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Old 04-15-2016, 07:40 PM   #31
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Elf Bus E350 Corbeil paint prep

uploaded a picture from the door lock. ( in the e350 corbeil album.)
The roof panel of the donor bus had some surface rust, ground most of the spots away and used a rust converter for the small pits that were left over.
(photo in e350 corbeil album)
The area between the rub rails where the school name used to be is going to be school board black so that the kids can draw on it with chalk. we sanded it with a palm orbital sander grit 80 and 120. Got some rust-oleum chalk board paint. First think tomorrow will be a Lowes run for grass green paint for everything below and above the double rub rail. Roof goes white from the gutter to over the seam on top.

Inverted a bus bench so that we created a booth and drilled new holes in the seat rail against the wall and in the floor.

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Old 04-16-2016, 02:49 PM   #32
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Sorry to revert to a few pages back. Chris commented that my previous picture wasn't a compressor, but the evaporator. He was right. I was also mistaken when I claimed that my front and rear A/C systems were separate.

However, after more investigation, I found that I was right that my system runs off a 12V compressor. Here are some pictures of it under the hood. Here it is on Amazon: Amazon.com: VDO PM267 Blower Motor: Automotive Apparently these came from the factory on some 95-96 model Econolines, but I don't have any more info than that.

I also found a 110V plug leading to it. I'm not sure whether it has a converter built in to run it off of shore/genny power, or whether there's some other reason to have a 110V plug there? It's not the block heater, there's a separate plug for that. More investigation to follow.
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Old 04-16-2016, 08:54 PM   #33
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Thats the blower motor for your heater/ac. And the 110 plug goes to your block heater.
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Old 04-16-2016, 09:59 PM   #34
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Apparently I'm playing it fast and loose with these A/C component names guys.

However, the plug I'm talking about is separate from the block heater plug. It goes to the A/C area, the block heater plug goes to the engine. There are two plugs. Two.
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Old 04-16-2016, 10:22 PM   #35
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Old 04-16-2016, 11:00 PM   #36
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Hopefully it's more like putting a twix and a kit kat together under the same hood. Totally different, but equally awesome.
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Old 04-17-2016, 08:03 AM   #37
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hope this cord will lead to the extra comp[ressor or may be an electrical interior heater?

We decided on a color scheme; bottom skirt leave original yellow, green band, black chalk band under the window, window area sheet green again and top white.
We used a 120 grit palm orbital to clean the faded top layer of the yellow paint off and wiped it down with alohol,... you can see the yuengling box....
My wife taped the area and green it got, first time spray painting, and it did not get perfect, will let it dry and sand some down. The driver side was much better after the experience of the other side.
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Old 04-17-2016, 08:04 AM   #38
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Old 04-17-2016, 01:13 PM   #39
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the VDO is the blower fan motor for the Front dashboard Air / heat / defrost..

if you follow the large refrigerant lines they will likely lead to an engine driven compressor.. one of them will.. I cannot see enough of the engine compartment to see where those lines lead to..

one of the large lines comes out of your dashboard evaporator.. (the plastic box with tape on it near the VDO motor)...

one of those large lines will be coming from your rear evaporator..

I see what looks like the black accumulator under the fender well..

the large suction lines will be 'T' together at some piont then a single line will go to the compressor.. that will be belt driven.. one compressor can run 2 condensers and evaporators.. most automotive compressors are way-oversized for the amount of flow required.. the ones on Vans even moreso as its expected the factory or a coach builder will install a rear A/C..

if you choose to not use the rear A/C in your final build but want the dash air, you will have to remove the 'T' fittings for the rear condenser and evaporator then connect the lines back together or replace them with lines from a single A/C econoline van..

I love that transair floor mount unit.. ive been looking for one and they dont make it anymore..

ProAir does so I'll likely end up with theirs..

good stuff!

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Old 04-17-2016, 01:39 PM   #40
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The green rustoleum is not real hard yet so I can not sand the first side back out. Moved on to the driver side. Green looks good so started sanding the PO black School Bus black hiding cover paint. Used grit 80 and then 120. (picture in E350 corbeil album) Yesterday I had removed the stop sign and found a nice rectangular hole. I will reuse that for an outside 120 VAC plug from the inverter. I will moved the second battery to behind under the driver. The inverter and battery selector switch will sit right behind the driver seat. That will keep the wiring real short. The AC high current wiring will be much shorter then as well. I will have to fabricate a battery box since I want to rotate the battery 90 degree and mage the skirt on hinges so that can pull the battery to the side. I have couple nuts to extend from the frame to allow for the parking brake cable. When the second battery is moved away then that side can be used for under the bus storage.
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