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Old 02-19-2016, 01:46 PM   #21
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If anything you'll only be leaking a little bit of coolant. Pinch off the two lines before you disconnect, and pull it apart. Use a 1" hose barb to loop stuff together. Remember this coolant loop feeds the windshield defroster heater core up front too.

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I really don't want to drain the coolant but it appears to be the only way to get this little heater off to access the floor as it is attached under the bus. I'm really thinking about just cutting around it and cutting plywood to fit around it. My gut tells me I should probably just drain the coolant and do it but it's so small and the cockpit area isn't as important to me. Anyone else run into this personal dilema?
On a better note I did get the ceiling down yesterday night. Used air chisel to punch out the middles of the rivets then a normal her and cold chisel to smack the heads off
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Old 02-19-2016, 01:47 PM   #22
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That vent is probably the engine air intake. Lots of noise comes out of that hole.


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Also the back walls seem somewhat integrated to window functionality. How much or little of this should I remove? The area where there's a vent up top... does that vent motor heat and is in necessary? I noticed there was no insulation in that wall.

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Old 02-19-2016, 06:05 PM   #23
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So if that is air intake for the engine I should insulate around it?
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Old 02-26-2016, 06:38 AM   #24
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Do people typically leave all the back paneling and just cover it? If so how do you attach your insulation and wall to that?
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Old 02-26-2016, 06:51 AM   #25
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i took both mid way heaters out and ran new coolant lines from pump/motor to the front of the bus to feed heater/ defroster. i ran them under the bus to get them out of the way. got 60' of heater hose off ebay for 55 bucks
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Old 02-26-2016, 07:18 AM   #26
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Very nice! I don't think I'm too concerned about the hoses being inside the bus but idk? I have already removed both mid heaters. This is a little one that goes between the drivers seat and wall. The hoses going into it are under the bus. I don't think I can pinch them off like I did with the thicker black hoses. I'll probably have to drain the coolant if I want to detach that little heater
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Old 02-27-2016, 03:53 PM   #27
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Tsp scrubbed and sprayed ospho. Worked out of a fertilizer sprayer. May even try that sprayer to lay primer. Any thoughts?
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Old 02-29-2016, 06:40 AM   #28
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First coat of rustoleum primer. Have enough for a second coat. I may use the primer on the back and front area that I didn't spray. I used a $13 air compressor spray gun to lay the primer but the other areas I will probably just brush on. I think I'm just going to go ahead and primer all the areas that are currently painted that I was planning to leave alone for now (cockpit area around window and switchboard)
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Old 02-29-2016, 07:30 AM   #29
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You're using the system I recommend! Good stuff! That red oxide color is addicting once you start putting it down, eh?

Looks good, keep up the good work. Your bus looks solid and clean!
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Old 02-29-2016, 02:54 PM   #30
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Thanks! Threw on a quick 2nd coat this morning. Going to do silicon and aluminum tape on the holes once it's dry and then the rustoleum paint. Temps are about to be back down below freezing tho so I may hold off on the paint
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