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Old 06-12-2014, 01:44 AM   #11
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Re: Introduction - '86 GMC Short Bus

Redbear, got it sorted out. Bad brushes in the alternator. After all the new lights were in, and much cleaning of grounds, I'm pretty satisfied it's as good as it's going to get. The local starter/alt shop turned the alternator around in an hour, new bearings, diode pack, brushes and regulator for $68. Not bad. If you're in the Junction City, OR area and need this sort of service go check out http://www.jsalternator.com/.

Played around a little with the kids today. We had someone 'accuse' us of driving a prison bus...we had to remedy that. It's funny because in practice, I'm much more LOHAS than my wife. She is definitely much more, uh...crunchy, though. She's got no problem re-doing the whole thing in shag, tie-dye and psychedelic paint. I don't want to pose as a hippie, but a little homage to Further isn't all bad, right?







Had one kid at a cousin's, so there's another handprint yet to apply. What do you think?
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Old 06-14-2014, 01:52 AM   #12
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. . . . .What do you think?
Furthur, tie die, paint and shag I get. I've heard "crunchy" before but can't define it.
But LOHAS I don't have a clue.

The bus looks good, I like the look of the horizontal slider windows. And daisies are always nice (unless you are talking about "pushing them up!" )
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Old 06-14-2014, 03:04 AM   #13
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We've got a small booth at the local Saturday Market, and Further pulled through last week. Pretty fun, full of college greek guys and even a shirtless girl. They were charging for rides, to raise funds for the 50th anniversary trip (no pun intended) https://www.kickstarter.com/projects...niversary-trip.

Gotta' love Eugene (but I'm glads the kids skipped market last week).

Great definition of 'crunchy' here: http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=crunchy

And LOHAS, is sort of the 21st century version of 'hippie', but without the drug references and heavy political slant.
Lifestyle Of Health And Sustainability.

Finally got the secondary (house) battery in and wired up correctly. The bus has a simple multi fuse (glass type) panel already mounted, and after connecting it 'properly', it still wasn't outputting when the ACC was off. So....long story short, on one end of the board the tang for the fuse had been bent over onto the ground lugs. It almost looks intentional, and I've no idea why this was done. I isolated the panel (it's grounded through the screws), inserted the isolator output and + to house battery, and ta-da...accessories on house battery work just fine. Didn't get a photo of this before I corrected it, but the panel is very basic (and old school). Super stoked about having this feature ready to go, the interior lights have been acting a mess since we bought it, I'm guessing I've figured out why. Haven't checked my parasitic draw again, but both batteries are right at 14.48vDC when charging (no load), and discharge down to about 12.6 with key off. The house battery isn't a deep cycle, just another car battery. Should be all we need for just those 4 little bulbs.

Planning to take it about 75 miles out to the Oregon coast for Father's Day. Looking forward to sharing some 'action' shots. Hope to post up a few photos of the interior. It's pretty simple (no amenities) and I finally cut some proper length props for the extend-o beds. Easily sleeps 5 of us, but with little ones, I usually end up on the floor....
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