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Old 02-14-2016, 04:30 PM   #41
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I hooked up the inverter and installed a tv I just bought on sale this weekend. We had an extra dvd player so that was dedicated to the bus as well. With the speakers and the two 10" stereo subwoofers it sounds better than my home entertainment system!
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Old 02-20-2016, 09:57 PM   #42
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I spent the day tracking down and fixing the issues causing the SES light to come on, since the bus is OBDI or ALDL or whatever I just jumpered the test ports with a wire and read the codes from the flashing SES light sequence (Thank you internet!). My EGR valve was reading as bad and also the knock sensor was faulty. I replaced those and went ahead and replaced the tensioner pulley and serpentine belt as they were starting to make a tiny fuss. Codes cleared, success!

The ABS light was also constantly on so I spent a few hours checking out the wheel sensors and wiring, then figured out you could read the ABS codes as well so I did that and it came out that my front left wheel sensor circuit was open. I crawled underneath and sure enough, right behind the snap connector bolted to the frame the wiring to the sensor was detached. 10 minutes with a soldering iron and I fixed that up and all lights are cleared!

I took a victory lap around a small area of the city and closed up shop for the day. I still need to fix the leaking washer fluid line and get new tires, but other than that the beast is ready for some more long distance runs!

Ooh, also, It turns out that the stop arm is definitely vacuum controlled, I found out that there is a tapped fitting on the intake manifold to supply vacuum to the air tank underneath the bus which then feeds the stop arm actuator and stop arm itself. Right at the manifold there is a springed valve to keep vacuum from dissipating back to the manifold when the engine is turned off I disconnected the air lines and blocked off the fitting.
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Old 02-20-2016, 10:39 PM   #43
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Good job fixing those issues! Lucky on that abs too. I chased 2 wheel speed sensors on my Jimmy over a few weeks.

Finally when it was working properly the unit gave a bad abs unit code haha!

As a tip for your spark plug wires. I recommend some high temp split loom (3/8") and cover all of your spark plug wires with it.

It will keep the wires from chafing and causing misfires your obd system will be unable to easily diagnose.

The General does this from the factory but only on certain sections. Easier to knock the whole thing out at once imo.

If you get high temp it will usually have a white stripe running the length of it. The cheap stuff melts.
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Old 02-23-2016, 11:20 AM   #44
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If it weren't for the damn bi-fold doors, these things would make the coolest vans of all time. Love what you're doing with your bus, man.
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Old 03-08-2016, 10:23 PM   #45
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I ended up getting a brand new set of tires, I went with the Toyo Open Country H/T mostly because that was what was on there before and at 10 years old they still held air and rode great. Unfortunately, the new shoes cost me half as much as I paid for the entire bus! I decided to take a trip to Dallas to visit the family, but first I took a few days to go kayaking/fishing at lake Texoma, which is about halfway between home and the family. Luckily, I had a strong tailwind going south on my way there, and the wind shifted to help me on my way back home!

Sadly, I didn't plan ahead as far as entertainment at night, I only hooked up the dvd audio to the stereo system which is powered when the bus is running, but I didn't have audio cords to hook directly up to the tv so I could listen to the movies when plugged into camp power. I ended up streaming netflix on my phone instead.

The bus did great, I averaged about 70mph and calculated an average of 11.8 mpg gas-wise, which is a lot better than the 9 I got when there were some check engine lights and the engine was running in limp mode when I first bought it.

I have most of the kinks worked out now, I replaced the second oil cooler line that was leaking, and I also re-sealed the oil cooler fitting that was leaking oil which then was spraying onto the radiator.
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Old 03-09-2016, 09:11 AM   #46
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I hope those tires will work for you.

Most operators of cut-away chassis buses use highway tread in all positions because of the way in which traction tires on the rear can cause some wobbly action when going down the road. It becomes particularly noticeable when the bus is fully loaded or when subjected to side winds.

The tread blocks actual wiggle a little bit and for some reason it is exaggerated in little buses.

I think perhaps the wiggle is felt mostly because there is so little truck in comparison to how big the bus is.
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Old 03-10-2016, 01:09 PM   #47
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Oh for sure they are all Highway Tread with a 10ply rating, not AT's. They ride really well, although my neighbor, who used to drive this type of bus for work, says that it can get a little squirrely on the highway when the bus is not loaded, which I found to be true. I piled a bunch of weight in the back and took another test drive and it calmed down a lot, but then again, this was without the kayak on top and without the 30mph winds we had on my way back home
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Old 03-11-2016, 10:08 AM   #48
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Unless your build out is roughly equal to a full load of kids...lightening the springs is a good idea. Very often that is as simple as removing a leaf or two. These rigs are designed for their max GVAW and ride like a tank at anything less. I cut my rear spring rate in half with new springs from Eaton Detroit and added shocks (it had none originally).
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Old 03-12-2016, 04:00 PM   #49
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where'd you get the #skoolie stickers? they make a great addition.
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Old 03-12-2016, 11:32 PM   #50
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I just had them made by a decal maker I found on ebay, there are a few out there that will make custom decals with your font and size and color. Worked great for a custom sailboat name I had made once!
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