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Old 07-29-2011, 10:20 PM   #31
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nice work on the labeling and install my only suggestions would be once you have it all tested and running to insulate everything. And also not to worry about air bubbles when doing filter changes, just pre-fill the new filter to the top and make the first switch to vegg when going faster than idle. this allows the air to zip through and be replaced with the WVO before the engine speed ever even decreases. I have run close to 100,000 miles on greasecar conversion kits and have not had any trouble with air or filter changes past my first one, i changed mine today and didn't spill a drop on the car or myself.

If you find it troublesome you can always just instal the new filter then purge before switchover, this gives the air a chance to get pushed back to the tank and "Robert is your Mother's Brother"

looking good maybe see you in a couple of weeks en route to CANADA, also nice work on the trailer, i am thinking about buying a pop up to get some accessories out of and convert it to a flatbed as well.
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Old 08-02-2011, 10:48 PM   #32
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The bus officially runs on veg.oil! I think I've fixed the few leaks on the valves, and everything appears to be working correctly. Tomorrow I'll start the roof deck.
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Old 08-02-2011, 11:18 PM   #33
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Yea-you'll be tightening clamps a couple of times. Congrats on making a stink!
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Old 08-03-2011, 12:01 AM   #34
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congrats, wheeeeee the best part is going on road trips and only stopping at gas stations to poop and get ice cream. then driving on!!!!


maybe we can try to swing by either on the way up or on the way back from wilmington to toronto. love to check out the bus and trailer and hopefully score some WVO or at least the local knowledge on where to pick some up.

Ill PM my number let me know if you are interested in a bus battle. (or lunch on monday next week)
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Old 08-04-2011, 01:00 PM   #35
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rjz5400: i sent you an email about the 8th, hope to see you in rva!

Roof deck struts are up, right side is fully welded left side tacked. Its a slow process welding straight to the bus roof because I cant let it get too hot or I'll risk catching the insulation on fire. So I've been doing an inch or two at a time and pouring water to cool it off. Right side feels really strong. I can hang off it and kick it from on top with no movement so I think I'm good. Wish it wasn't so hot outside, its really exhausting..

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Old 08-04-2011, 04:24 PM   #36
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what are you gonna put up there on the roof deck? party chairs and BBQ? i thought about building some support for mopeds and a long ramp to ride them up there and store them while underway.

Looking good and sturdy though Either way.

(I didn't receive your email but i sent one to you through the forum link {Email} )
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Old 08-06-2011, 11:35 AM   #37
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The solar panel will be on the front part of the deck, the rest is just to have a nice open space to hang out on. The inside of the bus is so compact I just wanted somewhere we could go to read or work on stuff and not feel claustrophobic. Need a couple more deck boards and it will be ready for a paint job. Heres a few progress shots:

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Old 08-14-2011, 09:14 PM   #38
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Deck boards still need to be screwed in but you get the idea..





I've hit a snag with the solar panel.. still crunching numbers because the quote from NAWS was more than twice my budget. I think by reducing some of our power needs and a little shopping around I can hopefully get the system down to $1500 or less, but it looks like theres no way I can run the fridge and pump with only 1 panel. Right now I'm looking at 2 135watt panels (IMP 7.63A) running DC to a single 212AH 12v AGM sealed deep cycle battery w/ a prostar 30amp charge controller.

Fridge pulls 5.4A @12v = 64.8watts x 8 hours (est. when compressor is actually going) x 7 days/ 7days = 518.4w
12v pump pulls 5A @ 12v = 60watts x .5 hours x 7 days/ 7days = 30w
Total watt-hr per day: 548.4 x 1.25 load correction factor = 685.5 watts

Battery: 212AH x 12v = 2544 watts / 2 = 1272 watts (50% battery power)

135watt Panel: IMP 7.6A x 5hr (avg. hours of daylight) = 38.15A x 12v = 457.8watts << thus I'll need 2 panels to get the battery charged to 685.5w right?????

Any input on that math would be appreciated
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Old 08-15-2011, 11:50 AM   #39
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I'm still new to the solar math but your numbers look correct to me.
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Old 08-20-2011, 07:13 AM   #40
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An idea about your solar panel situation?
Look at the Thin Film Solar panels.
I am putting a system together and each panel I'm going to use is 134 watts each; BUT 15 feet long and 16 inches wide. They stick down- peel a backing off and they stick down..
They also don't crack and are more durable than the glass panels. You could make flip panels on the side of your deck sides. When your not on the deck flip then up and let them go to work.
Or have then down along the side of your deck and flip them up in place along the deck.
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