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Old 06-06-2019, 10:58 PM   #1
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Whats up everybody.... just like many of yall my family has caught the skoolie bug. My name is Mike and my family and I are converting Beacon, a 1988 Gillig Phantom with a 6v92 Detroit. The plan is a full conversion from new floor to 20 roof raise. Im not real good at the youtube thing but Im going to try and document progress on YouTube and IG. We are dramatically downsizing from our current house, going skoolie, and going to travel the country one national/state park at a time. We hope to cross paths with many of yall and cant wait for the adventure to begin.
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Old 06-06-2019, 11:40 PM   #2
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Nice bus. I'm wondering how you posted pics with only one post here?
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Old 06-07-2019, 12:13 AM   #3
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I have seen it a couple of times.
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Old 06-07-2019, 07:17 AM   #4
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Old 06-07-2019, 08:08 AM   #5
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Nice looking bus, looking forward to watching the transformation!
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Old 06-07-2019, 08:47 AM   #6
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Howdy from Grimes County!
Sweet looking ride, looks to be an outstanding family project.
Welcome to the insane asylum!
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Old 06-07-2019, 09:03 AM   #7
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Nice bus. I'm wondering how you posted pics with only one post here?
I was able to post pictures in my first post as well. It wasn't until after I did it that I read about this five post minimum. I'm not sure it's in effect anymore or maybe has something to do with how I was using the site? I used the Chrome browser on my phone but, I am now using Tapatalk app because of the simpler viewing of unread threads and ease of comment posting between pictures.


Also, welcome to the forum Schindy!
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Old 06-07-2019, 10:18 AM   #8
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Sweet bus!

I sure miss my DD two stroke

Have you been schooled in the care and feeding of your 6v92?
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Old 06-07-2019, 11:14 PM   #9
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Sweet bus!

I sure miss my DD two stroke

Have you been schooled in the care and feeding of your 6v92?
Hi Steve... the gentleman I bought the bus from in CA was a huge help. He walked me through a lot! Almost like drinking from a fire hydrant but we made home! However, I didnt realize just how much oil the bus drank! It was 3 gallons low... OUCH! The computer only yelled at me one time and it was right before we pulled into the neighborhood. Whew... dodged a bullet! Now itll be sitting for a bit while I start the conversion.
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Old 06-07-2019, 11:16 PM   #10
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Howdy from Grimes County!
Sweet looking ride, looks to be an outstanding family project.
Welcome to the insane asylum!
Thanks Matt and a big ol howdy from Montgomery County!
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Old 06-08-2019, 12:37 AM   #11
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Hi Steve... the gentleman I bought the bus from in CA was a huge help. He walked me through a lot! Almost like drinking from a fire hydrant but we made home! However, I didnt realize just how much oil the bus drank! It was 3 gallons low... OUCH! The computer only yelled at me one time and it was right before we pulled into the neighborhood. Whew... dodged a bullet! Now itll be sitting for a bit while I start the conversion.
Just remember to stop regularly to fill your oil and check your fuel

Here is a good write up on oil: Detroit Diesel 2 Cycle 2 Stroke Engine operating Oil Tips
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Old 06-08-2019, 07:26 AM   #12
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Old 06-08-2019, 09:19 AM   #13
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That’s great info! Thanks Steve
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