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Old 01-16-2008, 07:34 PM   #81
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Had to get a different browser to look at your videos. Very nice! Your bus looks great! Love all the tile and the paint. Late Feb or March sounds good. Hope to be done with my bus about then. Bring Phil and we'll go find some fun.
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Old 01-16-2008, 11:33 PM   #82
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Hey Jason-

How do you have that alternator tensioned? I see it has the pivot bolt. Is that all it is is a friction hold or is there a jam bolt like a lot of OEM applications? Also, does it just run off a free pulley or does that belt drive something else? I'm thinking that mount was part of the engine cradle. Does it move with the old Detroit? I liked the setup. It was cool the way you put it over to the side next to the other one and out of the way a little.
spent about 14 hours on the bus today.....uggg i'm tired.

it's tensioned just like the oem alternator. there are a pair of bolts at the bottom that allow it to pivot, and one on the top that holds it in place....i'll try to shoot a photo tomorrow. there is a pretty good shot of it in the video i thought. to tension, you put a little pressure on the alt with a prybar or 2x4 until adequate belt tension is achieved, then you tighten the bolt on top. ......anyhow. the bottom pivot point of the alternator is not connected to the engine it'self which is something i thought about when i was fabricating the setup, but the arm that keeps tension on the alternator is bolted to the motor. The motor isn't allowed much movement, but having the tension arm connected to the motor seems like a good setup. I have a label maker and want to make it easy for the next owner. Both alternator bodies are identical, but one is 24 volt, the other is 12.

this is not my setup, but is very similar.



the guy i bought the bus from is a liar and a cheat.
he claimed the bus had all new airbags, and that he replaced the ride hight valves. i spent most of the day today under the bus, after i drove it up on blocks. Air bags are obviously not new. they don't leak, but by looking at them it's very apparent they are not new. There are a total of 4 ride height valves. only 1 of them is new. I figured out why the bus doesn't sit level.....there is only 1 valve in the front, the other one was disconnected. He tried to have both the left and right side work off of the same valve, which was a good money saving idea, except the bus weighs more on the right side so the bus sits unlevel all the time.

i wish it was easier to pursue legal action against a person that lives 2K miles away. Along with his claim of 80-85 mph and 10.4 mpg...........

buyer beware. next time i'll actually inspect the bus thoroughly before i drive it away.

photos are on the way...but i gotta get some sleep.
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Old 01-17-2008, 06:38 PM   #83
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here is a photo of hte front steps pretty much finished. Still have a bit of trim left to do inside the bus.



made a few more videos.....




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i've spent entirely too many hours over the past couple days crawling around under the bus fixing air leaks and trying to get the front air ride working correctly. The guy that owned the bus before me sure did muck things up.
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Old 01-17-2008, 08:16 PM   #84
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any fresh excu-ahem- e-mails from the buyer? Hows that legal action going for ya?
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Old 01-17-2008, 08:52 PM   #85
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i decided not to pursue legal action at this time. even though the bus isn't what i paid for, it's still a nice bus. there are a lot of things i need to spend money on to fix that were either things that he didn't mention, or were bold faced lies, but any sort of civil suit might require me to give the bus back and that just doesn't work. Not only is it 2K miles from here which translates to well over $1K in fuel, but before i could even have my case heard i can finish building the bus and have it sold. Although i think that he did me wrong, fighting it out in court doesn't seem to be worth my time or money or effort at this point.
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Old 01-18-2008, 10:45 AM   #86
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i bought the bus off ebay. the seller and i e-mailed back and forth a few times in the beginning. he swore up and down that he drove the bus at least 70-75 on the flats as indicated by the speedo in the e-mails, and told me that he's certain that i didn't have the automatic transmission in top gear and that's why it got such poor fuel economy and had a top speed of 60 or below. he also tried to tell me that the bus has larger than stock tires which made the speedo not read accurately. ie: 70 on the speedo was actually 85. Too bad for him i have a gps that says the speedo is pretty much right on....and the oversized tires??? there is a plate riveted inside the bus that states the tires on the bus are the stock size. I told him that he made a mistake and the bus does not have oversized tires, and the speedo is not really off, and also looked at the transmission and rear end gear ratio, researched them on the internet and it's not possible for the bus to travel much faster than 60. At 63 the engine is at or above redline.

i am angry that the guy lied to me so many times, but at the same time, i am the one responsible to inspect a vehicle thoroughly before i pay for it. it's a good life lesson for me to learn. There are bad people in the world who just can't be trusted. I will scrutinize the next bus very carefully before i buy it.
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Old 01-25-2008, 11:42 AM   #87
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bus is 98% finished!

new video here:

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Looking great! One question though: what happens when the lights underneath the floor burn out, do you have to take all of those glass blocks out?
the lights aren't under the floor. they are mounded to the bottom side of the little table that's in the middle of the glass block and are very easy to get too. The paint is "invisible UV paint" from wildfirefx. it's white under regular light, but brilliant blue under blacklight (UV light)

it's impossible to capture on video just how cool that glass block floor is with the paint underneath!
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scratch another major project off the list! i got the kneeling feature working today for all 4 wheels. the bus only kneeled in the front from the factory. had to buy some expensive solenoid valves and do more plumbing while crawling/sliding around under the bus. I hate working under the bus! glad that project is done. A new video is in the works....

i installed a new fuel guage and sending unit the other day......note to self, pay attention when connecting the 12v+ wire to the guage. If you connect it to the wrong terminal like i did you too can buy another new fuel gauge...still waiting for the second one to arrive in the mail.

one of the only major projects to finish is the rear door controls. the previous owner (jackass!) removed the air cylinders and all the related hardware for the rear doors. I bought new pneumatic cylinders, tubing, and other related plumbing accessories to get that project working. Perhaps tomorrow i can dig into that project. It seems very straightforward in my head, but might become more complicated than i realize.

Also have to add a rear heater from one of my old buses, but the coolant lines are very easy to get too.

after that, it's pretty much just cleaning, and a visit to the vinyl graphic's shop to see about adding some pizzas (not pizza's) to the exterior of the bus.
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Do you think the glass blocks will be slippery with wet feet?
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