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Old 01-06-2015, 10:25 PM   #1
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The Story of Transcendence

Hello all....I'm excited to share my project with everyone and be a part of this great group of people. I bought a 1993 Bluebird about 2 years ago and haven't made too much headway yet into the conversion. I had a slight set back on the day of purchase that took quite some time to hunt down parts and a lack of time to work on it regularly. But it's back in running order now and I can't wait to get started on the conversion.

I hope to make this my full time home in the near future by converting this into an off the grid home. I'd also like to get this running on WVO. I'm sure I'm going to have many questions, but I've done a lot of reading here in these forums and it doesn't seem too difficult with the right equipment and parts.

I'll start from the beginning day I purchased it and bring this up to date as soon as possible.

This was the day of purchase!!
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Riding off into the sunset!
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Old 01-06-2015, 10:36 PM   #2
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Welcome! --- and don't hesitate to ask questions. There are a couple of folks here going the WVO route who can no doubt contribute some experience.
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Old 01-06-2015, 10:52 PM   #3
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Driving home into the sunset was a great feeling of joy and excitement.....I finally have a Bus!! I was on the highway cruising at the super high rate of speed of about 60, when.....all of the sudden, about 10 miles from home, I started to hear a horrific squeeealllllll coming from the front drivers side wheel. I poked my head quickly out the window and smoke was pouring from the wheel. I slowed way down and exited about 1/4 mile up, pulled over and got out. The hub was hot.....real hot. I'll let the pictures tell the rest of this story.....Needless to say....It was about a long slow 2 hour drive home. There was no way I was going to call a tow truck....I can't even begin to imagine the cost of a tow.

I pulled the cover off to check...There was hardly any oil in the hub. The inner hub seal was bad and most oil leaked out....I had no idea. Oh well...I just smiled and knew I had keep moving forward.
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Old 01-06-2015, 10:54 PM   #4
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Thank you Tango.....I'll definitely ask questions. Seems there is much to learn from everyone here.
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Old 01-06-2015, 11:06 PM   #5
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So....after about 2 weeks or so, I finally had a chance to pull the front end apart to assess the damage. Pictures speak louder than words here.......
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Old 01-07-2015, 06:11 AM   #6
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NOOOOOOOOO!!

NNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!



Your white Chuck Taylors!!
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Oh!

And welcome! ;) Excited to see your build evolve into your masterpiece! She's a good looking bus!
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Old 01-07-2015, 07:36 AM   #8
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my right rear axle seal started to leak on the way home.
just one more thing to fix!
You seem like a very determined and skilled bus owner. Welcome aboard!
From the estimates Ive seen, be glad you didn't get towed. I think $3-$4 per mile is the norm.
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Old 01-07-2015, 01:41 PM   #10
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NOOOOOOOOO!!

NNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!



Your white Chuck Taylors!!
Funny you mentioned the Chucks, They only about 2 weeks old and practically brand new.....I yelled the same thing when it happened!!
I took this photo as soon as I got home.....I've created a memory!

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