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Old 11-30-2016, 04:47 PM   #501
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He got really lucky. Didn't even get a DUI even though when questioned at the hospital by law enforcement his response was "Eff it gimme another beer!".

peeled the entire top of his scalp off, busted his head pretty badly, fractured his neck, hand and a few other bones...
He didn't even work for several months and he's only back working because he simply has to.
Hoping for the best in his recovery, he's really a great guy and an awesome friend.

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Old 12-03-2016, 09:31 AM   #502
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That sounds horrible. It probably is good though that he's back to work, whether he needed to or not.
I'm reminded of the saying....God protects drunks and babies....
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Old 01-15-2017, 05:59 PM   #503
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Spent the afternoon getting the door opening mechanism out.
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Old 01-15-2017, 06:02 PM   #504
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Once the day was winding down, I went to give it a start up and warm up... Nothing. The key was left in the accessory position. IDK how.
The batteries have been drained for probably 3 months?
They've been really reliable. If they don't charge up tomorrow I'm just gonna replace em @$74 apiece.
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Old 01-15-2017, 06:12 PM   #505
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Hate when that happens...hopefully the batteries will recharge
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Old 01-15-2017, 10:10 PM   #506
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I wish i had a door opener like that on my carpenter.. I hate that ugly handle taking up all the room in the center of my dash where i want A/C vents to go!

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Old 01-15-2017, 10:17 PM   #507
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Does your bus have a battery disconnect?
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Old 01-15-2017, 10:25 PM   #508
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Spent the afternoon getting the door opening mechanism out.
I was doing much at the house. Let me know next time, and I'll bring you some gluten free beer

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Old 01-15-2017, 10:33 PM   #509
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Spent the afternoon getting the door opening mechanism out.
looks identical to mine!

I'm so glad I turned mine into a one piece out swinging door
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Old 01-19-2017, 03:54 PM   #510
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Forgot to upload the pic of it removed!
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Old 01-20-2017, 08:15 AM   #511
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what are you going to do make your door a single piece or put in an insulated RV door?
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Old 01-20-2017, 03:21 PM   #512
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what are you going to do make your door a single piece or put in an insulated RV door?
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Goin with a metal/glass patio style door. Saw something similar in another thread.
The SECURITY door will be right behind the driver area.
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Old 01-23-2017, 01:50 PM   #513
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Spent the afternoon getting the door opening mechanism out.
great! I bet that feels good.
For now I have to keep my original door on because I don't know the first thing about what to disconnect. No harm though. I'll learn along the way and eventually I'll get it done.
I'm making great progress! I finally got the last rivet out only hours ago! Oh what a feeling! took the walls off and tomorrow I take the ceiling down! If it wasn't for the help of my son on the weekends.....! Next....take up the floor and see what kind of mess I have under there to deal with.
I know I know.....I really have to start a build thread but up until now there's been nothing to report. NOW I'll have some pictures to report on my progress
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Old 01-23-2017, 02:33 PM   #514
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great! I bet that feels good.
For now I have to keep my original door on because I don't know the first thing about what to disconnect. No harm though. I'll learn along the way and eventually I'll get it done.
I'm making great progress! I finally got the last rivet out only hours ago! Oh what a feeling! took the walls off and tomorrow I take the ceiling down! If it wasn't for the help of my son on the weekends.....! Next....take up the floor and see what kind of mess I have under there to deal with.
I know I know.....I really have to start a build thread but up until now there's been nothing to report. NOW I'll have some pictures to report on my progress
Good thing about mine being so old- I don't have to worry about what to disconnect!
I just took it ALL out.

CONGRATS on the rivet removal I know how great that feels!
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Old 01-23-2017, 03:13 PM   #515
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my mechanical carpenter bus is nice that way I can just yank about any wiring I want, and the bus still starts and runs!!

the bluebird I opened the driver's console to change all the lights (only to find out bluebird's driver switch panel uses propreitary lights).. I created a Buzzer that would not stop for nothing.. checked the doors, hatches, etc.. I unplugged the wire and the bus stalled and wouldnt re-start till i finally found one of the buzzer units was shorting to ground...
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Old 01-24-2017, 05:15 PM   #516
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my mechanical carpenter bus is nice that way I can just yank about any wiring I want, and the bus still starts and runs!!

the bluebird I opened the driver's console to change all the lights (only to find out bluebird's driver switch panel uses propreitary lights).. I created a Buzzer that would not stop for nothing.. checked the doors, hatches, etc.. I unplugged the wire and the bus stalled and wouldnt re-start till i finally found one of the buzzer units was shorting to ground...
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Now see that's what I'm talking about!!! I know nothing and if i did something like that I'd never figure it out.
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Old 01-24-2017, 06:01 PM   #517
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Good thing about mine being so old- I don't have to worry about what to disconnect!
I just took it ALL out.

CONGRATS on the rivet removal I know how great that feels!
lol, too funny. I have so many wires that I'll need to hire someone in or.......park outside my job and see who comes out to take a look see i work at home depot so i would be right there to buy parts if i need. I have a mind to do some boondocking and do my whole build right there it's not really that far fetched.
Thanks on the congrats. I'm so relieved...i counted them all up yesterday and came up with a grand total of 1,135 so glad that's over!!
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lol, too funny. I have so many wires that I'll need to hire someone in or.......park outside my job and see who comes out to take a look see i work at home depot so i would be right there to buy parts if i need. I have a mind to do some boondocking and do my whole build right there it's not really that far fetched.
Thanks on the congrats. I'm so relieved...i counted them all up yesterday and came up with a grand total of 1,135 so glad that's over!!
As far as I can tell, out IC's have a bunch more rivets inside than the others.
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As far as I can tell, out IC's have a bunch more rivets inside than the others.

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Just read your entire thread. Way to go!! I'm in Sc and have almost the same bus! Love the AmTrans. Mines a DT408 though (with MT643). What kind of gears do you have? If you have the VIN you can get the build sheet from an international dealer. That spec sheet will tell you what the gear ratio is. I'm curious because I have 4.78 gears and am looking to change the ratio for something more highway suitable. My little 210Hp 408 did a fine job at maintaining 55-60 but with the gears really likes around 52. I'd love to be able to get 65 at around 1900 rpms. By the way I averaged around 11 mpg on my way home from Plainview, TX. The key to getting good mileage is find the "sweet spot" where the engine isn't laboring excessively and just leave it alone no matter what the speed. Looking forward to seeing what you do. Keep up the good work!!
I'm reading this whole thread over and came across your post. I think I'll definitely get the build sheet for mine! What a great idea! Thank you!
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