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Old 04-08-2012, 08:35 PM   #61
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Ahhhh --- there are joys that just can't be experienced any other way than building a Skoolie! I'm in the midst of hanging tanks myself. If you can...jack it up and put it on stands so you can get to everything comfortably. My back & neck are killing me from being in a half sit up for the last two weeks.
Man, I hear you. I just spent most of the day flat on my back under mine and my neck is the worse for wear. Fortunately, I found a good spot for the grey tank.

Times like this makes me envious of the school bus people who can walk around under theirs.
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Old 04-12-2012, 11:43 PM   #62
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Finally got the grey tank hung. I originally intended to put it behind the driver's side wheel well but it was way too tight there with the shower drain wanting the same space. I briefly considered dropping the shower drain straight into the tank but I'd loose the trap and that seemed like a bad decision. Fortunately, there was plenty of space behind the gas tank and also a space to snake a 2" drain pipe where the bumper attaches to the frame.



The motor cover and fuse box cover got a fresh coat of paint and the funky switch panel got replaced with a drink holder thingy that I got from a place that does van conversions. At this stage of the conversion everything is so rough on this bus that it's nice to see something finished.



Now that the tank is hung I can put in the floor insulation and the plywood flooring. Onward and upward!
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Old 04-13-2012, 11:20 AM   #63
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Very cool dash arrangement...and you can never have too many cup holders!
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Old 04-15-2012, 01:46 PM   #64
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You've, done a good looking job on the dash. Its amazing what a little paint will do .
Good Job.
Thanx! I've done a bunch of renovations and it always amazes me how much better something looks with a fresh coat of paint.

Yesterday I got the floor insulated and covered. It was fun to do something that was constructive for a change.



Afterward I drove it around just to see how everything was working. It's been parked for the better part of three months but started up and drove just fine. No smoke, the turbo spooled up nicely and the new floor cut the noise level considerably. The brakes have develpoed a new issue and were pulsing badly at first. I assume rust is the culprit and will wear off before too long. I looked at the front rotors after I parked the thing and saw that the passenger side rotor was wiped pretty clean of rust but the driver side was still all nasty and rusty. I wanted to have a go at the brakes eventually but now it looks like I have at least one stuck caliper and will have to give the brakes some TLC soon. While I've got the wheels off I'll give them a coat of paint, too. The opportunities are endless.

Tomorrow it's off to pick up a proper floor jack. I just love watching those dollar bills flutter off into the distance.
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Old 04-15-2012, 01:50 PM   #65
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Now THERE'S an optimist! I admire your positive outlook.
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Old 04-15-2012, 04:03 PM   #66
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When I 1st started going thru my bus, I had a dragging brake. It turned out being a plugged (rubber) brake hose. I changed it-but also did calipers-pads-hardware etc. when you one thing goes on something like our buses with so much previous use, you might as well do everything around it-those parts have just as many miles on them as the failed part.
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Old 04-16-2012, 11:58 AM   #67
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When I 1st started going thru my bus, I had a dragging brake. It turned out being a plugged (rubber) brake hose.
Yeah, I'd read that those hoses can be a problem. The plan is to do a full brake fluid flush as well as replacing the pads and greasing up the guide pins. The rotors look good (so far) but I'll know better when I get the wheels off. Those hoses may well be part of the job.

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Another oportunity showed it's face this weekend in the form of a leaky windshield. I pulled off some interior trim an saw my old friend, daylight, shining in through the gaps in the sealant. Tomorrow it's off to the glass shop to have it resealed.
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Old 04-18-2012, 01:12 PM   #68
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Went to the glass shop yesterday to have the windshield re-sealed. When the guy checked it out he found that only about two-thirds of the glass was sealed to the frame and that it had been sealed with several different sealers in several attempts to stem the leaks. They could reseal it for $100 with no warranty or replace it for $165 with a lifetime warranty. I went with the new windshield.

I also went around the bus and removed/resealed all the side windows. The 4 windows on the side where the fiberglass had deteriorated had many screws broken off and I got those all cleared out of there so the compression frames would bolt up correctly. We have a few days of rain coming so it should be clear whether "Leaky Lucy" is leak free or not.

I'm just amazed at the mickey mouse fixes the bus company mechanics used on this bus. Seemed like everywhere I looked there was some half a$$ed thing to be re-done; clamps in place but not tightened, wires just cut and left hanging, screws broken off, windows badly sealed, windows sealed but not covering the hole. If any Detroit area SMART mechanics read this, I'd like to say (in the most constructive manner possible) "YOU GUYS SUCK!!".

If the weather isn't too wet I may tackle the front brakes, otherwise I may put on my rain gear and wet sand the fiberglass body in preperation for rubbing it out.

On the other hand, I may not.
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Hey Roach --- I have actually waited for a rainy day to take on big wet sanding projects...it works GREAT! Used great big sponges to back up full sheets of wet-or-dry and worked it with two hands. Must have cut the work time by more than half since it was continuously "self-rinsing". Of course, I'm down here in the Tropics where we get plenty of that sort of thing...along with nice balmy temps. Wouldn't even think about it below about 75 degrees. But do keep an eye out for lightning. Not what you want when you are up on a roof.
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But do keep an eye out for lightning. Not what you want when you are up on a roof.
Lightning would be bad, but on the plus side, then I wouldn't have to work on those damn brakes.

The flu bug has me and the wife in its clutches today, as well as about half of our extended family. I get a break from the bus, but this wasn't what I had in mind.
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