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Old 08-29-2009, 03:40 PM   #11
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Re: from lurker to newbie with a bus: made it home!

Collapsing brake hoses is surprisingly common though I have a hard time explaining it to customers and getting them to believe me. I'm glad to hear it was nothing major. You'll get the shifting down. How many RPMS are you running at 65 mph? Sounds like you got a good machine.
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Old 08-29-2009, 03:59 PM   #12
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No tach but I have an ear, its no where near wound up at 65, she hit 75 REAL easy and had more to go but the gov came in. I believe the 2 speed rear is probably gonna be a good deal in the end once I get used to it!
well the $378 IS a good price, especially considering what I had in the mower I traded for the bus, it was given to me by a relative. but if you consider the fuel I spent in the 2 round trips there plus the fuel in the bus to get it home thats probably another $250 on top the $378, total of $628 so far. still an insane deal for a low mileage bus like this! I found the bill of sale when the church bought it, they gave $3000 for it in 2002.
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Old 09-01-2009, 12:00 AM   #13
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well, this is the result of 2 hours labor. went fairly easy once I got going. Had help from a friend inside with an impact and me under with a wrench. half of the bolts came loose and most of the others broke off, had to cut a few heads off with a grinder. found .67 cents in change!
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Old 09-01-2009, 09:11 AM   #14
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Re: from lurker to newbie with a bus: so it begins....

SWEET deal on your bus & Welcome to skoolie!

Like the old buses & a 454... headers!

Keep posting photos as we all love 'em!
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Old 09-01-2009, 11:34 AM   #15
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Re: from lurker to newbie with a bus: so it begins....

I would like to have yourset up...I have a 366 with a five speed and at 65mph I am running 3200 rpms. It will go a little faster but not much. Sometime when your under your bus see what the tag on your rear end is. I not sure but the trans is one to one in high gear????????
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Old 09-10-2009, 10:44 PM   #16
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Well, another 2 hours and the wood is up except under the drivers seat area. I found rust under the wood but not too bad and also found out what was under that aluminum plate, fuel pump access hole.
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Old 09-10-2009, 10:51 PM   #17
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Old 10-18-2009, 09:07 PM   #18
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Well got some more done today. made my door swing out and locked it into one unit. this will work till I change to a standard RV mid location door. got part of the interior panels off so I can re-insulate better. more pics in gallery.

had a crazy idea, if you follow the thread I started here awhile back, viewtopic.php?f=6&t=4960, I like the look of the international so I maybe cutting the front cap off of my roof when I raise the roof. re-use that front cap in place of the rear cap because the bluebirds have the angled back and I want it flat for my ramp to be a simple flat ramp. The front cap is longer and when riveted back in place will allow a flat backside. (1 of the first times I've said I like a flat backside ) the other way I was going to do this is to add a strip of metal to push the rear cap back to make it even with the bottom.
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Old 10-18-2009, 09:08 PM   #19
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Had a hard time deciding on leaving the original insulation in it till I pulled panels back and found these huge gaps! will take all panels out now and reinsulate properly!
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Old 10-19-2009, 01:47 PM   #20
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already got the AC cleaned out, waiting on install till next spring. I'm hoping to find a real RV rooftop unit but I got this to fall back on. cool enuf not to need AC now.
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