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Old 07-18-2016, 03:53 PM   #61
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Thank you Jack,
Did not think about that. I will get under there, remove and test. It might be good to get them of anyhow as to get some anti seize on the fasteners.

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Old 07-18-2016, 05:00 PM   #62
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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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Last time I had my 4 rears replaced, My tire guy calls me up. " Hey I think you want to look at this". I go to the shop and he a bare rim mounted on the spin balancer. He closes the lid + spins it-+ the rim is hoping up + down. It looked like the center hole (Fords are hub-centric) it apper itwas machined slightly off center. I ask if I could try re-mounting the rim on the balancer-he said sure. I marked the hi spot-turned it 90* on the machine-it showed up the same. Tried a couple different positions and it was the same. Luckily it doesn't shake until 67 mph--and I set my cruise at 64.
So if you have the tires balanced, ask if you can watch-and look to see if the rim runs true.
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Old 07-18-2016, 09:25 PM   #63
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Wow, that is another good point to check. Thank you. I have seen something like that with my other e350. The rim and tore combined were about 3/16" out of round. Tires were 255/85/r16 . Could not feel it on the road.
I will check it out and report back.
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Old 07-19-2016, 09:11 AM   #64
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I forgot to mention that the same that seems to have the vibration also runs hot. That is the axle bearing. Left side is lukewarm. The left is hot that you can touch and hold for several seconds but not for a long time. I think the nearing probably is on the tight side.

The tranny makes a slight noise in of at 50mph . going faster the noise gets lost in general engine and wind noise.
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Old 07-20-2016, 07:02 PM   #65
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Elf Bus E350 Corbeil freezer and microwave

Had a good day to day, found a couple of air inflation shocks to mount our 12 volt freezer box on.
http://www.skoolie.net/forums/member...ture13661.html

It is located above the rear axle so it would get the full brunt of shocks. At least we have a first line of defense.
Then to be able to use the space as good as we could we mounted the microwave on ball drawer slides to slide to the back to open the lid and slide it to the front if you want to use the microwave.
http://www.skoolie.net/forums/member...ture13662.html

http://www.skoolie.net/forums/member...ture13663.html

The space on top of the wheel well , behind the freezer and below the microwave is going to be used for a lithium battery bank when all is done and funds allow.

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Old 07-23-2016, 06:36 PM   #66
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Elf Bus E350 Corbeil Microwave lock

So mounted that microwave on slider and of course at about the first faster curve to the left it started sliding, door opened, glass rotary table popped out fell on a steel tool that was laying on the floor and..... did not break.
Any how it urged me to come up with a solution.
http://www.skoolie.net/forums/member...ture13711.html

Just a thin board that hangs down and prevents the microwave from sliding out. Will see what happens when a curve to the left has a big pothole.

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Old 07-23-2016, 06:51 PM   #67
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Elf Bus E350 Corbeil Dinette Table Bed

Just noticed that I have been upscaled to "almost there" .. Ha < Ha.
Still so much to do.
But another step was the table for the kids at the dinette. Out youngest (4 yrs) has to sleep there as well so it had to be a conversion.
http://www.skoolie.net/forums/member...ture13712.html
We want to use double cellurall blind for the window with an up down feature. These are about 1-1/2' wide. So we started with a 1-1/2 SS square tube that also would provide some structural help with side impacts.
We bolted in the three standing ribs but I probably will weld it in as well when we are all done.
We welded tabs on the bottom so that with sliding pins we could hang a table from this square tube. The width of table was made the same as the distance between the seat so that the table would double as bed plank.
http://www.skoolie.net/forums/member...ture13713.html
As a bed it lays on the seat mounting rail and we drilled 1/4" Holes in the seat frame where the sliding pin can lock into.

I will post some detail images in the next post.

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Old 07-24-2016, 07:58 AM   #68
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Elf Bus E350 Corbeil escape hatch

Lat night I started on converting the escape hatch. The original hatch could only swing up to get out. I found another hatch from the same manufacturer that could raise about 4". Made by Specialty Co. in Pineville. NC. It has 4 spring loaded arms so that the hatch can be raised in any direction to take advantage of the wind direction. It has a separate mechanism that the hatch can be opened up to get on the roof. The frame section that is screwed to the bus is the same and so it was just a transfer of. hardware.

The we thought it would be cool to make a skylight so that we can see the rain falling on , see stars and so on.
http://www.skoolie.net/forums/member...ture13717.html

I left about 3/4" around to glue/ seal a 1/4" lexan sheet on top and an 1/8" one on the inside to create some insulation. The roof is 1/4" thick and so I will add some adhesive tape to make the gap slightly bigger.
http://www.skoolie.net/forums/member...ture13718.html

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Old 07-24-2016, 09:46 PM   #69
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Elf Bus e350 corbeil dinette detail

I forgot, some details about the dinette conversion.

I was looking into sliding pin locks like you see them on gates but was nervous that they would open up because of road and engine vibrations.
There must be fancy units around but right around that time I found a piece of 3/4" plywood with two hinges. The plywood piece became th etable / bed plank and the hinges became the locking pins.
http://www.skoolie.net/forums/member...ture13716.html

The pin is 6MM. the SS nuts are drilled out 1/2-20 . They are tacked to the hinge and are more spacers then anything else. The handle is a SS M5 Allen screw. I bend the center hole of the hinge out and drilled an extra hole for mounting but did not put a screw in it yet.

So this locking pin mechanism is used for the table and also for the bed.
http://www.skoolie.net/forums/member...ture13714.html

Drilled a 1/4" hole in the seat post of each dinette seat.

For the table support I had a piece of square 1" steel tubing laying around. Made an angle out of it and welded a 10MM SS shaft on each end. Drilled a hole in the bottom of the window tube for the upper pin and made a bracket for the lower pin. Screwed the bracket with Tech screw to the seat rail. So the table support can swing left or right flush with wall.
A small hole in the table and a little pin at the end of the table support arm interlock so that the arm can not swing while the table is in place.

http://www.skoolie.net/forums/member...ture13715.html

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Old 07-25-2016, 07:46 PM   #70
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Nice junk yard weather.
It's ALWAYS nice junk yard weather!

Hey Joe

I just read through this entire thread looking to find out if you ever figured out what the second 110 VAC plug you found under the hood was for?

One was for the block heater.
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