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Old 06-29-2020, 03:05 PM   #1081
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How about a pair of chrome chain steering wheels with a skull horn button?

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Old 06-29-2020, 03:16 PM   #1082
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It broke my heart to do this, but I couldn't figure out any other way of trimming the excess length on these bolts than with a cutting wheel and a grinder disk. These gauges will paint over but I'll always know they're there. Maybe I'll use filler on them, I dunno.

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Old 06-29-2020, 03:17 PM   #1083
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How about a pair of chrome chain steering wheels with a skull horn button?
I'm not saying no ...
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Old 06-29-2020, 03:37 PM   #1084
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You could also make them with a chain and your welder.....
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Old 06-29-2020, 05:45 PM   #1085
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Reinstalled my cab hardware.

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Not putting the stereo box back, although I may later. It has a cassette deck so I could do an adapter, but I don't think there are any speakers left in the bus. I probably removed them during the demo but I don't remember. I don't drive the bus enough to care about tunes, but I will probably eventually put in a dc amp and some speakers and an input port for my phone.

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I have one piece of cab hardware left, and I can't figure out where it goes. The holes don't match up with anything and nothing seems to be missing.

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Anybody recognize where this goes? I seem to sort of remember removing something that was inside the heater, so maybe this is it.

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The top of this opening has three screw holes, but I don't remember removing anything that was attached here. Of course I also don't remember this corner being open like that.

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Sigh, and of course I can't be trusted with an angle grinder. Time to order a new seat belt tether.

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Old 06-29-2020, 05:57 PM   #1086
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Aw ... that is only a tiny nick!
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Old 06-29-2020, 08:27 PM   #1087
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Aha, the mystery piece was here under the pedals:

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I see also that there was some kind of triangular piece of something in the corner just above this. I have no memory of removing this or ever seeing it laying around anywhere.

I think I'll just cut a piece of 1/4" plywood to cover it and screw into those holes.
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Old 06-29-2020, 08:36 PM   #1088
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Ah ha! Mystery solved. Mischief managed.
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Aha, the mystery piece was here under the pedals:

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I see also that there was some kind of triangular piece of something in the corner just above this. I have no memory of removing this or ever seeing it laying around anywhere.

I think I'll just cut a piece of 1/4" plywood to cover it and screw into those holes.
Now that I look at it, I think this particular piece was why the base of the seat was so badly rusted despite being elevated. It's basically a tray that diverts any water coming in and down from the windshield along that sloped piece of floor under the pedals across the footrest to reach the seat base. This kinda makes me think that the source of all this rust damage up front is a leaky windshield - which is still leaking a little bit.

So this school system's strategy with this bus was to 1) attach the seat with rivnuts, then 2) redirect a waterfall across the seat.
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Old 06-29-2020, 10:59 PM   #1090
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It was their crude air conditioning system.
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Old 06-30-2020, 01:46 PM   #1091
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Random stuff while waiting for my parking lot to be re-gravelled. Decided to use wood filler on the gauges in the floor.

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Love having random stuff from earlier projects lying around that works perfectly for something. This is a piece of 1/4" rubber, one foot square, to cover the remainder of the footwell.

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A little eyebrow tending. Cleaned them up, automotive primer, and re-sealed the seam on top.

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Flap to cover footwell opening.

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This is only attached along the top, so it will be easy to flip this up and check on the leaking in there. At a minimum I can stick a towel in there to soak anything up, I do this all the time anyway with my convertible.

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Doubled up the ceiling panel rivets. Neighbor was running a stump remover so it was time to run my compressor.

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Old 06-30-2020, 03:20 PM   #1092
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I think I'm going to make something using a turn wheel like what they have on submarines.
That's a cool idea.....bet a real sub hand wheel would be costly, though.

Lower cost options........

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Old 06-30-2020, 08:19 PM   #1093
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That's a cool idea.....bet a real sub hand wheel would be costly, though.

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Sweet, thanks for the links!
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Old 06-30-2020, 08:25 PM   #1094
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Finally got sick of my too-large loop of heater hose, time to trim it back.

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The coolant level was just below these openings, so I cut them down about as low as possible.

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Much less in the way now. I'll probably eventually build a small, flat protective box for this.

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Removed the door latch switch and the safety interlock throw bolt from the side exit door. As I expected, my bus wouldn't start until I figured out which wire to ground.

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Cleaned the entire bus front to back. It's never been completely clean before this.

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Next up: finish painting the rear underside and reinstall the rear reinforcements, then I'm going to be laying down the subfloor in the back. This will be the first test of my dowel system using wood screws, so I expect it to go fairly smoothly.
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Old 06-30-2020, 10:51 PM   #1095
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Try Mass Marine Supply Parts in Quincy MA. Bet you didn’t think anyone would have an answer for you!
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Old 07-01-2020, 08:58 AM   #1096
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Cool site and I almost want to buy some marine hatches from them. I didn't see anything like a door wheel, though.
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Old 07-01-2020, 01:09 PM   #1097
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Break-in number 4?

I feel like maybe somebody broke into my bus last night. The temp wooden panel covering the tub opening was like this, and one of the emergency exit windows was unlatched and hanging slightly open. Maybe both of those things happened randomly on the drive over to the lot last night, but it seems unlikely. Nothing missing, maybe just kids.

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Where the stinging nettles used to be. Way easier to get under the bus back there now.

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Decided to stop using these tubs to store paint and cleaning supplies and ospho and whatnot. Both bottoms were seriously messed up and I had to repaint them. I've generally decided to stop using my bus as a storehouse now and keep everything as clean as possible.

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Old 07-01-2020, 08:35 PM   #1098
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Let's hope the stinging nettles do not grow back through the gravel before you are done with the build.
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Old 07-01-2020, 08:58 PM   #1099
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How about a small aftermarket steering wheel?
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Old 07-01-2020, 09:30 PM   #1100
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That could work. I kind of want that feeling like the torpedo just hit and I need to get the door closed to save the ship, though.
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