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Old 02-21-2008, 08:31 AM   #11
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can you buy hammered finish by the gallon? I assume you're not going to use 287 spray cans to do the exterior.

that bus is looking beyond super nice. if you use it as a party bus, you may decide down the road that carpet is a bit of a drag. Not only because of the dirt that peoples shoes drag in, but also from spilled drinks and the occasional person who can't handle their liquor and spews the contents of their stomach all over the bus because he couldn't open a window fast enough.
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Old 02-22-2008, 08:25 PM   #12
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Can you post some pics and info of the power rear door locks? I have a 1996 Intl. shorty and I like what you did. The front door is killer and the seats look great!! Thanks
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Old 02-25-2008, 12:18 PM   #13
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I will try to get some pics of the rear door lock within the next day or two and get them posted.
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Old 03-06-2008, 03:40 AM   #14
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i have bus envy.
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Old 03-07-2008, 09:40 AM   #15
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Sorry for the delay, I had to go out of town for work. Here is the rear door lock. I just used a car door lock atcuator(left over from the keyless entry kit for the front) and wired it into the wires I cut from the rear door buzzer. The lock is wired to a switch at the front and runs off keyless entry with the front door.
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Old 03-11-2008, 03:57 AM   #16
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can you give me more info on the battery bank?
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Old 03-11-2008, 08:21 AM   #17
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The battery bank took some research, but isn't too complicated. I am running alot of electronics on this bus, so I knew I needed to beef up the charging circuit. First I bought a 200amp alternator off e-bay(new for $100). The next step was to get a battery isolator. This acts as a giant diode, or checkvalve, to allow the alternator to charge seperate banks of batteries without letting them drain on each other. Make sure to get one rated for the larger alternator. This way I have everything "factory" running off the bus batteries and everything that I added running off it's own battery bank. I can now run electronics with the bus off and even kill the battery without draining my starting batteries. For the second battery bank I bought a pair of 120amp hour marine batteries. This should allow me to run all electronics for about an hour without charging the bus. Finally don't forget to run some large gauge battery cable for this. I am running 0 gauge. Also, I got a distribution block from a car audio store that has 0gauge inputs and four 4 gauge outputs for both positive and ground. Hope this helps.
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Old 03-25-2008, 11:32 PM   #18
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Re: International Shorty Party Bus

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can you buy hammered finish by the gallon? I assume you're not going to use 287 spray cans to do the exterior.

that bus is looking beyond super nice. if you use it as a party bus, you may decide down the road that carpet is a bit of a drag. Not only because of the dirt that peoples shoes drag in, but also from spilled drinks and the occasional person who can't handle their liquor and spews the contents of their stomach all over the bus because he couldn't open a window fast enough.
you can buy it by the gallon at menards, don't know if u have one around there, but i work there... so if anyone has menards questions i am your man... if you don't mind me asking how much did you pay for the actuator? and where can you get one?
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Old 03-26-2008, 07:56 AM   #19
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The actuator is an 8" SPAL actuator. I got the actuator for about $80 at http://www.surpluscenter.com. They had the best prices I could find. Hope this helps.
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Old 03-26-2008, 02:02 PM   #20
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awesome thanks for the info, that will probably be a "next year project" like so many others, for now my padlock on the rear door will work until more funds come in.
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