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Old 05-17-2010, 03:51 PM   #21
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That is awesome... great blank canvas! Or is it a "black" canvas? Take photos as you convert it... its fun to watch these things progress from empty shells.
We got lucky with the basically primed paint job. Today, we will start painting it a silver aluminum with a compressed air spray gun. Later, I'm thinking of painting the stars and stripes on the roof. It's exciting!
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Old 05-17-2010, 04:20 PM   #22
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Looks like a pretty nice neighborhood .............. So how do the neighbors like it haha
They actually love it. Many of my neighbors are defense department engineers and aircraft aircrew and many came out to take a look. They thought it was the coolest thing.
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Old 06-09-2010, 07:42 PM   #23
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Re: New shorty conversion! Road trip anyone?

It's been a while and we've been pretty busy with a 3-day pirate festival we had this past weekend called "Billy Bowlegs." It's a annual event where "pirates" "raid" the city on a pirate ship and come on shore and "take over the city" for a weekend. It involves plenty of rum, beads and "booty!" We Pirate themed the bus and it turned out awesome! Photos are below:





Since my last posting, I have painted the exterior Rustoleum aluminum silver, painted the bumpers gloss black, replaced the oil/oil filter, installed all new fuses and some wiring, installed a new 12v accessory socket in the dash for low power use, and some other little things. We just installed solar rope lighting on the inside also which is too neat. This week we are building the bench seats that convert into a 3-man bed behind both wheel wells in the rear.

I will try to keep you updated with new additions and photos! Virtually everyone in this town now knows the bus either from word-of-mouth or seeing us on the streets or at events. I don't think I've ever made a better decision in my life than to buy this bus!

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Old 06-09-2010, 07:44 PM   #24
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Old 06-10-2010, 11:44 AM   #25
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If you build it, they will come.................

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Haha. Yeah, she's mine. I've made her the unofficial promoter of the bus.
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Old 06-10-2010, 12:19 PM   #26
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Re: New shorty conversion! Road trip anyone?

I love the silver--make it look quite "industrial". If you ever have an airplane theme party-I'd decorate as a old Ford Tri-motor.
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Old 06-15-2010, 04:07 PM   #27
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Bus seems to be running on 7 cylinders. There's always been a "knocking" present. How would I go about diagnosing the problem? Checking the compression of each cylinder, spark plugs? What else could be the problem?

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Old 06-15-2010, 09:02 PM   #28
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Is it gas. How long s ince a tune up. If you don't know, it's time. Start with plugs and wires. Might as well replace cap, rotor, fuel filter and air filter. If it still misses, then do a compression check. I've only rebuilt two engines, both were small block chevys. One had a cam lobe that was toast. I was surprised it still ran OK.
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Old 06-15-2010, 09:14 PM   #29
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Is it gas. How long s ince a tune up. If you don't know, it's time. Start with plugs and wires. Might as well replace cap, rotor, fuel filter and air filter. If it still misses, then do a compression check. I've only rebuilt two engines, both were small block chevys. One had a cam lobe that was toast. I was surprised it still ran OK.
Don't forget the ignition timing! If you don't have a timing light, beg, steal, borrow, or rent one. Your engine won't run efficiently with the timing set wrong.
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You're right, but can you set timing on electronic ignition?
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