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Old 02-12-2018, 08:31 AM   #1
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2004 Carrier Split AC System and More - North Jersey

My wife and I just bought a 2004 chair lift school bus and are starting work on the conversion. One of the first things we took out is the rear AC. The system is a Carrier split system and looks to be in pretty good shape. The shroud over the blower is in decent shape, but does have one or two cracks. I'll try to post some pictures in the next few days

We'll also be taking out the lift and seats, if anyone is interested. Make us an offer if you're looking for these parts.
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Old 02-12-2018, 08:56 AM   #2
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My wife and I just bought a 2004 chair lift school bus and are starting work on the conversion. One of the first things we took out is the rear AC. The system is a Carrier split system and looks to be in pretty good shape. The shroud over the blower is in decent shape, but does have one or two cracks. I'll try to post some pictures in the next few days

We'll also be taking out the lift and seats, if anyone is interested. Make us an offer if you're looking for these parts.
Where you be?
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Old 02-12-2018, 08:57 AM   #3
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Old 02-12-2018, 09:07 AM   #4
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Old 02-12-2018, 09:11 AM   #5
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We're in Morristown. Here's a link to the local high school from Google Maps.
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Old 02-12-2018, 09:33 AM   #6
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I tried posting a link to the local high school, but it's pending moderation. We're in Morristown. We're just off 287, Exit 36.
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Old 02-12-2018, 09:35 AM   #7
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You guys get any snow?
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Well we just had a bunch of rain and it's been on the warm side, so we don't have much on the ground at the moment.
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Old 02-12-2018, 10:30 AM   #9
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Well we just had a bunch of rain and it's been on the warm side, so we don't have much on the ground at the moment.
We got a foot here. It's supposed to warm up a bit later in the week.
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Old 02-12-2018, 11:58 AM   #10
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So, you got any pics of you're new acquisition? I can't actually read, so the pictorials help me understand what's going on. It's a wonder I can type. It's a Festivus miracle.

This is strange weather. It gets to nearly 65 each sunny day with a light frost at night. There should be snow and frozen water lines. This is going to be a bad year for the apple crops.
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Old 02-12-2018, 12:32 PM   #11
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Well that's a bright and shiny little bus you've got there. As far as conversions go that length is going to take a lot of the work out of it. Still a fun project. Congrats.
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Old 02-12-2018, 02:40 PM   #13
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nice looking bus!!! one of the things to think about is by removing the rear A/C you may render the front system inoperative as well... many of these busses have the front and rear systems tied together. with only the skirt mounted condensor.. if thats the case you have to source, mount, and plumb a front condensor. so that your dashboard A/C still works.. if you are one of the lucky ones with 2 complete systems then you have it easy to remove the rear system and keep the front.
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So, you got any pics of you're new acquisition? I can't actually read, so the pictorials help me understand what's going on. It's a wonder I can type. It's a Festivus miracle.

This is strange weather. It gets to nearly 65 each sunny day with a light frost at night. There should be snow and frozen water lines. This is going to be a bad year for the apple crops.
I may have to move to Oregon....... Was 24F when I started working on the bus this morning. It is almost up to freezing now...

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Old 02-12-2018, 03:43 PM   #15
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I may have to move to Oregon....... Was 24F when I started working on the bus this morning. It is almost up to freezing now...

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its 86 and sunny down here in WPB

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Rub it in.,.....


Edit: 4:10pm and we hit a scorching 32F for a high today. I did manage to get the last ceiling panels and about half of the wall panels removed.
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That's about the same as same of our hottest summer days. You know, the two weeks of the year when we actually wish we had AC.

It's just about 60 here today, and I'm in the mountains. It's got to be warmer in the valleys. For a while the nights were in the mid 40s but lately I've been noticing frost. A batch of biscuits warms up the bus nicely.
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Post some pictures of the AC parts you are removing.
Do you have the ability and a place to load it on a semi?
Let's see what you have.
Thanks.
-24 here this morning. Not much snow but the snow that came in October is still here.
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nice looking bus!!! one of the things to think about is by removing the rear A/C you may render the front system inoperative as well... many of these busses have the front and rear systems tied together. with only the skirt mounted condensor.. if thats the case you have to source, mount, and plumb a front condensor. so that your dashboard A/C still works.. if you are one of the lucky ones with 2 complete systems then you have it easy to remove the rear system and keep the front.
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It's starting to look like I might not be one of the lucky ones. It's hard to get too good of a look in the engine compartment, but it doesn't look like there's room for a second condenser and compressor. I'm curious if anyone's had any luck keeping the skirt condenser but ditching the rear evaporator in order to keep the front operational. Time to do some more reading.

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Well that's a bright and shiny little bus you've got there. As far as conversions go that length is going to take a lot of the work out of it. Still a fun project. Congrats.
Thanks! Getting a wheelchair accessible shorty was a real blessing. Decent headroom throughout, no wheel well humps, two rows of seats already yanked for wheel chairs, track mounted seats on one side and a side door with a nice, big, sliding window!

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Posted a few a couple of posts back.

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Post some pictures of the AC parts you are removing.
Do you have the ability and a place to load it on a semi?
Let's see what you have.
We may have to rethink our plans, so I'm going to revise the post, but I'll let you know what, if anything, we list.
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Old 02-13-2018, 01:03 PM   #20
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you can keep the skirt condensor.. without underhood pics of the lines I cant give you a good analysis, but usually the rear liquid and suction lines are screw fittings into the dashboard system.. ive seen them as easy as unscrew the T fittings out and screw the originals back together... ofcourse it will have to be recharged by gauges and not by weight as its capacity will be different without the rear unit.

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