the easiest thing to do was mount a pair down low, near my feet, and up high behind the driver seat and on the passenger side. I got them all in and wired yesterday...dang!!! Not that I need it loud, but it will really put out clean, crisp sound. I was impressed.

The Realistic (Radio Shack) speakers are an 8 ohm Minimus 7 model (nearly older than sound itself), and the MTX are also 8 ohm model mp41w. I really didn't want to use 8 ohms speakers, but that's what I had lying around. I don't think it'll do any harm to the speakers or the head unit, just decrease the power a bit. As loud and clear as these got, I don't think I want to know what the 4 ohm speakers would sound like...eh, who am I kidding, of course I want to know! Eventually, the MTX units will be moved toward the rear of the bus and I'll get some different speakers for behind the driver area. I'll need to build some cabinets first.

I also played with the navigation part of the unit...it was cool. My DROID has Google Maps and I like it a lot, but this on board navigation gives a speedometer-like display that I can use to check my speedo and stuff. I like it. I didn't even have to put the antenna outside the bus...no holes! I mounted it up high inside the upper bulkhead and it works well.

Other things I found whilst playing with wires, my driver side mirror would also frost over. I was supposed to have heated mirrors. I never looked close enough to discover than the mirror that's there isn't heated. The wires are there, but the mirror isn't a heated one. That will need to be replaced before winter. Also, my AM/FM antenna is shot. I ordered a new one this morning for $22. It's the same style that was there. I thought about getting something different, but I kinda like this set up.

Well, that's all for now. I'll probably be putting things back together the next day or two. That way, we can take it on the road baby!

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Old 07-08-2010, 08:21 PM   #63
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Re: The Silver Snail...

Since I'm using this like Twitter or Facebook...

I just got the Silver Snail back from the doctor. 45 minutes of drive netted me a savings of $100 and two weeks worth of waiting. I called repair places in town and they wanted $300 to lube, oil, and filter my 8.2L DD. I called the next town over, a Detroit Diesel place, and they had time to do it TODAY and for $200! I don't know what a good deal on that normal runs, but I'm pretty happy with that price. I wanted to take her for a drive anyway, so the hour and half driving didn't bother me at all.

So for $200 I got both oil filters changed, both fuel filters changed, oil changed, an oil sample collected to send off, full lube job ( ), and a clean bill of health. I'm a happy camper!
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Old 07-08-2010, 09:40 PM   #64
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not bad. an oil change alone up here for my 7.3 is $100 and change. got that and rear diff done last service. but i doubt the idjits greased...
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Old 12-17-2010, 09:50 PM   #65
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It's been awhile since I posted anything on the bus. But being that my one year anniversary of bus ownership is approaching, I thought I'd start up talking again...

Now that school is out for Christmas break, I plan to do a few things...and post pictures.

One project is my homemade winterfront. I'll be making it from some used co-op tarp and Wally World snaps. We'll see how it holds up. I'm heading out to Wyoming in a few days, so it'll get a good test. Another project...of almost equal importance...is to finally install my heated, power, leather seats from a 2000 Chevy Impala. I've had them since February of this year and they've just been riding in the bus. Time to finally lock them into place. I think I have my plan. We'll see. I also need to test out a rooftop AC unit I bought at auction for $15! If it works, I'll look like a genius...otherwise I'll have another piece of junk to get rid of! It doesn't have the inner control unit, but I've found one for $50 or so. I think it's cold enough now that I don't need to worry about installing the AC unit though!

Wish me luck!
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Old 12-18-2010, 10:36 PM   #66
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does the 3 way 12v port work ok?
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Old 12-18-2010, 11:37 PM   #67
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Leonidas, I had the work done at a Detroit/Allison place, so they were probably a little higher than your average mechanic. But I'd had the bus for 6 months or so at that point and didn't know much about it mechanically, I thought I'd pay the money for the peace of mind factor. If I recall the bill was $200 plus or minus $5. They checked all the fluids, changed all the filters (2 oil, 2 fuel), checked u-joints, lubed suspension parts, etc. I kinda figure it's a once yearly job, so I just need to throw that into the budget. As much as I love tools and getting dirty, I figured at least the first time I should pay to get a clean bill of health. Next time, I'll probably do it myself, then take it to the dealer the following time. That way I double check my work and they have some kind of a record of what's going on with my motor.

Putterspitt, the 3-way 12v power port is a Wally World special. It works just fine. I plug my 300watt inverter into it as well as 2 phone chargers without any trouble. It's even seen a little moisture being on the dash near the window. (I kinda left the window open overnight once...or twice). I've been pretty happy with it. I tagged into a hot lead from the battery so that it's always on. Most of the stuff in my console is wired to come on only when the key is on...not even on accessory! So it took a little digging to find a spot, but I did. I think my radio is tapped that way too.
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Old 12-18-2010, 11:49 PM   #68
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I did get one seat in today! I'll post pics in the morning. I'm really pretty excited. The original seat wasn't bad...or so I thought. Once I sat in the new seat, I quickly realized how sucky the old one was! Heated leather is the way to go! I got a 20 AMP circuit breaker for the power adjustment part. I put the circuit breaker in the console with the other breakers. This will power both seats. I tried to copy (as best I could understand) the set up GM seems to use on their SUVs. Then I found an empty space in the chassis fuse panel and attached an inline 10 AMP fuse via spade connector. This will heat both seats.

I got the driver seat installed and functional. It is really awesome. I can't wait to get the navigator seat done tomorrow. WIth the wiring done, I don't think it'll be too bad to do the other seat. Somewhere I saw that someone took a minivan seat (Pontiac Montana IIRC) and used it as their nav seat. The reason being that it folded flat, then tilted forward. Since I don't have my door relocation project even on the radar yet, I think that I (my friend Dennis mainly) will try to make it so that my nav seat will do the same. Although, I think that we'll need to recline the seat, then put it forward.

I got two marker bulbs replaced too. I'll also need to work on my winterfront! PIcs shall be forthcoming! Tomorrow's gonna be a great day for busin'!

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Old 12-19-2010, 07:39 PM   #69
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As promised...or in most cases, required. Updated pics!!!
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Old 12-19-2010, 07:41 PM   #70
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