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Old 12-15-2020, 04:57 PM   #161
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Please forgive me as I must have missed something along the way. Either that or I was looking at the photos on my phone and not on the big monitor of the desk top.

What is the appliance in the curbside rear corner with what looks like an exhaust stack going out the back wall of the bus?

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Old 12-15-2020, 07:39 PM   #162
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I think you see his marine type heater
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Old 12-17-2020, 05:50 AM   #163
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What is the appliance in the curbside rear corner with what looks like an exhaust stack going out the back wall of the bus?
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I think you see his marine type heater
Pat is right; it’s our Dickinson P9000 propane heater.
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Old 12-17-2020, 02:04 PM   #164
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Pat is right; it’s our Dickinson P9000 propane heater.
I was wondering if that is what it was.

Is there any particular reason why you mounted it so high? I would think it would never get the floor very warm with it mounted up so high.
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Old 12-22-2020, 06:56 AM   #165
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Is there any particular reason why you mounted it so high? I would think it would never get the floor very warm with it mounted up so high.
If I were going to sleep on the floor that would be a concern. The Dickinson’s primary responsibility will be overnight auxiliary heat in the bedroom area.

Speaking of the bedroom area, over the weekend I did a fit check on the hinged bunkie board...


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Old 12-22-2020, 02:01 PM   #166
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Hey, you can almost fit a surveillance room under there like in Meet The Fockers...

Looks like a nice storage area at least.
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Old 12-23-2020, 05:49 AM   #167
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Hey, you can almost fit a surveillance room under there like in Meet The Fockers...

Looks like a nice storage area at least.
The Fockers surveillance room, funny.

And yes, we hope to have ample storage, although the bay alone is likely enough...
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Old 12-30-2020, 07:20 AM   #168
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Here are a couple in process pics of the “bedroom”. The bunkie board (minus the slats) is sitting on top of the base.


A bookcase(-ish) headboard is in work; hopefully done today...
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Old 12-30-2020, 07:40 AM   #169
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Old 12-30-2020, 06:42 PM   #170
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My prowess is potent, and secretly stern...

Good to hear from you ECCB.
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Old 12-30-2020, 06:50 PM   #171
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Good to hear from you ECCB.
Likewise!

Great to see progress on that beast of a bus.

Still jealous of that engine!
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Old 12-31-2020, 02:41 AM   #172
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Still jealous of that engine!

I had to go back to page one to see what engine he's got...and it's the same one we have in our 1974 Gillig school bus (pre-Phantom). We've been very happy with that, paired in our older bus with a 10-speed Eaton Fuller manual...it's fun to drive.


My daughter and I just got back from picking up our second Phantom transit. They're great buses! These came with the Detroit Series 50 and they move right along. But that old 3208 is just plain fun.


ComfortEagle, your build looks super classy!
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Old 01-01-2021, 06:23 AM   #173
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I had to go back to page one to see what engine he's got...and it's the same one we have in our 1974 Gillig school bus (pre-Phantom). We've been very happy with that, paired in our older bus with a 10-speed Eaton Fuller manual...it's fun to drive.

My daughter and I just got back from picking up our second Phantom transit. They're great buses! These came with the Detroit Series 50 and they move right along. But that old 3208 is just plain fun.

ComfortEagle, your build looks super classy!
Wish I had a manual; I like to shift... And of course with a manual you know your bus will never be stolen. So you have 2 Gilligs?

Thank you for the “super classy” comment. My dear wife does not do manual labor but let’s just say she is “very involved” with design and finish decisions... And I am always wrong...

Here are a couple pics showing the latest status of the bed with the headboard mocked up.


I am finishing up the paint/stain on a few pieces (like that big yummy piece of oak on the bed rail) and I hope to finish it all up today and move on...
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Old 01-01-2021, 09:56 AM   #174
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Wish I had a manual; I like to shift... And of course with a manual you know your bus will never be stolen. So you have 2 Gilligs?

Thank you for the “super classy” comment. My dear wife does not do manual labor but let’s just say she is “very involved” with design and finish decisions... And I am always wrong...

Well, please tell your wife that I've shared your build photos with my wife. We both think the combination of colors and wood you've chosen is very tasteful - nicely done!


My 13-year-old daughter and I actually just returned from picking up Gillig #3...but we're not in your typical situation. The two Phantoms we recently purchased will become wheelchair-accessible rental RVs. The old Gillig school bus we've got (with the 3208 and the 10-speed) will remain our personal "keeper" mobile home on wheels. And like you said...nobody will ever steal her!
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Old 01-03-2021, 02:19 PM   #175
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So,the bed is basically done. I will still need to finish a few items under the bed and add some struts to keep it open but otherwise I’m calling it done. The air mattress is of course temporary.

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Old 01-03-2021, 02:39 PM   #176
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Old 01-04-2021, 05:36 AM   #177
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As I mentioned, at some point I will be installing some struts to help with the opening and closing of the bed.

Because of the close location of the propane heater I thought it would be a good to wait until the heater cooled down before raising the bed...

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Old 01-04-2021, 11:12 PM   #178
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How are you set for manuals? I don't know if they'll be totally applicable, but I'm happy to send you digital copies of our Phantom transit operator's and service manuals.
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Old 01-05-2021, 02:14 PM   #179
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Thank you for the “super classy” comment. My dear wife does not do manual labor but let’s just say she is “very involved” with design and finish decisions... And I am always wrong...
if you only knew how much I can relate to this comment...
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Old 01-09-2021, 07:56 AM   #180
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if you only knew how much I can relate to this comment...
Every once in a while Lisa (wife) will come out on the bus and take a selfie of herself “working” so she can post it to Instagram, so cute...

I read thru your build thread; great work so far. Doing the the demo & refurb work is a thankless and not decidedly unsexy job, but the high quality work you are doing is laying such a great foundation for your build.

I see you are in PA and your bus is from Fairfax Co. schools. I am not too far here in southern Maryland (20637). I’m curious, from whom specifically did you buy your bus?
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