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Old 12-22-2015, 03:08 AM   #11
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Tracked down the oil leak, turns out one of the oil filter lines had a hole or crack, which occurred right below the exhaust pipe. The new line was only $18, although I might install some sort of heat shield to protect the new line. In the pic below you can see the oil bead growing in the upper left part of the line.



While under the bus, I noticed an air tank which I believe runs the stop arm, I followed one line to the stop arm assembly but what I don't know is how compressed air is actually fed to the tank. Anyways, the tank looks a little rusty and if I don't need it I'll take it out before I clean and paint the frame to prevent any future rusting.




In this picture you can see the air line going to the body wall and up towards the stop arm assembly. It's rubber hose so it's not high pressure like an air brake line.
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Old 12-22-2015, 10:06 PM   #12
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Well it turns out the other oil cooler line was leaking as well but not as bad. Unfortunately I got the last one in town and couldn't find another one so I ordered one online to swap the remaining bad one out when I do my next oil change.
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Old 12-23-2015, 06:45 PM   #13
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The stop paddle might be working on vacuum and the tank you have is for vacuum instead of air pressure.

The only way to find out for sure is to start the bus with the line disconnected. If it sucks it is vacuum and if it blows it is air pressure.
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Old 01-07-2016, 10:10 PM   #14
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Picture time!

Had some cold weather come through so I didn't work on the bus much, plus holidays and all. I did spend some more time taking off the reflective decals and starting to get all the decal goo off which looks like it will take a while for sure, so paint will have to wait.

I gathered up my stereo components, got a pioneer package stereo/speakers and I built the enclosures for the 6x9's which I'll hang in the rear of the bus



The 6.5's will be cut into the interior sheet metal, as of right now I just stuck them to where I wanted them to be to see how it looked. I had to cut down the padding panel on the left side to have a clear spot for one speaker. I was just going to take the panel down but the sheet metal work under there is ugly, there's a big gap that needs to stay covered so I'll leave the vinyl pad there until after the bachelor trip. You can see where I marked the tv that my buddy has that we were going to use, but it is too big and will cover the drop down bus control panel, and I can't shift it right or I'll interfere with the 6.5 speaker. I think I'm just going to get a slightly smaller tv that will stay through the phase 2 renovation after the trip.



I installed the new head unit where the removable panel is that the flasher relay board was mounted to, the location seems perfect.



You can't see, but I put the 10" subwoofer behind the driver seat, it was an old one I had extra but it fit perfect. I ordered a factory refurbished amplifier (cheaper than new) and it should fit below the driver seat under the computer tray (not a great pic, just crammed it in there to see if it all fit.





I picked up these LED pen lights with magnets at the end and they have been an incredible investment at only $5 each from Academy sports, I can basically stick them anywhere inside the bus because of the sheet metal.



So next I need to cut the 6.5 speakers in, hang the 6x9 boxes, figure out a good spot for the inverter we are going to power the tv with, and then I need to wire it all up!
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Old 01-13-2016, 11:48 PM   #15
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Made some more progress on the stereo, got everything hooked up and it works great, I haven't hooked up the inverter yet because I need to wait for my inline fuse holder to come in, surprisingly those things are hard to find.

Still need to do paint, fix the windshield wipers, tune the motor up, new tires, and add some party lights!






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Old 01-21-2016, 03:33 PM   #16
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I was planning on painting this weekend but it has been so cold out lately I haven't had time to do all the prep work. I got an eraser wheel to see if it will take the decal goo off faster, haven't tried it yet though. At first I was going to rattlecan the paint because I did a suzuki samurai a while back and it turned out great, however I don't have a garage for this thing so I'm going to go the tractor enamel route and use foam rollers and brushes. I'm going to do light ford grey.



I found a truck ladder rack on craigslist for $100, these things are $600-800 new. I plan on cutting off the legs, mocking it up into position and welding new brackets on to bolt it to the bus roof framing. I'll document how that goes because I haven't seen a lot of close up walk-throughs of mounting a roof rack. This thing is heavy enough it will definitely work as a rooftop deck, in fact the one I got actually had deck boards on it already. It's HEAVY though. Aboout 200# heavy, but I will shorten it slightly and cut off the legs and extra brackets and maybe get it down to 150#. My friend has a solar panel kit he never used so I am going to buy that from him and see if I can build it onto the front part of the rack to double as a wind deflector, but obviously i'll have to use swivel mounts so I can tilt it towards the sun easier.
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Old 01-21-2016, 04:20 PM   #17
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WD-40 works great on gooey, greasy stuff! O'Reilly's also has some products that might work as well.
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Old 01-21-2016, 04:48 PM   #18
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I'll try that when I get home, I got the side done with goo-gone but it took a while and isn't totally gone either. The back side is where the most goo is and I'd go crazy using the goo-gone to get that all clean.
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Old 01-21-2016, 07:04 PM   #19
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Yeah so I spent about 10 minutes with the eraser wheel and got most of the back section done! that thing works wonders. The bad part is the wheel is $15 and I will probably go through 2 of them finishing the job, but it's so worth it.
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Old 01-23-2016, 06:19 PM   #20
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Got the bus closer to ready to paint, took the mirror frames off and finished removing the reflective decal residue. I also removed the stop paddle apparatus, it works on vacuum come to find out, I just plugged the line and taped the stop light wires off and shoved them back into the body cavity. There were a few spots I needed to bondo and sand around the wheel wells due to rust.



I cut all the unnecessary parts off of the roof rack frame and it's so much easier to move around now, probably at about 125-150lbs. I took a wire wheel to it and brushed off all the rust and loose powdercoat and re-painted it with some cheap block gloss spray paint I had left over.

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