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Old 05-31-2017, 08:59 PM   #1
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1988 GMC G3500 Vandura

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This is my first build and post. Bought this bad boy about 6 weeks ago and just started the conversion a few days ago. Got the walls and crappy insulation out and about half of the old subfloor out so far.

I'm currently stuck because my wheelchair lift's hydraulic fluid seems as if it is connected to the power steering. Anyone have suggestions on what to do from here? Been looking at other threads but have come up empty with suggestions on dealing with this specifically.

Thank you and happy skooling
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Old 05-31-2017, 09:02 PM   #2
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I didnt have the lift in mine when i got it. Sorry cant help with that. If your short enough insulate the floor up front good. My biggest issue is too much floor heat in the front half of the bus.

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Old 05-31-2017, 09:23 PM   #3
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I've never heard of a chair lift powered by the power steering pump, but anything is possible. Generally they are electric/hydraulic with their own electric motor. You should be able to identify a couple large electrical cables under the floor.

There are more qualified people here that will know and you'll have lots of answers within a couple days.

Congrats on the shorty.
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Old 05-31-2017, 10:03 PM   #4
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Wouldd posting a couple of pics of your eering pump from a couple of angles. This all seems like a y way of running a liftpump but who knows, not me.
Are you positive this is the case?

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Old 05-31-2017, 11:56 PM   #5
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I've never heard of a chair lift powered by the power steering pump, but anything is possible. Generally they are electric/hydraulic with their own electric motor. You should be able to identify a couple large electrical cables under the floor.

There are more qualified people here that will know and you'll have lots of answers within a couple days.

Congrats on the shorty.
the chair lift is powered by its own pump that is hooked up to the electrical, but the fluid line runs all the way to the front of the bus and seems to connect to the hydraulic fluid lines that run out of the power steering area.
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Very interesting. That will be the new thing I've learned today. It's astounding how difficult it is to find information on older buses. I'm not even an expert on my bus.

Maybe CowlitzCoach will weigh in here and shed some light on your lift issue.
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Old 06-02-2017, 01:13 AM   #7
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Ooh, it's so cute! That is the perfect size bus for me, and is just like what I hope to find when I am ready. Would you mind sharing the length, width, and height of your shorty? Exterior would be helpful, but if you have interior dimensions, too, that would be great.

I hope you sort out the hydraulic issues soon.
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Ooh, it's so cute! That is the perfect size bus for me, and is just like what I hope to find when I am ready. Would you mind sharing the length, width, and height of your shorty? Exterior would be helpful, but if you have interior dimensions, too, that would be great.

I hope you sort out the hydraulic issues soon.
The bus is about 18' long and a little less than 8' wide at its widest point
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The bus is about 18' long and a little less than 8' wide at its widest point
Thanks, that's very helpful!
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Update

So I've got somebody coming to take out the wheelchair lift and he says he can disconnect so I'm crossing my fingers there.

As for the rest of the build, finished gutting everything yesterday and also scraped off all the old caulk and resealed the Windows the day before that. It's moving along nicely, now to insulate and get this lift out so I can finish the floor
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