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Old 04-09-2017, 05:38 PM   #21
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I will find a truck tire place - I think there is one close to me.

Note: I saw your thread and recognized that little bus of yours. I like that one - great size - I actually saw your post on Craigslist and think I asked you about it via email - but ended up with this one!

I will get over there to see it some day!


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Old 04-17-2017, 03:13 PM   #22
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Floor

Almost done with the floor - there was a little set back with my "real job" so I had to take two weeks off - but I have put down some nice GRACE Weather (Ice and Rain) guard - Reflectix - and 1/2 ply. Seems to be doing the trick - I just have a little more to do in the front to "sound proof" and insulate a little better - then it should be ready to paint by next week.

I was hoping to get it painted and done for the Florida Meet Up - but I don't think I will be ready.

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Old 04-17-2017, 03:31 PM   #24
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Nice job. No cold feet for you.

That hammock looks mighty familiar. Just like my bus last summer. I couldn't sleep through the night in a hammock, but it's a good place to rest.
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Old 04-21-2017, 11:06 PM   #25
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Do you have any more pics from the rear heater removal? More importantly the looping process you did and any parts you may have purchased? Can you essentially rip out the whole bottom section on the driver side? I was reading where some mentioned that there is a shut off switch in the engine section too. I have some pics of that, but don't want to start turning knobs in there.

I was going to keep it originally, but today I decided to take it out but it's just sitting there pulled away from the wall at this point (see video) until I find out what to do with the hoses and wires. I have the guy coming out tomorrow to take measurements of the floor for the diamond plating, so that's another reason why I wanted to get it out of there.

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Old 04-21-2017, 11:51 PM   #26
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Removing the Rear Heater

That looks like the exact set up the I had. It was a lot easier than I thought it would be.

I took over the covers for the front heater (to the left of the Driver's seat) - the coolant lines from the engine come in from the front left. One line goes into your driver's heater - and comes out of there to the back of the bus... loops back and goes back to the engine. I shut the valves - used claps on the lines I was cutting - and just went from the coolant out line from the driver's heater back to the engine - and didn't need to buy anything - I did buy a new hose clamp.
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I can't tell if these pictures help.

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I am trying to up load the video I did - I hope that helps. I hope these upload - I am so bad at Youtube uploading stuff...

Anyway. This was me reasoning with myself... It can be done.



This was what I did - I would clamp the hose before cutting it - but otherwise, I really only lost a little coolant - just have a bucket or two handy.



Let me know if that works for you!


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Do you have any more pics from the rear heater removal? More importantly the looping process you did and any parts you may have purchased? Can you essentially rip out the whole bottom section on the driver side? I was reading where some mentioned that there is a shut off switch in the engine section too. I have some pics of that, but don't want to start turning knobs in there.

I was going to keep it originally, but today I decided to take it out but it's just sitting there pulled away from the wall at this point (see video) until I find out what to do with the hoses and wires. I have the guy coming out tomorrow to take measurements of the floor for the diamond plating, so that's another reason why I wanted to get it out of there.

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Old 04-22-2017, 12:59 AM   #27
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This is PERFECT!

I'll be doing that tomorrow afternoon. Thanks so much!
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Old 04-22-2017, 07:26 AM   #28
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I'll be doing that tomorrow afternoon. Thanks so much!
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Old 04-22-2017, 09:00 AM   #29
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I appreciate the offer. I hate to have you come down just for that. Perhaps for another project, but you're always welcome to come by any day/time.

I just realized that the video doesn't show what to do with the wires. Did you see my clip? I have 5 wires laying there. Do I just clip them back and put some electrical tape or wire caps on them, or do they need to be connected together?

I'll PM my number for future reference.
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Update: I ran the hoses just as you have yours. The video was the key. I also traced the wires and just unclipped them in the fuse panel (outside) and all is well. I ended up removing the whole assembly since I spilled a good amount of fluid and wanted to get the floor spotless. Now off to install 100+ screws
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Old 04-27-2017, 04:19 PM   #31
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Bus Maintenance...

I took my Bus into the after market International Dealer in my area. I didn't know there was one here. The head mechanic is a good guy - and they work on the district busses -
There was a leak in the rear hub that I wanted checked - bus also needed new springs - but I wanted the bus to get a solid once over before finishing the conversion.
I need rear tires I was hoping to hold off on that for a few years But at least the front ones are new.

Overall - about $1000 before tires to get a full tune up and repairs - including the rear hub and springs. Not bad.

Anyone have a lead on best place to get 4 okay tires for less that $1000?
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Old 04-27-2017, 05:36 PM   #32
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try MB tires in town n country .... if your free tonight come see us at skippers we will be vending in the back
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Old 04-27-2017, 05:49 PM   #33
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Skipper... hmmm...
I am going to try to get there (without the bus) - but I need dinner... so food truck sounds perfect!
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Old 04-27-2017, 06:13 PM   #34
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I took my Bus into the after market International Dealer in my area. I didn't know there was one here. The head mechanic is a good guy - and they work on the district busses -
There was a leak in the rear hub that I wanted checked - bus also needed new springs - but I wanted the bus to get a solid once over before finishing the conversion.
I need rear tires I was hoping to hold off on that for a few years But at least the front ones are new.

Overall - about $1000 before tires to get a full tune up and repairs - including the rear hub and springs. Not bad.

Anyone have a lead on best place to get 4 okay tires for less that $1000?
Can get four new ones mounted for that in Apopka
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Old 04-27-2017, 07:08 PM   #35
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you took your driver heater out? or just the rear? on a bluebird you have to loop the hoses to the rear rather than block them off as it is a Series-connected heating system just like mine. if you just block them and not loop them you will have no driver or right-side heat / Defrost. I couldnt get the video to play to see what you did.

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I only took out the rear heater - I looped the line going back there - but just did it at the front of the driver's heater. The heater and the defrost seem to work well - hard to tell in Florida...

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you took your driver heater out? or just the rear? on a bluebird you have to loop the hoses to the rear rather than block them off as it is a Series-connected heating system just like mine. if you just block them and not loop them you will have no driver or right-side heat / Defrost. I couldnt get the video to play to see what you did.

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Oh - Can I get them cheaper than that? I am willing to go lower in price - since I am just about at my repair budget for the month!
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I only took out the rear heater - I looped the line going back there - but just did it at the front of the driver's heater. The heater and the defrost seem to work well - hard to tell in Florida...
yep thats the right way to do it!!

LOL up here in Ohio there are mornings I run the heater then have the Air-Conditioner in the afternoon..

heading back to orlando then st pete starting tomorrow so im guessing ill be watching that my new Fan and cooling system work and that my Freon is topped off more than whether my heater works
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Oh - an I get them cheaper than that? I am willing to go lower in price - since I am just about at my repair budget for the month!
Why go any cheaper??
That's for four NEW tires mounted.
DON'T save $25 and buy retreads, its not worth it. These tires are aged out at 8-10 years anyhow.
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$250 a tire for new ones is not a bad deal- mounted. I a getting the bus painted this weekend. Once that is done - I will look into tires - I may be in contact soon!

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That's for four NEW tires mounted.
DON'T save $25 and buy retreads, its not worth it. These tires are aged out at 8-10 years anyhow.
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