How to weigh a stationary bus + brake question
Hi guys! New to the group. I have an old driveable 65 Ford 66 passenger school bus, and after 15 years in one spot, it's time to move. (It even went through the flood of '93 in Iowa with 18" of water inside the bus!) The bus is a full blown machine shop with machines down either side. I'm moving 4 hours away and need to license it. I've got ots of additional questions but for now I need to weigh it without moving it. One friend says to jack it up from the rear with a 20 Ton jack with a pressure gauge, pivoting off the front bumper (it is massive and tied to the frame.) Then do the same thing pivoting off the back bumper and jacking up the front. My question: What do I do next? Add the weights (I can calculate from the pressure and diameter of the piston) and divide by ? The Gross Vehicle Weight on the tag is 20,500. I may be a tad over that so I need to get a weight so I can remove tools if necessary to get it licensed. Any ideas would be appreciated.
2nd critical question: It only has a single brake master cylinder going down to a power brake booster attached to the frame. The flood of 93 virtually destroyed the booster. Since then I've purchased a Ford F-350 dual master power brake unit that I plan to mount on the firewall. Will this give me the stopping power I need for the bus, running one line to front and one line to rear? It's a very unique and heavy bus. I have driven it the way it sits, but am debating whether to have it towed or trucked to the next location. Thanks for any ideas, Mike Fendley, Le Claire, Iowa