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Old 06-01-2011, 09:23 PM   #41
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Re: Splash Party Bus (97 E350)

Today was reasonably productive:

First, someone a while back asked for a photo of the door opening mechanism....here it is. Also, i shot a youtube video of it i'll post later if you are really interested.



Here were the front stairs when i got up this morning:



and what they look like tonight.....Not quite finished with them, but made good progress.



Also moved seats around. Only about 4 or so have armrests, and the armrests were in the wrong places...like next to each other instead of being on the ends.

before:



After: Also put bought a gray carpet runner. My wife didn't like the dark brown colored wood on the floor....



I still have not bolted the seats down to the floor, or painted that pesky back wall. I don't care to work in the bus after i paint because it's oil based and gives off a bad odor (and prob isn't all that healthy) so my plan is always to paint just before i quit for the night. The only problem is that i keep getting too tired and stop working without picking up a roller.
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Old 06-01-2011, 09:32 PM   #42
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steps look nice! not worried about them being slippery when wet though?
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Old 06-01-2011, 10:07 PM   #43
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steps look nice! not worried about them being slippery when wet though?
I thought about that. Two options. The most likely is that i will buy non-slip treads from menards.



The other option is that i can sprinkle sand into/onto the final protective clear coat that i put on the stairs...i'm not a woodworker, i forget the name of the shiny clear stuff you put on last, but i purchased a can of it.

on a side note....i am curios to know if the steps are actually made from high quality stainless. My tek self drilling screws are useless when trying to screw them into the stairs. (i used to refer to them as "self tapping screws", but that term is not correct)
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Old 06-02-2011, 01:35 AM   #44
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Looking really good...

More info on the keyless entry please... I would like to do the same thing...
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Old 06-02-2011, 08:36 AM   #45
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Looking really good...

More info on the keyless entry please... I would like to do the same thing...
autozone no longer sells it, but they used to have a really great 4 button long range keychain remote that would turn on/off up to four different devices, and also had an option for momentary on. I used the autozone remote for a couple of other buses.



For this bus I used bulldog remote keyless entry from orielly auto parts: (the above photo)
$39.99 Each
Part Number: KE1702

It has an option to set the length of time current is delivered to the "locks" or in this case to my door opener. 0.7 seconds is default, but there is a 3.5 second option for German cars that use vacuum operated door locks. I made my connections near the switch for the door. It takes less than 3.5 seconds to open my doors, but i don't think it's harmful for the door mechanism to have power going to it for an extra second after the door is all the way open/closed. I considered putting in a limit switch to turn off current, but i don't think it is necessary.

Here is a youtube video with a close-up of the door mechanism. I'm not home today or else i would have included the connection of my remote keyless setup.

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Old 06-02-2011, 03:01 PM   #46
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Re: Splash Party Bus (97 E350)

Hey Lapeer

Looks like we're neighbors. I'm in Farmington (and have also used my bunton hydro for things totally unrelated to mowing). Where did you find your bus? I'm looking for the 24' version of yours.
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Old 06-02-2011, 04:21 PM   #47
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I put more time, effort, energy, and money into finding this bus than i have any of my previous five (except bus IV, i paid more for that one) These half sized buses cost twice what a real skoolie does. However, for a conversion there are a lot of benefits...ie: fuel economy, cruise control, air conditioning.

I kept going to auctions with a pocket full of cash and just couldn't find a bus to spend it on! I also carry a g-27, but i digress.

A few months ago, oakland and macomb county SMART buses were being auctioned off on this site, most for under $3k.

http://www.govbids.com/scripts/surpl...ic%2Fhome1.asp


I bought my bus from this site, but there were many unanticipated fees.

http://www.repocast.com/home.cfm
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Old 06-03-2011, 06:47 AM   #48
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Re: Splash Party Bus (97 E350)

Thanks for the picture+ movie of the door opening. I wanted to make mine electric to get rid of the manual door opening mechanism -so i could mount a passenger seat up front. I probably stared at what I had to work with longer than it took you to install yuor seats -my easiest soulution was a liniar accuator going straight to the linkage. MIne take maybe 8-10 seconds to open. I came real close to going with a remote opener-but was afraid it would always be on the wrong side of the door when i needed it. I have a switch overhead-and one outside (hidden under a waterproof 110v outlet cover.)
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I thought that for an outside switch that it would be cool to mount one of those magnet switches like alarm companies use on windows. Once installed, you could use any magnet to magically open the door. A magnet ring, or necklace, or whatever.
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Re: Splash Party Bus (97 E350)

wish my doors never messed up and still worked lol
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