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Old 05-01-2009, 11:45 PM   #21
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We call the car lot we bought the bus from Bella Auto Sales (stay away from this place - typical car shiesters) & the first thing they say is "sorry, as-is, can't help you"... Great!
Glad you got out of that one OK! I've felt your pain! I'm sure there are others here who have too.

Be thankful it wasn't something more serious.......like your transmission!

Read the thread, "SO Bummed Out, Bus is dead!" If you have the time. it will make you feel much better about a clogged air filter and a broken fuel shut-off solenoid!

I ended up selling Carpy for $1000 so you came out better.

Hope your child's birth is uneventful and your wife is OK!

Ya gotta admit though: Being able to say "I was born in the grass on the side of (Insert your favorite highway here) " would have been a cool story for your child to be able to tell!
What can I say but WOW... That sucks vanguy! I read about the first 4-5 pages & so sorry to hear what happened. I guess it coulda been much much worse! PLUS if we had gotten the bus home I am sure it would have had to be taken to a mechanic anyway for the full service & yes this all worked out as we found ourselves a good shop that cares!

Yea, born on the bus on RT60 while it was broken down woulda been a great story! Thanks on the baby! I can't wait - our first child... & Still waiting!

So did you end up getting a new bus? You mentioned your new job & part of our home-based business is doing the storage garage auctions when they go into default. We get some cool & unusual stuff to sell (& keep).

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Old 05-02-2009, 09:10 AM   #22
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It bothers me some to have to sell people's possessions, but that's just how the business works.
We agree that it feels as tho we are taking advantage of others misfortune but again, its part of our business... Do you have some photos of your bus?
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Old 05-02-2009, 05:18 PM   #23
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Jonathan,

Photos are in the gallery. Title is: Should I buy her???

there are photos up to the current state of completion.....almost. I have finished the wood on the walls and the 120v and 12v wiring up to the breaker boxes. I'll take some more photos of the inside after I get all of the stuff out of the floor from the wood cutting operation.

Nice Schoolie! That thing is LOONG! So what is the ceiling height? I looked at a couple of Blue Birds (have always liked them) but couldn't find a mid-size one... That is a great start for your conversion. I am amazed at this site & how many people are addicted to converting. Before we bought our bus we were considering a step van but couldn't find a nice diesel van that we could afford. Plus they aren't the most comfortable driver or ideal RV donor... Are you going to add any alternative energy sources?
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Old 05-02-2009, 09:30 PM   #24
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That little stove is nice! It looks tiny next to the pup... Is it hard to insulate/protect the walls of the bus when installing one of these & how hard is it to install the chimney? What do you do for the chimney when traveling - rain etc? I like the idea of a cast iron stove in our bus. What do they run price wise?

I really like your bus, I looked at many of the same but like I said I couldn' find a mid-size that wasn't over 500 miles or more away...
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Old 05-02-2009, 11:27 PM   #25
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72" is a good height. I think ours is 78" but that was the measurement the dealer gave us & our bus us still getting maintenance work at the shop & hasn't been home yet. They told us ours measures 30'L X 78" 8'9"W...

Wow, I just read all of pjespers build, start to finish... you aren't kidding about "stealing ideas" from their beautiful build! I am jealous but our bus will have its day... ah time to dream into the night... bus conversionzzzzz

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Old 05-07-2009, 03:56 PM   #26
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Well our bus has been at the shop getting regular maintenance - oil/filter change, coolant, all belts & a full DOT check to see if there are any issues at all. That is just scary what they might find but we actually did quite well... The only issues are the stabilizer bushings on the rear & one universal (drivers rear I believe). Has anyone ever attempted these repairs before & if so is it that hard to do? The mechanic told us he would drive it as is to New Mexico (about 2000 miles) so I am thinking I will attempt the repairs once we move. Is it hard to hook up an air line for tools to the air tank?
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Old 05-08-2009, 08:36 AM   #27
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WARNING; your transit style bus sits low to the ground and is probably airride, make sure to properly block the body/chassis up before you crawl underneath the bus, your health and future may be at risk!

to install an air line, drain all pressure from the tanks, remove a pipe plug from the side or end of one of the tanks and plumb a quick connect fitting into the system, locate the fitting where it is protected from the elements and stil easy to access, maybe the battery compartment?

sway bar bushing should be just nuts and bolts, the down side is under the bus probably in cramped quarters and the dirt and rust will follow Newtons principal and Murphy's law and attack your face and body wear your safety glasses

U-joints can be tricky/finicky to install if you don't have previous experience and the proper tools, you might be wise to have your mechanic replace the marginal joint while he still has the bus. If you have a probem with a u-joint on the middle of nowhere you are at the mercy of whoever, also a catastrophic u-joint failure can and probably will cause damage to other driveline parts that will need to be replaced(driveshafts and yokes are expensive and not always readily available.

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Old 05-16-2009, 02:48 PM   #28
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WARNING; your transit style bus sits low to the ground and is probably airride, make sure to properly block the body/chassis up before you crawl underneath the bus, your health and future may be at risk!

to install an air line, drain all pressure from the tanks, remove a pipe plug from the side or end of one of the tanks and plumb a quick connect fitting into the system, locate the fitting where it is protected from the elements and stil easy to access, maybe the battery compartment?

sway bar bushing should be just nuts and bolts, the down side is under the bus probably in cramped quarters and the dirt and rust will follow Newtons principal and Murphy's law and attack your face and body wear your safety glasses

U-joints can be tricky/finicky to install if you don't have previous experience and the proper tools, you might be wise to have your mechanic replace the marginal joint while he still has the bus. If you have a probem with a u-joint on the middle of nowhere you are at the mercy of whoever, also a catastrophic u-joint failure can and probably will cause damage to other driveline parts that will need to be replaced(driveshafts and yokes are expensive and not always readily available.

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Thanks Paul, Yes the bus is air ride & it does sit low, but still plenty of room to crawl around. I will take your suggestions seriously & support the beast whenever I am underneath... The quick connect fitting you mention is the standard air line connection for air tools, correct? We think we will have them replace the u joint if it will fit into the budget... I am sure it won't be a cheap repair. Thanks for your input & help Paul! Jonathan
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Old 05-16-2009, 03:04 PM   #29
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OH YEA! We had a beautiful baby girl on Mothers Day at 12:27 am!!!
She was born at 7lb 6oz, 22 inches long & her name is Nia Antoinette... She is happy & healthy! Now if I could just get some sleep....
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from what I have heard alot lately, not for the first 6 months to a year. You will get use to less sleep before you get to sleep more.
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