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Old 06-19-2014, 07:03 PM   #681
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That's the same axle I was planning to put under my bus! Great minds think alike! Now if i could figure out a disc brake conversion for the front i-beam, or something else to swap in I'd be a happy camper. I'm considering a 4wd conversion even, so that would simplify the search. Have you had any luck sorting out the allison wiring?
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Old 06-19-2014, 07:46 PM   #682
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Hey Tango??? Did you ever find a rear end for your bus?
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Old 06-19-2014, 09:42 PM   #683
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Hey Tango, glad you had some time to play with your bus. The axle and the sheet metal look great. I don't recognize the radiant heat barrier material--whats it like? I am not clear as to where you are going to use the HyTech product. Will the final exterior finish be applied over the coating and if so what kind if a surface texture will it produce? Jack
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Old 06-19-2014, 11:15 PM   #684
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Howdy Guys --- Thanks for the encouragement. I need all I can get these days.

chocolatetoothpaste --- there is a chap named Randy Domeck on the Stovebolt forum that is fabbing up a disk brake conversion kit for '42 - early '47 1-1/2 & 2 ton Chevy front ends. I have my order in. And the new gen Allisons only need input via a TPS (Throttle Control Sensor) so there isn't much wiring to deal with.

GreyEagle --- see the pic in the post above. It is a '98 Chevy 3500 Dana 80 HD.

ol trunt --- Hey Jack, the HyTech material consists of ceramic beads that were developed for NASA to use on re-entry shields and such. Pretty danged amazing stuff. I have seen it in action and was very impressed. You can get it as raw beads and add it to any kind of paint or buy it pre-mixed. They make a great product for roofs called "Bus Coat" as I recall. I am using it to coat the inside surfaces of both the exterior and interior skin then will use the Bus Coat on the roof. I also opted to add a layer of the aluminum faced "bubble-wrap" type material to the inside of the interior skin as well. That is the shiny stuff (from Home Depot) you see in the last pic. I am hoping that between them it will cut the heat transmission pretty substantially. Course I don't have any thermal break on the ribs but hey...I'll just see how it goes.
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Old 06-24-2014, 12:05 AM   #685
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After reading mu own post, I have decided to apply the insulating paint to the side ribs inside & out as well before I cover them up. Can't hurt and might actually do some good as a thermal break given how effective this stuff seems to be. As for the roof area, I am going with the old school safari model Range Rover trick of simply keeping the roof in shade. They added a second skin a few inches above the actual roof to ward off the Serengeti sun and it made a huge difference. Me? I am putting a roof rack up that should do the same. But hey...only time will tell.

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Old 07-12-2014, 12:00 PM   #686
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Still WAY behind but still at it --- Howdy All, had a few days a couple of weeks ago where I could try and get a few things done. Like a lot of folks here, I probably have too many different "projects" going at once and when you only get to work on them once every few months...well, just figuring out where you left off is half the battle.

Anyhow, at least I did move ahead a little. Got the brackets fabbed and welded on for mounting the rear deck. Had my local sheetmetal shop put together the interior can for the fuel filler...and...mounted the altered brackets for hanging the little Manchester propane tank. Did get a few more odds n' ends advanced but nothing to crow about. With any luck, I should be able to spend a little more time on this never ending story during the Fall & Winter.


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Frame extension for rear deck prepped for bracket


One of the deck mounting brackets welded on (the deck frame will bolt up via these brackets. I have decided to go with a fold-up rear deck to limit hangout when on the road). They are angled out to accommodate hanging a 145 pound, 36" in diameter spare under the deck

Also located what appears to be some well engineered motor mounts for the little Cummins engine I am installing. Look to be a b!tch to bolt onto the motor, but should save a heck of a lot of custom fabricating. I'll know pretty soon.

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You have all the fun! I just changed out a couple heater motors......
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Old 07-12-2014, 09:10 PM   #688
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Not to worry Opus...there is WAY more "fun" to come. I keep asking myself..." what in tarnation was I thinking when I took this project on!?
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I look back on mine and think the same. Wouldnt do it again but glad I did it once.
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Love following along with your creative genius
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