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Old 05-06-2011, 05:28 PM   #151
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Re: The Dirtybus...

I did away with it too, I rewired the lights with 4 switches, there are 4 main wires going to the flashers, I just hooked them up so I have 4 twin spotlights, hope I never break down, but if I do I will have great lights to work on the bus with, its like daylight when I turn on the front two. I wired them to the house batteries so the genny will charge them, that way I dont kill the starting batteries...
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Old 05-06-2011, 09:04 PM   #152
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Re: The Dirtybus...

A buddy of mine brought over his Power Probe so I can figure out the wiring... Never used one before, but damn, very cool tool...

Hook it up to the + and - on the battery and start touching wires... It tells you if it's a ground, dead or positive... Then if you're on a positive you hit a button and it powers up whatever that wire goes to... If you touch a negative you hit the toggle down and it kicks the relay or whatever... If you are touching something and you shouldn't be, it has it's own breaker that pops so you don't fry anything on the vehicle...

This should help out a lot... Gonna drive down the street to another buddies place and get after it... He's much better at wiring than I am...

The biggest obstacle is the rain... Need some decent weather so I'm not standing in the rain for hours... Yeah, I grew up in Washington, but this year has been rediculess... We just had the coldest April on record and people are starting to build Arks and gathering animals two by two...
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Old 05-14-2011, 08:30 PM   #153
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Re: The Dirtybus...

Drove the bus over to Donnie's yesterday to play with the wiring...






Looked at it for a little while with Jimbo and Rick, but the beers were causing to much of a distraction... Spent the rest of the night chillin' by the fire gettin' drunk...






Slept in the bus on a cot... Then got after the wiring this morning... Got pretty much all the major stuff figured out... Huge thanks to Donnie...


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Old 05-15-2011, 08:03 AM   #154
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Re: The Dirtybus...

Lucky you! Dain is here having hissy fits over the mess the wires are in my Fran bus.
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Old 05-15-2011, 08:15 PM   #155
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Re: The Dirtybus...

What type and watt bulbs did you use on your overhead lights? How did you get the beam of light to shine down instead of just straight out?
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Old 05-16-2011, 04:23 PM   #156
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What type and watt bulbs did you use on your overhead lights? How did you get the beam of light to shine down instead of just straight out?

They are the seald beam lights that were already there, I just put on clear lenses... Haven't tried to make them point down, I might look for some of the eyebrow things for the tops of them... I plan on only using them for docking lights at camp...
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Old 07-19-2011, 04:38 PM   #157
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Re: The Dirtybus...

Nice bus.
I can't help by looking at it like it was kicked in the rear end with that stubby rear and nose sticking out?
Think about a three foot lift and monster boggers on it?
Seriously I look forward to seeing your project develop and I am working on mine and getting great advice and ideas from the people here..
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Old 09-03-2011, 09:59 PM   #158
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Any updates? I've been waiting for a picture of a Blazer on a trailer behind that thing...
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Old 09-04-2011, 07:21 AM   #159
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Re: The Dirtybus...

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I still have the big heater by the front door... You don't think that will be enough???


I thought I'd share this with you guys...

OK, when the wife got home last night she said her car was acting funny... She came around the corner and it started running like crap and had no power... I told her I'd take a look at it tomorrow...

Well, she drove the Jimmy to work so I could look at her car... Did some stuff around the house, then made lunch for me and the boys... Started working on the bus, then after getting tired of grinding rivets, I took a break from it...

I go inside and grab her keys, head out to take a look at her car... I figure, I'll run it up and down the road to get an idea of what going on... I turn the corner and it runs out of gas...


Fixed...
Been there also. Don't you just love the strange things your better half does?
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Old 09-04-2011, 07:24 AM   #160
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Did you put any sealer along all the joints? My preference is a urethane based sealant. Stays relatively soft and paintable.
I use the sealer when you install a windshield - that black nasty very sticky rubber sealer.
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