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Old 12-30-2011, 11:48 AM   #11
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A tricorder would be seriously cool but a phaser would make my life a lot simpler. Want that funky A/C unit gone? Press a button and it's vaporized! I'd even settle for a used light saber.
You boys are thinking too small. Dilithium crystals... and Scotty to make them work! Toss in a kilt for Scotty just to make it ....interesting!
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Old 12-30-2011, 04:46 PM   #12
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I'll go you one better. How about I just ask for honest politicians.
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Old 12-30-2011, 06:01 PM   #13
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I'll go you one better. How about I just ask for honest politicians.
More likely to find lithium crystals ...
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Old 12-30-2011, 06:20 PM   #14
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I'll go you one better. How about I just ask for honest politicians.
Now you are getting delusional!
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Old 01-05-2012, 05:58 PM   #15
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The lift is out!!!

I was hoping that buying a shuttle bus would exempt me from having to buy an angle grinder, but there have been some bolts that are apparently impossible to remove without one. The lift came out fairly easily. I ground off the front bolts then lowered the lift platform onto a 4-wheel cart. After grinding off the back bolts I had to gingerly maneuver (sp?) the hydraulic part out the door without causing any damage to the fiberglass body. Bottom line, I got the thing arranged just right in the doorway and used a crowbar to unceremoniously shove it out, just missing the bus body. Man! those things are heavy. I swear I heard the bus give a great sigh of relief when it hit the ground.

I got the rear heater fan unit drained and removed and I also got the back AC unit out. I had assumed that the AC system would have a front and a rear condenser but I discovered that the rear roof-mounted condenser took care of the entire system. To get AC to the front of the bus I'll have to install a condenser coil up at the radiator. Oh joy! I get to learn about air conditioning now.

On the whole I'm happy with the Eldorado bus body. It seems well built with no obvious production shortcuts found so far. The battery box is stainless steel and cleaned up real well.

Tomorrow it's off to the repair shop to get the alternator problem fixed. Let the money flow!
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Old 01-08-2012, 05:03 PM   #16
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The weather was really nice this weekend so we decided to cancel the trip to the shop and do some more demolition. First to go was the roof mounted air conditioning condenser.



It was another beastly heavy piece of equipment, I'm guessing 100 lbs or so, and there was no way to gently ease it down to the ground. In the end I just chucked it onto the ground. They sure build those things sturdy - after a 9 foot fall I could scarcely find a scratch on the thing.

The emergency escape hatch was next to go. I used a piece of the fiberglass interior trim to cover the hole, sealing it with butyl tape under the patch and some Dicor white caulk around the edges and covering the screws. I'll fill the space beneath the patch with Great Stuff before insulating the ceiling. The holes left from removing the AC unit also got slathered with the Dicor caulk and while I was up there I caulked the top of my leaky wheelchair door frame too.

Once the AC unit was gone I could remove the big decorative interior roof roof panels. True to form they were heavy as hell and a real chore to get out the side door . I also took the angle grinder to the chair rails on both sides then ground off the wheelchair tie-downs that were bolted to the floor. What a pain THAT was! Next to go was about 30 lbs of wiring. Maybe I can re-use some of it. Finally, I tossed all the junk out the side door and took a shop vac to the inside. Heres the view from the front looking back. Notice the shower pan pretty much where it will be installed:



And from the back looking front:



Here's the stairwell and driver's seat, The driver's seat is in real nice shape. Probably the best part of the bus so far. I'll pull it out this week to clean it up and also get that floor mat out for a good scrubbing. It's seriously grubby.



I also discovered that the roof vent is a Fantastic Vent. Not sure if it works though.

All in all - a very productive weekend.
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Lookin' Good Roach! --- Rip it up!
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I'd leave all wires from front to back-you never know. I left my massive loom to AC unit in-glad i did. After all the walls and ceiling were in, I decided I wanted some led lites in the back shop area. I know I'll never overload the circuit-4 small led strips thru a -8 wire!
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I am keeping all the wire that I pulled out. I learned long ago to keep all usable bits and pieces until the project is done. My electrical closet will be over the passenger side wheel well and all the circuits will radiate from there. Most of the runs will be quite short. I plan to build in two wire chases below the windows (one for 120v and one for 12v wiring). I'll also rough in some of that #8 wire to the escape hatch area in case I want to put in a roof mounted AC unit. The current plan is to use a portable AC unit but I just know that if that wiring isn't there I'll want a roof top AC. Sure as hell.

When the lift came out I found a spot of rot in the floor. The rot doesn't go all the way through and I heard that there is a penetrating epoxy sealer that will soak into the wood and harden it up. The dinette will be going over that area so I don't need a ton of strength there but I don't want that rot spreading.

While the bus was parked I noticed a small dark spot developing under the front of the engine. I freaked out a bit after reading up on all the likely (and impossible to reach) oil leak locations on a Powerstroke diesel. I put a piece of cardboard under the leak and fortunately it's not oil, it's automatic transmission fluid dripping from the trans cooler. Hopefully that's something I can fix real cheap. I like building stuff but really hate working on old, rusty engines and running gear. Servicing vans in particular is more like medieval torture with even the small engines shoe horned in there all tight as a tick.

Looks like we'll have a few more decent weather days up here then it's back to winter. I'm due for a break anyway.
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Spent part of the afternoon yesterday crawling around under the bus. Didn't have to be thrown under it, I went willingly.

My trans leak turned out to be just a loose clamp so that's officially crossed off my list (and didn't cost a cent!!!!) but while under there I found two wires that had just been cut off and left dangling. Inside the bus I've found many more wires to nowhere. So much for the myth of the "fleet maintained vehicle."

I predict that I'll be getting *very familliar* with the electrical system in this bus.
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