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Old 11-26-2015, 08:54 PM   #21
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I own a 96 and it does...
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Old 11-27-2015, 07:28 PM   #22
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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?

Never used one of those DIY kits. But I've had some BS luck with "Great Stuff"...started filling cracks/chips in concrete block around shoddy work where pipes were going through basement wall and couldn't finish the job that night. So I left the straw attached to the can and bent the first inch over and clamped a clothes peg on it and left it on my work bench. 5 days later I noticed the foam turned back to a liquid, and drain out of the straw. So I cut the straw at the bend in the straw tested it in a rag before I used it....seamed to work fine. Still workin' fine after 11 years...my $.02
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Old 11-30-2015, 11:10 AM   #23
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Good info, guys! Thanks for the input.

I found a similar bus at a salvage yard, and cut out a window with the skin around it to patch the hole where my bi-fold doors were.

The windows in my bus are quite a bit smaller than the one I found, and I'll have to do some fancy framing to get the new window to fit. Overall though, I'm pretty happy with it. It's an emergency exit window, which I love, and I think a larger window there will be good for visibility out the passenger side of the bus.
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Old 11-30-2015, 11:15 AM   #24
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Our typical big family gathering on Thanksgiving is always a good excuse to tap into the overwhelming knowledge of my relatives.

It's also somewhat of a family tradition to do creative things with my uncle's arsenal of cool tools. This weekend it was woodworking. I grabbed a piece of cherry out of his wood pile and made myself a bowl and a mug on his lathe! These are my first kitchen items, along with the cast iron skillet and dutch oven he gave me.

I love lathes. And relatives. And Thanksgiving. And lathes.
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Old 11-30-2015, 12:14 PM   #25
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Sounds like a great Thanksgiving and a great (and creative) family. Now...how about some hand turned cherry wood rims for your bus?
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Old 12-17-2015, 05:22 PM   #26
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Don't want to spend huge bucks on a diesel generator, but don't want to carry gas around either?

A cool video I came across. How a guy EASILY converted a gas generator to run on propane. I don't really know why his gas tank was discarded. One of the benefits of such an easy conversion is that I could switch back whenever I needed!


Unfortunately, I wasn't able to find a crankcase breather on my unit, but I figured I'd share this cool thing that I'd never heard of.
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Old 12-18-2015, 03:09 PM   #27
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There are tri-fuel kits (Gasoline, natural gas, propane) for the new little Honda inverter rigs too.
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Old 01-06-2016, 10:46 AM   #28
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I've been slowly working through Bingo's circuitry. I've removed the overhead circuit board and weeded out all the unnecessaries (door/window sensors, cab lights, etc.) so that it's only running the A/C, and brake/reverse/taillights.
Now, I'm trying to hook it all back up and get it locked in, but I've run into a problem. The circuit board's feed wire (comes from the starting batteries) is no longer active. Today, I'm going to try and track down the problem, but I'm wondering if anyone has any insight as to what that may be. I assume that there's a burnt fuse somewhere, but tracing the wire into the engine compartment is proving to be difficult.
Anyone know how these attach to the starting batteries, or what I need to look for to fix it?

Thanks, guys. I promise I'll do an update soon, I've been taking plenty of pictures of my progress.
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Old 01-06-2016, 11:40 AM   #29
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Found it! There was a small fuse box on the back side of the Driver's side battery (dual starting batteries). Took some doing to get the battery out (WOW these vans are tight), but I did, and found my 80 AMP (!!!!!!!) fuse had blown.
If I can find one, I'll be replacing this setup with an inline fuse for ease.
All in all, it wasn't too hard.
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Old 01-18-2016, 07:35 PM   #30
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Well, it's been since Thanksgiving, so I guess it's time for an update as I've crossed some items off the list since then.

I finished boarding up the bi-fold doors.

The window I got is a little bigger than the hole that the doors left, so I had to cut out the rear frame member and replace it with a perfectly shaped (thanks to my BFH) and situated piece of the frame from the doors themselves!

I welded the frame in, which was all recycled steel from the demo of the bus (mostly from the bulkhead that I removed), and fit an aluminum skin on.

There's still some bondo work to do in terms of filling gaps, and making things pretty, but that will have to wait for warmer weather.
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