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Old 01-08-2005, 10:57 AM   #1
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Air Idea

I was looking at my bus the air tank looked like it was prety good size i had a idea tell me if you think it will work.
I was looking at puting a tap so where on the tank or line near it
so that i could have air power on the road side like in case it had a Flat something i hope that dont happen but just in case i try to be ready for things in case thay do
anyone done this or is thire resions you cant do it
thanks any help i will be greatfull for
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Old 01-08-2005, 01:43 PM   #2
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Yes there are many people have a tee in their air line for utilities.
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Old 01-08-2005, 04:30 PM   #3
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That's one of the big advantages to having air brakes. I just used an air cut off wheel powered my by skoolies air system the other day. I also use the air to open and close my front door, as well as the flaps that surround the jacuzzi.

One thing you'll notice is that the a/c on your bus doesn't produce much cfm, unless the engine is really revved up. My compressor spins at about half engine speed. Since the engine already idles about 600 rpm's, it takes a long time to create pressure at idle.

I've put air in skoolie tires, car tires, ran air tools and launched potato's from my pumatic potato launcher with the air supply from my bus.

It's been recomended that you install an inline filter to help keep any of the gunk from your air system from entering the air tools/lines.

You can easily install a "T" into one of your air tanks using standard pipe threaded connectors. Another advantage is that if your bus won't start, and you absolutely had to move it, you can use a compressed air supply to charge the brakes on your bus.
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Old 01-08-2005, 07:09 PM   #4
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I plan to use a 12V ARB or Currie air compressor on my conversion (hydraulic brakes). Onboard compressed air is a wonderful thing.

With the stock compressor, I suggest a fast-idle switch to spin the engine to ~1400RPM for faster tank filling.
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Old 01-08-2005, 10:27 PM   #5
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I use an alluminum stick to press down on the accelerator for high idle mode.

shhhhhhhhhhh......Don't tell anybody, but I also use the same stick for "cruise control" while driving down the expressway. It's easily removed from the accelerator by tapping it with my foot, or by removing it with my hand.

The bus only cruises at a max speed of 57mph on flat ground, and that's on a good day! The throttle return spring is really stiff, my foot gets tired of pushing on the pedal after a half hour or so.
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Old 01-09-2005, 12:25 AM   #6
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Dang...either you need an OD tranny, or you need a SERIOUS power upgrade! 57MPH around here will get you run over.
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Old 01-09-2005, 02:26 PM   #7
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Old 01-09-2005, 08:32 PM   #8
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It's all in the gearing of the rear-end.
Actually, i'm not convinced that the motor/trans has enough power to go any faster, even with a different rear end. A manual transmission would certianly help get more power to the road. The 6.6 liter ford is one of the wimpyest engines you can get in a skoolie, but it lasts and lasts.

How fast does your full size skoolie go?
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I backed out just above 75.

If you have an AT545...well, that's your culprit right there.
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Old 01-11-2005, 08:53 PM   #10
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air cutoff tool

thats a great idea about the air cutoff tool one good thing about my new bus is that it hit 120 pis in the tanks quick in like 3 min from start up max the compreser was rebuilt at the same time as the motor and with only 20k miles on it should laste me a long while.
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