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Old 12-10-2017, 09:33 PM   #11
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Got initiated into the Schoolie Club today.......60 minutes of rolling around on the cold wet ground removing all the seat bolts. My helper arrived late, so I only got half of them completely detached, but at least I'm finished with the underneath-the-bus part of it.


While waiting, I removed the rear view mirror and visor. The visor will be trashed....I'm going to see if I can refurbish the mirror and mount it at the top of the windshield, under the front cap. Glad to get it further away from the driver's seat, because I've already banged my head on it at least 5 or 6 times.

And removed those half-moon mirrors from the hood......they've got me 3-4 times too. Thankful there are no sharp edges on this bus, or I would have bled to death already.




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Old 12-10-2017, 09:43 PM   #12
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I've taken chunks out of my scalp on those bugeyed mirrors. I pulled them off too, taped the heater wires and pushed them into the body.

The only use I had for those bugeye mirrors was they were flat on top and it was a good place to put a cup of coffee.
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Old 12-11-2017, 10:47 AM   #13
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Nice bus! I bet that thing's fun to drive with a 466 and 5-speed.

I cut the bottom step off, too. It kept getting smashed up by boulders Also, I put the house batteries in a hatch under the stairs. It works ok. A little tight for the batteries. Takes a half hour to get them all in or out. Watering the most forward battery (I have 3) takes some care since the clearances are tight.

"Body fluid clean up kit". EWWWWWWW....
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Old 12-11-2017, 11:59 AM   #14
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I kept and use my visor.. even with shades on that bright summer sun is nicely dimmed with that visor... the student mirror i keep too simoply because my bus is never going t ohave its back windows covered so i can use it. id probably ditch that mirror if I was going to convert where the back windows were covered over..

Locve my bug-eye mirrors too.. since I drive my bus to the grocery store, coffee shop, restaraunt, hotel, etc its nice to be able to see all around it when maneuvering.. in fact i think im going to install cameras on the back of it too..
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Old 12-11-2017, 01:10 PM   #15
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I removed both of my bugeyed mirrors. I did mount one mirror, without the frame, at the top center of the windshield. With that mirror mounted on the interior at the top of the windshield I can still see my front bumper. The big plus is I don't hit my head on those darn mirrors in the dark anymore.
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Old 12-11-2017, 09:11 PM   #16
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Nice bus! I bet that thing's fun to drive with a 466 and 5-speed.

I cut the bottom step off, too. It kept getting smashed up by boulders Also, I put the house batteries in a hatch under the stairs. It works ok. A little tight for the batteries. Takes a half hour to get them all in or out. Watering the most forward battery (I have 3) takes some care since the clearances are tight.

"Body fluid clean up kit". EWWWWWWW....
I see that now.....I've been following your build but didn't notice the step removal.....that's exactly how I want mine to look. Since I'm moving the door, I'll have all of the step area for house batteries.....the plan is to put them on heavy-duty drawer suspensions so I can pull them out for servicing.

It is mucho fun to drive! The handling's not as tight as it was on my old 944T, but, on the flip side, everybody gives me lots of room.


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Old 12-11-2017, 09:19 PM   #17
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I kept and use my visor.. even with shades on that bright summer sun is nicely dimmed with that visor... the student mirror i keep too simoply because my bus is never going t ohave its back windows covered so i can use it. id probably ditch that mirror if I was going to convert where the back windows were covered over..
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I really like all of my windows, so I'm going to try to keep open sight-lines to them all.....the aisle will be open to the rear door, and almost everything will be built no higher than halfway up the bottom windows. The only stumbling block will be the closet. I really dig the student mirror....I can see three lanes of traffic and half the median strip in that thing.


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Old 12-11-2017, 09:30 PM   #18
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I really like all of my windows, so I'm going to try to keep open sight-lines to them all.....the aisle will be open to the rear door, and almost everything will be built no higher than halfway up the bottom windows. The only stumbling block will be the closet. I really dig the student mirror....I can see three lanes of traffic and half the median strip in that thing.


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I only have one 500-mile drive to go on but I didn't use the student mirror much. I have a rear engine, so the rear view is limited to the narrow emergency hatch above the engine cover.

Properly adjusted side mirrors gave me a great view of everything around except a car tail-gating too close. I figure that's his problem. I've seen pictures of cars that hit the back of a school bus, it ain't pretty.
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Old 12-11-2017, 09:32 PM   #19
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I really like all of my windows, so I'm going to try to keep open sight-lines to them all.....the aisle will be open to the rear door, and almost everything will be built no higher than halfway up the bottom windows. The only stumbling block will be the closet. I really dig the student mirror....I can see three lanes of traffic and half the median strip in that thing.


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indeed.. i use that mirror all the time.. plus when I have friends in the bus I feel like i can actually look at them and talk.. even though the yare usually just yelling at me that they are frying in the back.. oops left the back heater on high..
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I took my student mirror and visor out. If I'm looking in that mirror while I'm driving it's not good. The side mirrors are what I'm accustomed to using.

There don't seem to be a whole lot of other uses for those student mirrors, but I'm thinking of putting it on my tractor for a wider field of view while backing.
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