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Old 07-25-2014, 02:20 AM   #1
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The Russbuss, another transit bus conversion ;?D

Hello all,
My names Russell and I've been lurking for the past few weeks and thought it was time to jump in and introduce myself. I just bought a 2004 Ford E450 V-10 20 passenger transit bus and am eager to get to work on her, but I do want to educate myself and learn as much as I can before I commit 100% to a particular floor plan. Plus, just from the little that I've read so far, I can see there's SO much more to learn that I'd thought there'd be, despite my fairly extensive background in construction, tinkering and inventing stuff over the many years I've been around ;?D

So I'll try to post some pics here in a bit and explain my project a lot more in depth, and meanwhile I shall continue to read as much as I can in order to avoid asking too many dumb newb Q's, but there's bound to be a few I'm certain of that.
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Old 07-25-2014, 08:23 PM   #2
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Ask away, man! There's a great bunch of people here and most of us started out long on enthusiasm and short on knowledge. We all learned from those that went before us.
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Old 07-25-2014, 08:41 PM   #3
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Re: The Russbuss, another transit bus conversion ;?D

Hey Roach!! I've been reading your Roach Motel thread (still not done ;?) and have gotten quite a bit of inspiration from it, so just wanted to say kudos for one, doing such a cool project, and two for documenting and explaining it so well! Funny thing is mine's almost the same model exactly, with the exception of the V-10, and my floor plan actually matches yours in a lot of ways so it's like you've already done the work (and figured out all the bugs) for me, lol.

While I have a lot of various construction experience, I am NOT a mechanic, so that's one big weakness, electrical being another, so I'm certain I'll be asking quite a few questions, but I am trying my best to read as much as possible so I don't clutter up the boards with too many redundant newb Q's. So again, thanks so much for your work, it's been a big help ;?D

Hmm, well I was going to attach pics, but doesn't seem that I can upload to attachments to this thread....
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Welcome to the shortie world! Ask away. And pics? get Photobucket or Flikr + post picsfrom there.
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Old 07-25-2014, 10:29 PM   #5
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Ahh, so that's the only way is to upload images online first... for some reason I have an aversion to Photobucket, lol, guess I never trusted the security of such sites (yeah I know they'd be HERE online, lol, but as unreasonable as it sounds it feels different ).

Btw, your sig is the second one I've tried clicking on only to get this msg, "Dang... Page not found! Hey wait, you're not signed in yet!" Which doesn't make any sense and it won't accept my username from there, what's up with that?
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I had all my build photos hosted on another photo site that went from free to charge (dropshots)-just never redid them. I should change that.....
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Hey Roach!! I've been reading your Roach Motel thread (still not done ;?)

Hmm, well I was going to attach pics, but doesn't seem that I can upload to attachments to this thread....
Mine's done except for the odd small refinement now and then, so now I'm bored and have to check in here to see what everyone else is doing to theirs. The hardest part for me to wrap my head around was mixing 12v and 120v electrical. Plumbing is pretty straight forward but frame rails and wheel wells can give you fits when running drains.

Many of us use Photobucket for hosting pictures. You upload your shots then paste a link to the picture in your Skoolie post. Here's a link to the process:

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Mine's done except for the odd small refinement now and then, so now I'm bored and have to check in here to see what everyone else is doing to theirs. The hardest part for me to wrap my head around was mixing 12v and 120v electrical. Plumbing is pretty straight forward but frame rails and wheel wells can give you fits when running drains.

Many of us use Photobucket for hosting pictures. You upload your shots then paste a link to the picture in your Skoolie post. Here's a link to the process:

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Thanks Roach, yeah I may have to give it a try, but I guess one reason I haven't used Photobucket (same for Flickr) is that I've run across so many posts on different forums that HAD pics linked from those services but, for whatever reason, they've dissappeared only leaving an empty frame, and you never know why, whether it's because the user pulled them or if there's a limit to how many those services allow (and if so are they arbitrarily getting rid of the pics, or is it because the user canceled their account, and if so that's another negative, because I don't want to be FORCED to maintain a Photobucket account for fear that pictures I posted on god-knows-how-many sites over time could just dissappear because of that). Yeah I have a thing about controlling my content online, lol.

I hear you about the electrical, that's certainly my weak spot, but on the flip side I was a plumber for many years so I'm hoping that will come in handy when it comes time to design that part of my system. I do enjoy the challenge, and I know you do too from what I've read of your thread (still reading btw, there's just a ton of good info there, thanks again man ;?).
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Okay, I bit the bullet and signed back up with Photobucket so I'll post some pics of my project. So behold the Russbuss ;?D



AHAA!, it works, lol. So guess you don't use the 'Img" button <sigh> I gotta find the user manual...
So here's a few more views:


[url=http://s1091.photobucket.com/user/cymerax/media/The%20Russbuss%20album/GEDC0184.jpg.html][/URLhttp://www.skoolie.net/attachments/photobucket/img_90337_d1cffc229ca6ddf2d8a8e8974584a8d7.jpg[/img]


And finally, here's the floorplan I'm going to use. Took me a while to find a software that was dummy-proof, i.e. easy peasy and no complex learning curve, lol. One day I will learn autocad, maybe when I finally make the move to actually living in the Russbuss ;?D Btw, the software is called Floorplanner and they have a free demo - maybe a little too simple, somewhat limited on the image library (although I believe you can import them somehow). But I made do, sometimes using other objects that just kinda look like what I wanted. For instance there were NO cup holder images so I used their "Well" image from the garden section and just shrunk them down to fit on the dash, (yeah, the 3D view looks rather bizarre, heh).



Huh, the images don't quite fit, I thought PB would just shrink to fit but guess not, so I'll have to figure out how to shrink em down a bit ;?D
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