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Old 07-01-2016, 09:01 PM   #51
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Elf bus e350 corbeil bunk above driver

Today I tore the old bed from our 9 yr old out of the ambulance and moved it to the elf bus. Did not like the outcome and decided to start from scratch. Investigated the structural part at the top right corner of the windshield and entrance. Not impressed. How often do the windshields crack when you hit a pot hole at the passenger side?
Thought that a 3/4" tube diagonal from the driver side door pillar to that corner would be helpful. I bolted a triangular piece of 1/2" plywood all the way across. Then I made from plywood a cover and mounted that on a piano hinge. When it is down it becomes a bunkbed and when it is up it hides all the bedding.
Also pulled the above window storage shelve out of the ambulance and mounted that in the bus.
A nice surprise was a little storage area that appeared when I pulled trim of the funny window in front of the entrance door. Good for something.
I will get and post some pictures tomorrow when it is light.
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Old 07-03-2016, 08:50 PM   #52
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Elf Bus E350 Corbeil

Had a stomach flue yesterday and so no progress.
Today we rough finished the bunk bed above the driver and our oldest daughter tested it. I think she liked it.
Reinforced the poor entrance door construction. Tomorrow the dinette bed conversion for our other daughter.
Pictures of poor entrance door construction, reinforcement bracket, bunk bed closed and bunk bed with our Daughter in album

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Old 07-04-2016, 07:40 AM   #53
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Old 07-04-2016, 08:01 AM   #54
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Old 07-04-2016, 08:22 AM   #55
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Old 07-12-2016, 08:56 PM   #56
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ElfBus E350 Corbeil floor repair

A couple of posts ago I started the drivers side floor repair. I need to get this bus on the road again and that means inspection and that mean it has to be fixed.
To cover the important pieces I had to make a new floor pan out of 4 pieces and TIG welded those together.
Cleaned the hole better up and did some more rust converter treatment.

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Tomorrow I will pull the rear drums and inspect the brakes. Thursday is inspection day.

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Old 07-16-2016, 09:19 PM   #57
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Elf Bus e350 Corbeil state inspection

Got the hole under the driver seat fixed and wanted to take the wheels of to do a pre inspection. Unable to get the nuts off. Soaked wd40 over night. next day at the inspection station they had to use an extended breaker bar.
It came off but I was nervous that one of the studs would break as well. All was good. They wanted me to take the lights of the front of the bus and so we did and went for a re-inspection. Passed. ( photo wife takes of lights)
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Old 07-16-2016, 09:40 PM   #58
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Elf bus e350 Corbeil battery box and airco wiring

For the inspection i had to adjust the parking brake and to not have to take the cable loose again I installed the battery box. In the picture you can see the parking brake cable goes thru the rear in the battery box.
I also wanted to get the airco working and started rewiring. Decided to use the original relay board and mount it to the skirt condensor. Doing so shortens the wiring. I also wanted to restore the original Ford switches and wiring as good possible.
The original Ford high and low pressure switches were removed. After I bypassed both original high and low pressure connectors the original Airco clutch connector worked again.
Took some time to understand the wires that went to the evaporator.
two wires for a low pressure switch. One neutral, Three wires for low medium high speed and one not connected.
Extended the low power wiring to the skirt fan motor relay. From that relay i took the fan power via the high pressure switch at the skirt condenser and the low pressure switch at the rear evaporator ( both closed under normal operation condition) to the airco compressor clutch.
I measured the current thru the skirt fan motors --- 15 Amp total at 13 volts.
Mounted the rear evaporator fan switch at the kids dinette.
It cooled pretty darn good. At idle the battery voltage remained at 14.3 Volt with front airco fan at max and rear airco fan at medium.
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The current thru the rear evaporator fan at medium speed was 9 Amp.

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Old 07-18-2016, 07:38 AM   #59
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Elf Bus E350 Corbeil test trip NewArk

Yesterday we had to drop family of at NewArk Airport. It was warm and a good day to test the airco. 500 Miles .Trip went well. Airco held up wih the heat. The bus is not insulated yet so i was pleased.
At 65Mph one of the rear wheel seem to start bouncing. Need to have that re-balanced. It was much more noticeable on the way back with less people and luggage.
Did not do a mileage trip.

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Old 07-18-2016, 02:42 PM   #60
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J, I've had worn out shocks cause a wheel to start bouncing even with a freshly balanced wheel. The fact that the bounce is worse under lighter load would also make me want to pull the shock at that wheel to see if it is working. Jack
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