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Old 02-01-2018, 12:00 AM   #1
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We decided last fall to purchase a bus and travel across the country for the summer to visit friends and family and to see the sights. About a month ago we found our bus. It's a 2003 Chevy 6.0L Shuttle bus from a nursing home. 90k miles, everything works, air conditioning with a large rear mounted unit and a bunch of new parts - tires, brakes, calipers, rotors, transmission lines, belt, and tension-er. It was a deal we couldn't pass up for 3200. The goal is to spend the least amount of money possible (isn't everyone's) and have a great place to call home for a couple of months that is reliable and easy to live in. Almost all of the components that we want have already been acquired, or I already had them stashed away for a project just like this. Please feel free to ask any questions or lend some advice and I will attempt to document the procedures as much as possible to pass on some knowledge in return.






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Old 02-01-2018, 12:10 AM   #2
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Since it has been a bit cold up here for the past couple of months we have just been gathering pieces and getting them ready. One day it will be warm enough to paint and put down flooring...

First project I have photos of is the furnace. This unit came out of an old coleman pop-up camper. The sticker says 8000 btu and that should be able to keep us warm as long as its above freezing (we dont plan on chasing snow with the bus). As you can see in the pictures this unit had seen better days and the mouse nest in there was not very pleasant. Not too much to report on this, just a standard take everything apart, wirewheel all the rust and old paint away, primer, paint, bench test, re-assemble.














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Old 02-01-2018, 12:32 AM   #3
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Good start. But please...size your pix down before posting. Took 15 minutes to load the page!
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Nice find on the bus. Good start too.

This type of bus always reminds me of that whale with the big forhead.
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Good start. But please...size your pix down before posting. Took 15 minutes to load the page!
X87 please make smaller
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Old 02-01-2018, 08:58 AM   #6
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So sorry guys! its been a minute since I've run a thread and I forgot all about shrinking the photo size. I will get that cleared up soon.
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Old 02-01-2018, 02:22 PM   #7
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Your images are all gone now. I'm just getting black rectangles.
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Old 02-01-2018, 10:25 PM   #8
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Your images are all gone now. I'm just getting black rectangles.
Should be all set now, sorry about that!
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Old 02-04-2018, 10:07 PM   #9
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Bit of history on the electricals of the buss so far... everything worked fine when we bought the bus but gradually a few things stopped working as the winter moved in. We had a few weeks with a high temperature around 3 degrees here and something went wrong and spawned an electrical gremlin. I make sure to start the bus and move it around at least once a week to keep the battery charged and shake the rust and corrosion around. First the radio stopped working, then all of the lights and accessories in the shell stopped working, then all of the accessories in the shell remained on with 3v going to them... I unhooked the battery to keep it from draining and when I hooked it up today the blower motor turned on even with the keys off. Something is back-feeding, possibly shorting out through some other wires. I'm guessing all of the accessories get there power through a very large relay somewhere and that might have frozen? Once the temperature gets a bit warmer I will start chasing that gremlin and report back.
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Old 02-05-2018, 11:45 AM   #10
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I have a very similar bus. When it gets really cold the relay won't engage that operates heater/blower, radio, inside lights. After I drive it for 30 minutes everything starts to work. I like your build, keep the pictures and info coming.
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