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Old 05-28-2011, 08:21 AM   #1
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Re: A Bus for Us!

Looks good! I'm on a similar schedule myself, though it was 10 weeks I do now have a bit extra time. How long is that bus? Looks about a 30, which is what my Fran is--darn good size for driving. I keep making excuses to get out so I can drive her around.
yeah so 3 months I think is doable seeing what I've done the last two months IF you have the funds and tools. Funds is what keeps slowing me down, then comes certain tools like not having a welder setup. You can do it Looks like you guys have more skill and knowledge about carpentry, auto, etc than I do so that should save some time.
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Old 05-28-2011, 11:48 AM   #2
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So you pulled the heaters out? What will you do for heat?
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Old 05-29-2011, 10:54 AM   #3
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Hey Guys --- Great start on a really solid platform. Love them Birds! Also love Google SketchUp. I think they invented it just for Skoolie converters. BTW...What engine is in that little beauty?
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Old 05-30-2011, 10:31 AM   #4
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Hey Rudy --- Sounds like a great engine/tranny combo. As for the "swing" in the oil gauge...that doesn't sound quite right but it could be the gauge itself (let's hope) or even really dirty oil/filter. Some variation goes along with RPM's but it should be gentle, not bouncing. Unless you have records indicating a recent oil change, I would try that first along with a new filter and see what it does. At least that way you have a known starting point to work from.
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Old 05-30-2011, 11:02 AM   #5
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Seeing you are talking oil, I would highly recommend this: http://www.blackstone-labs.com/ Its $25 to have it analyzed and well worth it!
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Old 06-01-2011, 11:57 AM   #6
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Hey, Colin and Heidi!! Looks great; glad to see you are saving a bus from the scrap heap. By law, they can only be used a certain amount for hauling school kids, still have a lot of life left in them. Two questions - any way to enlarge the schematic drawings of the bus plans? Can't really see what's what. Secondly, is there going to be more than the driver's seat with a seatbelt? Possibly laws differ from state to state, but I think in VT, while moving, all passengers must be buckled into a seat.
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Old 06-03-2011, 12:47 AM   #7
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Nice looking bus...

Same size as my Genesis...

Yeaah they do turn really sharp...

Good luck with the build...
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Old 06-05-2011, 01:09 PM   #8
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Great work so far! Now the real fun can begin!

As for the killer dowel pin, here's a nice video demonstration of exactly what that is:

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Very nice ride. Looking forward to seeing all the progress...have fun
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Old 06-14-2011, 11:48 PM   #10
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Short time frame and a cool plan. This looks like its going a purty bus. I like the wood stove though with the small space the hot stove might be a pain. Best of luck!
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