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Old 11-16-2015, 11:19 PM   #11
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Seriously though. Is it a brand name? Could it possibly be referring to the turbo, or the injection modules?
I honestly can't imagine why Turtle Top would want to have screwed around with either of the latter, or why they would need input from such things in their circuit board. That being said, there are also "clutch" and "ignition" circuits going to the Turtle Top board.
Either they were delving far deeper into the drivetrain than I had imagined, or I'm missing something.

I guess I'll proceed by tracing, and labeling the questionable wires so that I can disconnect them, and hook them back up exactly as they are (not knowing what the heck they do).

Unless someone can tell me something about them.
Does the roof exit also have a vent? Maybe a fan?
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Old 11-17-2015, 08:47 PM   #12
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Now there's a thought. The roof hatch had no fan, but who knows?

I emailed Turtle Top yesterday evening to ask about the vector, the clutch, and the ignition circuits. Haven't heard back yet, but I didn't really expect to.

I tore out all the wiring today. It was pretty time consuming, but not overwhelming at all. Traced and labelled the questionable wires before disconnecting them, and tried my utmost to make my notes easy for future me.
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Old 11-17-2015, 09:00 PM   #13
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This evening I had the chance to fire up my cooktop for the first time!

As repurposing is perhaps the most relevant theme of a skoolie, I figured I'd make a cooktop out of an old gas range we had sitting in the basement collecting dust.

It had a bad pilot, and the oven was questionable. Lucky for me, these were all associated with the same valve off the manifold. A bit of disassembly, a single plug, and a whole lot of scrubbing later, I have a decent looking cooktop.

Of course I had to add a clock to the blank hole left by the oven knob just to make myself feel creative.

The test run was accompanied by all the smells you can imagine from long forgotten piping that some fool forgot to clean before ignition. Oh joy!
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Old 11-18-2015, 07:52 AM   #14
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Nice! You can kind of bake on s stovetop if you need to (pizza) if you cover the pan with a plate.
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Old 11-18-2015, 08:04 AM   #15
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Old 11-19-2015, 01:18 AM   #16
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Nice Rig! looks like we have similar issues.
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Old 11-20-2015, 04:34 PM   #17
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I bought a DIY spray foam insulation kit, and I'm wondering if anyone has any tips or tricks they found successful for keeping the nozzle clean after use. I've read that this is the issue that makes these kits a one-time-use item; but I don't want to have to do the entire bus in one headlong rush, and I'm not one to accept defeat easily.

My dad thought that perhaps you could jam pipe cleaners into the nozzle right after use to keep it from clogging. I thought maybe cleaning it with acetone while the foam is still wet would work.

Has anyone had success trying something like this?
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Old 11-20-2015, 05:19 PM   #18
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Here are the nozzles that came with it (I guess 2-time-use was more appropriate).

I believe that if, immediately after use, I pop out the mixing insert and submerge it in acetone, I'll be able to scrub it clean.

The nozzle itself will be no more difficult than that of a bottle of Great Stuff.

Time will tell, and if I fail, they were nice enough to give me two.
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Old 11-20-2015, 05:29 PM   #19
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I've no clue, but I'll be watching for you to figure it out so I'll know!
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Old 11-24-2015, 10:31 AM   #20
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Does anyone know whether 95 Econolines had passenger airbags? Or, more specifically, whether it's typical to have one in this type of bus?
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