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Old 05-12-2018, 04:53 PM   #421
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Couldn't find it at my local HD; called Anderson instead. Of course, I have a slightly different door arrangement on my Thomas. I'd also want to use piano hinge instead of regular hinges.
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Old 10-25-2018, 08:25 PM   #422
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Thanks Roachie! I read through this thread with our 2001 Ford 450 coming tomorrow. Now I'm both excited...and terrified...from all the fixes

For a new bus owner, which of your regular maintenance items would you suggest to start with?
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Old 10-26-2018, 12:32 AM   #423
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I'd check for cracked tire sidewalls and have a good look at brake rotors and pads. Check for uneven tire wear that might signal some bad tie rod ends or ball joints.



Assuming yours has the 7.3L diesel, change out the fuel filter and clean the fuel strainers in the fuel tank. Air filters are flat easy to check and replace. The Powerstroke uses engine oil to fire the injectors so fresh oil is a plus. The trans fluid should be a nice red color. When you pull the air filter cowl to change the fuel filter that's a good time to change out the serpentine belt. If you replace the belt check the idler pulleys, they can fail and leave you stranded. Look for coolant leaking out of the water pump housing.



Look for oil or fuel in the engine valley. Both the high pressure oil pump and the turbo pedestal can leak oil and the fuel bowl can leak fuel into the valley. Engine valley leaks will drip down the back of the engine and appear to be a rear seal leak.



You can check the engine for piston ring blowby by removing the oil fill cap and feeling for pressure pulses there. Oil dripping from the exhaust pipe is a symptom of bad turbo seals.



Maybe have the oil and trans fluid lab tested. Blackstone Labs does a good job.



The starter should spin the engine pretty quickly, almost as fast as a car engine. Otherwise, just drive it and look for vibrations (universal joints, axle bearings or tire balance) and exhaust smoke. A little white smoke on startup isn't unheard of but a properly running Powerstroke should make little or no smoke.



That's about all I can think of offhand.



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Old 01-09-2019, 05:15 PM   #424
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adding storm door to shuttle bus, need help!

trying to decide if I can keep adding the door DIY or should have it placed by someone else?? If you have replaced the door with a storm door on a shuttle bus I would love some advice! Also, wanting to know if you figured out a way to not have the hinges exposed? want to make the door as secure as possible. thanks!!
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Old 01-09-2019, 07:50 PM   #425
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The door install on our Eldorado was very DIY friendly. The door opening was just the right width for the 36" Anderson door to fit but the opening height was 4 or 5" higher than the new door so I had to build up the bottom step a bit. I screwed the frame pieces right to the existing bus steel door frame.

The hinge strip is a full length hinge and pretty secure. Frankly, if I wanted to break into my bus I wouldn't mess with the hinges, I'd just smash the driver side door window and be inside within seconds.
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Old 05-27-2019, 08:40 AM   #426
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Great thread,great project and great job.
Thank you for explaining and documenting it all.I especially like the fact that you worked full time during the project and were stealing time here and there to make the progress you needed.Gives a true gauge on an honest time frame.


I only have another 7 or 8 pages before I get to the end of it...I just know,when I do, I will be sad and depressed. Any recommendations for that?
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Old 05-27-2019, 07:43 PM   #427
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Great thread,great project and great job.
Thank you for explaining and documenting it all.I especially like the fact that you worked full time during the project and were stealing time here and there to make the progress you needed.Gives a true gauge on an honest time frame.


I only have another 7 or 8 pages before I get to the end of it...I just know,when I do, I will be sad and depressed. Any recommendations for that?

Thanx Juan.



I had originally figured on 6 months or so to do the conversion. As you saw, that was a bit optimistic.



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Did you also take out the honeycomb looking stuff that is under the panels?
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Did you also take out the honeycomb looking stuff that is under the panels?

The honeycomb is structural so removing it would probably be a bad idea. My insulation is glued directly over the inner fiberglass shell.
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The honeycomb is structural so removing it would probably be a bad idea. My insulation is glued directly over the inner fiberglass shell.

Wait a minute,is that honeycomb separated between the two shells,or are the shells and honeycomb stuck together as one?
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