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Old 06-23-2024, 03:48 PM   #1
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Exclamation Unknown items on my skoolie

Hi guys,
I am absolutely new to this and have thus far purchased a Thomas 5 window bus and gutted it (by myself). Don't ask...not easy going from bottom to top and using vise grips so the bolts wouldn't move. Now that I have the seats out, I noticed two items that I could not get a clear answer on what they were. I have no idea if they are important, can be gotten rid of etc.
Any help would be wonderful.
The first may be a fuel box. Behind the tire.
The other two pictures are a box, which required a key (I have) and an arrow. The zoomed-out pic shows its location above the windows.

Thanks ya'll!
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Old 06-23-2024, 06:31 PM   #2
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Have you tried unlocking the box above the window to see what it releases?
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Old 06-23-2024, 06:38 PM   #3
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Yes Sir. I didn’t see or hear anything unlock. Not sure if this is something commonly found on these vehicles
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Old 06-24-2024, 06:52 AM   #4
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that first pic looks like maybe where a fuel filler neck goes in from the outside?



the lock might just be a switch for a no-child-left-behind type system.. esp if its in the back of the bus.. required the driver to go to the back of the bus and check before shutting it down... and then had to be reset before the bus was driven again.. often disabled when a bus is sold.. just a guess if it doesnt unlock anything..
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Old 06-24-2024, 02:32 PM   #5
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marine tanker what unit/s did you serve with?
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Old 06-24-2024, 02:38 PM   #6
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hey brother, 8th Tank Btn.
Reserves
you?
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Old 06-24-2024, 02:38 PM   #7
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ok thank you for the reply. I will look into this possibility. Thank you!
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Old 06-25-2024, 02:15 PM   #8
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hey brother, 8th Tank Btn.
Reserves
you?
2nd battalion 4th marines as 60 mortars.
2/6 detached to LAV mortars and finished up as a recon swimmer detached to the coast guard as a rescue swimmer pulling haitians and cubans out of the water and riot reaction force at the original GITMO detainee camps.
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Old 06-25-2024, 03:37 PM   #9
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Oorah

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2nd battalion 4th marines as 60 mortars.
2/6 detached to LAV mortars and finished up as a recon swimmer detached to the coast guard as a rescue swimmer pulling haitians and cubans out of the water and riot reaction force at the original GITMO detainee camps.

Oh wow thatís some serious stuff! Oorah
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Old 06-25-2024, 05:25 PM   #10
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well that was my younger life.
feeling it now.
few things with recon i cant talk about that got me a few purples and some pain but that was in the 90's.
kinda wished i would have stayed but didnt know 2011 was going to happen.
firefighter EMS family from texas but that one resonated.
still live around camp lejeune and all the bases around here and do base construction for all of the local bases.
the VA sucks?
i lose more money from time off of work to deal with the VA than i make doing my job.
sorry for the rant.
what was your job in a tank?
driver?
gunner?
loader?
used to know a plotting boardand compass real well as a forward observer.
dont matter about where i have been and done lets talk about your bus and what you want.
fill out your profile if you have a bus.
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Old 06-25-2024, 06:32 PM   #11
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well that was my younger life.
feeling it now.
few things with recon i cant talk about that got me a few purples and some pain but that was in the 90's.
kinda wished i would have stayed but didnt know 2011 was going to happen.
firefighter EMS family from texas but that one resonated.
still live around camp lejeune and all the bases around here and do base construction for all of the local bases.
the VA sucks?
i lose more money from time off of work to deal with the VA than i make doing my job.
sorry for the rant.
what was your job in a tank?
driver?
gunner?
loader?
used to know a plotting boardand compass real well as a forward observer.
dont matter about where i have been and done lets talk about your bus and what you want.
fill out your profile if you have a bus.
Loader. Was at Ft. Knox. Then In 8th tank battalion in Tallahassee while attending FSU.
NOW A TEACHER AND IN MINISTRY! God is good.
Definitely interesting hearing about your service. You did some extremely tough things. Anything with recon associated with it is admirable!
In regards to the bus, i’m basically at the beginning after stripping it I’m just trying to get to know all the different parts
we aren’t gonna live in it because we live here at the church but since I have four kids and a wife, we were planning on using it to go visit grandma and to travel portions of the summers that I am off with this vehicle, so I’m just researching and trying to figure things out piece by piece
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Old 06-30-2024, 02:54 PM   #12
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The first image is just a guard for the fuel intake. The second is obvious. No clue what the lock is.
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Old 06-30-2024, 03:46 PM   #13
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No the second pic I was showing the little key box’s lock location above the window. I should have circled it. Sorry.
Does anyone ever take the fuel intake box off to have more uninterrupted room? Or is it a hazard to take off?

Thanks for the reply. I appreciate it
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Old 06-30-2024, 04:11 PM   #14
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For my build it wasn't obtrusive. If it seems worth the effort to just rip the mother out. If it doesn't work out paste it back on with some ShoeGoo. It's not like it's structural.
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Old 06-30-2024, 04:12 PM   #15
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Ok good to go. Thanks
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Old 07-01-2024, 05:19 PM   #16
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Thank you both for your service, and WELCOME HOME!
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Old 07-01-2024, 05:32 PM   #17
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I took the fuel cover off on mine because it was mounted to the plywood flooring, so just easier to get to the steel floor without it. When I installed the new floor, I built a new cover from wood and stainless, which is where I mounted my water pump:
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Old 07-01-2024, 06:42 PM   #18
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Thank you ����
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